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Getting an Accurate Assessment of Your Unstructured Data

The first step in getting your storage under control

According to IDC: "The fastest-growing data type is the file. Unstructured, file based data is growing faster, is consuming more space, and is being retained longer. This is a challenge that touches every tier of storage, from primary to data protection to archiving."¹

IDC also projects that the shift in growth of file based data over block based data will accelerate over the next four years.² Note: Examples of unstructured data include word processing text documents, presentations, image files, video files, and virtual machine images.

Taking control of your network storage starts with getting an accurate assessment of your unstructured data. Novell File Reporter simplifies this for you by reporting:

  • The files you are currently storing on the network
  • The size of these files
  • When these files were last accessed
  • The location of duplicate versions of these files
  • Volumes with the most stored data
  • Volumes that are nearly full or nearly empty
  • And much more

With information like this answered through Novell File Reporter, you can take measures to place your data more effectively on your network. These measures might include:

  • Removing or archiving unneeded files
  • Deleting duplicate files
  • Moving frequently accessed files to primary storage and infrequently accessed files to secondary storage
  • The location of duplicate versions of these files

Whether your organization is small with a single file server or a large multi-site enterprise with a sophisticated storage system with terabytes of data, Novell File Reporter can help get your network file-based storage under control by providing you the file-based information you need to optimize the placement of your data.

¹ "Finding Ways to Efficiently Manage Fast-Growing File-Based Storage", Noemi Greyzdorf, January 2009, IDC #216131
² "File Systems Define the Future for Managing Storage", Noemi Greyzdorf and Richard L. Villars, December 2008, IDC #215463

¹ "Finding Ways to Efficiently Manage Fast-Growing File-Based Storage", Noemi Greyzdorf, January 2009, IDC #216131
² "File Systems Define the Future for Managing Storage", Noemi Greyzdorf and Richard L. Villars, December 2008, IDC #215463


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