Fujifilm’s New StorageIQ Monitoring Service Makes Storage Smarter
Real-time Monitoring Decreases Overall Spending and Risk, Extends Life of Equipment
Valhalla, N.Y., September 09, 2010 – FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., the premiere provider of quality tape media and storage intelligence, today announced the latest addition to its family of tape storage services, StorageIQ™, a new annual service that provides proactive monitoring of the total tape environment resulting in maximum performance, improved efficiency, long-term data protection and easier system support, freeing up time for storage administrators and IT managers to focus on best practices and data protection. Developed in conjunction with Crossroads Systems, Inc., a leading provider of solutions to protect, secure and restore business-critical data, Fujifilm’s StorageIQ service employs the ReadVerify Appliance (RVA) that provides monitoring of the total tape storage environment and reporting to help isolate and mitigate storage issues before backup failures occur, which helps data center personnel reduce spending by maximizing current equipment and minimizing hardware maintenance.
“StorageIQ from Fujifilm goes beyond tape media and offers storage administrators and IT managers complete insight into their tape library systems, empowering them to proactively resolve backup issues and tune their environment for greater performance,” said Daniel Greenberg, new product manager, FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. “We are making tape storage smarter and even more efficient and cost effective for our customers with StorageIQ.”
Easy to install, low cost and compatible with virtually any tape library environment, StorageIQ’s RVA provides a proactive method for monitoring and validating the integrity and health of the overall backup environment through comprehensive reporting. With seamless heterogeneous integration and no software to install, the application agnostic RVA plugs directly into the Storage Area Network (SAN) and immediately begins to monitor performance for one or multiple libraries in the data center. Maintenance updates are transparent to users so that the focus can be placed on cost reduction, performance improvements and maximizing utilization. Data collection is done out-of-band of the backup or data application with no impact on the existing storage infrastructure.
StorageIQ’s real-time notifications enable proactive corrective action before failures occur. Easy to use monitoring and reporting is web accessible conveniently allowing storage administrators and IT managers to view all libraries in a data center from one single graphical interface so they can rapidly navigate to critical issues. The real-time reporting pinpoints the root cause of problems in libraries, drives and tapes. The automated reporting also delivers real-time analysis of the efficiency of library or drive pool configurations while system analytics check firmware revisions, drive status and drive occupancy versus actual usage. By identifying low performing devices, under- or over-utilized assets and degrading components major cost savings are achieved through reductions in capital expenditures, ongoing maintenance and premature device wear.
In addition to the RVA, StorageIQ Plus offers a series of additional services for even greater control of the library environment including:
• Archive Verification Service: Provides a policy-based approach to verify system capability to read archived tape media over the course of its effective life.
• Library Overview Analysis: Produces advanced monthly reporting of the library environment in addition to quarterly summaries and recommendations.
• Tape Environment Analysis: Administers a quarterly detailed analysis of the current backup environment.
• Library Monitoring and Alerts: Offers remote monitoring and support of tape systems.
StorageIQ and StorageIQ Plus are available now. To learn more about how Fujifilm is making storage smarter with a complete line-up of trusted monitoring services, go to www.fujifilmusa.com/tapestorage.
FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. is the US-based manufacturing, marketing and sales operations of professional broadcast video and data tape recording media for FUJIFILM Corporation. The company provides broadcast and data center customers and industry partners with a wide range of unique data center accessories, value-added services and programs. Based on a history of thin-film engineering and magnetic particle science such as Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology, Fujifilm creates breakthrough data storage products. In 2008, Fujifilm announced it had surpassed the 50 million milestone for the number of LTO Ultrium data cartridges manufactured since introduction, highlighting the company’s leadership and success as a manufacturer of mid-range and enterprise tape media. For more information on Fujifilm Recording Media products, customers can call 800-488-3854 or go to ww.fujifilmusa.com/tapestorage. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 20 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2009, and in the year ended March 31, 2010, had global revenues of $23.5 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.
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