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.