Compaq has boosted its Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA) strategy with the launch of Virtual Replicator.
With the software, businesses will be able to view, as a single pool of storage, up to one terabyte of data, and be able to relocate that data between servers and applications when needed, while systems are online.
The main attraction of Virtual Replicator, according to Compaq, will be its snapshot feature - which offers instant, virtual copies of data - without having to physically replicate it. Snapshot takes seconds to create a drive with the same data as the original, and the files can be deleted from the original without affecting the virtual copy. This effectively means deleted files are easily available without the need to back-up or reboot the system.
Andy Fitzgerald, Compaq's UK storage business manager, said: "The Virtual Replicator means no reconfiguration, ease of management and overall lower storage management costs and it means users will never lose their data."
Also part of the ENSA vision is the StorageWorks' Data Replication Manager, which provides bi-directional data protection in a SAN environment. Ian Whiting, director of Compaq's storage products division, said: "Disaster tolerance is the key area now for businesses. We are exciting a lot of banking customers because we can ensure data is never lost."
COMPAQ'S OEM DEAL
- Compaq finally signed its much-touted OEM agreement with Cabletron last week. Compaq is set to gain a substantial part of Cabletron's networking enterprise class products with the deal and the company also claimed the agreement will give Compaq the ability to rebrand product with the Digital brand.
Compaq has not yet confirmed how it plans to incorporate the OEM products, which are expected to ship late this year.
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