EMC (NYSE: EMC) today announced new clustering capabilities for its Centera data archiving systems, and the data storage giant also announced a new search and indexing partner for its Data Domain deduplication systems.
The new Centera Virtual Archive lets customers cluster up to four 128-node Centera content addressed storage (CAS) systems into a campus-wide virtual archive, according to Peter Thayer, senior director of product marketing in EMC's storage division.
With 1TB drives, that could mean half a petabyte in a single content archiving system, and the four-system limit will also likely grow over time.
The new federated management feature costs $8,000, and it can link together different Centera versions as long as one of the systems is the current version.
The feature gives EMC's 5,500 Centera customers an easier way to grow and manage their compliance-related archiving systems while preserving their investments in older Centera systems.
Also today, Index Engines announced that it has joined the EMC Velocity Technology and ISV Program to add indexing capabilities to Data Domain dedupe systems.
The Index Engines 3.0 platform performs full content and metadata indexing of backup data stored on EMC Data Domain systems, so users can index, search and extract backup data without having to restore it first. Index Engines said tests conducted with EMC found that a single indexing node of the Index Engines 3.0 platform achieved sustained rates of more than 1TB per hour on a Data Domain DD690 storage system.
An EMC spokesperson said the addition of Index Engines to Data Domain complements the e-discovery capabilities of EMC's Kazeon technology, which focuses more on collection, preservation, processing, analysis and review.
The spokesperson said that EMC is committed to preserving Data Domain as an open system, but added that "it's also to be expected that tighter integration between our Data Domain products and other EMC infrastructure products is just around the corner."
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