The Quest for Unified Storage

Charlene OHanlon

Storage-resource-management software vendor dataglobal has completed its acquisition of data archiving vendor Inboxx and set its sights on total domination of the storage-management market.

The company has outlined its vision of providing a unified storage and information management (USIM) via the technology assets of both companies, and to that end has renamed its Enterprise Resource Management platform to dg suite to create a single software platform that integrates all the tools needed to manage the data and storage assets within an enterprise from a central console.

According to Bernd Hoeck, vice president of marketing at dataglobal:

'Through the integration of both of our companies' technologies, we are now able to address all of a company's data storage requirements and management of the new demands being placed, such as how can we charge the construction department internally for their total storage consumption?'

Its dg suite integrates data analysis, classification, migration, archival, chargeback and storage-performance product modules to solve compliance, eDiscovery, knowledge reuse, storage reclamation and data privacy challenges for enterprises and data centers of all sizes. Inboxx's Unified Archiving technology provides the e-mail and a content archiving component to Dataglobal's storage-resource-management solution, creating what the company says is the first USIM platform on the market.

The technology has the ability to scan, classify, sort, migrate and archive multiple terabytes of data daily through its Analyze Engine, which can scan more than 500 million files an hour. The Engine powers the Classification, File, Archive, Chargeback and Storage Control modules to offer all the tools needed to manage all of the unstructured data and storage resources within an enterprise of any size to solve the eDiscovery, compliance, storage reclamation and knowledge reuse needs of today's large organizations, according to the company. Hoeck says that with this combination of technology:

'We are basically closing the gap between storage and information."

Such technology can prove useful as cloud and hosted models become more the norm in large enterprise environments. Data retrieval, along with the context of that data, can be as simple as clicking a few buttons on the console, while data still on the network can be quantified, qualified and monitored for potential utilization issues.

Such integration between information lifecycle management and storage resource management is intriguing. I imagine the new blended model would offer a level of transparency not before seen in data management. And when it comes to finding that needle of information in a very large haystack, every little bit helps.

Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post

Post a comment





(Maximum characters: 1200). You have 1200 characters left.




Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.