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  • Archiving software product specifications
    defined classification rules can be used at the time of archival to automatically classify records for retention purposes Common policies are based on a combination of named directory attributes content and other key fields available within the message In addition mail messages are intercepted and based on the policies defined within the MessageGate policy engine the message will be marked with a category Categorization can be based on message metadata message body or contents of the message attachment Data migration Each category of data has a Retention Policy a Process Map and a Storage Map associated with it The storage map is used to integrate with customers tiered storage model This storage map can be configured to provide ILM capabilities however most customers integrate with their own implemented system such as TSM The system is storage agnostic and does not utilize a relational database we write data serially to volumes on the file system based on date and category Each category can be associated with different volumes which are hosted on different storage devices When retention periods are long the data can be migrated through the process all the way until the data is expired Based on this information we can integrate seamlessly with any type of storage environment and leverage any type of tiered storage or migration that the customer may want to implement Litigation hold All records in the archive associated with a specific legal matter can easily be placed on hold ensuring their scheduled retention is suspended so they cannot be destroyed or modified in any way until the hold order is lifted The AXS One system allows documents already in the archive as well as new documents as they are archived to be put on hold automatically based on record categories or on keywords found within individual documents A complete audit trail ensures a full history of all records managed by the system from initial acquisition to final destruction so electronic records contained in the AXS One archive are of high evidential value in a court of law Retention deletion features Organizations can manage the retention and disposition of emails and other records automatically according to corporate policies and regulations while automatically honoring active Litigation Holds The workflow enabled rules engine can easily be configured to meet specific policy requirements including complex base date calculations and review of small samples of documents to audit the accuracy of the system Rules can be defined to accommodate corporate information access policies Retention Manager provides proactive and persistent monitoring of corporate records to ensure corporate policy adherence Storage reduction features The AXS One solution will apply as many as eight levels of storage reduction prior to ingestion into the archive Compression is performed after Single Instance Storage and deduplication has been performed AXS One uses a tunable and open compression which conservatively will reduce the storage requirement by 40 after realizing the storage advantages accomplished by implementing single instancing Reporting and logging features Pre defined graphing charting and reporting

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021859/Archiving-software-product-specifications (2016-02-10)
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  • Backup software tested: StorageCraft ShadowProtect
    of a crashed system you boot from ShadowProtect s supplied recovery CD This CD has options to choose from after booting which include reboot continue to boot from the hard disk and your choice of Windows XP or Windows Vista based recovery console The default if you do nothing is to continue booting from the hard disk this lets you leave the recovery CD in the drive and still have the server reboot normally This is designed for those who operate their servers remotely so you can step in and choose one of the recovery options instead of allowing a regular unattended hard disk boot Storage Craft recommends you choose the WinXP option if restoring WinXP and Server 2003 disks All very well but your options are a tad more limited under the XP console than under the newer Vista console Firstly if you re going to be restoring to a whole new server not just recovering from a dead disk then you ll find the Vista version knows about a lot more of the newer network cards than the older XP console knows about This is important if you re trying to restore from a NAS device and you need to locate the thing on the network If you re recovering from a USB device it doesn t seem to matter which console you choose but the WinXP version won t see your USB drives unless they re plugged in and spinning when you boot There s also another important gotcha inherent in using USB attached hard drives for backups Many of the little swine tell lies That is when they re receiving data at a very rapid rate from a ShadowProtected file server many brands don t report minor errors in the file transfers Perhaps they can recover from such errors in individual files but ShadowProtect is sending byte by byte disk sector data and it needs to be 100 accurate One way to find out if your USB drive suffers from this propensity to tell lies about the success of transfers is to attempt to recover from a deceased server disaster However you probably want to know about it before then and you can use the built in verify function in ShadowProtect to test a backup image to see if it can be restored If it can t then you need to ditch that USB drive and select another brand Under testing we discovered that the Maxtor OneTouch and the Taurus RAID USB drives worked as advertised and could be relied upon to restore a totally trashed server or desktop every time While you are preparing to restore one of the options presented by the recovery console allows you to specify a hardware independent restore You choose this if you are not just replacing a dead disk but are migrating to a whole new box What this does is after the restore is delete all the drivers in Windows and then tries to add new drivers to

