Northern Announces Storage Management Suite for NetApp® Storage Systems
Tampa, Florida - October 31, 2006 --
Northern, global providers of
flexible, easy to administer, Windows-based storage resource
management software solutions, today announces the release of
Northern Storage Suite for NetApp, providing NetApp customers with
a complete SRM solution. While previous versions of Northern
Storage Suite enabled remote management of NetApp devices, Northern
tailored their industry-leading SRM tool to fully integrate with
NetApp devices, using the NetApp Manage ONTAP™ APIs and File
Policy (FPolicy) mechanisms.
Thomas Vernersson, Northern President, said,
"Today's announcement is only the most recent illustration of
Northern's commitment to providing the broadest array of
real-world, adaptable storage solutions to customers worldwide,
whether they are looking to extend the functionality of an existing
solution, need to build one from the ground up, whether their
environments are Windows-based or heterogeneous. It also
underscores our ability to support and extend NAS devices -
particularly NetApp NAS devices - as more organizations embrace and
implement NAS technology to address their need for flexible,
cost-effective and reliable storage."
Northern Storage Suite is a complete SRM
package that provides a unique solution to a widely shared problem:
managing storage resources efficiently, reliably, cost-effectively.
Northern Storage Suite for NetApp offers the following:
Quota Management: System administrators
can set storage quotas on directories, files, and individual user
and/or group accounts. In addition, administrators can apply
file-blocking quotas to remove entire file types from their
systems. The suite supports Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange
Quotas, and includes a wizard-based means of developing and
implementing storage policies, a new central database for more
flexibility and control over resources, and more.
Reporting and Trend Analysis: Allows
system administrators to gather data and identify storage usage
patterns, access file use, identify unwanted data, locate wasted
space, recover storage costs, and more. The suite enables
administrators to drill down to specific host groups, volume, user,
and mailboxes, and to generate customized reports.
Self-Management: Introduces the
"self-service" model to storage management. Through a web
interface, users are kept informed of their storage use and are
provided with the knowledge and tools needed to manage their
allotted storage space. The portal enables system administrators to
keep informed of individual data trends, status of their storage
resources, and quotas.
Internal Billing: Assigns a price to
increments of storage, making users (departments, individuals,
etc.) accountable for the space they consume. This also assures
that storage resources are accounted for, and provides internal and
external billing, enabling organizations to "charge back" the cost
of storage to the end user.
Automation: Frees up space and
optimizes performance -- automatically, transparently,
persistently. Administrators create Assistants where events,
thresholds, and settings trigger the desired actions.
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Northern is an international software company specializing in the
development of reliable, flexible and easy to use solutions for
Windows Server Solutions storage administration. The company serves
a global market through its two bases of operations, Tampa [FL] and
Stockholm [Sweden]. Over 25,000 organizations, in 52 different
countries are using Northern software solutions.
VP U.S. Operations