Use Industry-Standard Servers and RAID for Low-cost File Retention and Archive

Mary Esther, Florida — June 22, 2011 — QStar Technologies, Inc., a global leader in enterprise-class archive and data management software, today unveiled QStar Retention Manager for Disk, a software that enables organizations to create simple, low-cost archives using RAID or Disk, that will help to meet internal corporate file retention governance.

Retention Manager for Disk is exceptionally flexible and cost effective, as underutilized capacities or portions of any direct attached or network shared, disk or RAID can be used to create an archive.  It is ideal for low capacity archives (up to 16TB), which retain healthcare images, email (PST) files, company documents, quotations, or any set of files that have a pre-determined useful life.

In accordance with internal corporate governance policies and procedures, specific policies can be created per data set, allowing variable grace periods, retention periods and type of file disposition.  Files are converted to Read-Only (WORM), which reduces risk of unintentional or malicious deletion of business records or regulated data.  The software also includes Legal Hold, in case of a discovery order.  Data sets are easily shared using CIFS or NFS, for use by individuals, groups or applications.

 QStar Retention Manager for Disk software is available for Windows, Linux, UNIX or Mac servers.  The software can be easily upgraded to add removable media (tape, optical or RDX) for additional levels of file protection and redundancy.

 “It is important to create archive solutions for all budgets. Retention Manager for Disk is based on QStar HSM Archive Management software, which has over 7,000 installations worldwide. By stripping away support for removable media, Cloud or CAS / Object Storage, QStar has created a flexible and low-cost offering, as an entry point to archiving, using standard server and disk or RAID hardware. It gives organizations an alternative to expensive NAS based disk archive appliances” said Dave Thomson, senior vice president, sales and marketing, QStar Technologies.

 Features and benefits include:

  • Software can be installed on existing or non-dedicated disk or RAID
  • File properties can be converted to Read-Only (WORM)
  • Legal Hold feature prevents purging of files related to a specific legal incident
  • Industry standard CIFS and NFS supported
  • Open System support for Windows, Linux, UNIX and Mac
  • Encryption or Digital Signature options extend file security
  • Create low-cost archive using existing disk or RAID
  • Reduce risk of unintentional or malicious deletion of business records and regulated data
  • Records are retained in accordance with your corporate governance policies and procedures
  • Easy data access and software integration.
  • No proprietary API is required.



QStar Retention Manager for Disk software is available immediately. Please contact QStar or QStar authorized value-added reseller for more information and pricing.

About QStar Technologies

QStar Technologies is a leading provider of enterprise-class archive, data management and disaster prevention software and solutions. QStar offers a complete archive and data management platform that is operating system and storage hardware independent. The world’s leading companies rely on QStar for secure, cost effective and reliable storage protection of their valuable digital assets.

QStar supports the use of the 3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practice endorsed by leading storage analysts, which advocates that 3 copies of all business critical data be retained on 2 different types of storage media, and at least 1 copy should be stored at a secondary remote site for disaster recovery. For more information about 3-2-1: 


Media Contact:

QStar Technologies

Linda Thomson, Global Marketing Director