Gluster NAS platform gains data storage management; EMC adds replication support to DPA 5.5

Headlines: Gluster Storage Platform adds support for virtual servers and other enterprise features to its "do-it-yourself" clustered NAS software based on open-source code; expanded Data Protection Advisor goes beyond backup reporting with support for EMC's replication applications and data deduplication, as well as integration with VMware's vCenter.

Gluster adds data storage management, virtual server support to open-source clustered NAS

Gluster is joining a recent wave of emerging vendors adding enterprise storage management features to clustered network-attached storage (NAS) systems based on commodity hardware with last week's release of the Gluster Storage Platform.

Gluster came out of stealth in 2007 with GlusterFS, a scale-out file system for clustered NAS based on open-source code but reengineered "from the ground up," according to senior director of marketing Jack O'Brien. Version 2 of GlusterFS came out last May with striping, data replication and management tools.

The Gluster Storage Platform, which became available last week, continues to build on those management features with a new software delivery model, an updated Web-based management GUI, and new support for virtual servers, including the ability to self-heal data errors in virtual server environments.

Check out another of this week's clustered NAS-related announcements.

EMC adds replication support to Data Protection Advisor

EMC Corp. upgraded its data protection management application this week to include monitoring and reporting on its replication applications as well as adding support for data deduplication and VMware.

EMC Data Protection Advisor (DPA) 5.5 now supports data replication applications for EMC Symmetrix and Clariion storage systems as well as EMC RecoverPoint network-based replication. EMC also extended VMware support by integrating DPA with vCenter Server; added centralized reports for deduplication ratios for Data Domain, Avamar and NetWorker backup products; and expanded monitoring, alerting and reporting for Celerra network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

It is the second update of the product since EMC acquired WysDM in 2008. In November 2008, EMC changed the name of the product from Backup Advisor to Data Protection Advisor and began to support VMware and Celerra.

Compare hardware vs. host vs. backup replication.

SGI brings federated data archive product to the U.S.

SGI Inc. this week began worldwide distribution of a software platform that offers a unified view of unstructured data objects across an enterprise, from live applications to data archives created with its tiered data storage tools.

SGI has been selling the LiveArc platform in the Asia-Pacific market, and Tuesday said it would begin selling it worldwide as part of its InfiniteStorage Total Control Suite. SGI has an exclusive distribution for the software, developed as Mediaflux by an Australian company called Arcitecta Pty Ltd. It uses binary (compressed) XML to create a metadata index for unstructured data objects regardless of their native metadata format, which can then be searched for a unified view of all data in the enterprise.

LiveArc spans data and records management for production applications as well as data archives within the storage infrastructure. Floyd Christofferson, SGI business development manager for media and entertainment, said LiveArc's current deployments focus on libraries of reference data such as images that need to be accessed from different points within an organization.

Compare hardware vs. software approaches to data reduction for disk archiving.

Users weigh mobile device backup and recovery options

In the last few years, data backup and recovery vendors have begun offering options to back up mobile devices that are finding their way into businesses in increasing numbers, and some recent offerings add a new level of automation and user self-service for backing up workstation devices. However, these "edge" devices are not always considered critical for centralized backup among enterprise storage and backup administrators.

Laptop backups for the data center

A number of companies sell backup software products that can be deployed within the corporate data center. Among the best known are Asigra Inc. Televaulting, Atempo's LiveBackup Express, IBM Corp.'s CDP for Files, Symantec Corp.'s Backup Exec and Yosemite FileKeeper (now owned by Barracuda Networks).

Recently, EMC Corp. re-introduced data deduplication subsidiary Avamar's support for desktop and laptop data backup (Avamar had offered desktop and laptop backup options prior to EMC's acquisition of the company in 2006). This release also included a user self-restore Web interface, integrated with Microsoft's Active Directory for role-based access to backup data, and a file search engine to locate specific data. An IT department can continue to control restores either by policy or by not rolling out the Web portal to users.

Read the full story on mobile device backup and recovery.

Secure-24 switches to EMC VTL -- sans data deduplication

Data deduplication isn't always the best option for virtual tape libraries (VTLs) -- at least not according to one hosting company that recently revamped its data backup and recovery environment.

Secure-24, a managed hosting company for critical ERP applications such as Oracle and SAP, installed an EMC Corp. Disk Library (EDL) 4200 VTL last summer after determining the type of data the company handles and the speed it requires for backups made a Fibre Channel interface without dedupe the best choice.

Secure-24's Chief Operating Officer Volker Straub said Secure-24 has 120 employees with three data centers in the Midwest and one in Phoenix. The hosting company opened a $5 million 18,000-square foot data center in Plymouth, Mich., in April because of rapid expansion and quickly moved to improve its backup flow.

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ConnectWise integrates PSA tool with Xerox PagePack

ConnectWise, a professional service automation (PSA) applications provider, announced it is integrating its PSA tools with Xerox Corp.'s PagePack software to help IT solution providers handle the managed print services market. Through the shared interface, resellers who use ConnectWise software can automate data collection, reporting and invoicing for all of their Xerox PagePack managed print services customers.

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