Press Releases 2019
High-performance S3 object storage on tape: PoINT Archival Gateway - Compact Edition
Siegen. PoINT has added a significant number of new functions to its product the PoINT Archival Gateway and now offers a Compact Edition of its tape-based S3 object storage system for small and medium-sized installations. With the Compact Edition, PoINT is particularly targeting businesses looking for a cost-effective solution for tape-based storage and management of data volumes in the single-digit petabyte range.
The PoINT Archival Gateway is a scalable, high-performance S3-based object storage software system. It stores and manages large quantities of data on tape libraries. Tape technology in particular is playing an increasingly important role among businesses, in light of the enormous rise in volumes of unstructured data, increasing demands on archival systems and the need to protect (air-gap) systems against ransomware. Tape-based media are also far more cost-effective than hard drive-based systems for storing and archiving large quantities of data.
In order for companies to seamlessly integrate tape libraries into their storage infrastructure, it is advisable for them to use software based on S3 object storage principles. The standardised S3 API is being supported by more and more applications, and its underlying HTTP protocol is also particularly effective in light of the particular properties of tape, such as long load times. This is the approach PoINT has realised with the PoINT Archival Gateway.
The solution for big data storage
This scalable solution supports installations with up to eight tape libraries holding several thousand slots for storing hundreds of petabytes. Now, the Compact Edition offers an alternative for small to medium-sized installations. The functionality of the Compact Edition is identical to that of its larger version. The Compact Edition can be installed on one server and optionally set up to run redundantly on a second. The Compact Edition is a particularly cost-effective solution for customers with storage requirements in the single-digit petabyte range.
Customers using hard drive-based object storage systems such as NetApp StorageGRID or Cloudian HyperStore can use the PoINT Archival Gateway to copy their data to tape.
PoINT also offers an emulator version of the PoINT Archival Gateway for Proofs of Concept and testing purposes. It can be used to test how to integrate tape-based S3 object storage without physically configuring a tape library.
PoINT Storage Manager 6.4: More archiving flexibility for users
Siegen. Version 6.4 of the PoINT Storage Manager is available now. The focus for this latest release is the “User Controlled Archiving” function, which allows users to customise which data to archive and when. This makes it easier to maintain compliance and securely archive data.
Previously, the PoINT Storage Manager software had only given administrators the right to specify criteria and rules for automatically archiving data. This newly integrated function, “User Controlled Archiving”, is now also available to users as a Windows Explorer add-in. This makes archiving data just as easy as creating a copy of it, and eliminates the need to open another application or enter data in a separate interface.
The administrator specifies which users have the appropriate permissions to individually archive data and also determines which commands are available. This means that control over the archiving system as a whole is still centralised.
“User Controlled Archiving significantly expands the range of applications for our established software solution, the PoINT Storage Manager,” said Thomas Thalmann, CEO at PoINT Software & Systems GmbH. “Many of our customers have been asking for this new feature, which is now here for version 6.4.”
SIXT revs up with the PoINT Storage Manager
Siegen. The mobility service provider SIXT SE is using the PoINT Storage Manager to relieve the load on its primary storage system by moving seldom-used data to more cost-effective secondary storage. In doing so, the company is avoiding having to expand its primary storage and can make optimal use of its infrastructure.
Home directories containing countless Excel, Word, PowerPoint, email, video and image files were located on primary NetApp MetroCluster systems at SIXT. In response, the company realised a hierarchical storage management (HSM) system to transfer inactive data from high-performance tier 1 storage clusters (NetApp FAS) to more cost-effective secondary storage (NetApp E-Series). However, users needed to retain read access to all of this data without having to first move it back to primary storage. SIXT found the right solution to this challenge in the Enterprise Edition of the PoINT Storage Manager from PoINT Storage & Systems GmbH. The PoINT Storage Manager monitors how often users access data located on the primary storage level (tier 1). If a file is accessed only rarely – and if all of SIXT’s other defined criteria are met – the software automatically transfers it to the next storage tier, which is more cost-effective. Users can still access files via primary storage as usual, thanks to so-called “stubs” which allow
users to read data even after it is moved without having to transfer it back to the high-performance storage system.
As a result, SIXT is able to minimise the storage space required on its primary system and reduce management work by automating the associated processes. Meanwhile, PoINT ensures that SIXT’s storage infrastructure remains flexible, as it remains compatible with all available storage technology, regardless of the manufacturer.
“The PoINT Storage Manager makes data available for users to read even beyond the confines of the data centre,” said Stefan Kerber, Head of Data Centre Management at SIXT. “The software reliably meets our needs, so we are very satisfied with it. Aside from the intuitive installation and the actual functionality, we particularly appreciate PoINT Software & Systems’ short lines of communication.”
PoINT presents high-performance S3 gateway for archiving and big data storage
Siegen. The PoINT Archival Gateway, a new software solution from PoINT Software & Systems GmbH, combines high performance, scalability and high availability of data. It receives data via an S3 interface which it then archives on storage systems such as tape or optical libraries. Integrated erasure coding ensures that data is distributed redundantly, improving the system’s reliability and performance. The PoINT Archival Gateway will be available in Q2 2019.
The PoINT Archival Gateway can write and read over one petabyte of data per day. This high level of performance makes the software ideal for applications wherever large volumes of data are stored. The software’s S3 interfaces also mean that businesses can integrate cloud-ready applications without having to make any adaptations to it. The PoINT Archival Gateway’s S3 HTTP service supports thousands of parallel client connections, enabling maximum throughput rates. A clear, comprehensible administrative interface makes configuration completely intuitive and provides a quick overview of the system’s capacity, object count and performance at all times.
WORM functionality and integrated retention management ensure that data is protected against manipulation or unintended deletion, making it easy for businesses to meet their compliance obligations. Users can also implement a 3-2-1 backup strategy without any extra work, as the software supports tape and optical storage media so that offline storage is also as easy as can be.
