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Open-E Upgrades Data Storage Server Software

Open-E has added several features designed to enhance data security to its Data Storage Server (DSS) software. The company, which specializes in IP-based storage-management software, introduced the fourth-generation software at CeBIT 2008 in Hannover, Germany.

The software now includes automatic failover using virtual IP addresses via the iSCSI protocol. This allows the user to switch over to a secondary storage server automatically in the event of a primary storage server failure or for scheduled maintenance. The second new feature is WORM (Write Once, Read Many) technology, which allows information to be written to a particular disk only once and then read many times without it being erased or modified. This is a particularly useful archiving feature for organizations such as government agencies or large enterprises looking to avoid inadvertent loss of data.

Another enhancement adds Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) to the DSS. NDMP is a standards-based protocol used to control data backup and recovery communications between primary and secondary storage in heterogeneous network environments. Lastly, the availability of English, German, Russian, and Japanese language packs for DSS gives administrators the flexibility to use the software in their preferred language.

“The availability and security of data is of growing concern for companies of all sizes,” said Krzysztof Franek, president and CEO of Open-E. “With these new features we are unveiling at CeBIT 2008, Open-E DSS allows companies, particularly SMBs \[small-midsize businesses\], to cost-effectively enhance their data management capabilities with features that previously were available only to large enterprise customers at a very high cost.”


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