An article published in Enterprise Systems Journal praises the benefits of Novell Storage Manager stating “If you’re serious about cutting storage costs by better managing users’ ‘junk file drawers,’ a demo of Novell Storage Manager will be time well spent.”
The IDC paper published in January on Novell Storage Manager got the attention of Jon Toigo, a storage consultant, researcher, influencer, and writer. He met originally with David Condrey in March at Jon’s Toigo Partners International office in Tampa. This was followed by a product demo a couple of weeks later.
Jon wrote an article for Enterprise Systems Journal that was published today and with a headline like “Novell Storage Manager Strikes Data management Gold,” it’s obviously something I wanted to share.
One point that Jon makes about the product is the ability for Novell Storage Manager to pay for itself quickly:
“Policies were also available to spot contraband files occupying space on expensive gear so they could be brought to the attention of user managers and handled through human resources-sanctioned procedures. With contraband files consuming on average between 5 and 15 percent of storage capacity in most shops we visit, and with the costs to host these collections of bootleg music, picture, and video files topping $300 per GB when spindle costs, management costs, strain on backup processes, and many other ownership cost components are factored in (not to mention financial risks to the company from the MPAA, RIAA, and others), we could readily see how NSM would pay for itself virtually on installation just from the standpoint of file system cleanup!”
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