“With digitisation on the rise and data volumes increasing enormously, the PoINT Archival Gateway represents a scalable, high-performance solution that helps businesses to quickly and securely store their data, archiving it in compliance with the relevant regulations and legislation,” said Thomas Thalmann, CEO at PoINT Software & Systems GmbH.
Max Planck Institute relieves load on primary storage with PoINT
Siegen. The Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI) has freed up terabytes’ worth of measurement data by adopting the PoINT Storage Manager, benefiting in a number of ways as a result. The institute has been able to reduce costs and backup times while also enabling audit-compliant archiving of its research data.
For many years, the MPI stored its data on hard drive-based systems. This included measurement data with file sizes measured in gigabytes or terabytes which is only rarely accessed. As a result, the MPI sought out a solution which would free its primary storage of this seldom-used data. MPI’s IT staff found the right solution to their storage challenge in the PoINT Storage Manager software. “Following a test phase in which we tested the software under every scenario we could think of, we were convinced by its ease of use thanks to its clear, intuitive interface – not to mention its wide range of functionality. Other plus points included the PoINT Storage Manager’s clear and easy-to-understand archiving and HSM rules, which can be modified and expanded as required. Moreover, the PoINT product allows us to quickly and elegantly restore data,” said Prof. Dr. Mario Looso, Head of the IT and Bioinformatics Facility at the MPI.
Since the PoINT Storage Manager was introduced, the software has archived MPI’s research data for the long term while providing transparent read access. This is made possible by so-called “stubs”, which allow users to read archived data without having to transfer it back to the primary storage system. This function allows the PoINT Storage Manager to free up inactive data, enabling full backups within the MPI’s desired time window.
“We see this mature software as a long-term, future-proof solution which gives us flexibility despite rising volumes of data,” said Prof. Dr. Mario Looso, summing up the results. We are very pleased with both the product and the service we received. PoINT meets all of our requirements in full.”
Press Releases 2018
PoINT Storage Manager 6.3: Web interface and archive storage analysis
Key benefits of the new version are more flexible working and a clear overview of storage capacity
Siegen. Version 6.3 of the PoINT Storage Manager, available now, enables access to data from any location, on any platform, using a graphical web interface. The software also offers archive storage analysis, which allows administrators to clearly see at any time how much capacity is being used on each storage medium and how often data is accessed.
The PoINT Storage Manager therefore helps businesses to use their storage systems more efficiently within a tiered storage architecture. To do so, it uses a prespecified ruleset to transfer inactive data from expensive primary storage (the performance tier) to more cost-effective storage tiers (the capacity or archive tier). The new version of the data & storage management software includes a web interface which is compatible with all operating systems, platforms and devices. After logging in, the user can use this interface to access the data managed by the PoINT Storage Manager. They can therefore view archived files (including different versions of the files) from any location.
The second key new feature for the PoINT Storage Manager is its archive storage analysis functionality, which allows administrators to see at any time how much of each storage system’s overall capacity is being used and how often data is accessed. This overview also provides the number and age distribution of archived files. Using this information, admins can quickly
assess when it will be necessary to invest in additional storage hardware. They can also use the statistical functionality to see which file types make up
what proportion of the overall data volumes. They can also see an overview of file access history to understand what data users are reading and writing (and how much of it). This setup can be used as a basis to further optimise data transfer rules.
Local authority of Hof frees its primary storage system of “cold data” with PoINT
Siegen. In order to make more efficient use of its available storage space, the town of Hof has adopted the PoINT Storage Manager. This software has enabled the Bavarian local authority to automatically transfer inactive data off its primary storage system. With regard to operating, maintenance and investment costs, the implementation amortized itself within the first year.
An analysis revealed that around 70% of the data on the Hof local authority’s file servers was inactive, meaning that it was no longer being used by employees. “Users create and save data, but generally don’t delete it. So we started looking for a software solution that would automatically move older data to a cheaper storage system after – in our case – two years,” said Dieter Knöchel, Head of Data Processing, Communication and Networks at the Hof local authority. During his search, he stumbled across the PoINT Storage Manager, a software solution that automatically distinguishes between “hot” and “cold” data, transferring the latter type within a multi-tier storage structure based on the rules it is given.
In the case of the Hof local authority, this structure involves a two-tier architecture comprising primary and secondary storage. Access to data on the secondary system is preserved, as the PoINT Storage Manager retains a stub on the primary system.
“As a result, the PoINT Storage Manager does exactly what we want, transparently moving more than two-thirds of the total data off our primary storage units. No alternative came close, since the biggest advantage with PoINT Software is that the user doesn’t even notice all of this,” said Gerd Schmidt, Head of Technology at the Hof local authority.
Given the outstanding results this solution has produced, the Hof local authority is now considering expanding its use of PoINT products.
“We take a relaxed view of the rising volume of data”
Siegen. EUROIMMUN AG, a laboratory diagnostic system manufacturer, relieves the load on its primary storage system with the PoINT Storage Manager software permanently and automatically. Inactive data volumes are moved to secondary storage in line with the company’s own ruleset – while users retain fully transparent access.
If the primary storage system is overloaded, the consequences are not just high costs also backups take much longer. EUROIMMUN AG found a solution to this problem: within a two-tiered storage architecture (HSM) the PoINT Storage Manager software, which transfers inactive data to more cost-effective secondary storage based on the company’s own rules. What sets this solution apart is that the data remains transparent and accessible. “For our users by the stubbing process nothing changes,” says Niklas Wiegmann, IT system administrator for computing, hardware and networking at EUROIMMUN AG. “Since adopting the PoINT Storage Manager, we no longer need to worry about transferring and archiving data.” The system manufacturer now also has no concerns about the rising volume of data at the company, even given the many terabytes of data it already holds. Thanks to PoINT’s solution, the EUROIMMUN AG has plenty of free space and keeps backup times low. Implementing the software required no major special arrangements: integrating the PoINT Storage Manager is a quick and easy process.
