So when EMC released SourceOne back in early 2009, I was privy to a chalk and talk pre-sales workshop at EMC. The aim of this workshop seemed not just to be a training excercise, but also to gauge the response of the channel on the features of SourceOne..
Everyone liked the architecture, the GUI and the principles as to how policies and activities are defined; but one big gap it appeared was missing.. Direct Centera integration. Bearing in mind that SourceOne was being positioned not just as Archive for the sake of Archive, but also to meet compliance needs, it seemed something of an oversight that there was no direct integration with EMC’s Compliance Archive Storage Platform (Centera). To make SourceOne talk to Centera you had to use EMC Disk Xtender as an intermediary. Commercially this raised an issue.. were EMC going to make customers pay for Disk Xtender licences and the associated maintenance when it was only to be used as a gapfill until SourceOne could talk to Centera Directly ? luckily.. they were able to facilitate a cost effective solution by way of discounting deals accordingly in most cases.
There were mumbles and hearsay as to when the functionality might arrive… mumbles which would be revised month on month as unofficial release dates were pushed back. Now mumbles have converted to official releases with release notes to boot ! the functionality has finally arrived ! This makes it a lot easier to technically position SourceOne in a compliance driven opportunity with Centera.. Watch this space, lets see if they can now bring file archive under the SourceOne umbrella..