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Next spring the company will release enterprise software to help users to replicate and protect critical data and migrate it across heterogeneous storage systems, including devices from EMC, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi Data Systems.
The tools run on the EMC Symmetrix DMX Series networked attached storage systems. The most notable of the new applications is EMC Open Replicator for Symmetrix, a software tool that can replicate data across multi-supplier environments at high levels of performance.
According to EMC, this offers a "live restore" function to shorten remote recovery times. The function can also start an application before data is copied back to a destination, without using tape.
This will allow users to begin using an application while data is still being restored, saving time and costs.
Another business continuity tool is EMC SRDF/Star, which can automatically synchronise data between three or more datacentres.
EMC has also improved its Legato Emailxtender software. The centralised data storage and retrieval tool acts on user-defined policies to automatically move data off an e-mail message server to an archiving system.
The enhanced Emailxtender will be available in December, with Microsoft Exchange 2003 management support, improved search, faster access to archived e-mail messages and expanded platform support.
Mark Lewis, executive vice-president at EMC, said, "Resource-intensive applications such as e-mail and databases can create serious challenges to an organisation, including higher storage and operational costs, difficulty in data access and management, and poor application performance.
EMC has also added PeopleSoft application support and custom application support for Oracle and Sybase databases to its Databasextender software tool, which can automatically identify inactive data in databases and relocate it to secondary storage.
l EMC has acquired Dantz Development, a supplier of the Retrospect group of back-up and recovery software products for small and medium-sized businesses.
EMC said Dantz's product line would be complementary to its disc-based back-up and recovery software.
Dave DeWalt, executive vice-president of EMC Software Group, said, "Dantz is a strategic acquisition in line with EMC's strategy to extend our reach and focus on the fast-growing SME market of next-generation high-growth customers.