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Storage Clips: IBM injects Venom into database

IBM revealed some details about the storage compression element of its new DB2 Viper release, code-named "Venom"; Riverbed files IPO.

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IBM injects Venom into database
According to a note sent to press over the weekend, IBM will soon reveal details of the storage compression element of its new DB2 Viper release, code-named "Venom," which IBM claims in its press materials "is expected to enable clients to reduce their storage hardware costs and usage by 50% to 70%." Venom is adapted from IBM's mainframe storage compression, which uses a row compression technique for database data and provides a dictionary-based approach for compressing data objects. IBM claims the row-based compression "eclipses Oracle's older generation of table-based compression capabilities."

IBM is overtly targeting Oracle and storage competitor EMC with Viper and Venom, saying in the press release that EMC has begun to compete more with IBM in software and services, and that IBM is looking to strike back.

However, when asked IBM recently how it arrived at the compression-related storage savings estimates, IBM's director of database servers Bernie Spang admitted the number had come from the example of one beta tester's shop and not an across-the-board average compression rate.

"We aren't prepared to discuss that feature in detail at this point," Spang said. "Before we dive into that feature we have to have more depth to share with you". It remains to be seen if more background on the compression rate will be part of IBM's expected release, but no further information on the compression rates was included in the message to media. For more on Viper, please see IBM and HP at odds on database storage, April 13.

According to the press letter, IBM will also introduce a new automatic storage management capability to also be included in DB2, which is slated for general availability in the late second quarter of 2006.

Riverbed files initial IPO paperwork
WAN optimization startup Riverbed Technology filed for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after hours last Thursday. The estimated price of shares, number of shares or the target date for the offering remained unknown. The SEC filing showed Riverbed has yet to make a profit and lost more than $17 million in 2005.

Revivio partners with IBM
Revivio Inc. announced plans to integrate IBM's Tivoli Continuous Data Protection (CDP) for Files with its Continuous Protection System (CPS) in a joint product offering being marketed for remote offices. In the combined system, IBM Tivoli CDP for Files automatically transfers a copy of data to a centrally located server, which is protected by a Revivio CPS 1200 appliance. The CPS appliance can be replicated using Revivio's Replication Module to create a disaster recovery system.

Sanbolic announces QoS for Melio FS
Sanbolic Inc. announced the release of the Quality of Service (QoS) component in Melio FS shared file system. The component allows users to allocate bandwidth dynamically to specific workstations in a workgroup environment. Melio FS is a SAN filesystem targeted at video editing and postproduction users.

Bocada becomes NetApp partner
Bocada Inc. announced its official membership in the Network Appliance, Inc. (NetApp) Partner Program. As a member in the NetApp Partner Program, Bocada will provide managed services to end users with its Enterprise 4 platform, which monitors the data protection and backup process for consistency.

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