Windows IT Pro Storage UPDATE--Vendors Leap into Content Management--April 4, 2005

Windows IT Pro Storage UPDATE--Vendors Leap into Content Management

Subscribe to Windows IT Pro:
http://www.winitpro.com/rd.cfm?code=00eu205xgL

==============

Don't let overzealous antispam software block your copy of Storage UPDATE--add [email protected] to your list of allowed senders and contacts.

==========

This email newsletter comes to you free and is supported by the following advertisers, which offer products and services in which you might be interested. Please take a moment to visit these advertisers' Web sites and show your support for Storage UPDATE.

VERITAS Software
Indepth for SQL Server Free Evaluation Software http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;15128401;11164321;k?http://veritas.com/offer?a_id=10445

EMC Dantz
http://www.windowsitpro.com/whitepapers/emcdantz/diskbasedbackup/index.cfm?code=stornl_0404

==========

1. Commentary
- Storage Vendors Leap into Content Management

2. From the Community
- IT Pro Seeks Deployable Archiving Agent for Windows Server

3. New and Improved
- STORServer Ships Petabyte-Class Backup Appliance
- Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

==== Sponsor: VERITAS Software--Indepth for SQL Server Free Evaluation Software ====

Increase your application performance with VERITAS Indepth for SQL Server. With VERITAS Indepth for SQL Server, you can determine the root causes of performance problems, hold applications accountable, and eliminate performance anxiety once and for all. Download VERITAS Indepth for SQL Server to see how you can:

* Drill down to pinpoint the root cause of performance problems
* Alleviate bottlenecks within your SQL environment
* Continuously monitor your SQL environment and capture data for performance analysis
* Gain complete visibility into the source of COM+ based SQL and destination of data on Windows based storage devices

Download a free trial now.
http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;15128401;11164321;k?http://veritas.com/offer?a_id=10445

==========

==== 1. Commentary: Storage Vendors Leap into Content Management ====
by Elliot King, [email protected]

One of the major trends in enterprise storage has been the development of a management layer for the storage infrastructure. As companies increasingly move to different forms of network-based storage, they're either exploring or deploying technologies such as storage-resource-management software and storage virtualization to better use and exploit their storage assets. Over time, it's safe to assume that storage-network management will be tightly integrated into overall network operations.

But EMC's announcement of its next-generation EMC Documentum enterprise content-management platform is a reminder that storage vendors are also pushing their way into another key area of the IT infrastructure: the data-management layer of the technology stack. The EMC Documentum release, which EMC officials say represents the most significant advances in enterprise content management in several years and is the first to be unveiled since EMC purchased Documentum, is truly ambitious in scope. It offers a unified architecture for a wide-ranging suite of products. Among the key new features are a federated search capability that gives users a single point of access to search Documentum and other third-party content repositories both within and outside enterprises; a client for Microsoft Outlook that lets users save email and attachments in a Documentum repository, while maintaining the look and feel of Outlook folders; and transformation services that facilitate the conversion of desktop documents, images, and audio and video content into compatible content types.

These features are only one aspect of the new release. Documentum also provides wide-ranging functionality for business-process management and more collaboration services. And there is more. The new release also bolsters the Documentum platform's repository services by providing behind-the-scenes policy creation and enforcement, which helps companies meet document-retention and regulatory requirements. This feature, called Retention Policy Services, operates at the repository level and can be applied to all types of content. With it, organizations can develop retention policies based on events, conditions under which content should be disposed, information-lifecycle considerations, and other criteria.

Finally, EMC has also bolstered security in the Documentum platform by providing its Trusted Content Services, which delivers a common security model and audit trail across all applications that use the Documentum platform. Among other features, Trusted Content Services includes access control that depends on multiple rules, and digital shredding, which is a secure way to dispose of information and prevent its retrieval from storage media.

