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PoINT Storage Manager Supports Object Storage

Intelligent File Tiering with Object Storage

The new PoINT Storage Manager version of the German company PoINT Software & Systems GmbH allows a homogenous integration of object based storage systems from different manufacturers into existing infrastructures. Besides support of EMC and NetApp cloud products also connectors for the standard interfaces S3 and CDMI will be provided shortly. Thus companies can take advantage of object storage - without any modification at the application level. Advantages are especially high scalability and consistent performance.

Due to economic reasons companies are forced to use their storage resources efficiently. Storing all generated and incoming data on cost-intensive primary storage is not only very expensive but threatens also the company's existence - this happens if the data to be archived are not protected against modification and deletion. The management is responsible for the data security and is personally liable.

The available file tiering solutions like PoINT Storage Manager can solve this problem. By these solutions inactive data is migrated from the performance to the capacity or archive tier in an automated manner. Before a tiering concept can be implemented the target storage and the storage technologies most suitable for the specific requirements have to be defined. Furthermore it has to be decided what storage technology shall be used in a specific tier. Especially for the migration of a high data volume it is advantageous to use object based storage. Generally speaking object storage is highly scalable and offers a consistent performance even if a big number of stored objects need to be handled. PoINT Storage Manager utilizes this property and supports respectively supplements the manufacturer's specific functionality for protecting stored data against modification and taking care of retention periods.

As PoINT Storage Manager is a hardware independent software solution companies are flexible in their choice of a storage manufacturer. In addition PoINT Storage Manager provides a migration functionality by which data can be moved from one storage system to the other without interruption.

About PoINT

PoINT Software & Systems GmbH is specialized in the development of software products and systems solutions for storage and management of data using all available mass storage technologies like hard disks, magnetic tapes and optical media. Close collaboration with leading hardware manufacturers enables an early support of innovative storage technologies. Besides these

complete solutions PoINT also offers its know-how as Toolkits, which can be easily integrated in other applications by the programming interface. Furthermore PoINT projects entire storage solutions and provides consultancy with his long-term and versatile experience.

PoINT products are distributed by 50 partners in more than 25 countries world-wide and have been installed successfully in more than 2 million installations. PoINT customers range from end users expecting a compact and secure solution to large corporations, which comply with our solutions their complex demands by providing the necessary reliability and perfection.

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