Autovirt announces new standard for management of unstructured file data

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AutoVirt Inc., a provider of migration and management software for unstructured data on Windows networks, will announce at next week’s Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2009 the release of AutoVirt version 3.0 (v3.0), featuring enhancements in the areas of storage automation policies, independent namespaces, and interoperability with Microsoft’s DFS/DFS-R platform.

The new and extended capabilities of AutoVirt 3.0 enable disaster protection, business continuity, and archiving in the storage environment. These build upon AutoVirt’s existing capabilities for executing a variety of storage optimization and consolidation tasks faster, less expensively, and without disrupting users.

AutoVirt of Nashua, New Hampshire provides companies of all sizes with a host of solutions that ensure data integrity, data protection, high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), and business continuity during critical storage projects, as well as day-to-day operations.

The AutoVirt v3.0 enhancements include automated storage management policies that execute a variety of data management operations. The policies are configured through a GUI (graphical user interface) wizard and can be set up to run immediately or at a scheduled time. All policies include ACL preservation, and configurable error handling, logging and alert capabilities. It also includes storage tiering which helps to classify data and automatically move it to the appropriate storage platform, based on its value. Move critical data to higher performing storage, while keeping less critical data on a lower cost storage alternative. Tiering provides capital and operational savings, and allows for shorter back-up and recovery windows.

The AutoVirt v3.0 enhancements also include file archiving which moves static data to an archive tier to protect it for long-term preservation and to meet regulatory guidelines. It also includes data replication that ensures multiple copies of data are available over any distance, eliminating the possibility of data loss due to corruption or disaster. It also provides data copy which helps increase the speed and efficiency of Windows data copy tasks, and device transfer which imports multi-media files from remote devices, such as CD/DVD, CAD and medical/industrial devices to networked storage.

The AutoVirt v3.0 also includes independent namespaces that leverage AutoVirt’s file virtualization capabilities to organize client views of networked files, independent of location. By creating multiple namespaces, IT can update the architecture of unstructured data and preserve client shortcuts indefinitely. It also features Microsoft DFS and DFS-R interoperability which leverage any existing Microsoft DFS infrastructure with AutoVirt’s management capabilities and automation policies layered on top.

Terri McClure, an analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) stated, “Our research indicates that the vast majority of customer data is unstructured Windows file data. With growth estimated at 50% - 80% annually, unstructured Windows file data management has been pushed to the top of many IT shops ‘To Do’ lists. Unfortunately, there have been very few affordable options available to help overcome this burden. AutoVirt v3.0 offers an easy to use, Windows data management and storage task automation solution, at a highly affordable price.”

“AutoVirt v3.0 delivers a complete storage management and migration solution for unstructured Windows files that is both easy to use and affordable,” said Josh Klein, President and CEO of AutoVirt. “While designed and priced for the storage challenges faced by the mid-market, it is an ideal solution for IT shops of all sizes as it targets universal pain points including over-provisioning and under- utilization of storage assets, failed backups, unexpected downtime, overspending on resources, hard-to-find data and difficulty retiring older assets in order to perform tech refreshes.”

AutoVirt v3.0 is immediately available, can be installed in about two hours, and requires zero implementation expense.