PoINT Storage Manager 6.2 improves availability of data
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has announced the release of version 6.2 of the PoINT Storage Manager. This new release of the data and storage management software stands out in particular for its improved stability, ensuring greater availability of relocated and archived data. Version 6.2 is available now.
The PoINT Storage Manager allows users to use their available storage capacity more efficiently within a tiered storage architecture. To this end, the software transfers inactive data from costly primary storage (the Performance Tier) to more cost-effective storage systems (the Capacity or Archive tiers), where it is then archived. The solution’s new functionality, enabling automatic failover on the next level of storage, offers improved stability: if the primary storage system fails, the automatic failover system preserves read access to data with the replication device.
The PoINT Storage Manager 6.2 also includes a PoINT Secondary Access Server (PSAS). This is a kind of second PoINT Storage Manager server which is used if the primary PoINT Storage Manager server fails. The PoINT Secondary Access Server then enables read access to archived files, preserving users’ access to data. This new function currently operates in combination with NetApp FAS systems; support for additional primary storage systems will follow in due course.
“In business-critical environments,” said Thomas Thalmann, Managing Director at PoINT Software & Systems GmbH, “it is essential to guarantee data availability and accessibility, no matter where it is stored. The new functionality within PoINT Storage Manager 6.2 ensures significantly improved availability for relocated or archived data, even when servers or storage systems fail.”
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Press Releases 2017
EU GDPR? PoINT Storage Manager 6.1!
Siegen. Businesses that are not yet ready for the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulations (EU GDPR) can now relax: version 6.1 of the PoINT Storage Manager is here and will help you to implement the regulations coming into force on May 25, 2018.
In line with the upcoming regulations, companies holding European citizens’ personal data must delete such data on request. PoINT Storage Manager 6.1 enables not just logical but also physical deletion. “This makes it possible to delete files in a targeted manner where required. On the other hand, if the files need to be kept, they must be suitably protected. PoINT’s software offers this protection via retention management and WORM functionality, fulfilling compliance requirements and preventing unintended changes or manipulation,” said Thomas Thalmann, CEO of PoINT Software & Systems GmbH.
The functionality of the PoINT Storage Manager helps businesses not just meet data protection regulations but also optimize their use of storage.
As well as the functions named above, version 6.1 also supports a wider range of storage systems, which now includes SUSE Enterprise Storage, IBM COS and Sony ODA.
Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster optimizes its storage environment
Siegen. Commercial data volumes are rising by the day – but adding storage capacity costs money. This was exactly the issue facing the agricultural publisher Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster. In order to break out of this vicious cycle, the media firm implemented a new data storage plan: instead of expanding its existing storage environment, it implemented a multi-tiered storage architecture based on intelligent data and storage management. The solution automatically differentiates between active and inactive data – and stores it according to its intended use in tiers of differencing performance levels. Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster chose the PoINT Storage Manager from PoINT Software & Systems GmbH to realize this concept, while the implementation partner for the project was ICSmedia GmbH, which had supported the publishing house with IT services for many years.
Around 15 terabytes of highly available data is located on Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster’s file servers; it had previously been distributed across two mirrored NetApp storage systems. The constantly rising data volumes required more and more storage space. Expanding the mirrored cluster storage system initially appeared to be the only way out – but it was an expensive option. Looking for an alternative, the company received a decisive tip-off from ICSmedia GmbH: "We recommended that Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster examine how its existing data was being used. Was all of it really in active use? And did it actually need to be kept in mirrored primary storage?" said Johann Miske, the relevant sales associate at ICSmedia GmbH, as he explained the process.
Over the course of this further analysis, it became clear that primary storage alone was not in fact necessary. "With the PoINT Storage Manager, we could therefore provide a suitable solution enabling rules-based storage on a capacity-oriented NetApp FAS SATA shelf without changing how employees accessed the data. This allowed the optimization of existing storage systems."
That really caught everyone’s interest! Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster placed the solution under the microscope with a detailed three-month test phase. "With the PoINT Storage Manager, we realized a range of scenarios in which our data was distributed according to this storage plan," said Thorsten Schmidt, vice-head of IT at Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster, adding, "The storage process remains transparent at all times, meaning data is always directly accessible." After just a few weeks, the data and storage management software was therefore awarded the contract. Since then, Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster has been able to make significantly more efficient use of its existing capacity and save the investments in storage which it had originally planned to make.
Inactive data is moved to the lower storage tier according to a rules-driven process. Specifically, the management software includes a setting which automatically moves data older than three months from primary to secondary storage. All of this was achieved with a relatively low investment cost: "Adopting the PoINT Storage Manager costs us significantly less, including over the long term, than purchasing more mirrored primary storage," said Thorsten Schmidt, summarizing the results.
In implementing the new storage solution, the agricultural publisher is also sowing the seeds for the future. If the existing volumes prove no longer to be sufficient at some point down the line, the company can move its data to ICSmedia’s data center, where it will be available in the cloud.
About Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster:
Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster is one of the 100 largest media companies in Germany, with approximately 600 employees located both in the country and abroad. The firm publishes magazines, books and new media for the agricultural and rural sectors; with a total of 30 specialist and general-interest titles, it is the leading specialist agrarian publisher in Europe.
About ICSmedia GmbH:
ICSmedia GmbH, a member of the DTS Group, is an established IT service provider focusing on the fields of data centers, security and technology. The company maintains three of its own data centers in Germany and has many years of technical know-how as well as extensive expertise in security.
On the safe side - PoINT Storage Manager Version 6.0 with retention management meets archiving standards
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has released version 6.0 of its data and storage management software. The new release focuses in particular on retention management functions which allow users to securely store and manage their data. The PoINT Storage Manager therefore helps users to implement all aspects of compliance guidelines.
