With 25 Family Centers located throughout a six-county radius and more than 200,000 people walking through its doors every day, the Central Florida YMCA needed better access control when verifying its members' identity. This prompted IT Director Edil Vicenty to take a closer look at the capabilities of Attune Systems' Maestro File Manager file virtualization appliance.
"I liked what I saw," said Vicenty. "The system showed such versatility. It used a superior file manager with all the network-attached storage (NAS) characteristics and a single point of management. The fact that it had 100% compatibility with Microsoft products also stood out in my mind. With Maestro, we were able to place all the photos, located in all the sites, into one share folder. Then, via scripting, Maestro combines all the photos logically so that they are now available to users across the entire enterprise. Maestro is a cost-effective solution that brings your enterprise operation to a more tactical and strategic way of managing files and backups. It can redefine better storage processes and a better outcome in your file management lifecycles. It provides visibility to very critical processes, such as performing file inventories, qualifying data pools, conducting inventories of share folders and manipulating data upon request."
Looking to the future, Vicenty plans to expand use of Maestro to discover non-authorized share folders and run automated policies to transparently migrate older, infrequently accessed files to a lower-cost storage tier-without impacting end users or clients. He is also exploring its use to retrieve and secure human resource (HR) data. "I do not have to invest in other appliances or applications to accomplish similar functionalities and all file management is now streamlined," Vicenty added. "We have logs, statistics, better analytics and an opportunity to create virtual storage pools with virtual layers of data manipulation."
"I am excited to see YMCA achieve its goals by leveraging some of Maestro's key file virtualization capabilities including detailed reporting and analysis, Global Namespace, non-disruptive data migration, as well as real-time policy management and scripting. This new solution allows authorized YMCA staff to easily access any member's photo, regardless of where it originated-and also complements the broad automated file management, monitoring and reporting functions that Maestro is able to perform on their 25 local and remote servers," said Daniel Liddle, Attune's vice president of marketing. "Maestro can not only identify and report on their file usage, attributes and duplicate data, but also provide in-depth performance reporting on the heterogeneous storage resources themselves. The YMCA staff gains a leading-edge tool for understanding and optimizing their environment in a simple, low-risk, and inexpensive fashion that was not possible before."