Data transport vendor NetEx has come up with a different way—and more predictable, faster, and cheaper, company executives claim—to migrate large amounts of data over IP WAN connections.

The service, called the DMO (Data Migration Optimizer) program, offers resellers and systems integrators, as well as large companies interested in attempting migration independently, a way to replicate data over IP WANs using NetEx’s HyperIP technology in conjunction with many popular data replication and migration products.

DMO has been pre-certified to work with a host of data replication and migration tools, including those from EMC Corp., Network Appliance Inc., IBM Corp., Symantec Corp., Oracle Corp., Softek Storage Solutions Corp. and NSI Software Inc., as well as industry-standard FTP applications.

The appliance-based offering, which organizations can rent from NetEx for a minimum of three months, is intended to replace the traditional method of migrating data over a WAN, which usually involves Fibre Channel over IP.

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The traditional Fibre Channel-based approach tends to be more complicated, less efficient and more expensive, said Bob MacIntyre, vice president of business development and marketing at NetEx of Minneapolis, Min.

“Some of the Fibre Channel technology that’s being used takes quite a bit of people and resources to implement, including special management and networks,” he said. “With this, it’s an eleven mouse click installation done by the network folks every week. Very simple.”

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