While several vendors are finding success in helping clients corral unstructured data such as e-mail and medical records, NeoPath Networks hopes to cut a swath through the competition with its virtualized approach to file management.
The Santa Clara, Calif., start-up, whose backers include Java creator Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems fame, is offering a software-loaded appliance called NeoPath File Director.
File Director provides networked storage consolidation and access to various levels of tiered storage to reduce operating costs, while making storage management easier. The appliance employs a virtualized approach to storing data on file servers and NAS
For example, the physical location, name and path of a file are normally bound together. Nusbaum told internetnews.com File Director decouples the physical location of a file from its name and path, using a unified namespace for NFS
This allows administrators to attach, remove or upgrade servers and storage without impacting users with zero downtime, thereby improving the performance and capacity of storage. File Director also makes it possible for administrators to migrate files based on importance and relevance through policy rules.
The machine will work with any file server, network-attached storage (NAS) device or operating system on a network, an attractive value proposition at a time when gear in data centers is a mixed bag from different vendors. Specifically, Nusbaum said clients with three to five dedicated NAS products or 10 to 20 file servers would make ideal customers.
While other management vendors like Princeton Softech corral structured data at the application, storage area network (SAN)
Ultimately, File Director is a good fit for clients looking to support their information lifecycle management (ILM)
For example, files from a dated project may be taking up too much space across a number of file servers. Administrators can set up a policy to migrate files not updated in the last year from more expensive, Fibre Channel
File Director is optimized to run with commodity hardware from Dell, IBM and HP and has a Linux kernel on top of which sit several software engines from NeoPath. The company also provides an API
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