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Governance Pains Are The Target at Storage Show

Storage Networking World kicked off in San Diego today with high-profile and lesser-known companies touting products that help businesses sock away data while meeting compliance regulations.

EMC  introduced new versions of its e-mail and file-system archiving software to make it easier for companies to meet internal and federal governance rules.

EMC EmailXtender 4.8 lets corporate employees categorize e-mails as important and deposit them in the EmailXtender archive for a set retention period.

This feature allows corporations to comply with attorneys' requests for certain files for legal discovery and reduces the amount of non-business messages in the archive, said Kelly Ferguson, senior product marketing manager.

"With the struggle that companies have with the volume of electronic information, the changes in discovery requirements, the constant addition of regulations for data preservation and records keeping, governance is pretty hot for a lot of companies," Ferguson said.

Moreover, EmailXtender 4.8 lets administrators track each message from the time the mail router receives it to the moment EmailXtender either archives or excludes it. This lets administrators see what rules caused a specific message to be collected or excluded from the archive.

Available May 21, EmailXtender 4.8 also provides full support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

EMC's new DiskXtender 6.2 for Windows file system archiving software includes a new search module that enables file index and search across drives on servers, direct attached storage and storage area networks.

This allows IT managers to locate both active and archived files for legal discovery. Moreover, users can configure the search module to search a single index or a collection of indexes.

Also, DiskXtender lets managers do snapshots of a DiskXtender-managed drive using Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS). With this feature, backup applications such as EMC's NetWorker may be used to back up from a snapshot without restoring files previously archived through DiskXtender.

EMC's storage rival IBM  also came to SNW strapped with new configurations of its System Storage DS3200 and DS3400 disk arrays for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Management components such as controllers, cables and host bus adapters (HBA) will now be bundled into specific configurations of the DS3200 and DS3400 to make it easier for SMB customers to get up and running in a quick fashion.

The newly configured IBM System Storage DS3000 products are available now, starting at $4,200.

Verari Systems, which is gunning for IBM and HP  in the bladed computing and storage market, upgraded its BladeRack 2 VB5150 Storage Subsystem with more capacity, performance and functionality.

The VB5150 includes the company's new VB1056S disk blade for a 17 percent boost in drive density per VB5150. And because the VB1056S contains 12 drives per blade and 48 drives per subsystem, BladeRack 2 storage capacities now range from 6 terabytes up to 576TB using 500GB, 750GB or 1TB SATA II hard-disk drives.

The new VB5150 also features a spruced-up VB1150 Storage Controller Blade to increase performance by 38 percent, delivering higher throughput and increased capacity.

In other SNW-timed news, data-protection software maker WysDM Software signed an OEM agreement with data-recovery software specialist Double-Take Software. The vendors will forge recovery management with predictive analysis, real-time data protection, and detailed reporting capabilities.