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CA upgrades SRM software

Storage Resource Manager (SRM) r11.7, CA's software for distributed (non-mainframe) environments, now supports both host/server and storage virtualization. On the host side, CA SRM supports VMware, with support for Microsoft's Hyper-V in the works. On the storage virtualization side, CA SRM supports IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC), with support for Hitachi Data Systems' storage virtualization platforms due later this year.

"Virtualization adds complexity on top of the physical layers, and users are losing sight of what they actually have," says Todd Michaels, CA's senior product manager. "SRM provides virtual-to-physical mappings and capacity reporting so that users have insight into the storage resources they are actually utilizing."

Other enhancements in CA SRM r11.7 include support for Multi-Path I/O and enhanced support for Microsoft Cluster Server, real-time alerting, and support for ARCserve r12, the latest release of the company's backup and recovery software.

CA SRM supports Unix, Linux, NetWare and Windows-based storage resources, and provides functionality such as capacity management/monitoring, allocation, policy definition and enforcement, and troubleshooting.

Mimosa archives SharePoint

Mimosa Systems, which is primarily known for data protection, e-mail and file archiving software, has extended its reach into the fast-growing Microsoft SharePoint archiving market with the debut of Mimosa NearPoint for SharePoint.

The NearPoint for SharePoint software offers content archiving, data protection and eDiscovery support for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. NearPoint for SharePoint features include full capture of all SharePoint content, the ability to recover individual items or complete sites, and global single instancing across SharePoint, Exchange e-mail, and file system content within the Mimosa NearPoint archive.

The product includes integrated search and in-place legal holds across SharePoint, Exchange and file system content and optional placeholders within SharePoint to access previous versions of archived content.

NearPoint for SharePoint is sold as a standalone product, or as part of the NearPoint content archiving suite with pricing starting of $40 per user.

Data Domain upgrades D2D

Data Domain has expanded its line of de-duplicating disk-based backup products with the introduction of the DD660, a quad-core processor system that offers a 50% increase in both speed and capacity over its dual-core predecessor.

The midrange DD660 supports up to 2TB/hour of aggregate inline de-duplication throughput and up to 700GB/hour for a single stream. It also supports up to 36TB of raw capacity, which translates to 1.3PB of logical capacity with 50:1 data reduction.

The base model, with 1TB disk drives, includes 12TB in a 2U rack-mount chassis.

The DD660 connects to fabrics using NFS, CIFS and NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) over Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 10GbE and/or VTL over 4Gbps Fibre Channel.

The launch of the DD660 comes on the heels of a new version of the Data Domain operating system (DD OS). The DD OS 4.6 software reportedly boosts performance across the company's line of disk-based backup systems by as much as 100%.

The DD OS uses a proprietary technology called Stream Informed Segment Layout (SISL) to achieve high throughput while minimizing system and disk hardware. The software is CPU-centric and can be used to upgrade performance without adding controllers, compression hardware, or disks.

The DD660 is available at roughly the same price as its predecessor, the DD580, with a starting price of approximately $120,000.

Continuity enhances DR

Continuity Software has added high availability (HA) gap detection and reporting to its RecoverGuard software.

RecoverGuard 4.0 has improvements in cluster system support, root cause analysis, and HA gap detection and reporting, all aimed at monitoring and validating customers' disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) restore point and restore time objectives.

The company added four new components in RecoverGuard 4.0, including HA Cluster Verification, root cause analysis, deployment analysis, and a tool called the Comprehensive Availability Advisor.

High Availability Cluster Verification provides gap detection for clusters and supports virtually all HA clusters.

On top of the software's ability to discover and report on DR and HA gaps and vulnerabilities, RecoverGuard 4.0 can now perform root cause analysis to identify which infrastructure changes have caused problems and suggest preventative solutions. Also, using new deployment analysis capabilities, the software finds and reports on unprotected IT assets.

The Comprehensive Availability Advisor automatically detects configuration drifts affecting DR/HA servers, including domain, DNS settings, installed products, patches, service packs, operating system version, kernel parameters, hardware, storage routing, and more.

Annual license pricing for RecoverGuard is approximately $2,000 per protected server.

Double-Take revamps software

Double-Take Software has added boot-from-SAN and migration capabilities to its data protection repertoire as it expands beyond continuous data protection (CDP), replication and failover with a new software suite.

All of the company's products have been consolidated into a new Workload Optimization suite, which includes four products – Double-Take Back-up, Double-Take Availability and the new Double-Take Move and Double-Take Flex.

Double-Take's director of solutions engineering, Bob Roudebush, says the Flex product was built using network boot and software-based iSCSI SAN technology acquired from emBoot last year.

"Flex has the ability to boot any device from a SAN with centralized control, and it can turn a standard Windows server into an iSCSI SAN," says Roudebush.

Double-Take integrated emBoot's netBoot/i and sanFly technology into one product to make it possible for existing Ethernet NICs to perform diskless booting from an iSCSI SAN. The software also allows multiple servers or workstations to boot from a single shared boot volume.

Double-Take is licensing Flex on a per-device basis. Pricing is $395 per server, or $95 per desktop, and requires one management server priced at $2,995.

The new Double-Take Move software moves workloads between any combination of physical and virtual hardware within datacenters for hardware refreshes, or across locations for data center migrations and consolidations. The software is sold as a perpetual-use migration license or on a per-migration basis. The per-migration option costs $495 per server.

This article was originally published on May 01, 2009