Compliance demands set to drive storage management innovation

The storage industry is set to offer a host of products during 2005 to help users tackle data regulations and develop strong...

The storage industry is set to offer a host of products during 2005 to help users tackle data regulations and develop strong business continuity plans.

Throughout 2004 suppliers focused on products to support these demands through a concept dubbed information lifecycle management (ILM). This trend is expected to continue during 2005.

According to storage analyst Macarthur Stroud International, a company’s ILM strategy is put to test when systems fail. ILM also supports the demands of compliance, proving that the organisation has a set of clear policies and practices defining how information is managed from creation through to archive and deletion.

"ILM is necessary for a range of reasons including sound information management to support the needs of corporate governance," said Hamish Macarthur, chief executive and founder of Macarthur Stroud International.

Storage suppliers EMC and Veritas are both enhancing their ILM products to improve business continuity.

Veritas has unveiled its Windows Data Protection strategy, which provides medium-sized firms with an integrated suite of data back-up and recovery tools.

The company launched Backup Exec 10, the latest version of its back-up and restore suite, which will feature the fastest disc-based recovery of all its products, and high-performance protection of Linux servers, according to Veritas. It also has

a new central administration server option and policy-based disc back-up, said Adrian Groeneveld, EMEA product and solutions marketing manager at Veritas.

"Large customers such as Marks & Spencer and Microsoft are already using Veritas in the datacentre. We wanted to give medium-sized customers the ability to back-up data faster with better management," he said.

Veritas has also launched Storage Exec 5.3, which has a new feature that reports on type of data and its storage requirements.

Meanwhile, EMC and Cisco announced an end-to-end storage consolidation platform for remote-office data. It uses Cisco wide area file services (WAFS) technology and EMC NAS, with the idea being to consolidate branch-office data into the datacentre, so that company-wide data can be centrally stored and managed.

EMC said it would detail its new recovery management strategy at the end of the month. The strategy is expected to include two new products designed to help small and medium-sized businesses improve their corporate security and disaster recovery procedures.

ONStor offers scalable NAS

Storage supplier ONStor has unveiled a scalable "Bobcat" network attached storage (NAS) gateway that can scale its capacity from 1Tbyte to 40,000Tbytes. prices start at £10,000.

Tony Asaro, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said, "NetApp and, to some degree EMC, have very little competition in the NAS market. ONStor shakes things up because it can challenge these two major players with an extremely competitive product that has been designed for bread-and-butter NAS applications."

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