CaminoSoft’s mission is to design, develop, and maintain a comprehensive portfolio of advanced Active Archiving solutions for Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/2008/2012, NetApp (N Series), VNX/Celerra and Novell OES and NetWare platforms. They provide seamless functionality and maximize our customers’ utilization of server, storage, and IT resources. CaminoSoft provides the industry’s broadest support for leading archival storage platforms, including: EMC Centera; IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, N series/NetApp Filer (with SnapLock); HDS HCP; HP IAP and a number of other CIFS enabled storage solutions.

The Company’s solutions are distinguishable by their innovative designs, intuitive administration, ease-of-use, and scalability. Due to their adaptability, these solutions are routinely integrated into applications by technology partners to create vertical and industry solutions that exploit market opportunities. The merging of rules-based policies and principles into an actionable, real-time active archiving plan is a key objective of CaminoSoft’s Managed Server HSM™ solution.

Key Value Propositions

CaminoSoft is the only vendor that offers a centrally administered solution for Windows Server, EMC VNX/Celerra (utilizing FileMover), NetApp/N Series (utilizing FPolicy) and Novell OES (Linux) and Netware environments. Managed Server HSM software, which continuosly identifies file candidates for archival to lower-cost storage pools, puts powerful storage management tools into the hands of system administrators:

  • Easy differentiation of “production” data from “reference” data, with structured control over file retention and deletion decisions;
  • Establishing policies based on a wide range of criteria, such as file type, “includes/excludes,” creation date, last access date, and modified date;
  • Monitoring and control over data archival per “watermarks” and in desired operational timeframes to meet business requirements;
  • Vast reduction in the amount of time needed for full backups (and disaster recovery), since only active files are impacted during the “window”;
  • Reclamation of large amounts of storage space on costly high-performance SAN resources and deferring the timing and scale of future acquisitions;
  • Facilitating compliance with internal and regulatory agency requirements governing data retention and deletion.

Managed Server HSM Software

Managed Server HSM software monitors disk capacity status and archives files that satisfy administrator-defined policies. Files are archived from server primary disk subsystems to secondary nearline disk and/or tertiary offline storage devices, thereby freeing up system storage resources before critical levels or out-of-disk-space conditions are reached. Servers are administered from a common, central Windows-based console. This console provides easy, visual control over set-up and management of all managed servers through an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI).

Managed Server HSM manages storage in an intelligent manner, in turn reducing administrative management overhead and providing lower cost of operation. File archival, recall (bringing files back online), and re-archiving (returning files back to nearline/offline storage) occur automatically and transparently to users. Throughout the process, directories remain on their primary server volumes, allowing users to continue to “see” files exactly where and how they were placed.

Managed Server HSM accomplishes the file archival function automatically as a server-based background task without requiring manual operator intervention. This optimizes the usage of and minimizes the spiraling investment in expensive high-performance primary disk storage, including, but not limited to, SAN resources. By constantly differentiating between seldom-accessed “reference” files and routinely accessed “production” files, the software selects non-active candidates and archives them when established criteria have been met.

Managed Server HSM works in concert with popular backup and virus scan utilities. These applications provide the means to protect both the active production set of files and the archived file stubs (pointers) that are left behind in the users’ directories after they have been archived to secondary or tertiary tiers of storage. This assures managers that records can be recovered completely after damage, accidental deletion, and/or server recovery following hardware failure. It also ensures that reference files will not be recalled during a restore operation or virus scan.

Managed Server HSM presents a consistent, single view of storage to applications and users, regardless of where files are physically stored (primary storage or archive storage).