By Kevin Komiega
-- Software maker AutoVirt has released version 3.0 of its storage management and data migration software with new features for disaster recovery, business continuity, and archiving in Windows storage environments.
AutoVirt 3.0 includes upgrades and new features in the areas of storage automation policies, independent namespaces and interoperability with Microsoft's Distributed File System (DFS/DFS-R) platform.
The file virtualization technology in AutoVirt 3.0 allows for the logical organization of client views of networked files, independent of location. By creating multiple namespaces, IT can update the architecture of unstructured data and preserve client shortcuts indefinitely.
The software works with any existing Microsoft DFS infrastructure by layering AutoVirt's management capabilities and automation policies on top.
In addition, the software includes automated storage tiering, file archiving, data replication and device transfer capabilities.
According to the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), unstructured Windows file data accounts for the majority of data and is growing at an estimated rate of 50% to 80% annually. Josh Klein, president and CEO of AutoVirt, says the new release provides a software product for wrangling rampant data growth.
"AutoVirt 3.0 is now a management platform for the migration and movement of unstructured data, and we can now commingle with Microsoft's DFS," says Klein.
AutoVirt v3.0 is available now as a software download. Klein says the software can be installed in about two hours without any specialized hardware. Base pricing for the software is approximately $25,000.
The company is also offering customers a virtual lab session and software demonstration on its website.