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CA boosts backup

Computer Associates International Inc. recently released a new version of its Brightstor ARCserv Backup software designed to speed back-up and restore operations for departmental Microsoft Corp. users. ARCserv Backup r11 is designed to take advantage of technologies in the Windows Server 2003 platform, such as the Volume Shadow Copy Service feature that lets users create “snapshot” backups of systems. ARCserv Backup features new “multiplexing” capabilities, which let tape drives operate more efficiently while backing up data from multiple servers, the company said. ARCserv Backup r11 is available now with pricing starting at US$775.

IBM enhances NAS box

IBM Corp. is scaling up with its latest network-attached storage gateway, which can support at least 224TB of storage. The company recently announced the IBM TotalStorage NAS Gateway 500, based on IBM’s Power4 processors running the AIX operating system. The box is a step up from the Windows-based NAS Gateway 300, which will be discontinued in March, IBM said. The gateway can be managed through IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Resource Manager and Tivoli SAN Manager. Customers can mix and match between 1G or 2G bit/sec Fibre Channel storage network interfaces and Gigabit Ethernet LAN interfaces. The NAS Gateway 500, is available now from US$60,000.

Expanding management vistas

InfoVista SA earlier this month announced upgrades to its VistaFoundation product, software designed to manage the performance of networks, systems and applications. Version 2.0 has been updated to include tools to help customers define, model and monitor business services from an end-user perspective. As part of the company’s new Business Technology Intelligence strategy, VistaFoundation 2.0 includes features that let users view service performance or the status of the components, such as database, a portal interface with context-relevant data and automated self-monitoring features. Available in March, pricing for VistaFoundation 2.0 starts at about US$50,000 for new customers.

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