CYA takes storage management to the object level

Innovative storage management software company CYA Technologies Inc. on Monday added both redundant fail over and browser-based management to its already revolutionary object-oriented storage technology.

Two new products were added to CYA's software suite, CYA Virtual Standby and CYA iCommand, according to Elaine Price, the president and CEO of CYA, based in Trunbull, Conn.

Virtual Standby "incrementally and automatically ships component data to a company's disaster recovery site," said Price. Following a full disaster recovery backup to a secure location, Virtual Standby speeds the backup updating process by continually backing up only data that has been modified. If a company's primary storage is crippled, administrators using Virtual Standby could resume business using the most updated version of the backup database.

This "point in time" backup capability of Virtual Standby can also assist companies in auditing their storage usage, as the object-oriented storage technology provides full audit trails, said Price.

The addition of CYA's iCommand lets administrators check and manage CYA's software suite from any secure Web browser, said Price.

The new software fortifies CYA's unique, object-oriented approach to storage management, said Dan Tanner, a senior research analyst for storage and storage management with the Aberdeen Group Inc., in Boston, Mass.

Tanner praised CYA's position in the storage management market and its core suite of software, which includes the CYA Command Console, and systems like HotBackup, and Object Manager.

With these CYA tools, companies can manage their storage from the object level, identifying files and data through its relationship with applications and users instead of simply as bulk data, said Tanner.

"I haven't seen a product out there that works in the recovery space that preserves the relationship among the objects recovered (like CYA's)," said Tanner. "Having the storage space is fine, having the names of the stored objects is a little better, but having the relationships of the objects is what I really want."

Price said CYA technology circumvents the "all-or-nothing approach" to data storage used by many of the top storage industry players like EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., and IBM Corp. These mammoth storage players provide a data mirroring approach to fail over that "works great for snap shots (of a data base) but is not maintaining the relationships between the data," she said.

"We are something new and different," said Price. "Everybody's claiming they can have data available all the time. And sure, they make the data available but they are not making the true business continuity available. It's great if you have all that data, but what good is it if you don't know how it is to be presented? What's the object's relationship to other objects? What was the security around it? We keep it all together."

CYA's suite of storage management software uses an API-based approach to run atop a wide range of common industry platforms, including NT, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, Unix, Oracle Corp., SQL, and others.

Pricing is based on a tiered pricing scale relative to the size and configuration of the storage network deployment.

"(CYA technology) is something that in the past only data base administrators have know about. And to bring this to storage networks is substantial feat," said Tanner.

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