PoINT Storage Manager allows users to make use of their storage systems within a tiered storage architecture, saving resources. Inactive data are rule-based moved from expensive primary storage to more cost-effective secondary storage within a lower tier. Thanks to the retention management features added in version 6.0, in combination with WORM functionality, the software meets all compliance standards for archiving. The archiving rules are configured within a storage vault, where users can define retention periods for specific folders or subjects. This provides them with the flexibility needed to meet the needs and specifications of individual workflows. Once the retention period expires – at the end of the file’s life cycle, in other words – the file can be marked by an administrator for deletion.
In addition to the software’s retention management functions, Version 6.0 of PoINT Storage Manager allows IT administrators to mark and delete archived data with previously deleted links (so-called “stubs”) in performance tier. This can be done rule-based at pre-defined intervals. The functionality for versioning of archived data has also been expanded, allowing users to specify how many versions of an archived file should be saved.
Press Releases 2016
The dream team for compliant archiving: PoINT Storage Manager & NetApp SnapLock
Siegen. NetApp has certified the PoINT Storage Manager for the compliance software NetApp SnapLock with ONTAP 9.0. NetApp SnapLock enables secure, compliant and long-term data storage with WORM functionality on systems such as NetApp Nearline Storage. Working with the PoINT Storage Manager, users can efficiently archive rapidly rising amounts of inactive data, and thus saving primary storage without having to change any existing applications or established access processes.
NetApp SnapLock is a flexible WORM solution for compliant data storage. It allows users to create write- and delete-protected volumes on hard disk or flash based systems. This ensures that data cannot be modified (or even deleted) before a pre-specified date. The combination of PoINT Storage Manager and NetApp SnapLock makes it easy to implement compliance requirements for data that needs to be archived away from primary storage. The PoINT Connector enables optimal integration for the NetApp solution and its functions into the infrastructure, automating it and making it fully rules-based. The use of stubs and the PoINT Storage Manager’s “path through on read” function means that all archived data remains transparent and readable, with no need to restore files to the primary storage. Additional functions including versioning, replication, data protection and authentication control round out the range of services provided.
Automobile manufacturer begins enterprise-wide adoption of PoINT Storage Manager for private cloud
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has won one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers as a customer – Daimler AG. The DAX 30 business is implementing the data management software PoINT Storage Manager enterprise-wide. The software automatically stores inactive data from primary storage systems in a central private cloud environment, reducing the load on existing primary storage facilities in individual locations while also significantly reducing the size of data backups. The enterprise expects to be able to use the private cloud to store around 50 to 80 percent of the data currently kept on file-service-based primary storage devices in its individual plants – a quantity of data best measured on the petabyte scale. Because of the way PoINT Storage Manager interfaces with and uses the private cloud storage environment, it also meets the current security requirements.
PoINT Storage Manager is already in use as a so-called “file tiering gateway” at the automobile manufacturer’s head office in Stuttgart, as well as at plants in Bremen, Hamburg and Gaggenau. Additional sites will gradually follow suit – first in Germany, then in other countries, with the global rollout expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
“We were convinced by the functionality and reliability of the PoINT Storage Manager”, explained Peter Ott, project manager for Daimler AG’s Storage & Backup Competence Team. “The software gives our individual sites a transparent way to access off-site and write-protected data using their primary storage systems, meaning that our applications and established processes remain unchanged. In particular, this affects Office documents, PDF files and images which have not been used for over 13 months.”
Secure your data instead of paying ransom money
Protect your data against ransomware with PoINT Storage Manager
Siegen. In view of the rapidly rising number of ransomware attacks in the world, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH recommends archiving data using PoINT Storage Manager. In case of an attack, users can immediately access archived files without first having to restore backups. Alternative storage systems such as cloud/object, tape or optical media can be used for additional archiving protection. These technologies provide effective protection against ransomware infections, as their integration with PoINT Storage Manager prevents direct file system access, “hiding” these storage systems from ransomware.
According to statistics provided by the BSI, in February 2016 more than ten times as many ransomware trojans were detected by antivirus software in Germany as in October 2015. Those affected increasingly include businesses, public institutions and even hospitals. The targets of ransomware, such as the well-known Locky virus, tend to be files managed within file systems. The ransomware will then infiltrate and encrypt these files and demand payment from their owners in return for the decryption key. Advice does exist regarding the removal of such malware, but the files cannot be decrypted afterwards.
This makes it all the more important for businesses to protect their sensitive data – while also taking compliance into account. PoINT Storage Manager offers a network-wide, rule-based data security system using secondary or archive storage systems. In case of an infection, PoINT Storage Manager makes it possible to quickly restore data by creating so-called “stub files”, which enable instant access to the original file within the archive. This process can be executed extremely quickly, as there is no need to move the content of any actual files. By contrast, restoring data using a backup program can take up to several days.
The use of alternative storage technologies such as cloud/object, tape or optical also increases your protection against ransomware. PoINT Storage Manager seamlessly integrates these technologies into your existing infrastructure while also preventing malware from directly accessing such systems. Secured data is safely “packed away” based on the so-called “archive volume” concept, while the solution’s built-in authentication mechanism allows you to check the integrity and authenticity of data at any time.
PoINT Storage Manager 5.2 now available
Siegen. In its ongoing development of the PoINT Storage Manager, developer PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has focused on supporting additional cloud and object storage platforms and integrating new features. This means that the software is now more flexible, more powerful and more user-friendly than ever.
Additional supported platforms in this release include the latest version of the object storage system NetApp StorageGRID Webscale (10.2) and version 8.3 of the NetApp storage operating system Clustered Data ONTAP. With these additions, PoINT hopes to push forward its partnership with NetApp which has been in place since 2010.
Collaboration with EMC as a technology partner has now also made it possible to support EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). This means that ECS can also be used as an archive device within the PoINT Storage Manager, allowing secure, easy storage and archiving of inactive data within the system.
Users who rely on access to Amazon S3 for archiving and data storage can now use Signature Version 4 authentication thanks to the upgraded PoINT Connector for Amazon S3, increasing the range of possible Amazon S3 access points.