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240020819/Backup-software-tested-StorageCraft-ShadowProtect (2016-02-10)
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  • Fibre in the storage diet's fine for Oztion
    have a lot of read write traffic storage became a bottleneck The company optimised its databases in an attempt to improve performance but eventually realised its storage systems would need attention too We adopted direct attach storage Druce says We got a RAID card for the server bought a storage array and attached it to the server We tried to make it faster and faster As traffic to the company s site increased this arrangement again proved inadequate It got to the point where we needed a much higher performance storage system Druce says with the choice of the EMC product driven by its superior performance compared to rival products thanks largely to the fast I O afforded by its use of fibre channel Druce acknowledges that it is unusual for a small business to adopt fibre channel given vendors promotion of IP storage and its associated network simplicity as ideal for smaller businesses looking to improve their storage infrastructure For Oztion however fibre channel was viable because it did not need to implement a channel network We can connect four servers to the SAN directly Druce says We are using fibre channel direct so the HBA cards straight into the back of the SAN We do not need a switch so there is no need to worry about zoning and such that goes with it That simplicity has given the company confidence to take on a SAN without the associated need for new networking skills We will probably have to do switches later on but for the moment it is easy to operate Druce says For now the company is pleased with the performance of its new SAN Our database is 100GB and growing all the time Druce says We have dedicated 600GB in the storage array specifically for the database and another 600GB for backups and other data We knew we would have the capacity to store the data so the real benefit is the performance We are so much faster than we used to be and we think that makes a difference to users on the site Dig Deeper on iSCSI SAN storage All News Problem Solve Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network technology ISCSI storage gets performance makeover Load More View All Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network technology ISCSI storage gets performance makeover Load More View All News iSCSI SANs getting enterprise boost by shared storage virtual servers ISCSI for beginners iSCSI network configuration design and optimization Testing iSCSI SAN performance with Iometer Load More View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019646/Fibre-in-the-storage-diets-fine-for-Oztion (2016-02-10)
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  • Pros and cons of iSCSI for SMBs
    adapters HBA or switch ports With Fibre Channel SANs storage administrators must be versed in Fibre Channel architecture a specialised area of expertise The cost to hire or train employees to manage a Fibre Channel environment is typically too great for most SMBs By contrast Ethernet setup and configuration is a well understood process that many individuals tackle successfully in their own homes Making iSCSI work for the SMB When it comes to deployment iSCSI considerations are identical for SMB and enterprise users alike Businesses that choose to embrace iSCSI should start with a 1 Gbps LAN Older 10 100 Mbps Ethernet LAN components are typically not suited for iSCSI SAN use This may require refitting older Ethernet network interface cards NIC and switches for 1 Gbps operation Once the LAN itself is updated to an appropriate speed it s important to isolate iSCSI traffic from the production LAN Isolation prevents iSCSI traffic from congesting the everyday network and it also keeps sensitive data away from everyday LAN users This is a critical security measure data leakage out of the SAN and possibly out of the business can be devastating for a company of any size SMBs should also rely on access controls such as CHAP to limit iSCSI SAN access to authorised personnel only ISCSI SAN data is frequently carried on the same physical LAN but it is channelled through a VSAN that keeps the SAN data logically separated from user data However the SMB may choose to build a small Ethernet LAN for iSCSI SAN use incorporating high performance parts such as TOE cards and iSCSI storage switches If higher availability and resilience is needed and cost is not a factor investigate the possibility of using multiple TOE cards and iSCSI switch ports for aggregation and failover tasks Since iSCSI runs on top of an existing Ethernet network often competing for available bandwidth with user traffic the network design is extremely important to iSCSI performance Network interruptions due to congestion bottlenecks can potentially crash an iSCSI storage array SMBs are particularly sensitive to this because their networks are rarely optimised and bandwidth is limited So any foray into iSCSI technology should include a careful evaluation of the existing network and traffic bottlenecks between the hosts and storage systems should be corrected before critical data is stored Software based initiators are used in 90 to 95 of all iSCSI deployments implemented on top of an existing Ethernet LAN SMBs usually don t require the added performance afforded by TOE cards and switches However it s important to use stable and mature initiators such as the free iSCSI initiator software that is already available for download with Windows 2000 2003 and XP Pro Dig Deeper on iSCSI SAN storage All News Problem Solve Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network technology ISCSI storage gets performance makeover Load More View All Using Nimble

