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PoINT Storage Manager

The Data & Storage Management solution for migration and archiving of unstructured data to secondary and archive storage in a tiered storage architecture. PoINT Storage Manager is independent of specific storage system manufacturers or technologies. This creates flexibility and investment protection.

PoINT Archival Gateway

The solution for Big Data Storage. PoINT Archival Gateway provides a scalable and high performance S3-based object storage. The software solution stores and manages huge amounts of data on tape and optical libraries. 

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PoINT Blog

In our new blog we will show you how to make the most of our software by integrating it optimally into your storage infrastructure and configuring it according to your individual requirements. We inform you about how to use our products in innovative storage concepts and discuss different storage technologies.

We start with a discussion about how to use tape as object storage in a tiered storage architecture. Read more here.

PoINT Archival Gateway Compact Edition: Tape-based S3 Object Storage for installations in a single-digit PB range

PoINT Archival Gateway

Magnetic tapes are often regarded as outdated storage media. However, given the enormous growth of unstructured data, they prove their future viability. Due to the specific properties of this technology, its integration into storage infrastructures faces great challenges. PoINT Archival Gateway offers a scalable S3 Object Storage approach for storing object data on tape, to meet these specific requirements.

PoINT Archival Gateway supports up to eight tape libraries for the storage of several 100 PB. The Compact Edition is an economical solution for the S3 object storage of data on tape for those customers whose storage requirements achieve only a single-digit PB range. Aside from this, the functional range of the Compact Edition is identical with that of the large version.

Find out more about the full functional range of our software in the new Technical White Paper.

PoINT celebrates its 25th anniversary

PoINT - CeBIT booth 1999

The history of PoINT begins as early as 1985, where the PoINT-team-to-be came together first at Philips’ competence centre for optical storage media, then later at Digital Equipment (DEC) GmbH.

Here, the team were already developing innovative software products for archiving data on optical storage media, making a significant contribution towards the standardisation of optical technology. In 1994, PoINT spun off from Digital Equipment.

From 5 December 1994, it continued under the leadership of its key employees as an independent company, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH. PoINT stands for innovative, stable software; for a focus on our customers; and for reliable service.

Thank you for your loyalty! We look forward to many more years of forward-looking storage products and designs.

Up-to-date Technical White Paper ready for download

PoINT Storage Manager & PoINT Archival Gateway

PoINT Storage Manager and PoINT Archival Gateway present themselves in a new guise: The new Technical White Papers are now available, with a fresh design, succinct information and clear illustrations.

You find the White Paper for PoINT Storage Manager here and the White Paper for PoINT Archival Gateway here.

Multicloud integration with PoINT Storage Manager

Multi Cloud

When it comes to the integration of cloud services for enterprises, Multicloud quickly gets into the spotlight. A single provider of cloud services is usually not sufficient for the specialized requirements. Multicloud produces many benefits: Combining offers from different service providers creates independence, flexibility and reliability.

PoINT Storage Manager helps you to easily integrate several cloud storages into your storage infrastructure: It is compatible with all current off-premises solutions and can seamlessly integrate e.g. Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. So you profit by the advantages of PoINT software and its reliable Information Lifecycle Management. At the same time you fully utilize the flexibility that Multicloud offers you – for an all-around optimized storage process.

Archive-as-a-Service combines Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage with PoINT Storage Manager

Euroson America, Inc., the North American distribution partner of PoINT Software & Systems, offers a new Archiving-as-a-Service solution combining Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage with PoINT Storage Manager, enabling organizations to archive cold data to the cloud at a fixed monthly cost. With the help of PoINT Storage Manager inactive data is automatically and transparently archived to cloud storage, providing a native WORM file system and retention management.

“Euroson has done a tremendous job bringing together two leading solutions as a service, creating a win-win solution for their customers to optimize their data archiving with a strong price/performance model” said Jennifer Kula, VP of Alliances and Channels for Wasabi.

For further information see here.

PoINT Storage Manager 6.4: “User Controlled Archiving“ offers more flexibility

PoINT Storage Manager - User Controlled Archiving (Screenshot)

PoINT responds to numerous customer requests by embedding the new feature “User Controlled Archiving” into PoINT Storage Manager. Data archiving so far resulted from policies specified by the administrator. From now on it can be initiated manually by the departments themselves, via the familiar user interface of the Windows Explorer and within a framework of rules provided by the administrator. So even though the new feature allows “User Controlled Archiving”, it is the administrator who keeps the process in hand.

For further information see here.


<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>The solution for big data storage</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a class="pdf" href="t3://file?uid=1540" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Press Release (PDF)</a></p>

High-performance S3 object storage on tape: PoINT Archival Gateway - Compact Edition

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