White Papers

With more than 25 years of enterprise archival storage and data management experience, this resource page provides white paper documents that summarize QStar’s valuable perspective on the storage challenges that face the data center.

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NEW WHITEPAPER Optimizing Primary Storage – File Archiving Solutions from QStar and Cloudian

Deployed together, QStar and Cloudian provide a robust file archive solution that allows organizations to easily migrate static data from primary storage systems such as NetApp filers, onto a cost efficient, highly scalable, object-based storage platform running Cloudian HyperStore software. Find out how QStar and Cloudian can be used to help to extend the life of existing primary storage systems by optimizing storage placement of file data based on the performance characteristics of the data itself.

Joint White Paper with Cloudian – What to consider when building an Archiving Solution for 4K UHD Media Workflows

As organizations in the broadcast and media industries adapt and re‐invest for 4K or higher resolution production, older workflows may no longer be as efficient as they once were. Ensuring the long term protection and security of all high‐value, high‐resolution assets is essential. Cloudian and QStar Technologies regard data protection and easy access to data files as key requirements for organizations wishing to maximize their use of these valuable assets. Find out how Object Storage with a Media Asset Manager (MAM) compatible archive gateway can provide the future-proof archive platform M&E organizations are looking to for future growth.

Reduce the Cost of Storage by Using an Active Archive
There are a number of significant advantages of using an active archive, but without a cost advantage an active archive may not be considered.

In this informative whitepaper, you will learn through QStar’s cost of acquisition analysis, that the total cost of an active archive is likely to be less expensive than the annual maintenance contract on Tier 1 storage with its associated deduplicated disk backup.  And, you will see cost calculations that prove that the more data you archive, the more you will save!   Learn how to save 90% on storage acquisition costs by archiving!

3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practive
In these trying times, it’s prudent to go back to basics and review the foundation of a sound IT strategy. This is exactly what the 3-2-1 Archive Best Practice approach is all about. Endorsed by leading storage industry analysts, 3-2-1 provides a very simple, yet reliable approach to securing data for the long term through the efficient optimization of IT resources.

Design an Active Archive– Considerations and Guidelines to Archive Success
Many organizations don’t take into account the longer term perspective that is essential when designing an archive and can miss some of the most crucial considerations for a successful strategy.   The purpose of this paper is to leverage the extensive experience of the authors in the design and deployment of professional archive solutions by offering proven guidelines and important considerations that should be factored into the design of any enterprise archive.

Archive Appliance or Archive Software?-Which is the Better Choice for Long-Term Data Archiving?
To meet internal or external business requirements for data retention and preservation, almost every organization archives at least some of its data.  However, most organizations may not realize that designing a successful archive can be much more challenging than designing a backup.  The most important reason for this is that the data in the archive will outlive the server and storage platforms.

Organizations need to plan to create an archive that will easily grow and change, as technology and business requirements change – which can do this better:  Archiving software or an Archive Appliance?

An Active Archive Reduces Backup and Speeds Restore
Due to the continuous growth in storage requirements, backup and restore is a constant issue for organizations to manage today.  But, let’s not lose sight as to why we backup. If primary data is lost due to technical failure, a disaster, a virus or manmade interference, organizations must be able to restore their valuable data. By employing an active archive strategy together with a backup strategy, significant time and cost can be saved.  In the event of a disaster, a successful archive strategy drastically improves the restoration time of any organization.

Achieving a PACS-Neutral Archive
What is a PACS-Neutral and Storage Technology Neutral Archive?  Why should one consider a PACS-Neutral Archive?  How does an organization achieve a PACS-Neutral Archive?  This paper will answer these questions and discuss the challenges and nuances related to achieving this goal.

Tiered Storage
Storage management through the utilization of tiers has brought about a means of managing data over a network in which the data resides on specific storage devices based on the value of the date. Intelligent storage management software that facilitates the management of files across storage resources to house data in the most appropriate media given its usage patterns and value to the organization is the basic concept behind tiered storage management.

The Benefits Among Backup, Tiered Storage & Archiving
What is the true value of archiving? Without a comprehensive business case, IT investments are becoming increasingly more difficult to justify to decision makers, especially decision makers that do not understand the technology involved. So the looming question is how do you justify an archive plan?

Storage Monsters in your Data Center

Storage Monster Overview
A QStar 3-2-1 Archive solution tames the monsters in your data center by optimizing storage resources and managing the lifecycle of your digital assets. QStar explains the six monsters and the archive methodologies available to combat each.

Over Provisioning Monster
The storage Over Provisioning monster is gorging himself on your data center resources. This indulgent creature has no concern for system efficiency, resource utilization or performance management. Learn how to slim him down using QStar’s archiving solutions.

Backup & Disaster Recovery Monster
The Backup & Disaster Recovery monster is hiding throughout your data center. Originally contained in an isolated process designed to protect your digital assets, this creature now dominates administrative resources and invades IT budgets.

Preservation & Security Monster
The Preservation & Security monster is an elusive little fiend. In the name of secure, long term storage, he sneaks around your data center confiscating content and applying seemingly random infrastructure.

Compliance & Best Practice Monster
The Compliance & Best Practice monster is like a spider weaving a menacing web within your data center. The threat of noncompliance with industry regulations or the absence of a best practice regime can entangle an organization with potentially fatal consequences.

System & Data Refresh Monster
Frequently changing technology, pressure from vendors to upgrade equipment, and the desire for the latest and greatest are all factors that facilitate the hysterical behavior of the System & Data Refresh monster.

Power Consumption Monster
The Power Consumption monster has been lurking in the shadows for years, but has only recently merged as a major economic and social pariah. This brute glows with the excesses of the other data center storage monsters that encourage unbridled growth of magnetic disk based storage systems.