Data General adds partners, consolidates solutions

EMC division Data General (DG) has partnered with NSI Software and American Power Conversion to provide software solutions that strengthen DG's new high-availability strategy, which covers the development of an IT customer's infrastructure through protection, replication, clustering, and uptime.

NSI Software's Double-Take data replication technology and its GeoCluster distance clustering technology will fortify DG's In-A-Box high-availability solutions with added backup protection, officials said.

American Power Conversion's Smart UPS (uninterruptible power supply) will ensure a steady stream of constant power to the DG systems, officials added.

Both partners' technologies are ideally suited for rack-mount configurations based on DG's Aviion servers, storage, and clustering solutions, according to company officials.

Following are the five levels of development of a customer's infrastructure as outlined in the high-availability strategy.

System Protection: A single system configuration of EMC Clariion storage, DG AV/WinAlert, and UPS based around DG's Aviion servers that provides complete system protection and reduces downtime from hours to minutes.

Data Protection: A single system configuration with backup capabilities and support for EMC's Symmetrix storage that increases data protection and single site management.

Site Level Data Protection: A single system configuration with data replication capabilities to support multi-site management with site-level data protection and reduced downtime.

Application Protection: A clustered configuration featuring EMC Symmetrix storage and distance clustering as well as backup capabilities focused on application protection that ensures multi-site management.

Business Protection: A clustered configuration adding EMC Celerra storage and heightened backup and clustering functions that deliver global business protection and DG's 99.9 per cent uptime guarantee.

"They've packaged the right server/storage arrays so the customer doesn't have to do integration or qualification," said Joe Clabby, an analyst at Aberdeen Group.

"This is a fine job of marketing from Data General. A packaged solution of servers and storage, and you'll see a lot more of this going down," Clabby said. "Windows 2000 offers something like 99.95 per cent availability, so now customers are going to be looking for higher hardware availability, and Data General is offering five options right here."

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