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Novell Gets More Cloud Friendly

Oct. 23, 2012

Novell today announced the availability of Novell Dynamic File Services, allowing organizations to automatically and dynamically manage data down to an individual file basis, including the ability to archive data to cloud storage providers like Amazon S3, Box, CloudMe and Dropbox. With this announcement, Novell adds to its long standing status as the industry leader in enterprise level tools for file access and management and printing.

"The release of Novell Dynamic File Services is an answer to the rapidly growing concern of managing massive amounts of unstructured data being developed in the enterprise," said Eric Varness, vice president of product management and marketing at Novell. "Businesses today continue to drive intelligence through stored files and with Novell, users can control what happens to those files based on the organizations' most important business drivers. Novell Dynamic File Services complements existing infrastructures, and helps IT professionals ensure better use of its high-performance storage systems while ensuring users stay productive."

Data growth is difficult to manage and it continues to be a challenge to control the spiraling cost of new disk storage capacity without hurting the productivity of users. Novell Dynamic File Services solves this problem by getting the most out of existing hardware, while at the same time getting maximum value from the businesses initial storage investment without changing the way users work.

Novell Dynamic File Services also eases the burden of compliance by assigning the who, what and where to keep unstructured data organized. The stand-alone software runs on servers in the background virtually invisible to users, managing files without disrupting workflow.

Key features of Novell Dynamic File Services include:

-- Cloud Storage Archiving: Organizations can archive data to Amazon S3, Box, CloudMe or Dropbox using the intelligent policy engine to identify unstructured data (files & folders) hosted on Microsoft network shares.

Data can be identified on a variety of third-party storage platforms from leading hardware vendors such as Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp.

-- Greater Storage Efficiency with Tiered Data: With Dynamic File Services, companies can define policies to store mission-critical data in more secure locations and move less important data to a pre-determined path, reducing costs with smarter data-tiering systems.

-- Web-based Archive Retention Reviews: Administrators can discard or continue to archive files to meet compliance needs, ensuring that all actions are tracked and have the capability of being audited.

-- Event-Based Reminders: Administrators have the ability to schedule and deliver notifications via Twitter or email to perform retention reviews for archived data hosted in the cloud. Administrators can set up event-based reminders for reviewers to use the web-based interface to review data, restore data or delete stale data.

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Source: Copyright PRNewswire 2012

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