Storage Manager for Windows

What must today’s businesses do to achieve a highly productive, well-managed storage infrastructure? An IT manager’s challenge is to find ways to introduce dramatic improvement in data storage management; and soon, since storage continues to grow by more than 50% each year. Industry experts report that on average, in any file system, 70% of data is untouched and stale after 90 days. By quickly identifying and managing wasted space, and deleting or moving unwanted files, companies can recover thousands of dollars of disk space and eliminate the cost of managing junk data on a daily basis.

Quest Password Manager

Quest Storage Manager for Windows provides a comprehensive solution for storage planning, pre-migration assessment, and ongoing data administration. Two key components, Storage Analyzer and Storage Actions, combine to evaluate existing data storage, prioritize consolidation requirements, identify areas for disk cleanup, and implement automated data management tasks. This innovative storage assessment and management solution – part of the Quest Storage Suite for Windows – provides the tools needed to decrease the complexity in your storage infrastructure.

Storage Analysis And Reporting

Do you know exactly what your storage environment looks like? Most administrators rely on guesswork. Storage Manager for Windows provides full visibility into your storage environment using extensive storage reports that can be viewed within a centralized administrative console. With more than 70 predefined reports to choose from, it’s easy to get information about your network – including servers, shares, volumes, folders, files, home directories, and users. The reports assist you with ongoing data administration activities and provide storage metrics to assist with consolidation project planning and storage use reviews. Storage Manager Web Reports helps you evaluate your existing data and identify areas where storage cleanup activities may be required.

The Storage Manager reports include:

  • High-level storage information on servers, volumes, shares, and printers useful for tracking growth over time.
  • Summary information on computers, volumes, shares, printers, domains, folders and files. This includes information about data size, used space, available space, and total numbers of folders and files.
  • Summary and detailed information that also includes individual details for folders and files such as path, creation date, file type, attributes, and owner. You can easily identify old files, encrypted files, and compressed files as part of your consolidation planning.
  • Security information that includes local group memberships and potential local group conflicts, file and folder ACL details, and share security.

Capacity Management & Planning 

Disk space is relatively inexpensive, but don’t make the mistake of overbuying it. Organizations tend to view storage as a commodity and continue to make frequent additions to storage capacity. This approach is both inefficient and extremely costly on a cost-of-ownership basis. Without a clear view of storage capacity utilization, there is no verification that storage resources are properly aligned with business needs. Storage Manager for Windows helps you determine capacity needs by trending the growth of servers, volumes, shares, and individual user home directories over time. It provides a high-level view of storage growth and highlights any areas of critical capacity across your enterprise, based on completed server scans.

Event Management & Alerts

When it comes to your network, what you don’t know can hurt you. Many companies continually find themselves dealing with environments that have extensive storage challenges, but do not have the time or resources to proactively manage risk. Storage Manager for Windows provides Storage Alerts which identify areas that may require attention, such as servers nearing full disk capacity or servers with excessive amounts of wasted space or inactive data. Notification is sent when predefined thresholds are exceeded to help you monitor the health of your storage resources. Once you take action to remedy a specific problem, you can rerun the analysis to see if the storage alert condition has been cleared.

Storage Automation 

As many organizations are discovering, storage environments are growing in complexity to the point of becoming unmanageable. By automating data management tasks using Storage Actions, you can focus on core business tasks while proactively managing network storage and managing capacity requirements.

  • Storage Actions can be used to:
  • Identify and delete unwanted file types such as music files, movies, and games.
  • Offload unused or orphaned files to secondary storage.
  • Compress unused files to reduce wasted space.
  • Copy or move data to load balance volumes as they start to reach capacity.

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