Clearly, Documentum is a major release. In fact, EMC claims that this is the first truly comprehensive ECM offering that's based on a unified architecture, as opposed to its competitors, who, EMC officials argue, offer only loosely integrated applications held together through a common interface. EMC executives say that by offering a completely unified stack that includes process and repository services, collaboration, automation, and security in addition to the traditional EMC functions, end users are in better position to realize the maximum value of their information at every stage of the information lifecycle.

Of course, EMC isn't the only player focused on delivering this type of content-management functionality. In early March, IBM unveiled a new software portfolio that extends its products' use of Web services to enable all types of content to be captured, managed, and searched across multiple repositories as part of normal business processes. As part of that announcement, IBM enhanced its workflow capabilities in IBM DB2 Content Manager 8.3 and its automated document-lifecycle-management features in IBM DB2 Document Manager 8.3. Furthermore, many other players are rushing to this space.

In short, the EMC Documentum announcement opens a new front for competition among storage vendors and others. In addition to providing tools to better manage storage networks, EMC is now fully engaged in offering tools to better manage the content stored on its devices. With regulatory issues and data-volume concerns high on the priority list of most storage administrators, content management is a pressing issue.

In many ways, the move by EMC into data and information management resembles the voice- and data-networking wars of the late 1990s. At that time, the question was whether data-networking vendors such as Cisco Systems would begin to provide the next generation of equipment to the large telecoms or whether the traditional suppliers of telecom equipment would gain ground in the data-networking arena. At this point, it looks as if Cisco has edged ahead.

In this case, EMC is making a run at the data-management layer of the technology stack. Will it gain control, or will the data management vendors assert more control over the storage infrastructure? This question will be resolved over the next couple of years. In the meantime, the game is on.

==== Sponsor: EMC Dantz ====

Learn how small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises can optimize disk-based backup! Storage industry experts have identified backup and recovery as a major area of concern for SMBs and distributed enterprises. EMC Dantz, the maker of award-winning Retrospect backup and recovery software, is offering a free white paper describing how combining disk-based backups with automated backup technology can deliver easy-to-manage backups, fast restores, and simplified creation and tracking of tape for offsite media rotation. Download the white paper today!
http://www.windowsitpro.com/whitepapers/emcdantz/diskbasedbackup/index.cfm?code=stornl_0404

==== 2. From the Community ====

IT Pro Seeks Deployable Archiving Agent for Windows Server

Forum participant "xangelusx" is looking for an archive-management utility that IT could use to centrally manage various executables that are run daily via Task Scheduler. The executables compress Web files on local servers into .zip files and move them to another server. If you can help offer a solution, join the discussion at
http://www.windowsitpro.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=46&threadid=131300

==== 3. New and Improved ====
by Anne Grubb, [email protected]

STORServer Ships Petabyte-Class Backup Appliance

Backup-appliance manufacturer STORServer is shipping what it claims is the largest-capacity backup appliance on the market, capable of providing an online storage pool that can handle up to nearly 1.5 petabytes of data. The S40000 Backup Appliance can support 4TB to 90TB of data in the first frame and supports either Linear Tape-Open 2 (LTO-2) or Sony AIT 1 (SAIT-1) formats. By adding library frames, each of which adds 1300 additional tape cartridge slots using Spectra Logic's TeraPack technology--a dense packing system--the S40000 becomes the industry's highest-density backup solution and STORServer's first backup appliance that can store more than 1 petabyte of online data, which is available for immediate restore and recovery. For more information, contact STORServer on the Web.
http://www.storserver.com

Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Tell us about the product, and we'll send you a T-shirt if we write about the product in a future Windows IT Pro What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions with information about how the product has helped you to [email protected]

=========

==== Hot Release (advertisement) ====

Free TRIAL - NetSupport Manager PC Remote Control Software

Perform remote support and management on multiple systems simultaneously over a LAN, WAN, and the Internet with NetSupport Manager remote control software. A great SMS add-on. Free 30 day trial.
http://www.netsupport-inc.com/nsm/netsupport_manager_overview.htm?source=win