Version 5.2 of the PoINT Storage Manager also includes a number of improvements and new functions. For example, the archiving process is now faster than ever, as PoINT has significantly increased performance yet again when saving data for archiving. The path length limit for source data has also been increased, expanding the range of potential applications for the PoINT Storage Manager. The software is now also compatible with deduplicated NTFS volumes, meaning that the NTFS deduplication often used with Windows-based file servers can now also be used in combination with the PoINT TAFS Agent.
Another new feature allows the administrator to change the source system type within the interface, making primary storage migration quicker and easier than ever. The PoINT Storage Manager’s policy engine now also has a number of additional configurable criteria, increasing the software’s flexibility and range of applications once again.
Press Releases 2015
PoINT Storage Manager supports additional NetApp Storage Platforms
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has extended PoINT Storage Manager by supporting NetApp Clustered Data OnTAP 8.3 and NetApp StorageGRID Webscale 10.1 in version 5.1 of the PoINT software product. By this release PoINT intensifies the cooperation in technology with NetApp and offers a storage management software to their customers which efficiently archives the rapidly growing amount of inactive data. As a result the primary storage is offloaded, leaving established data access methods for applications and end users unchanged.
As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) PoINT is NetApp Alliance Partner for more than five years. In that time frame the number of installations where PoINT Storage Manager is operational in tandem with NetApp storage products has steadily increased in mission critical applications areas. By supporting Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) and offering homogenously integrated tiering and archiving PoINT follows consequently the NetApp products offer of efficient, flexible and scalable storage platforms with all its inherent advantages. PoINT Storage Manager supports not only the CIFS protocol but also NFS volumes which result in a multi-protocol archiving solution based on the cDOT storage platform. The special “Pass Trough” mechanism of PoINT Storage Manager ensures that archived data is not restored into the cDOT system on read operation.
In addition PoINT Storage Manager includes the NetApp certified connector for NetApp StorageGRID Webscale which integrates the object based StorageGRID seamlessly into the infrastructure. This solution is perfect for efficient storage of large amounts of unstructured data and fulfills archival and compliance demands thanks to the software of PoINT. Furthermore, PoINT Storage Manager integrates alternative storage technologies for archival (like tape and optical) and offers an interface to cloud storage (e.g via the S3 connector) resulting in storage architectures with different technologies and off premise storage capabilities.
PoINT Storage Manager solves data protection problems at BayernInvest
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has won a well-known financial service provider as customer - BayernInvest Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH. The company is able to optimize its storage resources by implementing PoINT Storage Manager to archive inactive data from primary to secondary storage. In addition this leads to a reduced backup-volume saving time and cost. Furthermore the WORM functionality of PoINT Storage Manager protects archived data against deletion and modifications.
BayernInvest Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH has been operating for 25 years in the financial sector. The continuously increasing data volume has led to backup problems so that the financial service provider was looking for a solution optimizing storage resources and off-loading primary storage. Compliant archiving of inactive data is especially important for the company as this can be used as proof in case of a dispute at court. Although archived data has to be in permanent access it needs to be protected against manipulation and deletion. PoINT Storage Manager was selected fulfilling all requirements. By this software BayernInvest has already archived in a first step one third of its data volume.
The company uses a SAN hard disk system attached to a windows server where PoINT Storage Manager is installed. Data in the primary storage is stored in four data areas, so called shares, whereby for each a storage vault with a TAFS Agent had been set up.
As archive storage four different LUNs (virtual hard disks) were installed on which BayernInvest archives its historical data according the above mentioned data areas. The data protection and data security functionality of PoINT Storage Manager ensure that archived data cannot be deleted nor modified offering compliant archiving. In addition BayernInvest gains savings with respect to backup as daily data volume had been reduced.
Mr. Seitz of BayernInvest Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH summarizes: “By PoINT Storage Manager we were able to get our problems with the limited storage capacity and the archiving of our historical data under control. The archived data can still be accessed at any time and, thanks to the software, it is protected against deletion and modification.”
BayernInvest Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH is since 1989 the competence centre for institutional asset management within the BayernLB group. As a full service provider, BayernInvest offers both asset management services as well as a central fund administration services (Master-KVG). Total assets of BayernInvest are more than EUR 64 bn (April 2015) in mutual funds, segregated accounts and managed accounts. Therefore BayernInvest is one of the leading asset managers in Germany.
PoINT Storage Manager certified for EMC Data Domain by EMC
Siegen. PoINT Storage Manager version 5.1 with integrated support of EMC Data Domain as additional archive storage system has successfully completed the EMC certification process. By combining PoINT Storage Manager and EMC Data Domain a certified solution is available to customers, which fulfills archiving requirements and transparently offloads inactive data from primary storage systems.
By supporting EMC Data Domain the manufacturer and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has covered an additional, well-established storage system by its data and storage management software. The software connector integrated in PoINT Storage Manager is especially developed for EMC Data Domain and utilizes the special functions and advantages of EMC Data Domain. Users are able to consolidate archived data in so-called “Archive Volumes” (container files in standardized format) and thus can optimally use the compression and de-duplication functions of EMC Data Domain. The system performance can be increased further by parallel transfer of multiple archive volumes to EMC Data Domain at the same time. Furthermore multi-tenancy configurations and EMC Data Domain retention functionality (“RL-Governance” and “RL-Compliance”) are supported. Data integrity is guaranteed by a consistent verification of every stage of the dataflow. Finally a configurable cache optimizes the performance of the complete system during read.
”The implementation of PoINT Storage Manager is especially suited for customers already using EMC Data Domain e.g. for backup purposes“, explicates Thomas Thalmann responsible for Projects & Services at PoINT Software & Systems GmbH. “Archiving requirements are fulfilled and their primary storage is offloaded from inactive data by using already existing EMC Data Domain systems.”
The PoINT distribution partner Orchestra Service GmbH from Gilching, having the largest European-wide support team for EMC products, is glad about the certified solution. Manfred Rosendahl, Product Manager at Orchestra says: ”PoINT Storage Manager and EMC Data Domain is an ideal combination for file-based archiving and for automated transparent tiering of inactive data from existing primary storage systems.”
