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Powerfile Debuts Appliance

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- PowerFileR Inc., an innovator in archive appliances for long-term storage of digital content and assets, today introduced the Archive FacilitatorT, a turnkey appliance that simplifies archive by automatically discovering, classifying and moving fixed content to the Active Archive ApplianceT (A3), thereby freeing up capacity on expensive primary storage and significantly reducing backup burdens.

Unstructured data represents 70 percent of the information being stored on expensive primary storage and up to 80 percent of that data has not been accessed or modified in more than a year. As a result, organizations are increasingly turning to active archiving to better align data with storage based on business value. PowerFile's Archive Facilitator greatly simplifies archive by offering a non-disruptive approach for discovery of fixed content on primary storage that does not require installing agents and is fully integrated with NetAppR devices using File Policy (FPolicyT) mechanisms and EMCR CelerraR devices using the Celerra FileMover API.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Unlimited Filer Scanning - licensed only on archiving capacity, which results in significantly lower overall costs than solutions that license by total storage under management which includes both scanning and archiving capacity
  • Contextual Classification - classifies and prioritizes data based on key attributes including frequency of access, last time modified, age, size, type and location
  • Automated, Policy-based Archiving - simplifies data management and eliminates backup issues associated with fixed content by automatically migrating static data from primary storage to the A3 with an event-driven policy engine
  • Transparent Data Access - offers flexible tag and link migration policies to handle end user and application requests for archived data by automatically recalling data or redirecting requests to the Active Archive Appliance
  • Enterprise Scalability - scans and manages tens of terabytes per appliance and hundreds of terabytes per enterprise deployment
  • Application Certification - certified with anti-virus and backup software (McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro, CA, Veritas, Legato, Tivoli) to smoothly integrate with existing processes and avoid unintended recalls of archived data

"Many storage vendors offer products that only solve a portion of the archive challenge, forcing customers to integrate and support complex multi-vendor solutions that over complicate the financial benefit of implementing an archive," said Kirk Dunn, CEO of PowerFile. "The release of Archive Facilitator gives PowerFile one of the industry's first end-to-end archiving solutions. Combined with the award-winning Active Archive Appliance and Touchless DR WAN replication, PowerFile's product suite offers data discovery, contextual classification, automated archiving, cost-effective storage, and best-in-class data protection all in one intelligent solution."

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