Solutions

Data and storage management

What does PoINT offer?

Intelligent storage management for cost-efficient data management and compliant file archival.

The end goal is an optimized storage infrastructure which combines a range of storage technologies with specific properties and associated benefits. The system is optimized in terms of its performance, capacity and cost.

The basic concept starts with a two-dimensional storage hierarchy with three tiers. Based on their specific properties, these are termed the “performance tier”, the “capacity tier” and the “archive tier”. In this “tiered storage architecture”, data can be stored either within the same tier or within another tier. Access to data stored elsewhere remains fundamentally transparent and is achieved through the “performance tier”.

While the “performance tier” consists of a storage system optimized for maximum performance, the “capacity tier” is distinguished by its high capacity. The “capacity tier” can therefore be seen as an expansion of the “performance tier”.

By contrast, the “archive tier” is designed for archiving. It offers properties which are required for compliance with relevant laws and regulations. The flexible “write once, read many” (WORM) functions of this solution enable both retention management and targeted, time-specific protection of archived data against all kinds of manipulation, meeting businesses’ real-world requirements.

Thanks to storage tiering, inactive data (up to 80% of the total data pool) can be transferred to another storage level using predefined rules. This reduces cost-intensive primary storage of inactive data by moving it to more cost-effective secondary storage. Data can also be archived in line with compliance requirements.

With the help of the PoINT Storage Manager – Enterprise Edition, cost-intensive expansions to storage can be avoided and businesses can save up to 60% of their storage costs. The PoINT Storage Manager – Enterprise Edition can also realize a legally compliant archiving system in line with compliance requirements.

And finally – do you know how much data on your storage system is inactive? The PoINT File System Analyzer provides you with a free software tool to shed some light on your primary storage.

File archiving

What does PoINT offer?

Automatic, cost-efficient archiving in line with compliance requirements.

Business data needs to be archived in line with specific rules and constraints. Among other things, this means that archived data must be protected against unintentional deletion or willful manipulation. The solution: The “archive tier” within a two-tier HSM (hierarchical storage management) solution forms a storage layer which prevents data from being changed or deleted within a given timeframe (retention period).

Archiving can also help to reduce the amount of data stored on primary systems, leading to significant reductions on backup load and to optimized, efficient use of primary storage. Archiving therefore achieves financial benefits by saving existing cost-intensive primary storage capacity or reducing the need for further expansion.

With the help of the PoINT Storage Manager – Archive Edition, you can realize revision-safe archiving in line with compliance requirements while reducing backup loads and avoiding costly expansions to existing storage.

 

 

Cloud and object store integration

What does PoINT offer?

Rules-based file tiering and archiving in cloud and object stores 

Most primary storage systems are overwhelmed with inactive, unstructured data. Files that have lain unopened for long periods of time are consuming valuable business resources. The result: the storage space required for active data is quickly used up, and the time required to secure data increases.

Businesses need a solution that allows them to manage and optimize unstructured data. Active files can remain on the faster primary storage system, while inactive files are moved to an archiving section. Data integrity and frictionless access to data must be preserved.

The PoINT Storage Manager, working in combination with cloud and object storage, provides a solution to this challenge. It can be integrated into existing infrastructure without any cost-intensive changes or disruption to operational processes, enabling rules-based file tiering. Primary storage data is archived in cloud or object storage, while users are guaranteed transparent access to all data. A range of archiving and tiering methods are available within the PoINT Storage Manager, including “Copy”, “Migrate” and “Stubbing” in particular – the latter of these being a component of an underlying HSM architecture.

 

 

Migration

What does PoINT offer?

Automatic, smooth migration of primary storage systems.

Given the rapidly - even exponentially - rising volumes of data in todays world, alongside the fast pace of technological change, data migration is simply unavoidable. Businesses must constantly address new challenges – especially in the case of primary storage migration, which as a process should be automatic and avoid interrupting operations to the greatest extent possible.

The PoINT Storage Manager – Migration Edition meets these requirements by running an automatic “file system migration” process from the old file server to the new one without significantly interrupting operational processes.

As part of this process, the old primary storage system’s directory structure is represented on the new system, allowing applications to access the new storage system even while the migration process is running in the background. Data is transferred to the new system at breathtaking speed, reducing interruptions to operational processes to an absolute minimum.