For Solix, a company whose core product line is database archiving seems to have been morphing their database archiving to meet the application retirement needs in the marketplace. For the last year, Solix has had a software piece of the puzzle called Solix EDMS—focusing on Information lifecycle management (ILM) to holistically manage data in enterprise applications from creation and storage to its disposal. But now Solix has gone one step further and has come out with a pre-built, pre-configured, and pre-tested appliance (Solix ExAPPS) that can be plugged into the corporate network for the single purpose of application retirement.
Customers need only point the Solix ExAPPS at an identified target application’s data using a Web browser to being the process of migrating all an application’s data, including objects, reports, and application context to the Solix ExAPPS secured repository in an immutable form—guaranteeing data can not be modified and safe for compliance requirements. The automated process developed by Solix makes this a repeatable process and eliminates the adhoc nature of past retirement attempts that were heavily laden with consultants, system integrators and on-off utilities and migration tools.
Once an application has been retired and data has been moved over the Solix ExAPPS appliance, business users or IT can query and report on the legacy data using standard reporting tools that are used in enterprises. Under the covers exists SUSE Linux Enterprise that has been trimmed down contains only the key components and features required for application retirement and has been optimized for the each individual component of the appliance. A standard SQL engine is used to access a proprietary database (the Solix Secure Archive) is also used to store legacy data and is able to compress legacy data to 90%. A single Solix ExAPPS Appliance can replace multiple physical servers, applications and storage in the data center thereby significantly reducing operating budgets and increasing operational efficiencies.