Veritas Software has announced version 5 of its Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) software as well as a partner program to allow other technology providers to graft integrated storage offerings together using its storage management software.
Veritas claims DLM version 5.0 offers better facilities for customers who need to meet regulatory compliance across storage media. DLM customers could set policies to drive migration across media types, and fix retention periods for both files and messaging data, the company said. Additionally, DLM provides Veritas customers with search and indexing facilities for new and previously archived data.
Customers would also be able to index historical backup information from Veritas' NetBackup software.
"Customers are faced with non-stop data growth, limited IT budgets and new government and industry regulations that require them to retain, track, locate and retrieve growing amounts of information, and document these processes," said Brenda Zawatski, VP product marketing for Veritas.
"We've created an alliance program which offers customers ways to centrally manage a broad range of data formats, helping them achieve regulatory compliance while controlling IT costs."
Alongside the launch of DLM version 5, Veritas announced the creation of a new Enabled DLM partner program and relationships with several technology providers, which, it says, will give customers access to a more extensive range of integrated storage solutions.
In particular, these partnerships will assist customers with simplifying and standardising management and archiving structured and unstructured data, the company said.
Partners participating in the new Veritas partner program will be given access to the vendor's DLM application programming interface (API) and developer toolkit in order to integrate their applications and hardware with DLM.
According to Veritas, the DLM API software automates the placement, retention, and management of data in virtual archives that span diverse media types including various WORM (write-once, read-many) formats for compliance needs.
Companies involved in the new DLM partner program include Akonix, Autonomy, Exivity, Facetime, IM Logic, Network Appliance, Pegasus, Plasmon, Princeton Softech, Sherpa Software and StorageTek.
DLM will also be used in conjunction with NetBackup and CommandCentral Service in Veritas' utility computing initiative.