Symantec advocates data deduplication as part of an overall backup strategy

Storage
Veritas NetBackup PureDisk to expand integration of data deduplication
Symantec Corp. announced enhancements to its NetBackup PureDisk data deduplication solution. 

Enhancements to NetBackup PureDisk allow enterprise customers to use a single application – Veritas Backup Reporter, to consolidate reporting on the backup activities of PureDisk, NetBackup and other backup applications.  With centralized backup reporting and the ability to plan growth based on the historical data of all backup types, customers can manage and customize their backup methods that include tape backups, snapshots and data deduplication from PureDisk.

Symantec architected NetBackup PureDisk to separate the management of file metadata from file content. This approach allows customers to configure, deploy and maintain large volumes of deduplicated data (hundreds of terabytes). 

NetBackup PureDisk supports newer disk and traditional tape-based strategies for data protection and availability.  The forthcoming NetBackup PureDisk release will deliver online failover for PureDisk environments with multiple servers. In large backup environments, if the server that controls PureDisk storage experiences an outage, failover to a standby server can be executed in minutes. A spare PureDisk server can be configured on any compatible hardware.

In addition to support for Active Directory / LDAP authentication, Symantec’s Data Lock feature gives enterprises and service providers data security by enabling an end-user customer to apply a unique password to their data. The feature secures backup data of this end user with an additional password that prevents PureDisk system administrators from accessing that data.  The password controls access to the data, but does not interrupt the backup process. Backup jobs that use Data Lock run as scheduled, but backup administrators cannot browse or restore data without entering the Data Lock password.

The NetBackup PureDisk capabilities are scheduled to be available in June 2007.  Backup Reporter may be purchased separately.   NetBackup PureDisk and Backup Reporter are available directly through Symantec or via Symantec’s worldwide network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators. 
Security
Spectra Logic pushes eneryption boundaries to LTO-4
Spectra Logic announced its support for LTO-4, including LTO-4 drive-based encryption, in the T50, T120 and T950 libraries. LTO-4 encryption requires a key management solution be in place to manage the encryption keys.  Spectra Logic has extended BlueScale Encryption’s key management to now manage LTO-4 encryption keys as well as library generated encryption keys.

Spectra Logic offers two levels of key management:  BlueScale Encryption Standard Edition is a secure solution and is offered at no charge; Professional Edition has all the security of Standard Edition while also offering key management options for environments with key management standards.  Both Standard and Professional Edition offer fully secure key management for both drive- and library-based encryption of backed up data. 

LTO-4 Fibre Channel drives are available now from Spectra Logic, offering 1.6TB compressed capacity per tape, 240 MB/s data transfer rate, WORM capability and the drive encryption option.

Infrastructure

Outertech releases CachemanXP 1.50

Outertech has released CachemanXP, a Windows system service designed to optimize several caches and fine tuning a number of system settings.

CachemanXP offers several process managements functions like Kill Process, a feature that helps removing crashed, non responsive programs from memory.

For a more detailed features list, example tweaks and screenshots please visit CachemanXP website at: http://www.outertech.com/index.php?_charisma_page=product&id=7

CachemanXP costs US$25 for a single user licence (multi user and site licenses are available). You can request a reviewer licence at distribution@outertech.com and include the trial version of CachemanXP on any cover medias.

Features in version 1.50:

  • Several Cache settings and Tweaks.
  • Extended process information.
  • Allows you to change CPU Priority of all programs, including system processes.
  • Ability to hide Automatic Updates restart dialog.
  • Two fully configurable Tray Icons.
  • Auto-Optimize fine tuned for latest computer systems.
  • GUI redesigned to (optionally) take less screen space.

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