Traditionally, there are not many companies that build their enterprise on Macs. But for those that do, they may be missing out on the PC-based solutions aimed at archiving, data protection and compliance.
However, there are solutions out there. QStar Technologies is one of them and they have launched their HSM archive platform for Apple Mac OS X
v10.5 v10.6 (Snow Leopard). Mac administrators can now implement advanced archiving and storage management capabilities, including a storage solution that supports mixed RAID, optical (Blu-ray) and tape (LTO, SAIT, SDLT) technologies within the Apple environment.
A Storage Platform for Apple Enterprises
HSM offers the Apple enterprise a complete storage platform, which manages the migration and lifecycle of data across multiple tiers of storage, automatically using a 3-2-1 model which is a design framework that produces a resilient and cost-effective storage infrastructure. The model advocates the archival and retention for at least 3 copies of critical business data, which are housed on 2 different storage media, of which 1 should be offsite on removable media.
In addition, HSM also offers users the following functionality:
- A single volume view
- Offline volume tracking
- Transaction logging cache
- Schedule archiving
- Online backup and restore functionality.
The Decision to Support Apple
QStar Technologies has traditionally focused on providing large-scale client/server storage management software with solutions for UNIX, Linux and Windows NT. So why did they decide to start serving Apple? For one, not many are. Secondly, Mac users have storage needs too.
According to Riccardo Finotti, CEO at QStar, “the Mac enterprise and server environment is becoming increasingly sophisticated and its storage needs have grown exponentially."
Macs are usually attributed to those in the creative industries, like design and web publishing, but the truth is that regardless of industry, Apple users are struggling with the same concerns as traditional Windows, UNIX and Linux customers.
Similarly, small businesses, like design studios, are cutting costs and looking to implement in-house solutions in order to manage data growth, compliance and cost containment, which are critical to any business.