AutoVirt adds assessment to file migration

By Dave Simpson

AutoVirt has added an assessment module in the 3.5 version of its AutoVirt file data migration software. Assessment enables administrators to get detailed information on their storage environment, and is a first step that users can take before actually migrating file data to another platform.

The AutoVirt suite also enables automated data migration, or mobility, and file virtualization with a global namespace. The software can be used with any CIFS-based NAS or file server appliances. A version for NFS is due in the second half of this year, according to Josh Klein, AutoVirt’s president and CEO.

AutoVirt 3.5’s assessment module provides storage infrastructure information similar to storage resource management (SRM) software, including discovery and classification of files by ownership, type (e.g., jpeg, mp3, etc.), age, and share size. The assessment feature also includes persistent error identification and reporting.

The goal of the assessment phase is to assist administrators in identifying which files to migrate (to new or less expensive appliances) and to identify inefficiencies in the infrastructure. The rest of the AutoVirt suite can then be used for automated data migration or to create a tiered storage infrastructure.

The company claims a reduction of up to 75% in the time required for data migration projects.

AutoVirt software can be configured on two virtual machines (VMs), and the assessment module can be configured on one VM.

AutoVirt is a software-only alternative to in-band data migration engines that sit in the I/O stream.

On a per-project basis, AutoVirt licenses are priced at about $1,000 per managed TB. A perpetual license is priced at about $3,000 per managed TB.

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This article was originally published on March 02, 2011