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Data Protection Summit Presentation

  1. 1. Mainstream Adoption of File Virtualization How File Virtualization Enhances Data Protection & Security Alan Kessler President and CEO, Attune Systems Irvine, CA USA March 2008 1
  2. 2. Agenda What Is File Virtualization? Trends Impacting Security & Data Protection We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know How File Virtualization Helps Key Findings: A Case Study What We Do: Attune Systems The Future of File Virtualization as a Security and Data Protection Tool Irvine, CA USA March 2008 2
  3. 3. What Is File Virtualization? The ability to disassociate the application’s or user’s perceived location of a file from the physical location of the file Tier 1 $$$$$ MarketingTemplate.doc Tier 2 $$$ Maestro Tier 3 30 days 60 days $ Time 31st day 61st day Irvine, CA USA March 2008
  4. 4. Attributes of Leading File Virtualization Solutions Support of Global Name Space [GNS] Aggregation of storage into storage pools and storage tiers Policy management Backup / Restore / Snapshot / Replication Compatibility with file system security • ACLs • Active Directory integration Is most applicable to unstructured data Irvine, CA USA March 2008 4
  5. 5. Trends Driving File Virtualization as a Data Protection Tool Unstructured Data Growth Per Year (Fortune 1000) Irvine, CA USA Source: Taneja Group March 2008 5
  6. 6. Issues for IT Management 73% of users indicate 60% or more of their data was unstructured 74% of IT users say the majority of unstructured data is CIFS / Windows Security and access controls enforcement are chief concerns Growing dissatisfaction with current data management techniques Only 12% of users have high or very high satisfaction with unstructured data reporting tools Irvine, CA USA Source: “Next Generation File Management and Controls Field Survey” March 2008 The Taneja Group, October 2007
  7. 7. We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know Few customers understand the nature of, and the risks inherent in, the explosion of unstructured data within their environments Why? • Until recently, non-intrusive, cost-effective, multi- vendor solutions capable of spanning global file systems were not available • Early solutions reported problem areas but lacked the ability to take the effort to the next step – problem resolution • First generation technology often complicated problem resolution through use of agents and tag Irvine, CA USA files March 2008 7
  8. 8. How File Virtualization Can Help Create and use an out-of-band global name space Monitor and report on file system and file level attributes Search and act upon files within the live file system or from a point-in-time [snapshot] File auditing [event logging] • Without impacting file system performance Irvine, CA USA March 2008 8
  9. 9. How File Virtualization Can Help Leverage file placement on storage tiers based on business policies to provide: • Security – Data protection via tiered backup • Availability – Mirror copies to ensure accessibility • Location – Migrate files to balance utilization • Performance – Meet response time SLAs by placing important data on high speed storage • Type – Conserve high-value storage assets by locating non-business data types on “scratch” storage Irvine, CA USA March 2008 9
  10. 10. How File Virtualization Can Help Policy management • Limit creation of certain file types: .mov, .mp3, .m4p, etc. Manage files within the Global Name Space • Non-disruptive movement – Transparent migration across storage tiers • Disruptive movement – Copy – Move – Delete • Global de-duplication • Retention requirements – WORM / archive tiers within the Global Name Space Irvine, CA USA March 2008 10
  11. 11. File Virtualization Case Study Leading technology company Spending ~ $1MM per month on storage Large NFS and CIFS/Windows environment Perceived Windows as area of greatest opportunity Very high performance environment Transparency to the user is crucial Initial assessment: • 4 NetApp Filers • 85MM files Irvine, CA USA March 2008 11
  12. 12. Costly and Inefficient Use of Storage: 50% of Files Not Accessed in 6 Months 80 70 60 Percentage 50 40 30 20 10 0 Files Not Accessed Files Not Modified > 12 months > 6 months > 3 months Irvine, CA USA Source: Attune Systems Symphony Report March 2008
  13. 13. Lacking Compliance with Business Policies: 16% of Files are Unauthorized or “Suspicious” 60 16% 50 40 30 20 84% 10 0 MB of Storage Used Unauthorized Authorized Source: Attune Systems Symphony Report Irvine, CA USA March 2008
  14. 14. 38% of Storage Used for Likely Duplicates 100 80 60 Millions 40 20 0 Duplicates Total Number of Files Wasted Space (MB) Source: Attune Systems Symphony Report Irvine, CA USA March 2008
  15. 15. Business Impact – ROI is Significant Continue Assessment to include 12 additional NetApp Filers • ~ 300 MM Files Begin migration of user community to use of Global Name Space Use Attune Systems Symphony Report and Maestro File Manager to implement file system policy Implement a “what if?” on-demand global file system search solution Implementation of tiered storage using Attune Systems Maestro can recover ~$400K of wasted storage! Irvine, CA USA March 2008
  16. 16. Attune Systems: What We Do Off-the-shelf Windows® based appliance Non-disruptive, out-of-band installation Discover any Windows compatible file systems, build database of file system statistics, produce reports Aggregate and manage file servers to present a single Agents global name space Selectively group Windows volumes into virtual tiers Enable file, directory policies for transparent file placement on storage tiers Tag Transparent, non-disruptive migration of data across Files storage tiers Irvine, CA USA March 2008 16
  17. 17. Future of File Virtualization as a Tool For Data Protection & Security Intelligent file system consolidation • Move files from the edges of the network to the glass house • Present global name space to far reaches of network • Use access patterns to pre-position files within GNS • Always maintain a secure single instance original of the file Enhanced reporting and event logging Integration with deep file interrogation tools Integration with additional archival and de- duplication solutions Irvine, CA USA March 2008 17
  18. 18. Summary Although different from server virtualization, file virtualization is the next wave to hit the beach Most customers “don’t know what they don’t know” about risks inherent in their file systems Newer file virtualization approaches avoid the early pitfalls of first generation solutions File virtualization is a powerful tool to help you protect and secure your data Irvine, CA USA March 2008 18
  19. 19. Copies of Presentation by e-mailing: akessler@attunesystems.com Irvine, CA USA March 2008 19

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