Following four interviews over the summer with IDC analyst Noemi Greyzdorf and some of her peers, the research organization published a very favorable Technology Assessment of Novell Storage Manager this month.

A major focus of the paper is on unstructured, file-based data (documents, images, video, records, virtual machine images, etc.) and how this form of data has now surpassed structured block-based data (database or telemetry data) as the fastest growing type of information. Consequently, the need for a product like Novell Storage Manager, IDC points out, has never been greater.

Novell Storage Manager introduces management and structure to an unmanaged and unstructured network storage system and, in the process, automates the full lifecycle management of user and group storage. Novell Storage Manager automates a comprehensive set of storage management tasks based on events, identities and policies that reside in the directory. In the process, Storage Manager can help assure storage compliance while saving time and money.

With the upcoming release of Novell Storage Manager 2.5, the publication of the IDC paper could not have come at a better time.

One other tidbit about our IDC visits. The IDC analysts were not only inquisitive and probing in all aspects of the product, but were very forward-thinking and in fact, instrumental in helping us identify and develop a solution to the problem of data loss in the event of a disaster, both personal and global disasters. I will be writing more on that Novell Storage Manager 2.5 enhancement in a future blog posting.

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  • geoffc says:

    If you have to manage user home directories and shared folders, and have not seen NSM, you should go look at it now! It is amazing!

    Imagine the case of students… Every student gets a home directory for personal files.

    But then they enroll in courses, so they need course access, and of course, they should have full access to a shared folder, but only Write access so they can drop assignments into a DropOff folder. (And the marker gets Read only, and the Teacher full rights, so that the student cannot change it after submission, the marker cannot change it, only read it, and the teacher can do everything).

    But they change courses on the fly all year long, and multiply this by 10,000 students for a good sized university.

    But then the prof decides he needs a totally different file layout, since heck, he has tenure and can do whatever he pleases! (No offense to people with tenure.)

    NSM automates all that, via defined policies and does it all silently in the background! (Assuming you have a group per course maintained somehow). When the prof changes his mind, change the policy, and tell NSM to go fix everything to match the new policy! (Backfill).

    When you see it in action, it truly is magical! You almost have to see it to believe it!

    If you are a business and need to manage users home directories and teams, this approach works equally well, but then another feature comes into play… When someone quits/fires/passes away, what happens to their files? NSM handles this seamlessly based on the policy you define, and can assign the employees file space to their manager, to review and clean up.

    Did I mention I also sell ShamWow’s? (For non-Americans, there is some REALLY annoying ad on TV for these shammies (rags that soak up a lot.)

    Heck I have even used NSM to copy a huge amount of data (at the time, it was a couple of years ago, and 200 Gigs) server to server by pretending my home directory was a data directory having an NSM policy to make sure my files matched my home directory, and simply changing my home directory to the new location in eDirectory. NSM moved the files fast and with trustees (Our backup system was broken at that time, well technically it backed up, restores were not really working, so this was an easy way to do it).

    It slices, it dices, the amazing Ginsu knives! (Do they sell those on non-US TV? Someone tell me what crazy things they sell in European info-mercials so I can mock them as well please!)

    Disclaimer: I happen to know the people who wrote much of NSM, but they do write excellent products! (I like most of their stuff… The Rotato, (rotating potato peeler) did not work as well as I had hoped it would…

Jan 13, 2009
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