For approximately $10 million, EMC Corp. has acquired Allocity Inc., which sells storage management and provisioning software for Microsoft Exchange users running EMC Clariion storage.
Microsoft's relatively recent support for SAN and NAS storage within its products has been a good thing for users, but the functionality it offers is still pretty basic, leaving room for vendors like Allocity to fill in the gaps. For example, expanding LUNs, carrying out mailbox-level restores, choosing RAID levels, sizing log volumes and over provisioning are all problems users face in dealing with storage management for Exchange.
Allocity's product handles SAN management from within the Exchange System Manager and carries out automated provisioning and rapid backup and restore. It also handles space utilization (RAID and volume layouts), simple failover (without the need for expensive clustering support) and capacity planning. Exchange users with between 500 and 10,000 mailboxes are likely to be the most interested in this product.
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