Hospital „DRK Krankenhaus Chemnitz-Rabenstein“optimizes storage management by PoINT Storage Manager
Siegen. The hospital „DRK-Krankenhaus Chemnitz-Rabenstein“had implemented a two tiered HSM architecture by PoINT Storage Manager. Data can be archived in an automated manner to cost-effective secondary storage and thus expensive primary storage can be off-loaded. In addition the primary storage backup-volume could be reduced significantly and the hospital could save cost and meet backup-windows. Furthermore the primary storage migration could be carried out transparently and without any business interruptions to a new SAS storage system.
The hospital “DRK-Krankenhaus Chemnitz-Rabenstein” required to archive inactive PACS data (“Picture Archiving and Communication System“) from the hard disk system (iSCSI), the performance tier, to tape. Data should be in transparent access. Therefore the hospital had implemented a two tiered storage architecture (HSM) by PoINT Storage Manager archiving data within the Archive Tier chronologically to a 48-slot tape library. Thus capacity could be achieved at the new storage system and the primary storage could be used more efficiently.
The second task was to introduce a new primary storage (SAS storage system). Therefore a data migration was necessary. The data at the new storage system was re-built by an intelligent algorithm based on “Stubbing” and afterwards it was restored selectively (e.g. all data younger than one year). Data migration was carried out in background and both users and applications could access the new SAS storage even during the migration process.
“We were looking for a solution being able to cope with this complex archiving scenario. It was important for us that data was in permanent access and our colleagues were not affected within the daily work even not within the archiving nor migration process. All requirements were perfectly fulfilled by PoINT Storage Manager” said Ulrich Wieland, IT-Manager at the hospital “DRK Krankenhaus Chemnitz-Rabenstein”.
About “DRK Krankenhaus Chemnitz-Rabenstein”
The hospital “DRK Krankenhaus Chemnitz-Rabenstein” is in an organization institution of “DRK Gemeinnützige Krankenhaus GmbH Sachsen” and thus is an institution of Red Cross (“Wohlfahrtsverband Rotes Kreuz”). The work of its employees is geared on the principles of the Red Cross, like impartiality, independency and humanity. The hospital medicated in the last year 14,400 stationary, 1,250 partial-stationary and 9,600 emergencies, 1,360 ambulant operations as well as about 3,000 pre-stationary cases. With 215 beds Chemnitz-Rabenstein is a hospital of standard care focused on dermis. An efficient IT department takes care of approx. 500 PCs and about 70 virtualized server, running on a redundant IBM-storage.
PoINT Storage Manager 5.1 now available
Siegen. The new version 5.1 of PoINT Storage Manager comes up with versatile novelties. The development was mainly focused on the support of object-based storage systems. Furthermore inactive data can now also be purged as objects to the Capacity Tier. Enhanced data protection and security functionalities, the possibility to include additional storage systems as source, an improved client/server communication as well as the option to migrate systems to be replaced to EMC VNX complete the functional range of PoINT Storage Manager 5.1.
PoINT Storage Manager is an intelligent solution for archiving inactive data according to policies from expensive primary storage to cost-effective secondary storage systems. Companies are able to reduce their acquisition and operating costs by combining different storage systems in a tiered storage architecture. Both traditional and new storage technologies like cloud and object storage are considered as secondary storage.
By version 5.1 of PoINT Storage Manager, available from now on, the object-based storage systems NetApp StorageGRID Webscale, Caringo Swarm and Amplidata Himalaya can be used as secondary storage. Users benefit from the high scalability, performance and redundancy as well as fast data availability. Additionally object storage includes efficient functions to ensure long-term archiving.
Support of EMC Data Domain as NAS system and the tape-based Spectra Logic T-Series as additional devices is another novelty of this release. Customers using EMC Data Domain can thus benefit from the specific advantages of this storage system in combination with PoINT Storage Manager. NetApp FAS with “Clustered Data ONTAP” (cDOT), which enables inter alia interruptible operations for example in case of maintenance works and in addition reduces storage costs by high efficiency and seamless scalability, is also available as source.
Besides file-based data storage, object-based data storage is now also possible by PoINT Storage Manager within the Capacity Tier, the capacity-oriented storage layer for inactive data. Users profit multiple times from object-based storage. Object storage systems have, amongst others, an independent file directory structure and can access files via the web browser by the original description. In addition the backup process is easier. An improved communication between clients and server simplifies the security configuration and increases the data rate. Finally PoINT has integrated the option within PoINT Storage Manager to migrate obsolete primary storage systems to EMC VNX.
eld datentechnik is new PoINT distributor
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH strengthens its distribution network for its storage and data management solution PoINT Storage Manager and gains the company eld datentechnik GmbH as new distribution partner for Germany. The partnership focuses especially on the integration of cloud and object storage systems which are, due to their high scalability, constant performance and wide redundancy, especially suited for purging and archiving of inactive data.
The German company eld datentechnik GmbH is a business development company and distributor. The company is focused on flexible and scalable datacenter infrastructures for enabling its customers and partners to profit from new technologies like big data and cloud computing.
With this strategic partnership the new PoINT distributor would like to face current and future challenges within the IT and thus gain competitive advantages for its customers.
A big challenge in the IT field is i.e. the steadily growing volume of unstructured data. Inactive data, often up to 70% of the total data volume, are stored on expensive primary storage. By archiving inactive data to cost-effective storage systems primary storage systems can be off-loaded. It is possible to integrate both traditional and new storage technologies like cloud and object storage as secondary storage devices by the flexible tiered storage architecture of PoINT Storage Manager. The properties of cloud and object store, especially their high scalability, constant performance and wide redundancy, can be used selectively for storage optimization.
“When selecting our new partner PoINT and its product PoINT Storage Manager it was important for us, that the solution is flexible, intelligent and easy to handle. Additionally the solution should adapt to existing workflows and to future changes as our customers have to make as less changes as possible.” says Robert Schille, Business Development Manager at eld datentechnik GmbH.
