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Catalogic copy data management tool gets Pure

Copy data management specialist Catalogic Software has added two all-flash arrays to its roster of supported platforms.

In separate moves, the Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based software maker rolled out its ECX Instant Copy Data Management tool for Pure Storage FlashArray//m Series and IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R all-flash systems.

The new copy data management tool for Pure Storage works across its FlashArray //m10, //m20, //m50 and //m70 array models. Catalogic and Pure Storage said they plan to jointly deliver the software package in September.

IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R all-flash arrays are geared for hyper-scale and cloud service providers.

Catalogic’s copy data management tool for Pure provides in-place copy data management by integrating with Pure Storage FlashRecover copy engine and FlashReduce data reduction. A policy engine automates how replicas and snapshots are created and deployed on FlashArray storage.

Catalogic additionally integrates those copy processes with commonly used applications such as Oracle, SQL Server and VMware applications.  Customers will be able to use Catalogic’s data management tool to catalog and track multiple data copies across their Pure Storage environment.

The ECX copy data management tool for Pure takes advantage of the inherent performance advantages of all-flash storage, said Tom Grave, Catalogic’s vice president of marketing

“All-flash arrays like Pure have the IOPs to drive multiple workloads from a single snapshot image, but they don’t have the management infrastructure to keep track of and easily deploy or integrate those copies with critical applications like Oracle,” Grave said.

“What we do is integrate the Pure snapshots and replication with the application layer, and then provide critical IT operational features on top of that like scheduling, automation, reporting and user self-service.”

Upon installation, Catalogic ECX automatically discovers any installed databases and assembles an index of data copies, including historical access patterns and data lineage.

Pure Storage is the fourth primary storage vendor, and first all-flash-only array maker, to qualify ECX since Catalogic’s 2014 spinout from Syncsort. It follows on the heels of an ECX rollout in June to support EMC Unity midrange hybrid arrays. Catalogic also supports NetApp storage and IBM Flash System and IBM Storwize systems.

Enterprises are just waking up to how a copy data management tool can improve management and help them reclaim storage capacity.  A recent report by analyst firm IDC predicts that organizations by 2018 will cumulatively spend $51.3 billion to house copy data.

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