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IBM works to improve data placement on SSDs; Steelhead-AutoCAD dedupe problem solved

Headlines: IBM will add SSD-specific data placement and monitoring capabilities to server/storage software; Autodesk changes the way AutoCAD files are saved to ensure compatibility with data deduplication products such as Riverbed's Steelhead devices.

Storage channel news roundup for May 21-27, 2009

IBM writes software to improve data placement on solid-state drives

IBM Corp. is moving to add intelligence to solid-state drives (SSDs) by putting SSD-specific data placement and monitoring capabilities into software across its storage and server platforms.

Industry analysts and storage administrators agree that intelligent management needs to be the next phase in SSD technology now that all of the major storage vendors support SSDs in their arrays. EMC Corp. CEO Joe Tucci calls it Phase 2 for solid-state drives, but IBM is the first major storage vendor to add these features widely across its product line by developing new applications and upgrading existing hierarchical storage movement software to work specifically with SSDs.

Clod Barrera, chief technical strategist for storage at IBM, said the software addresses "how one determines data placement, how you decide what data belongs on those devices, and how to move data to SSDs with minimum human intervention and minimum disruption to applications."

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File compatibility problem between Riverbed's Steelhead and Autodesk's AutoCAD resolved

Wide-area data services vendor Riverbed Technology Inc. and application vendor Autodesk Inc. said today that Riverbed's Steelhead devices will be able to fully deduplicate data created by the 2010 version of Autodesk's AutoCAD drafting program, thereby resolving the file compatibility problem between the companies.

The news comes a little over a year after Riverbed and its customers cried foul over the 2007/2008 versions of AutoCAD, which couldn't be effectively deduped by Steelhead's algorithms.

Autodesk refreshes the CAD software every year and makes changes to its file formats every three years. Whenever a .dwg file was saved in the 2007 format, the bits inside it were rearranged and the entire file looked new to Riverbed's data hashing algorithms. This prevented Steelhead from deduplicating the file.

Read the full story on the AutoCAD/Steelhead file compatibility fix.

EMC World 2009: Special Event Coverage Senior News Writer Beth Pariseau provided exclusive coverage of EMC World 2009 May 18-21 in Orlando, Fla. Read news and analysis and find out what storage pros attending the show had to say.

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Digital Reef adds support for FAST Enterprise Search Platform and Office SharePoint Server 2007

Data classification startup Digital Reef Inc. is adding support for Microsoft Corp.'s FAST Enterprise Search Platform (ESP) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 through a technology partnership with Microsoft.

Microsoft acquired Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST) in early 2008, and maintains FAST as its enterprise search subsidiary. Digital Reef's software with FAST search capabilities is expected to be available in the second half of the year, and will add compliance and e-discovery capabilities to FAST and SharePoint.

Digital Reef's data classification software is designed to help organizations identify duplicate and near-duplicate pieces of content, and automatically classify documents.

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