It’s Time To Manage Your Data! – NTP Software Briefing Note

Data is growing, especially file data. This statement should come as no surprise to any IT professional. The response to that growth is typically to keep adding more and more storage capacity. The problem is that most of these additions are to the primary storage tier. This seems like the path of least resistance for IT, but it is also the path of greatest expense and risk. The assumption is that the alternative, manage growth by moving the data to the most cost-correct tier, is much more difficult than just adding more storage. NTP Software has a long history of proving this assumption wrong.

For data management to be compelling, data management software and its operation has to be less expensive than the cost of adding additional primary storage capacity. Creating operational simplicity is no easy task considering not only the total capacity of unstructured data that most organizations have, but also the number of files contained within that data set. Also, different organizations will have different needs, it is difficult for one size to fit all.

NTP Software offers a suite of products to solve each of the key problems in file data management. At the heart of the solution is NTPS’s VFM, a virtual file management solution that provides policy-based tiering. Organizations can move data from virtually any storage platform to any other platform. For example, in-active data can move from a high performance, high-cost NAS to a high capacity NAS or to the cloud, both of which should be less expensive and require fewer actual systems.

A critical aspect of a data management solution is to not change the user experience. Users should have seamless access to data and be unaware of any changes to the data’s actual location. Most data management solutions leverage “stubs” to provide the connection between old and new locations. A “stub” is essentially a small file that is placed in the old location of the file and points to the new location of the file. The problem is stubs introduce a layer of vulnerability that increases the complexity of the data management solution and also makes migration to new storage systems more difficult. NTP has solved the stub problem with its active stub technology. They provide 5 stub file types and stubs can be moved or backed up without any special maintenance.

The rest of NTP Software suite includes:

  • QFS which can set quotas and block certain file types
  • File Reporter which provides file analytics, trends and predictions
  • File Auditor which provides monitoring, auditing and compliance
  • File Assessment which provides planning, insight and discovery

StorageSwiss Take

NTP Software has been around for over 23 years, providing its software directly and via OEM relationships. During its history, its software has been used by a distinguished group of companies that has so much data, that buying more primary storage simply was not an option. Those organizations HAD to manage data and NTP Software provided the tools to make data management happen. Now though, the requirement to manage (and manage the cost of) your data is no longer niche. Almost every organization will have to come to terms with the reality of data growth versus the availability of funds allocated to primary storage. NTP Software is in an ideal position to help the broader market meet the coming data management requirement.

Eight years ago George Crump, founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal. To educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is and a heavily sought after public speaker. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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