News release

Date: 2nd February 2012

PoINT Tiered Storage Software optimizes Storage infrastructure

With PoINT Storage Manager, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) provides a solution that can be integrated in almost any infrastructure independent of the storage hardware used


February 2nd 2012 - Storage capacity is very expensive. Disregard of Compliance is risky. Obsolete storage systems cause trouble. Any IT manager will fully agree with these statements. PoINT Storage Manager provides a software solution which addresses all three issues by an integrated Tiered Storage approach.

Increasing numbers of companies realize the benefits of the Tiered Storage approach. Major reasons for the implementation of a Tiered Storage infrastructure are compliance and storage economics which both include requirements for migration of data. With PoINT Storage Manager, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) provides a solution that can be integrated in almost any infrastructure independent of the storage hardware used. The product offers the following major functions:

- Migration of inactive data by automated, policy-based Storage Tiering/ HSM
- Compliance by transparent archiving
- Seamless migration across multiple diverse storage systems

The benefit of a three-Tiered Storage architecture is evident: Expensive primary storage can be used much more efficient by migrating rarely used data to lower cost devices and to archive. This normally represents up to 80% of the total data. Expensive upgrade of primary storage is no longer necessary. In addition the back-up process is relieved. PoINT Storage Manager ensures that data is still available within the file system of primary storage after migration to cost-effective secondary storage (e.g. SATA RAID). Unlike other storage solutions, access to the requested file is provided directly to the application from the secondary storage by a pass thru mechanism, and data is not re-sent to the primary storage first.

Additionally to maintain compliance, files can be archived by a policy-based mechanism into the Archive Tier of the three-Tiered Storage model. PoINT Storage Manager ensures that archived files are secured against modification and, if requested, attached with a retention period. The key advantage of PoINT’s hardware independent software solution is the support of all storage technologies (Disk, Tape, Optical, Cloud) and device types (DAS, NAS, CAS, Libraries …).
Included migration functions of PoINT Storage Manager allow that Storage systems can be replaced by new technologies and equipment without any interruption of operations. The background migration avoids expensive down times and ensures that all files remain under access while migration process.

PoINT Software & Systems GmbH will present PoINT Storage Manager with various storage peripheral devices s at this year’s CeBIT, which takes place from 06th till 10th March 2012 in Hannover, in hall 3, booth D33.


About PoINT (www.point.de)
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH, situated in Siegen, is specialized in the development of software products and systems solutions for storage and management of data using all available mass storage technologies like hard disks, magnetic tapes and optical media. Close collaboration with leading hardware manufacturers enables an early support of new storage technologies. Besides these complete solutions PoINT also offers its know-how as toolkits, which can be easily integrated in other applications by the programming interface. Furthermore PoINT projects entire storage solutions and provides consultancy with its long-term and versatile experience. PoINT products are distributed by about 50 partners in more than 25 countries world-wide and have been installed successfully in more than 2 million installations. The PoINT product portfolio ranges from recording and duplication of CD/DVD and Blu-ray Discs, professional audio- and video recording to business critical network storage solutions.


Media Contacts:
Carmen Kölsch
Manager Marketing
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH
tel.: +49 271 3841-159
fax: +49 271 3841-151
marcom[at]point[dot]de
http://www.point.de

Nicole Körber
good news! GmbH
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fax: +49 451 88199-29
nicole[at]goodnews[dot]de
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