By migrating static or less frequently used files to lower cost storage such as Tape Libraries or Cloud, businesses can optimize the use of primary storage, reducing the need and costs associated with purchasing more. In addition, when data is managed properly and only the most recent or frequently changing files are included in the backup process, the backup window will be reduced.
QStar Network Migrator software can be easily installed on a Windows or Linux server. Agents are available for each server managing data, whether Windows, UNIX, Linux or Mac. QNM also supports a variety of API sets to integrate with “closed” file systems such as NetApp ONTAP*, Hitachi Vantara HNAS (formerly BlueArc), and solutions based on GPFS, Lustre and HyperFS (BWStor) performance file systems.
A combination of file and file system attributes can be used to control the movement of data including: file creation, access or modification date, file extensions, regular expression searches, and high-water marks. Once defined, data is migrated to the designated storage device and when archive retention dates have been met, files are released for managed or automatic deletion at the end of their lifecycle. This intelligent management of data helps organizations meet internal policies for data governance and regulatory requirements.
Regardless of the physical location of the files, they can remain fully accessible across the network from their original local file systems. Retrieving the file is as simple as it was before migration. QStar Network Migrator software can be used on its own or in conjunction with other QStar products, such as QStar Archive Storage Manager, to store and manage archived data using Tape Libraries, WORM, Optical, Object Storage or Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud.
ONTAP 7: 7 (7-Mode)
ONTAP 8: 8.1 (7-Mode, C-Mode – Cluster-Mode), 8.2 and later (C-Mode – Cluster-Mode)
ONTAP 9: 9 (C-Mode – Cluster-Mode)
QStar Storage Reporter lets you perform detailed analysis of data composition in the existing storage infrastructure, provides key statistics on existing storage infrastructures without interrupting business operations. Storage Reporter will take just a few hours to perform an assessment of storage rather than the weeks normally required to carry out such a task. Storage Reporter is simple to install and run. Results of the scan are stored in a database, allowing many reports, like the ones below, to be generated without the need to rescan each time. QStar Storage Reporter means that storage infrastructure optimization is really just a click away. Key report formats are conveniently pre-configured and results can be displayed graphically or non-graphically (table format). Custom reports can also be created, as needed. Any report can be exported as a txt or xml file, by selecting the Export button. Once exported, the file can be opened using MS Excel. Running Simulated Reports is a way of determining how the storage would look after a migration has taken place in order to create a simulated report a policy must be created.
QStar LTFS as NAS architecture virtualizes a Tape Library, effectively converting it into network-attached storage – NAS for sharing with multiple users and applications. The solution supports common networking protocols (SMB and NFS) plus S3 compatible API commands and is integrated on either a Windows or Linux server. Files that are stored in a LTFS as NAS environment are retrieved in the same manner as the native operating system, even though the data is actually stored in a Tape Library. Not only do users not realize that the volume (file system) they are accessing was created on tape and not on disk, but, through a sophisticated cache architecture, the read/write data activity is managed so effectively, that performance is comparable to a NAS device. Transparency is such that the architecture is also supported by virtual machine (VM) environments, even though the VM environment is not designed to support tape drives; existing applications installed in a VM can access the Tape as NAS architecture just like a standard NAS disk. Data can be accessed transparently over the network.