QStar Archive Storage Manager (ASM) creates an Active Archive environment as a standard NAS-based file system using NFS and SMB protocols or S3-based cloud APIs.
Disk Storage, RAID, Tape Libraries (LTFS), Object Storage, Cloud Storage (Public, Private or Hybrid), WORM storage and Optical Libraries are managed transparently across QStar Active Archive like a single point mounting file system or Windows folder.
Users see ordinary file shares and can easily search, find and retrieve data directly from the Active Archive.
This flexible and expandable data repository is accessed natively by Unix/Linux or Windows and is handled by all existing applications without changing anything, because the pool of storage resources works just like a standard NAS device. Moreover, the user’s data access experience remains exactly the same.
POSIX, NTFS and SOAP support
QStar ASM provides a standard POSIX or Windows NTFS file system interface to the storage devices. This gives any local application immediate access to ASM file systems without any modification. In addition it means exports can be made from ASM file systems using standard network protocols like NFS (3, 4), SMB (2, 3), HTTP, FTP and native protocol server operating systems. The subset of the Amazon S3 protocol is provided through the QStar ASM server. QStar ASM also provides SOAP-based web services that allow you to implement user-specific system monitoring and management.
QStar Archive Storage Manager creates an Active Archive environment as a standard NAS-based file system using NFS and SMB protocols or S3-based cloud APIs. Tape Libraries, Object Storage, Cloud Storage (Public, Private or Hybrid), WORM and Optical Libraries are managed transparently like a single point mounting file system or folder. Users see standard file shares and can easily search, find and retrieve data directly from the Active Archive.
What exactly does an Active Archive offer compared with a traditional approach?
First of all, it offers a secure, high-capacity storage environment that does not require separate backup processes.
The benefit of an Active Archive is to make all content available online or near online (in the case of tape libraries) whilst leveraging low-cost storage.
The hybrid architecture uses different types of tiered storage (including Cloud) to provide high performance and much lower running costs than standard magnetic disk-based architecture.
The QStar Archive Storage Manager introduces a software layer that allows the existing file system to expand over disk and many archive technologies, giving organizations a continuous view of the contents of their archives, making it easier for them to access files whenever needed.
Users and applications access storage resources such as Tape Libraries, Object Storage, WORM, Optical Libraries and Cloud from local infrastructures through either NFS, SMB or via HTTP or S3 APIs. Users see standard file shares and can easily search, find and retrieve data directly from the archive.
Private and Hybrid Cloud
With Archive Storage Manager (ASM) all data stored within Tape Libraries, Object Storage, Cloud Storage (public, private or hybrid) or Optical Libraries is accessed via standard protocols like HTTP or S3 APIs from on–premise IT infrastructures, users and applications, and Cloud Storage resources transparently accessed in native mode through NFS and SMB (users see ordinary file shares).
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 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 Network Migrator (QNM) is a policy-based tiered storage and data lifecycle manager. QNM software uses advanced policy management to monitor and automatically migrate, copy or move less frequently used files from primary storage to tiered storage or to a central archive or Cloud. 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 it is Windows, UNIX, Linux or Mac. QNM also supports a variety of API sets to integrate with “closed” file systems.