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021877/Pros-and-cons-of-iSCSI-for-SMBs (2016-02-10)
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  • Making the case for FCIP and FCoE
    The combination of FCIP s ability to route data remotely while FCoE keeps data local on the same Ethernet network makes these protocols particularly desirable for companies looking to consolidate to and manage one common network infrastructure Still it may be difficult to manage and the range of options can be confusing for customers Before most companies can entertain the idea of running both of these protocols over the same Ethernet connection they ll want to upgrade from 1Gb Ethernet GbE to 10GbE to prevent the possibility of any network bottlenecks Claudio DeSanti technical leader in advanced architecture and research at Cisco Systems recommends firms have a level of assurance that FC will work as well over Ethernet as it does in their current FC SANs To do that they should deploy a 10GbE network infrastructure A 10GbE infrastructure provides some distinctive benefits over FC For instance companies may no longer need to use both FC HBA and Ethernet NICs for storage and network connectivity they can use 10GbE NICs for their storage and networking needs FCoE is an evolutionary protocol helping to establish a shared Ethernet fabric for storage networks that can be interconnected with the FCIP protocol says DeSanti Companies looking to transition to FCIP and FCoE will need to upgrade or replace existing Ethernet switches and NICs Mike Krause fellow engineer at Hewlett Packard says Ethernet switches and NICs will need to support 10Gb while Ethernet switches will need to understand how FC frames are transmitted over the network so they can create zones and do storage provisioning Krause expects companies will initially designate each 10Gb NIC card in servers for a single use one card for data and the other for storage and run FCIP and FCoE over the 10Gb NICs dedicated to storage Companies would use FCoE for local storage traffic because it doesn t create TCP IP overhead while FCIP is a better fit for companies that need to route and encrypt data over the wire The best place to do encryption is with FCIP because it can use IPsec says Krause Because data and storage networking are handled by different groups in an organisation new protocols like FCIP and FCoE that can run over the same Ethernet will need to bring these two groups together During the convergence of IP networks and storage networks says Krause there will be challenges with management tools and combined departments Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp Brocade gets into the HBA business Melbourne IT plans to deploy EMC s new VPLEX storage federation and virtualization array EXCLUSIVE NetApp document Tip EMC s Celerra Clariion to go EOL in 2010 successor to emerge in Q3 Load More View All Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp Brocade gets into the HBA business Melbourne IT plans to deploy EMC s new VPLEX storage federation and virtualization array EXCLUSIVE NetApp document

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021705/Making-the-case-for-FCIP-and-FCoE (2016-02-10)
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  • How to integrate iSCSI and Fibre Channel, and make it work
    the added bandwidth promised by 10 Gigabit Ether net GigE will improve i SCSI performance But since i SCSI adopters are already seeing adequate performance using the current 1 Gbps connectivity moving to 10 Gbps would have little effect on application performance There s no need to wait on 10 GigE You should probably evaluate i SCSI even if there s no immediate need for it Best Practice No 4 Consider the use of TOE HBAs for i SCSI Although i SCSI can be deployed using conventional Ether net NICs and switches you might want to consider more specialised i SCSI SAN NICs and switches The latest generation of NICs include a built in firmware based initiator and may incorporate TCP IP Offload Engine TOE capability A TOE performs much of the i SCSI command processing directly on the NIC improving i SCSI performance by off loading low level processing tasks from the host s main CPU You can also use Ether net i SCSI switches with high performance low latency ports to improve data transfers across the i SCSI SAN Best Practice No 5 Take i SCSI security into account Contrary to popular belief i SCSI SANs can be more secure than Fibre Channel SANs For example i SCSI establishes security through advanced authentication methods such as CHAP According to Rosetta CHAP is a much more secure method and is super simple to set up because people have been using CHAP in the IP world for a decade The authentication protocols native to Fibre Channel are rarely used Many SAN architects instead rely on the relatively isolated nature of Fibre Channel fabrics and the complexities of LUN zoning and masking to keep SAN data secure Furthermore Fibre Channel does not support native encryption over the wire but i SCSI can utilise IP Sec encryption to protect data in flight One weakness of i SCSI security lies in the proliferation of Ether net networks It s a bad idea to pass storage data on the same network that handles everyday user traffic because your secure SAN data can leak out over the LAN possibly onto the Internet As a result network designers must isolate i SCSI SAN data from Ether net user data One way they can accomplish this is by building a different LAN dedicated to i SCSI use but it s usually more practical to partition networks logically For example you could establish an i SCSI SAN using a VLAN which carves up the physical LAN into a logical portion used exclusively by the SAN This allows storage administrators to regulate and guard the traffic that the VLAN carries Best Practice No 6 Look for mature initiators Most network activities are operated and directed through software drivers In the i SCSI realm the drivers that reside on host servers are known as initiators Their performance is often limited by poor coding methodologies or inadequate testing Experts suggest that you use mature initiator software from the NIC vendor or