“We are glad that we have gained eld as new partner and are looking forward to a good collaboration. The innovative focusing and the considerable know-how within the field of storage and especially in the field of object storage are what we like most. “says Sebastian Klee, Manager Marketing & Sales at PoINT.
eld datentechnik GmbH is a business development company and distributor. eld delivers innovative technologies to the German-speaking market for solving current and future IT challenges. Thus eld enables companies within the DACH region to profit from new topics like cloud and big data and to implement the additional value promised in theory into reality. eld works closely with its partner and customers and supports both there, where they need it for developing their business and for being successful together.
PoINT Publisher NG 4.0 Release
Siegen. The new version PoINT Publisher NG 4.0 is now available and offers inter alia an automated extraction of data of CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs by disc publishing systems. Another new function is the „Batch-Writer“-module for the processing of media batches consisting of master discs and blank media as well as support of Windows 8 and 8.1.
By its established product PoINT Publisher NG PoINT Software & Systems GmbH offers a hardware-independent software for professional disc production with integrated label printing. Besides production jobs creating a specified number of copies including printing derived of a master disc, users can create media by the ECR module („Event Controlled Recording“) using simple file copy functions over the network. To fulfill special requirements for a flexible integration into applications a batch interface is available as Software Development Kit (SDK).
The manufacturer has focused its product development on further automation capabilities with disc publishing systems. The result is the “bulk reader” which is integrated in the software and offers comprehensive functions for extracting the contents of CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs in an automated manner on local hard disk or a NAS system. The complete process is logged in detail. Data extracted from media can be stored both as directory structure and as image file.
Furthermore media batches consisting of master discs and blank media can be processed automatically by the new “Batch Writer” module. During job processing PoINT Publisher NG imports data from a master disc and copies the data to all blank media following. The process is repeated on the occurrence of the next master disc.
Besides these improvements the new version covers support for Windows 8 and 8.1 (Pro and Enterprise).
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PoINT Storage Manager - Archive Edition: facing data growth effectively
Siegen. The Archive Edition of PoINT Storage Manager is available from now on. By this new and easy to use edition primary storage can be employed more efficiently by archiving inactive data to secondary storage systems. Thus the higher archiving requirements are fulfilled and at the same time high investment costs can be avoided. By supporting versatile storage technologies the software manufacturer, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH, ensures the independence from specific hardware manufacturers. In addition consistent usage of standards provides an investment protection.
The extreme growth of unstructured data leads to an increasing challenge for companies. Due to economical or corresponding technical reasons this cannot be solved by only extending primary storage systems. As an alternative companies are able to archive inactive data (so called cold data) and data to be archived to secondary storage systems especially designed for long-term archival by implementing PoINT Storage Manager - Archive Edition. The archiving process can be automated on basis of pre-defined policies or manually by a protected web client.
PoINT Storage Manager - Archive Edition offers three archiving methods: Copy Mode, Data Mover Mode and HSM Mode to archive files transparently to secondary storage. Access to archived files is possible at any time through standard operating system primitives.
Depending on different requirements multiple storage technologies, like hard disk, tape and optical, can be applied to use their particular strength optimally. There is no need for additional software as the PoINT Storage Manager - Archive Edition supports these storage technologies natively.
Furthermore by the Archive Edition of PoINT Storage Manager files can be replicated in an automated manner to storage systems of the same or a different storage technology.
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH gains Data Request AG as distribution partner for Switzerland
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has extended its presence in Switzerland by Data Request AG as a new partner. By PoINT Storage Manager the company is able to offer to its customers a solution with an attractive price facing the increasing challenges in the field of storage management.
Data Request has focused on storage and virtualization solutions and offers its customers complete solutions from one source. The company is looking for a product by which its customers are able to get the growing storage requirements under control and to simplify and automate the archiving scenarios. „Furthermore the solution should address directly the upper middle class and support manufacturer-independently different technologies“, says Christian Lüthi, CEO of Data Request AG. „By PoINT Storage Manager we have found exactly the right solution. It is simple to install and to administrate. The price model is attractive, as it enables also small companies to optimize their storage environment intensely with only a small investment.“
„Data Request is an ideal partner for us who has been operating successfully for many years and who has a comprehensive know-how in the field of storage & virtualization“, says Sebastian Klee, Manager Marketing & Sales at PoINT Software & Systems GmbH. „Data Request offers its Value Added Resellers versatile services like consultancy, sales & marketing promotion as well as support being an extended arm from manufacturer to customer.“
About Data Request AG:
Data Request AG operates as distribution partner in Switzerland, the princedom Liechtenstein as well as in the border areas from Germany and Austria. The company collaborates with well-known manufacturers of hard- and software and generates added value in the field of storage, backup, archive as well as virtualization and authentication for its customers.
Further information: www.datarequest.ch.
PoINT Storage Manager Version 5.0 now available
Novelties of the new version are inter alia manually triggered data archiving, usage of additional storage systems, optimized integration of Blu-ray Disc libraries as well as support of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has released version 5.0 of PoINT Storage Manager. This new release includes various novelties by which companies can face the challenges of data growth, administration of inactive data and long-term storage efficiently. From now on also authorized users are able to archive data independently. Furthermore PoINT Software & Systems had extended the list of supported storage systems considerably. Version 5.0 supports now also the operating system Windows Server 2012 R2 and contains an optimized integration of Blu-ray Disc libraries by PoINT Jukebox Manager.
For facing the growth of unstructured data storage concepts are necessary to keep investments for storage extensions and for additional back-up licenses respectively capacities at a minimum. Normally up to 80% of data is unstructured, whereof nearly 70% do not need to be accessible directly. Inactive data stresses increasingly the primary storage capacity and the back-up of primary storage cannot be carried out without problems due to the huge data volumes.
