High Quality Management for Large Tape Storage Infrastructures; Hi-Stor Keeps Leading the Way with its StorSentry™ Solution

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StorSentry™ provides a comprehensive solution for managing proactively the quality and the performance of large tape automation storage infrastructures. Hi-Stor keeps leading the way in high quality/low risk tape storage management solutions and takes a new step forward with its new StorSentry™ 2.6 version which delivers instantaneous quality check for media, refined diagnosis and recommendations, and enhanced data collection mechanisms. The new StorSentry™ 2.6 version is available from October 2008.

Hi-Stor (http://www.hi-stor.com), a leading provider of high impact storage management software solutions, today announces its latest version of StorSentry™ available to customers and partners in October 2008.

StorSentry™ provides a comprehensive solution for managing proactively the quality and the performance of large tape automation storage infrastructures. Hi-Stor keeps leading the way in high quality/low risk tape storage management solutions and takes a new step forward with its new StorSentry™ 2.6 version which delivers instantaneous quality check for media, refined diagnosis and recommendations, and enhanced data collection mechanisms.

Hi-Stor (http://www.hi-stor.com) improves its StorSentry™ solution on three major dimensions:

  • Instantaneous quality check for media - lower critical data loss risks

A new quality check algorithm delivered by Hi-Stor high innovation R&D team, makes now possible for StorSentry™ to diagnose the quality of a media at the very first mounts.
This major enhancement lowers even further the risk for enterprises of losing key data stored on tapes. With capacity reaching one terabyte per media and a confirmed inclination of tape as the preferred media for long term data archiving, the new fast and powerful StorSentry™ algorithm is a unique answer to secure enterprise archive assets that are far less mounted than tapes used for backups

  • Increased recommendations for action - faster IT operations management

The alerts delivered to IT Operations teams have been refined, with the addition of a new "Recommendations Perspective" that gathers compact and precise information on all managed resources (especially drives and medias) with clear recommendations for action (e.g., service this drive, recycle this tape, etc.). From any single entry in this perspective, it is obviously possible to reach the last alarm directly related to the recommendation and to the resource itself, for an in depth understanding of the problem. This makes day-to-day IT operational decisions even simpler and faster.

  • Enhanced collection mechanisms - Openness and flexibility for data centers

By adding to its standard Intelligent Agent collection mechanism, two new collections Agent options, Hi-Stor's StorSentry provides an even more comprehensive solution for large data centers:
     - "MVS Agent": provides customers with the ability to fully control, at one sight, both their IBM z/OS Mainframe and Open Systems tape infrastructures;
     - "Agent less": by adding the ability to connect collection agents directly on the SAN rather than on every single data mover, this new mechanism now provides an easy-to-deploy solution for very large data centers with hundreds of media servers and opens to even more VTL and proprietary system solutions.

The combination of the various collection agents matches large data centers needs for flexibility in the implementation of the most appropriate solution according to the different architecture and security options decided by the IT Operations Management team.

"With its latest StorSentry™ 2.6 version, Hi-Stor continues to lead the way on three major objectives of large data centers IT Management teams for an efficient management of their tape storage infrastructure quality and performance:

  • Minimization of the risk of data loss,
  • TCO reduction and IT Operations efficiency maximization,
  • Easy deployment of open and flexible solutions that can match complex and versatile needs." states François-Christophe Jean, Hi-Stor CTO.

The StorSentry™ solution has already proven its ability to deliver results on many large data centers in America and Europe. Global visibility on the quality of the infrastructure, proactive detection of drive or media failures, better discrimination of problems, ease of IT operations and ongoing optimization are day-to-day advantages praised by customers.

StorSentry™ is the only available solution that offers today such a comprehensive support to existing hardware, software and network storage management offerings, and such a wealth of information captured for effective quality and performance monitoring of tape storage for large customers data centers.

The new StorSentry™ 2.6 version is available from October 2008.

About Hi-Stor
Hi-Stor is a leading provider of high impact storage management software solutions. The company's award-winning applications and services enable organizations to reduce data loss risks and to optimize their storage assets. Leading companies and large industry players use Hi-Stor's innovative software to improve the quality of their storage management architecture and solutions. Hi-Stor's software solutions (StorSentry™ and StorBee™) are based on more than 10 years of high innovation R&D and Services focused on storage management by worldwide recognized experts. Hi-Stor large customers and industry partners worldwide include Ascent Media, BnF, Imation, Orange, Quantum, Red Bee BBC, Sun and Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. Founded in 1997, Hi-Stor has offices in the United States (Boulder, CO & Boston, MA), France (Toulouse & Paris) and is represented in UK, Italy and Germany. Additional information about Hi-Stor can be found at Hi-Stor Web site

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