QStar Technologies is a leading provider of enterprise-class data management, archive and cloud solutions. 

QStar Archive Manager

QStar Archive Manager software creates an ‘Active Archive’ by virtualizing an archive technology behind a file system. Users and administrators can see ordinary file shares and can easily search, find and retrieve data directly from the archive.

Simple Integration – Future Proof Software Solution

QStar Archive Manager software can be installed on any server platform running Windows, UNIX, or LINUX, for seamless integration with existing network security models. Software solutions can lower costs while offering easier migration to new servers, operating systems or storage as future needs dictate, delivering tremendous cost savings compared to appliance-based solutions.

Superior Flexibility and Scalability

Easily scalable from terabytes to multiple petabytes, QStar’s supremely flexible software platform can manage and archive a massive number of files using any archive storage including tape, optical, RDX, disk, object storage or cloud.  The software supports a choice of proprietary or industry standard file systems such as LTFS (for tape) or UDF (for optical).   Uniquely, QStar software supports LTFS volume-spanning for tape libraries, allowing data sets to grow larger than a single piece of media.

Archive Data Authenticity and Protection

To protect valuable archive data, a robust retention management feature is available to create policies to prevent deliberate or accidental deletion or over-writes of data in the archive and provides an audit trail infrastructure for reporting purposes.  The software securely retains files in a read-only format, within the archive, for a pre-determined period of time. Multiple retention periods can be created to support different data sets to meet varying compliance needs. Options are available for data encryption and digital signature, which provide added data security and integrity.

eDiscovery can be a critical solution for compliance and can be easily integrated with QStar Archive Manager allowing key word searches of the entire archive.

Archive Disaster Protection Strategies

An archive using QStar software offers several data protection strategies. With Archive Manager, a media-copy feature automatically creates a duplicate copy of selected archive volumes for offline and offsite storage.  In addition, older data sets that are infrequently accessed can also be taken offline to a deep archive.

Data Security can be improved by using media verification software to analyze and take remedial action before cartridges begin to fail. Archive Manager has integrated with HP StoreEver Data Verification, allowing users of HP ESL G3 LTO tape libraries the ability to schedule scans and media copy operations.

Replication and Mirroring Options

QStar Archive Replicator and Data Director software can be installed to extend the archive disaster protection capabilities of Archive Manager by creating greater system resilience and higher data availability as part of a 3-2-1 archive strategy.

QStar Archive Replicator software can replicate data to up to four archive storage technologies, using either proprietary or industry standard file systems. These archives can be located within a single site or across multiple geographic locations.

This functionality gives organizations the flexibility to employ blends of storage technologies, creating a hybrid archive, which will fit their individual archive and disaster prevention requirements.   In addition, this solution prevents disruption and promotes cost savings by automatically replicating to newly added storage, without the need for migratory software. Read more

Data Director software uses block-based synchronous mirroring technology to ensure that data is continuously written on two storage systems within a site 

QStar Network Migrator

QStar Network Migrator (QNM) is a policy based tiered storage and data lifecycle manager.  QNM software uses advanced policy management to monitor and automatically migrate, copy or move less frequently used files from primary storage to tiered storage or to a central archive.

By migrating static or less frequently used files to lower cost storage such tape, businesses can optimize the use of primary storage, reducing the need and costs associated with purchasing more.  In addition, when data is managed properly and only the most recent or frequently changing files are included in the back up process, the backup window will be reduced.

QStar Network Migrator software can be easily installed on a Windows or Linux server.  Agents are available for each server managing data, using Windows, UNIX, Linux or Mac. QNM also supports a variety of API sets to integrate with “closed” file systems such as NetApp ONTAP (7-Mode and Cluster Mode), Hitachi Data Systems HNAS (formerly BlueArc), and solutions based on GPFS and HyperFS (BWStor) performance file systems.

A combination of file and file system attributes can be used to control the movement of data including: file create, access or modification date, file extensions, regular expression searches, and high-water marks. Once defined, data is migrated to the designated storage device and when archive retention dates have been met, files are released for managed or automatic deletion at the end of their lifecycle.  This intelligent management of data helps organizations meet internal policies for data governance and regulatory requirements.

Regardless of the physical location of the files, they can remain fully accessible across the network from their original local file systems. Retrieving the file is as simple as it was before migration.

QStar Network Migrator software can be used on its own or in conjunction with other QStar products, such as QStar Archive Manager, to store and manage archived data using tape, optical, RDX, object storage or cloud.

 

 

 

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