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Auspex Systems has announced a new technology called CogniStor that it says will lower data management costs by instantly and automatically sharing file changes with a variety of enterprise applications. The patented technology, based on Auspex's core network storage engine, provides the ability to notify targeted applications every time a file is created, changed or accessed in order to trigger a wide range of actions designed to enhance business efficiency.
Auspex is incorporating the CogniStor technology in a new family of enterprise data automation products and is also making it available for licensing in third-party applications. The first two Auspex products utilizing CogniStor will be Auspex IntelliSnap, a dynamic version control solution capable of restoring intra-day versions of any file, and Auspex IntelliScan, an anti-virus aid that alerts virus scanning applications to scan new or changed files immediately.
The CogniStor technology can also be used to enable instant file indexing by search engines, initiate immediate backup of changed files, alert users or administrators to saved documents containing sensitive words or phrases, immediately scan newly saved source code for errors, and for many other applications that have not previously been possible.
These capabilities stem from an architecture that brings information management from the network edge to the storage appliance for the first time. The solution also operates out of band to avoid any performance impact on end users, even in the event of a system failure. It can be taken offline without affecting enterprise availability or causing any change in users' workflow, and it will automatically manage the backlog when operation is restored.
"We back up our servers every night, but we always have had a problem if our application developers lost a file during the day. Snapshots slowed the system too much, so any changes made between saves to our source code control system could not be retrieved," said Blair Hicks, systems administrator with LIDP Consulting Services, an Illinois-based software developer serving the life insurance industry. "Because CogniStor and IntelliSnap operate out of band, copies of each file can be automatically saved at the time of modification, and users can recover their earlier versions at any time."
"The ongoing explosion in enterprise data stores is challenging network administrators to find smarter ways of managing that data," said Bill North, storage software director at IDC. "Being able to act on file changes the minute they hit the storage pool has the potential to provide a new suite of tools that will not only make administrators more efficient but also increase productivity for end users."