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Archivers Prepare for Upgrades

Exploding data, compliance, and privacy concerns with databases are making for a lengthy laundry list as users prepare for database upgrades and the associated archiving tools.

Database archiving products let users archive and purge inactive data, reducing the size of the production database to improve performance, while making backups and restores more efficient. Ideally, they also help users retrieve data quickly for compliance purposes.

Hewlett-Packard led the charge of major storage vendors into database archiving when it acquired OuterBay in February, but startups Applimation, Solix Technologies, and Princeton Softech are looking to hang in the game as the market picks up. (See HP Hops on OuterBay, Wipro Resells Solix, and Users Pick Princeton Softech.) Scentric recently came out of stealth with software that classifies and archives databases as well as unstructured data and email, a capability also claimed by Solix. (See Scentric Gets Classified.)

Bala Nachimuthu, applications database administrator of Cranberry, Pa.-based windows manufacturer Traco, says in the two years since his shop installed Oracle E-Business Suite's Manufacturing family of applications, rapid data growth has slowed performance. Traco turned to Solix's ArchiveJinni to archive data to disk and purge unneeded files.

"The size of our database grew too quickly, and was negatively affecting performance," Nachimuthu says. "Now we take all our current data and move it to an online hard disk. If that becomes, say, five or seven years old, we move it to tape or another medium. And we not only archive, but we also purge data."

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