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021875/How-to-integrate-iSCSI-and-Fibre-Channel-and-make-it-work (2016-02-10)
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  • Australians called to apply for heritage project
    TechTarget and its partners You can withdraw your consent at any time Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street Newton MA You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy of historical or personal importance The company is offering grants of up to US 15 000 to selected individuals and organisations that apply before 30 November Major catastrophes such as fire or theft are definite concerns but general wear and tear can result in the same kind of tragic loss said managing director David Webster In an announcement the company pointed to the loss of the original NASA footage of the first moon landing Many organisations rely on sponsorships and donations to keep their doors open so going through a digitising process is unfeasible which is why EMC is providing a helping hand to organisations across the world Webster said Examples of potential applications include local libraries museums or historical society collections significant private collections of music letters or art archives and records of local cultural or educational institutions and businesses Those interested in applying can find more information at http www emc com about destination information heritage heritage trust Dig Deeper on Australian storage news and case studies All News Australian Bureau of Statistics counts on no storage team HP for census Bad Sectors the latest storage news How ASIC stops I O storms hurting its SANs Bad Sectors Amazon warns on S3 security UXC and CommVault cuddle Load More View All Australian Bureau of Statistics counts on no storage team HP for census Bad Sectors the latest storage news How ASIC stops I O storms hurting its SANs Bad Sectors Amazon warns on S3 security UXC and CommVault cuddle Load More View All News ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some imagination CIOs can do it for Search Security com au Weigh the benefits risks of going mobile in the enterprise Smartphone and tablet use in the enterprise can help boost productivity improve employee satisfaction and lower costs However Conquer BYOD risks with mobile device management Bring your own device has a number of inherent security challenges Expert Lisa Phifer explains how a mobile device management The IT security gold rush is on Security budgets in Australia are soaring

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019109/Australians-called-to-apply-for-heritage-project (2016-02-10)
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  • LeftHand adds hardware to iSCSI SANs
    an important niche in association with VMware and being hardware agnostic is not as important In fact having a hardware portfolio becomes more desirable Villars said Lefthand users said they welcome the new development I m in the business of delivering storage to my clients not manufacturing said Bob Lamb general manager of hosting services for Strategic Business Solutions Inc a managed service provider Lamb said he s used the NSM160 for remote office data protection and off site backup for clients It s nice to have one place to go for support Mystery partner Dell LeftHand won t say who its hardware partner is for its new systems However industry sources said that the new nodes are actually based on products from Dell Inc Several sources said LeftHand s boxes come directly from Dell although one analyst said the two companies use the same hardware source and are not partnering on the systems Like LeftHand Dell isn t saying either Dell representatives did not return requests for comment The products clearly bear a striking physical resemblance Like the NSM2060 the Dell PowerEdge 2950 server supports up to six disk drives including SAS 500 GB and 750 GB SATA drives though the 2950 also supports 2 5 inch SAS drives and other capacities in SATA The maximum capacity possible in one enclosure with 750 GB SATA drives is 4 5 TB Sources said the NSM4150 is a combination of two Dell products the 1U PowerEdge 1950 server and the 3U MD3000 disk expansion enclosure comprising the 4U form factor of the NSM4150 The specifications on a single MD3000 enclosure also match up with the NSM4150 including the type of drives supported Both the MD3000 and the storage component of the NSM4150 hold up to fifteen 3 5 inch disk drives A partnership would put both companies in an awkward position after Dell s 1 4 billion acquisition of LeftHand competitor EqualLogic Corp this week because it would mean LeftHand will be competing with a partner in the iSCSI market Then again HP and IBM also sell iSCSI systems in addition to those with SANiQ Marc Staimer founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting predicted the EqualLogic acquisition could actually present a golden opportunity for LeftHand The disruption of the acquisition gives other channel focused vendors a chance to take market share from EqualLogic he said This could affect LeftHand very positively If it does prove a positive for LeftHand it could be the push the company needs to become a public company next year LeftHand has hinted about taking the plunge in late 2007 or early 2008 and many industry insiders expect it to be the next storage vendor to file for an initial public offering IPO if it doesn t get acquired first as EqualLogic did Dig Deeper on iSCSI SAN storage All News Problem Solve Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021712/LeftHand-adds-hardware-to-iSCSI-SANs (2016-02-10)
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