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Aug 6 2009   8:22PM GMT

Nayatek adds file archiving

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Emerging data archiving software player Nayatek released a new version of its Datosphere software this week, adding support for archiving Windows file systems to its existing support for email, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), instant messaging and unified communications. The company’s goal is to build what it calls a “data neutral” archive through a modular design that features connectors for each type of data supported.

Nayatek’s file archiving offers federated search, some e-discovery/custodian role features, although VP of product management Scott Lehmann said the company is still working on legal hold and SharePoint. Datosphere can stub or copy a file to the archive while deleting it completely from primary storage. File archiving policies are available according to age, size or document type. End users can access and view archived files and emails through an Outlook folder or web client, and perform federated searches across all data types from one interface.

Datosphere comes with a Redundant Array of Independent Nodes (RAIN) architecture, in a standard HA (dual) version and an enterprise n-way version. The software itself ships within a virtual appliance. According to Lehmann, Datosphere remains Windows-focused for email and files so far, though Unix support is planned. Similarly, single instancing in the Datosphere archive is currently limited to email and within file shares – no global data reduction yet.

While Nayatek has managed in a short time (the company came out of stealth in December) to match many of the major features of more established competitors, it will be difficult to break into this market without significant differentiation. According to Lehmann, Datosphere’s software-only model and the simplicity of its modular design will make it more user-friendly than competitors’ offerings.

But Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Brian Babineau said it will probably take more than that for Nayatek to overtake competitors like Symantec, EMC, Autonomy-Zantaz and Mimosa Systems in the data compliance and archiving market. The biggest differentiator in this market is breadth of support for multiple operating systems and applications, especially Microsoft SharePoint and Lotus Notes email as an alternative to Exchange. E-Discovery, search and compliance capabilities, and a SaaS option or cloud partners are also keys to success, Babineau said.

“No one has it all,” Babineau said. “As a shiny new object in the marketplace, Nayatek may get some attention — but where they’re going to go long-term is the biggest question mark I have looking at them right now.”

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