==== Resources and Events ====
(brought to you by Windows IT Pro)

Meet the Risks of Instant Messaging Head On in This Free Web Seminar

Don't overlook IM in your compliance planning. Attend this free Web seminar and learn how to minimize IM's authentication and auditability risks and prevent security dangers. You'll also receive a list of the top requirements to consider when choosing a secure IM solution. Sign up now!
http://www.windowsitpro.com/seminars/instantmessaging/index.cfm?code=0406emailanncs

Get Ready for SQL Server 2005 Roadshow in a City Near You

Get the facts about migrating to SQL Server 2005. SQL Server experts will present real-world information about administration, development, and business intelligence to help you implement a best-practices migration to SQL Server 2005 and improve your database-computing environment. Receive a 1-year membership to PASS and 1-year subscription to SQL Server Magazine. Register now!
http://www.windowsitpro.com/roadshows/sqlserverusa/index.cfm?code=0404emailanncs

Windows Connections 2005 Conference

April 17-20, 2005, Hyatt Regency, San Francisco. Microsoft and Windows experts present over 40 in-depth sessions with real-world solutions you can take back and apply today. Don't miss Mark Minasi's entertaining and insightful keynote presentation on "The State of Windows" and your chance to win a 7-night Caribbean cruise! 800-505-1201.
http://www.winconnections.com

Overcoming "The Fiefdom Syndrome": How to Conquer the Turf Battles that Undermine Companies

Can your organization benefit by overcoming turf battles? Don't miss this opportunity to hear Robert J. Herbold, former COO of Microsoft and author of "The Fiefdom Syndrome," and Jim Davis, Senior VP, SAS. Join Business Finance in welcoming these thought leaders on Tuesday, April 19th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Register here:
http://bfmag.com/webcasts/4-19-05/index.html?ref=winit

Keeping Critical Applications Running in a Distributed Environment

Get up to speed fast with solid tactics you can use to fix problems you're likely to encounter as your network grows in geographic distribution and complexity, learn how to keep your network's critical applications running, and discover the best approaches for planning for future needs. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity--register now!
http://www.windowsitpro.com/seminars/windowsapplications/index.cfm?code=0406emailannc

==== Announcements ==== (from Windows IT Pro and its partners)

Check Out the New Windows IT Security Newsletter!

Security Administrator is now Windows IT Security. We've expanded our content to include even more fundamentals on building and maintaining a secure enterprise. Each issue also features product coverage of the best security tools available and expert advice on the best way to implement various security components. Plus, paid subscribers get online access to our entire security article database! Click here to try a sample issue today:
http://www.secadministrator.com/rd.cfm?code=fseu2554up

==== Sponsored Links ====

Quest Software
Heading to Exchange from Notes or GroupWise? Get Expert Help!
http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;14771969;8214395;x?http://wm.quest.com/WITPUpdateNotesMigratorforExchange32005

NetOp - Control PCs from a USB Drive
Securely access PCs from your desktop, web, CE, or thumb drive
http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;15182371;8214395;h?http://www.crossteccorp.com/netopremote/?utm_source=winitpro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=v8_90

=========

==== Contact Us ====

About the commentary -- [email protected]
About the newsletter -- [email protected]
About technical questions -- http://www.windowsitpro.com/forums
About product news -- [email protected]
About your subscription -- [email protected]
About sponsoring UPDATE -- [email protected]

===============

This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows IT Pro, the leading publication for IT professionals deploying Windows and related technologies. Subscribe today!
http://www.windowsitpro.com/rd.cfm?code=00eu205xeb

View the Windows IT Pro privacy policy at
http://www.windowsitpro.com/AboutUs/Index.cfm?action=privacy

Windows IT Pro, a division of Penton Media, Inc.
221 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538
Attention: Customer Service Department

Copyright 2005, Penton Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish