By Kevin Komiega
—File virtualization software vendor Attune Systems announced this week that it has entered into a partnership with Data Domain that will give end users the ability to integrate Attune's Maestro File Manager software with Data Domain's line of de-duplicating storage systems.
As a result of the partnership and joint integration work, the two products work in tandem to create low-cost, tiered storage architectures. Data Domain's disk-based de-duplication systems function as a target for a range of secondary or nearline workloads such as archiving, backup, and disaster recovery, while Attune's file virtualization software implements policy-based file management across the storage infrastructure, allowing files to be automatically placed in predetermined tiers throughout their lifecycle.
The latest release of Attune's Maestro File Manager software, announced last month, features new tiered, policy-based backup enhancements and forensic file-system search capabilities across multi-vendor Windows file servers and NAS devices.
The file virtualization software offers users the ability to search the live file system or any number of point-in-time copies for files based on multiple criteria such as file owner, size, type, and name, as well as storage location or modify/access date. Once discovered, files can be easily copied, deleted, or moved to an archive location within the file system. Files can also be non-disruptively migrated from one storage tier to another, or backed up using various data backup software solutions.
"The Maestro File Manager provides multi-vendor reporting and analysis capabilities, but we also offer an integrated solution to help customers manage their data without disrupting their users or requiring expensive upgrades of their server or storage environment," says Alan Kessler, Attune's president and CEO.
Data Domain also recently updated its software, releasing a new version of its file system software that expands the capabilities of its DDX arrays to support a range of nearline workloads beyond just data protection. Data Domain's arrays now include integrated, de-duplicated snapshots for point-in-time versioning, de-duplicated snapshot replication, and support for the files required by these applications.
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