By Dave Simpson
April 16, 2009 -- Tarmin Technologies this week announced the second release of its GridBank active archive platform for unstructured, fixed-content data on secondary storage resources. In addition to providing active archive functionality, GridBank also encompasses object-based storage (aka content-addressable storage, or CAS) and information lifecycle management (ILM) functionality.
GridBank 1.5 includes enhancements such as 64-bit versions for Linux and Windows Server 2008, and e-discovery and search functionality for storage resources outside of the GridBank environment, but the key enhancement, according to Eric Herzog, Tarmin's vice president of marketing and sales, is support for Microsoft SharePoint, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0.
The integration with SharePoint includes business rule-based, granular (global to item-level) archiving with full content index and search functionality. Herzog says that automatic migrating and archiving of SharePoint data can cut TCO and enable IT organizations to delay purchasing additional SQL servers for SharePoint environments.
Archiving/migration features in GridBank 1.5 include single instancing, compression, thin provisioning, and regulatory/compliance features via the preservation of document metadata. In addition, GridBank 1.5 combines ID-centric security with Active Directory integration and data encryption to insure data is accessed only by users with appropriate security clearance.
In addition to SharePoint, GridBank supports any CIFS or NFS hosts. The underlying grid-based hardware consists of industry-standard servers and storage platforms.
Other enhancements in GridBank 1.5 include:
--Support for more than 500 file formats
--A Web-based management console
--Support for the Representational State Transfer (REST) protocol (in addition to the NTFS, CIFS, HTTP, WebDAV and FTP protocols)
--Data classification reporting for storage resources not archived in the GridBank infrastructure
GridBank 1.5 is in beta now, with production shipments expected in the July timeframe, according to Herzog.
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