A file-tiering- and archiving software is a solution for companies to purge inactive data from expensive primary storage to cost-efficient secondary storage for archival, but retain transparent data access. PoINT Storage Manager applies the file tiering approach consequently and thus creates more free capacity on the primary storage as well as savings in additional back-up costs.
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH has integrated additional functions addressing the main market requirements of the storage sector. The policy-based file archiving function had been extended by a user driven archiving functionality by which authorized users can purge and archive files independently. For this purpose PoINT Storage Manager 5.0 offers a web client which is available network-wide and can be used without a decided software installation.
Furthermore PoINT Software & Systems has extended the list of supported storage systems considerably. For the integration of object store systems, which are becoming more and more important in the market, now also connectors for Caringo CAStor and HDS HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) are available. Additionally Blu-ray Disc libraries can be integrated for long-term storage and archiving by the established PoINT Jukebox Manager resulting in an advanced functionality. Also the operating system Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported by the new version. For ensuring the server failover the Microsoft Cluster Manager is implied.
PoINT enables file system migration during running business operations
Obsolete storage systems can be migrated without any operational interruptions by PoINT Storage Manager Migration Edition
Siegen. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH offers by PoINT Storage Manager Migration Edition a software solution supporting companies comprehensively in replacing storage systems . Thus data can be migrated in background to new storage systems without interrupting running business operations. Also the file access is possible at any time, even during the migration process.
Due to exponential data growth, shorter technology cycles or changes of hardware manufacturer (e.g. because of expiring support contracts) the number of necessary file system migrations in companies is steadily growing. The responsible IT managers are faced with the challenge to migrate data without any interruptions of workflows and business operations. This is especially critical if primary storage has to be replaced. To cope with this challenge PoINT Software & Systems GmbH had developed PoINT Storage Manager Migration Edition enabling an automated file system migration from file server, NAS and archive systems to new storage platforms.
For the migration process the file system structure of the old storage system has to be rebuilt in the new system and the client access point can be changed accordingly. After that the data migration proceeds in background and the old storage system is only used for reading. Any client access, whether reading or writing, is handled by the new storage system, thus modified or new data is only be stored there. If data has to be accessed which has not yet been migrated, PoINT Storage Manager Migration Edition ensures that this data is provided transparently from the old system. After the migration process is finished the old system can be removed from the network.
PoINT Storage Manager Migration Edition is developed for unique file system migrations. For companies interested in constant migration possibilities the Enterprise Edition of PoINT Storage Manager is available. The migration is then an integral function within the scope of a Tiered Storage concept and offers the functionality to build a permanent and future-proof storage infrastructure, in which the company data is stored according to its value in a suitable storage layer.
Data growth without storage extensions – thanks to PoINT Storage Manager
Siegen. Steadily growing data volume forces companies and public institutions to intensify their storage strategy requirements. For saving costs for expensive primary storage extensions as well as for backup licenses file tiering – the purging and archiving of inactive data to secondary storage – is suggested. PoINT Software & Systems GmbH offers PoINT Storage Manager - a fully-developed software solution covering versatile functions and interfaces. Users profit from efficient storage usage, offloaded backup, cost savings and the fulfillment of compliance requirements.
Independent from industry classification and enterprise size: All companies fight against steadily growing data volumes. An IDC survey from 2012 showed that the data volume doubles every two years and thus in ten years a 15 fold of information has to be administrated. This data growth can boost costs for primary storage extensions and require additional backup licenses and capacities.
As from the about 80% present unstructured data 70 % are not accessed directly file tiering and archiving are an approach for facing the challenge of data growth. Though inactive data is purged from expensive primary storage to cost-efficient secondary storage and stored there. As secondary storage devices especially object store systems are suitable, as these are designed for big data volumes, scalable regarding performance and redundancy and have long term preservation functionality.
Therefore PoINT Storage Manager has integrated comprehensive functions by which companies can implement this solution efficiently. Inactive data is purged either automatically according to corresponding policies or user driven without support of the administrator from primary storage to secondary and archive storage. The data archival has received a new important significance regarding data and storage management and is considered increasingly within the storage concepts. PoINT Storage Manager supports natively tape and optical storage systems. In addition connectors for all leading object and cloud storage products are available, so that users are flexible regarding their storage products and independent from manufacturer.
PoINT Storage Manager allows user driven file tiering and archiving
New web-client offers platform independent and manual purging
Siegen. As of now users of PoINT Storage Manager are able to purge files independently and without support of their administrator to secondary and archive storage. The expensive and often limited primary storage can be used more effectively by manual purging of files as only by automated purging. For this reason the data and storage management software of PoINT Software & Systems GmbH takes a step forward in comparison to other solutions purging data exclusively according to policies given by administrators.
In case of solutions for archiving, hierarchical storage management and for file tiering usually only policies given by the administrator manage what data is purged at what time from primary to secondary storage. Thus users mostly do not have any chance to decide from case to case independently what data and especially when that data can be purged from primary to secondary storage e.g. for archiving purposes. It is also impossible for users to decide themselves when files should be re-stored in primary storage for fast access and therefore need the assistance from their administrator. This limitation leads in many cases to sub-optimal workflows or involves risks, amongst others, if from users view an immediate archiving is necessary for protecting data against manipulations. Centrally controlled policy-based archiving at a given time cannot prevent that undesired changes are archived.
By PoINT Storage Manager users can decide themselves what file has to be purged at what time. For this user driven file tiering and archiving approach the software offers several methods: a comfortable Windows Explorer shell extension with a corresponding context menu for Windows NTFS-based file systems, a command line tool usable also for batch scripting, as well as a new platform independent web-client. The „stubbing“-procedure ensures that the file system structure is not changed by the purging process.
„By this new web-client our customers gain an additional possibility to get the unstoppable growth of unstructured data under control“, explains Thomas Thalmann, Manager Projects & Services of PoINT Software & Systems GmbH. „Because one thing is certain: without intelligent file tiering and archiving an efficient and compliant data storage cannot be guaranteed.“