The magnitude of the global economic downturn that began in 2008 has caused research analyst organizations such as IDC and Forrester to lower their projections for tech spending growth in 2009. (1) That's right; they're projecting growth—at least in some sectors.
Both organizations point out that the best opportunities in 2009 will be in deploying software that saves companies money. And with storage capacity growing exponentially (2), perhaps there is no sector as ready for cost savings and efficiency as file-based storage management.
Most organizations tend to address their storage management manually. But exponential storage growth, storage compliance and unstructured file storage cannot be adequately addressed manually. That's why there's Novell Storage Manager. From provisioning home directories for new users to archiving/deleting these directories for employees who leave, and a variety of storage tasks in between, Novell Storage Manager provides you the ability to deploy and automate the complete lifecycle of your customers' user and group storage through identity-based policies.
And with the introduction of Novell Storage Manager 2.5, we're offering our most compelling solution to date. Some notable enhancements include:
- Auxiliary Storage: No limit to number of home directories created for each user
- Collaborative Storage Enhancements: User storage management capabilities extended to groups
- Expanded Novell Linux Support: Event Monitors and Agents can now be on Linux servers
- Action Objects: APIs that allow storage actions to be transacted through Novell Identity Manager
- New Interface: Completely redesigned and easier to use
- Enhanced Cataloging: Tracks archived files as they are moved among storage devices for easy retrieval and restoration after a disaster
- And More: Appliance installation option and storage analytics
Learn more about Novell Storage Manager 2.5 by downloading the white paper and by joining the Identity and Security Field Call Webcast, Jan 29th.
1 "IDC Expects Worldwide IT Spending Growth to Slow Significantly, But Remain Positive, in 2009" IDC Press Release, 12 Nov. 2008
2 "File Systems Define the Future for Managing Storage" Noemi Greyzdorf, Richard L. Villars, IDC, December 2008, IDC #215463