NTP Software VFM™
Data movement without the overhead
For most of computer history, file storage worked in a very familiar way: you would have a giant silo of storage for your files, and you’d dump them into that silo until it was full. Then you’d get a bigger silo. And while this worked when files were smaller and fewer, now a new storage paradigm is emerging: tiered storage. And to tier effectively, you need a way to get your files from primary to secondary, and perhaps even tertiary storage.
This is why NTP Software VFM (formerly Precision Tiering) can help you today.
What is NTP Software VFM? It is an elegant, purpose-built, file data tiering solution. It allows administrators to control their tiering by granular, configurable policies, as well as for end user initiated tiering. It redefines the economics of data movement by being event- and policy-driven in real time, rather than requiring repeated scans of the entire file system, thus greatly helping to reduce storage-related costs.
- Enables the use of a multitude of stub types
- Provides the ability for stubless tiering with file access via the recovery portal
- Tiers to and from all major platforms
- Allows for tiering by policy, end user, or a combination or the two
- Connects your primary, secondary, and beyond seamlessly
NTP Software VFM is able to do all of this because of NTP Software’s long history of specialization in the unique needs of file data. NTP Software VFM’s file metadata catalog collects not just the regular metadata of a file, but the file’s extended metadata, providing the most comprehensive way of quickly and securely searching for a file.
What else could this software do? Could it be used to leverage a BYOD system? Call today for more info.
Not all file data is created equal. In fact, almost half of all new files are never touched again! Stop wasting valuable resources on inactive files.
Use or Abuse?
While it's true that some files will be created, saved, closed, and never opened again, what is true of all files is that after a period of activity where they are being actively worked on, they will become obsolete, and people who are working on new projects will create new files, leaving the old ones to be forgotten to the depths of your storage.
Leverage an automated, policy driven tiering engine to put inactive files where they belong—out of your primary storage and onto a cheaper Tier 2.
Put Data in the Right Place
Though most files, about 98%, will never be touched again after their period of activity is over, there are the files that will be looked at again. Even if they aren't edited or changed, the ability to look at old files and projects can be a very valuable resource. Having a read-only Tier 2 where these files can live saves you tons in storage back-up costs, while allowing you to hold onto these old, but potentially valuable, files.
More often than not, your users know whether they will need a file again. Let users decide if a file should be tiered.
Empower Your Users
As a storage administrator, it's not your job to know what the guys in marketing are cooking up this week, and what they've dropped last week. People know their own files better than anyone else ever could. Let them decide when a project has outlived its usefullness.
With Right-Click Data Movement™, your users can instantly tier large files—no need to wait for an arbitrary timer.
Now, Not Later
With the intimate understand your end users have of their own files, let them use RCDM to move entire projects to Tier 2 as soon as they've finished with them. What good does it do them or anyone else to have a huge project sitting on primary storage where it will merely be ignored for the next 6 months?
Stubs can provide an easy and transparent way for users to find archived files. They can also be a storage admin's worst nightmare.
To Stub or Not to Stub?
Stubs are great for some environments. Do you have a small amount of files which need to be tiered? Great! Stubs might be the best way to transparently tier your end users' files. But 1,000,000 files leave 1,000,000 stubs, and stubs, though tiny compared to the files they replace, are still files.
And whether or not you want to use stubs initially, stubs can't remain forever, or the aforementioned problem will eventually crop up. The solution? A way to recover tiered files that doesn't rely on the existance of stubs.
With NTP Software VFM, you can choose from a variety of stubbing options—including none at all!
Do What Works for You
NTP Software VFM is the only tiering software on the market powerful and flexible enough to work with every known stub type out there. Whatever best suits your system and your needs, we can do it.
And if you, as we recommend, don't want any stubs at all, our web access portal allows your end users to find and recover any of their tiered files. And best of all, you don't need to know the file name or where it was. NTP Software VFM can search indexed content to find what you're looking for fast and effectively.