Raxco Software Releases PerfectStorage to Help Automate Thin-Provisioned Space Reclamation

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Saves Storage Management Time, Delays Hardware Purchases, Provides Reporting

Before PerfectStorage, I didn’t even consider reclaiming free space on our SAN because it is too risky to shut down a Windows production server that didn’t have the iSCSI unmap feature. -- Jérôme Bongrand, Networks & System Manager for Fives Stein

Raxco Software, a leader in Windows storage, performance and virtualization management, announced today the release of PerfectStorage, a storage management tool that helps automate the laborious and expensive task of reclaiming wasted space in thin-provisioned environments. The product is designed for businesses running thin provisioning in a virtual environment or in a physical environment on a storage area network (SAN).

PerfectStorage helps reclaim space for thin provisioned drives via zero fill or SCSI UNMAP. It is an intelligent, automated storage management solution for these drives, whether in a physical or virtual environment. Key benefits of PerfectStorage include:

  • Maximizing the benefits of over allocation on thin-provisioned drives
  • Helps automate reclaiming free space using zero fill or SCSI UNMAP with minimal resource usage
  • Easily identifying how much space is reclaimable
  • Replacing SDelete and other command line tools to easily and automatically reclaim space in production environments
  • Delaying or avoiding expensive hardware purchases

The product has built-in automated scheduling capabilities and reporting features that are not available in current market solutions.

“If you are concerned about stretching your budget to support growth without compromise including using data footprint reduction (DFR) techniques such as archiving, backup modernize, compression, dedupe and thin provisioning, why wouldn’t you go the next step finding and then reclaiming your orphaned or stranded storage, both thick and thin provisioned?" asked Greg Schulz (@StorageIO), Founder and Sr. Advisory Consultant at the Server and StorageIO Group.

“Before PerfectStorage, I didn’t even consider reclaiming free space on our EqualLogic SAN because it is too risky to shut down a Windows production server that didn’t have the iSCSI unmap feature," said Jérôme Bongrand, Networks & System Manager for Fives Stein, one of the world's leading engineering and manufacturing companies. "With PerfectStorage, the approach is simple, saving me valuable time, and all done without taking down a production server.”

To zero fill a thin-provisioned disk drive in order to reclaim unused free space, you typically need to use a command-line utility such as SDelete. But SDelete and other command line utilities are cumbersome, resource-intensive and prone to human error. They typically require applications to be shut down, making them virtually unusable in a production environment. They also require ongoing maintenance and have no ability to tell a storage manager how much space is available to be reclaimed.

These shortcomings and more are addressed by PerfectStorage through the automation of previously manual tasks. Additionally, storage managers can now obtain accurate reports on how much space can be reclaimed from thin-provisioned drives, thereby eliminating guesswork. By automating the process, storage managers are able to be more proactive and become better stewards of an organization's entire storage management process.

"The need to help automate thin-provisioned storage reclamation has been building for years, and we're excited to deliver a solution that meets this demand," said Robert Nolan, president and CEO of Raxco Software. "The early PerfectStorage users have confirmed it delivers huge time savings, greatly enhanced storage management and the ability to delay additional hardware procurements, thereby making it a key component of an organization's storage management portfolio."

PerfectStorage is available immediately at http://www.raxco.com. Pricing starts at $749.99 for a single server, with reduced per-server pricing for larger quantity purchases, and can be purchased directly from Raxco or from your favorite reseller. Free 30-day evaluations are available for download at http://download.raxco.com/perfectstorage.

About Raxco Software

Raxco Software has been helping large enterprises, small businesses, and consumers with their computer resource management needs for more than thirty years. Its PerfectDisk line of disk defragmentation and optimization software is Windows® Certified by Microsoft®. The PerfectDisk line has a long award-winning history, most notably its perfect 5-star review from CNET Download.com, winner of Windows IT Pro Readers’ Choice Awards for Defragmentation Utility and Storage Management Tool, and Redmond Magazine’s Best of the Best Award, and having won PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award on numerous occasions. In addition to its PerfectDisk line, Raxco also produces other PC optimization software for Windows operating systems and HP’s OpenVMS operating system. Raxco Software can be found on the Web at http://www.raxco.com.

Contact: Joe Abusamra
Raxco Software, Inc

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