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Dataglobal merges storage resource management, enterprise content management

Todd Erickson

German-based dataglobal GmbH moved into the U.S. market this week, launching the dg suite of storage resource management (SRM) and enterprise

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content management (ECM) applications it claims will enable a universal content data repository.

The dg suite is an integration of dataglobal's original SRM tools and the Unified Archive platform the vendor acquired in May when it bought inboxx GmbH from GFT Technologies AG. Dataglobal previously sold inboxx software under an OEM agreement. The dg suite discovers and catalogs storage devices, indexes and classifies data, and automates policy-driven actions.

Dataglobal's management platform can scan, classify, migrate and archive unstructured data. Inboxx software supports Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, along with Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise, instant messaging and call center data in a dg hyperarchive module.

Russ Fellows, a senior partner at Evaluator Group, a Broomfield, Colo.-based storage analyst firm, said a lot of organizations incorrectly use backup applications to manage data. "[Dataglobal has] a more consistent data management perspective on managing infrastructure," Fellows said. "It approaches data management not from a backup perspective, but from a clear standalone application standpoint and couples that with SRM-like management."

The dg suite is priced by module, the number of server licenses and by capacity for the dg hyperarchive. The base system includes one server license and the dg analyze module, which Rainer Pollak, dataglobal's chief technology officer, claims can scan 500 million files an hour. Pricing for the base dg analyze module and single server license starts at $6,300. The dg hyperarchive starts with 1 TB.

Evaluator Group's Fellows said there's no standard to verify dataglobal's claim it has the fastest discovery engine on the market, but 500 million files an hour is "awfully fast."

Fellows said the dg suite is a good fit for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) looking for one solution to manage all their data. Larger enterprises, he said, typically look for standalone tools that can massively scale with a company's enormous data requirements, and the dg suite doesn't fit that model.

"I don't think it can scale well for really large installations," Fellows said.

Fellows said dataglobal has been successful in Europe and should be taken seriously in the U.S. "For the market they're in, primarily Europe, they're a good fit because European companies tend not to be super-large," he said. "European companies tend to be much more midsized. If they were a U.S.-based company with VC funding they would have two or three times more press than they do."