The Aussie firm Moonwalk made its own giant leap for our kind, this one to these North American shores, by unveiling version 6.0 of its self-titled, “all-inclusive data management and protection software”. Moonwalk's raison d'etre is to “automate and proactively manage the migration, copying and movement of data transparently throughout the enterprise” regardless of platform, including Linux, Windows, UNIX and NetWare. The application exploits secondary over primary storage by migrating, copying and moving data according to user-defined rules and policies based on criteria such as age, size, file type, filename, file creator and so on. It further “dispenses with tiered or hierarchical storage approaches and SRM applications that merely provide visibility into storage usage”. Moonwalk is compatible with available backup solutions.
The real-time computing specialist, Concurrent, released three new products in April 2007, namely its RedHawk Linux 4.2, NightStar Tools 4.1 and SIMulation Workbench. First, the new release of RedHawk, Concurrent's real-time Linux OS, features a 18.104.22.168 Linux kernel with many of Ingo Molnar's accepted real-time patches, performance and stability enhancements, support for the latest Intel quad-core processors and 32/64-bit OSes on AMD Opteron processors. Second, NightStar Tools 4.1, an integrated toolset for developing time-critical applications, adds an enhanced Qt-based GUI, an application illumination feature and tuning enhancements. Finally, SIMulation Workbench is a new simulation software product to simplify real-time modeling, providing a complete framework to develop and execute real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulations.
Our pals at Pogo Linux passed on news of their new series of network attached storage (NAS) appliances, called StorageDirector 3000. The philosophy behind StorageDirector is to take a “simple, efficient approach to storage management”, leveraging open architectures to reduce costs yet “still providing a high-end feature set” that targets Pogo's core customer, “the SMB with enterprise aspirations”. Powered by the custom StorageDirector OS, the new product line enables the following: simple, secure management of storage and backup via a Web browser; cross-platform file sharing and utilization of all major file-sharing protocols; disaster recovery and backup; multi-pathing; advanced monitoring and alerts and both hardware and software RAID, including RAID 6 (double-parity). Customers can configure their own StorageDirector 3000 on Pogo's Web site.
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