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Solix unveils Google enterprise search for Oracle E-Business suite

New archiving software from Solix Technologies Inc. adds Google enterprise search capabilities to Oracle's E-Business suite.

Data-archiving software vendor Solix Technologies Inc. has added Google enterprise search capabilities to the Oracle E-Business suite.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based software maker's new Solix ARCHIVEjinni with Google enterprise search employs the Google Search Appliance to let users find and retrieve data across production and archived instances of Oracle's database and E-Business suite applications. The company says the new software is the first search-enabled archiving system for enterprise data.

Solix recently unveiled the new enterprise search capabilities along with two other new products: Solix MIGRATEjinni and an Oracle-validated non-trigger version of Solix's flagship ARCHIVEjinni software.

Solix MIGRATEjinni allows users to migrate data across applications and includes data mapping and conversion capabilities and a graphical user interface. The company says the software lets users efficiently switch data and business processes from current applications to new ones as they're deployed. MIGRATEjinni also includes a data-migration testing environment.

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The non-trigger version of ARCHIVEjinni eliminates the need for database triggers, procedural codes that add an additional layer of complexity and overhead to a database, according to Solix.

Brian Babineau, an analyst with Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Strategy Group, explained that Solix's database archiving software integrates with Oracle's E-Business suite applications that use high volumes of data. As the software archives the database, he said, it maintains the integrity of any referential relationships between information and those Oracle applications.

"A lot of those applications create log files that are in conjunction or in referential linkage with the database, and so when you archive the database you can also capture some of these application files," Babineau explained. "So, if you ever need to restore a transaction or a record, or retrieve a record for compliance purposes, you can do so pretty easily."

Babineau said Oracle offers its own methodologies for storing database transactions, as well as a standalone search product called Oracle Enterprise Search 10g, but those work only with the Oracle database. Solix works with multiple databases, and therefore it's more scalable, he said.

"There is enough difference at this point to distinguish the two companies," Babineau said. "Solix also builds a pretty sophisticated metadata repository about those things that they're archiving, so that you can [more easily] search and retrieve specific records within the archive system."

Solix's archiving software is targeted at companies seeking to comply with federal data-retention regulations, such as The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and internal information security policies, Babineau said. But it also has more day-to-day uses. For instance, instead of creating multiple copies of a database, companies can use Solix's archiving software to access just one archival copy for testing and development.

Babineau added that Solix competes directly with archiving companies Princeton Softech Inc., CopperEye Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard, which in March acquired data-management software vendor Outerbay Technologies Inc.

Shekhar Dasgupta, Solix's chief operating officer, said his firm is offering a cost-effective alternative to the expensive practice of storing database copies within production environments.

He said the pricing for SolixARCHIVEjinni with Google enterprise search comes to about $15,000 per application model being archived, plus 17% for support.

"Our big goal is to enable our customers for a quick search and retrieval of information," Dasgupta said, "[while] improving the application performance and reducing the total cost of data management."

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