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Catalogic Software supports EMC Unity array, Oracle, AWS

ECX 2.4 enables in-place copy data management for EMC Unity arrays and helps Oracle administrators manage RMAN backups attached to local storage.

Catalogic Software beat EMC to the copy data management punch for Unity storage arrays.

Catalogic ECX now works with the new EMC Unity array family, which EMC's own new copy data management suite doesn't yet support.

Unity support was part of Catalogic's ECX 2.4 release this week. EMC unveiled its own copy data application at EMC World in May, but the EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management only supports EMC VMAX All Flash and XtremIO arrays. Unity support is on EMC's copy data management roadmap.

"Catalogic is going to support Unity, and that's the important [EMC] platform because it's EMC's newest architecture," said David Floyer, CTO and co-founder of research firm Wikibon, based in Marlborough, Mass. "The Unity array is a very, very nice box, and it's especially well-architected for flash. EMC's copy data management product doesn't support the Unity array, but Catalogic does."

Catalogic ECX 2.4 enables in-place copy data management across EMC's Unity 300, 400, 500 and 600 all-flash and hybrid array models for unified block and file storage. The latest ECX version is backward-compatible with EMC VNXe1600 and VNXe3200 storage, which the Unity array line is replacing. It also works on EMC UnityVSA virtual storage array.

Catalogic also added snapshot management for client-side Oracle and SQL Server databases and native integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) object storage with ECX 2.4. AWS support allows customers to direct ECX copy policies to an S3 destination via the Amazon API Gateway.

Unity array follows Catalogic's NetApp, IBM support

EMC's copy data management product doesn't support the Unity array, but Catalogic does.
David FloyerCTO and co-founder, Wikibon

Catalogic, which spun out of Syncsort in 2014, now supports three storage vendors' arrays. Early ECX versions focused on NetApp storage running with ONTAP and Cloud ONTAP operating systems. Catalogic ECX added IBM FlashSystem and IBM Storwize arrays in 2015.

Other copy data management vendors include Actifio and Delphix. EMC's move into copy data management is a sure sign that the concept is catching on, but it puts more pressure on the smaller vendors already in the market.

Tom Grave, Catalogic's vice president of marketing, claimed there is a place for both Catalogic and EMC copy data products. He said the Unity array won't be the last EMC storage it supports.

"It takes time to do this type of integration, and we have to be choosy about which platforms to go after. We take over the snapshot functions of the array, so it's a deep integration," Grave said.

Catalogic ECX is a virtual storage appliance that sifts through versions of a data object to create a searchable index of backup data copies available across storage tiers. It uses one secondary copy as the root to a directory tree, so additional data copies can be generated from read-only or writable snapshots. Catalogic also sells DPX software, which integrates backup and recovery, bare-metal recovery, disaster recovery and tape backup in NetApp, Oracle and VMware.

Database integration, public cloud support new with ECX 2.4

Catalogic's Oracle and SQL Server integration helps manage Oracle Recovery Manager backups and SQL Server Backup copies attached to external local storage. Catalogic ECX does not support backup on Oracle or SQL Server-branded hardware. ECX provides an orchestration layer that tracks the lineage and location of data copies available across a relational database. It injects application-aware agents and refreshes the servers for consistent snapshots.

AWS is the first public cloud platform supported by Catalogic. ECX lets customers move copy data off local storage to an S3 data store. Catalogic does not enable customers to cross-index copy data in the cloud as they can with on-premises storage. Grave said Catalogic will support more cloud platforms.

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