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May 21 2008   1:36PM GMT

Archiving news spans the globe

Dave Raffo Dave Raffo Profile: Dave Raffo

Busy week for archiving. While EMC was detailing its archiving roadmap in Las Vegas this week at EMC World, IBM was opening an archiving solutions center in Mexico, and U.K.-based Plasmon was launching its latest UDO-based system.

Plasmon’s Enterprise Active Archive (EAA) allows Plasmon’s UDO systems to work with disk for long-term archiving flexibility. EAA gives Plasmon’s archive appliance the ability to search disk and UDO media together, as well as index, classify, migrate and replicate files across systems.

Mike Koclanes, Plasmon’s chief strategy officer, said it wasn’t enough to have UDO drives that can last for 50 years to store data. “It didn’t fit into the IT ecosystem,” he said. “So we had to come up with an archiving appliance. The first thing we had to do was virtualize access to the application so it’s writing as if it’s a file system.” Koclanes said Plasmon intends to support solid state and holographic storage when they become widely available. He sees those technologies as well as SATA drives as complementary to UDO rather than competitive.

“When you store something on UDO, you have a permanent copy,” he said. “You have a UDO copy for DR and you don’t have to do backup any more. We’re not saying don’t use disk, we’re saying you don’t need three or four copies and have to replicate it around and use all that power.”

Meanwhile, IBM today opened a $10 million executive briefing center in Guadalajara, Mexico, dedicated to its archiving practice. IBM intends to use the Global Archive Solutions Center to help customers with their strategies for long-term data retention.

“Customers can come in and learn about best practices and do simulations of archiving with our products and partners’ products,” said Charlie Andrews, worldwide marketing manager for IBM storage.

“We’ve done a lot of research on what it means to have long-term retention of data. Does the media last long enough, how expensive is it, and when you talk about really long term — over 10 years — what happens with applications?” Andrews added. “Sometimes when you switch applications, you can’t read documents.”

Andrews said the archiving center is IBM’s 11th  global center but the first to address a “specific solution area” instead of a product line.   

Why Guadalajara? “Because we have a strong presence there,” Andrews said. “We’ve been there since 1927. It’s now a very rich high-tech area, it’s called the ‘Silicon Valley of Mexico.’ Also we believe growth in Latin America is significant for us.”

 

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