Northern Storage Suite 8.6 Released; Focuses On Improved Reporting And Visibility

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NORTHERN, global providers of Storage Resource Management (SRM) solutions, today announces the release of Northern Storage Suite 8.6, which adds enhanced discovery and automation to its robust reporting tool, increasing visibility across the enterprise storage infrastructure without adding administrative overhead.

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Northern Storage Suite 8.6 Released

The new version of Northern Storage Suite delivers a host of focused improvements that simplify the task of constraining data growth, enabling administrators to assure optimal storage and system performance without tying down valuable staff resources.

NORTHERN, global providers of Storage Resource Management (SRM) solutions, today announces the release of Northern Storage Suite 8.6, which adds enhanced discovery and automation to its robust reporting tool, increasing visibility across the enterprise storage infrastructure without adding administrative overhead.

One of the key new features offers "scripted path definition," enabling IT administrators to adapt reports to all manner of network and file system configurations on-the-fly, making storage reporting even more enterprise-friendly. Typically, storage reports are created by defining what properties to look for (file type, size, age, owner, etc,.) and where to look (\\domain.com\users\, \\machinename\department\, etc.). Now admins can exert extensive control over the reports by automating the capture of user share definitions from Active Directory, match department membership and only include user shares for members of a specific department, parse xml, txt or Excel files to collect path definitions. While there are similarities between network and file system configurations, there are always differences especially in enterprise environments; affording this level of customization in report definition ensures that unforseen network "peculiarities" are discovered and accounted for, without adding to administrative overhead.

Northern Storage Suite 8.6 comprehensively optimizes reporting functionality and includes an array of incremental enhancements that improve overall performance and reliability.

"Storage management is an ongoing challenge, as networks and technologies evolve and enterprise organizations adapt to a changing business landscape," says Jonas Areskoug, Northern’s CEO. "The new version of Northern Storage Suite delivers a host of focused improvements that simplify the task of constraining data growth, enabling administrators to assure optimal storage and system performance without tying down valuable staff resources."

Northern recently received the coveted “Challenger” designation in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the SRM market, outstripping other SRM vendors in its completeness of vision, its ability to execute, and its ability to identify and resolve customer pain points. Northern’s flagship product, Northern Storage Suite, is a software solution that enables organizations to constrain data growth, align the value of data with the cost of storage, and extend the life of storage infrastructure, making efficient storage usage a part of business culture. This is achieved through five areas of functionality: award-winning quotas, comprehensive reporting & trending, internal billing, automation & migration, and an end-user portal that encourages self-management. Northern Storage Suite provides multi-platform support, seamlessly integrating with NAS devices and SANs; there are also specific versions of the suite for EMC Celerra and NetApp NAS.

For more information, visit http://www.northern.net.

ABOUT NORTHERN
Northern is an international software company specializing in the development of reliable, flexible, and easy to use solutions for storage management. In October 2010 Gartner recognized Northern Storage Suite as challenger in their yearly ’Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management’. The company serves a global market through its six bases of operations, United States [Framingham, MA], Sweden [Stockholm], France [Paris], Finland [Helsinki], United Kingdom [London], and Italy [Turin]. For more information, visit: http://www.northern.net.

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