Are Your NetApp Filers a Corporate Junk Drawer?

Face it: your filers are probably a mess. Do you really know what’s on them? How can you when there are millions, or maybe billions, of files in your organization.

It’s impossible to handle file data manually. Odds are good that you’re wasting a lot of disk space, backup space, archive space, and so forth, and adding risk to your compliance and data governance policies.

RestoreManager is the Easy Answer

RestoreManager, from ProLion, is a simple to use tool that will analyze your NetApp filer data and return easy-to-read reports that will provide you the insight and understanding you need to start cleaning house and ensuring you’re complying with corporate policy.

Among the many insights available from RestoreManager, you will learn:

  • The number of files and total storage space used by files based on their type (e.g. Office files, email, images, etc.)
  • The age of your file data, which can also be grouped by type
  • How to identify unused or under-used storage and VMDKs
  • How to identify stale files that haven’t been accessed over a defined period

Armed with these insights, you can take targeted action to clean up your file environment. We’ve seen users recover as much as 80% of their storage space. That’s serious savings!

You can also clear out old files that may be creating a compliance hazard. You’ll be a hero to your legal department.

And since RestoreManager works with Active Directory, it can also identify file owners (users, departments), so you can target storage abusers or provide clear charge-back reporting. There is also a search function that allows you to identify specific files or groups of files.

Take a look at some of the reports.

Easy Charge Back Reporting and Trending Data

RestoreManager makes charge-back easy because you can see exactly how much file storage is being consumed by users and groups.

Trend analysis is also included. Based on historical storage growth, RestoreManager can provide predictions of future storage consumption, allowing you to plan ahead for storage upgrades and expansion. Though you’ll be saving so much space you might be able to put that off for a long time!

How it Works

RestoreManager collects meta-data on your NetApp file environment in order to create a searchable index. This same meta-data is analyzed and used to generate reports via a Kibana reporting dashboard. 

Meta-data is gathered using the NetApp SnapDiff protocol. SnapDiff is an incremental protocol, so after the initial gathering only incremental updates are gathered, making RestoreManager highly efficient. 

Sample Reports

RestoreManager provides numerous pre-configured reports, and customized reports can also be created. Following is a sampling of available reports.

File Data Overview

This report provides a detailed overview of file data, including total number of folders and files along with a breakdown of files by type: Office files, picture files, text files, etc. Data is also broken out by age. With this report, users get a high-level view into the nature of their file data.

User Data Overview

This report examines data by file type and user. Individual users can be identified and correlated with their storage consumption. With this report, IT can identify users that may be storing unwanted data or data that violates corporate policy.

Snapshot Data Change Report

This report uncovers any sudden changes in the amount of data saved during a snapshot. Sudden change in the amount of data can indicate unwanted behavior on the file system. This could include deleting an unusually large amount of data, or storing a large amount of data.

How to Purchase RestoreManager

RestoreManager is licensed per NetApp controller, with pricing tiered according to the NetApp model number. There are no capacity limitations in terms of total storage or number of files, making RestoreManager licensing very easy to manage.

Please contact us for a price quote.