Permabit this week announced the next version of its content-addressable storage archiving technology.
Permabit's Permeon Compliance Store has been enhanced to include new retention policies, support for files up to 2TB in size and improved system reliability and additional reporting enhancements, as well as a new high availability module.
Permabit now allows automatic data failover in the event the primary Permeon appliance fails. This allows them to provide continuous operations with no application disruption or loss of data and ensures continuous response to audit, discovery or business requests.
The Permeon Replication module allows point-in-time replication of data in an unattended mode. IT administrators can schedule when replication will take place. After the initial copy of data, only changes to data are copied to the remote location. Replication may be from one appliance to another or from many appliances to a single appliance.
The Retention Policy Module allows the IT manager to create filters for a set of files that dictate how long files should be retained. Filters can be created by file extension, user or group. A feature Permabit calls 'convert to WORM' lets files be transitioned for read/write to read as retention policies change.
The market for archiving appliances is growing quickly as customers seek to retain data for compliance purposes. EMC has its Centera content-addressible storage appliance; Network Appliance has Nearstore and start-up Archivas has Archivas Cluster. Other major systems vendors including HP and IBM are also getting into the market.
Although Permabit claims that the Permeon Compliance Vault and Store is available now, the company refused to release pricing.