Syncsort Releases Enterprise Catalog for NetApp and VMware Environments

Syncsort, a provider of data protection solutions, is shipping a new data management solution that provides a centralized way to catalog and search the NetApp ONTAP and VMware landscape, delivering information that helps IT to increase storage efficiency, accelerate the use of snapshot technology for efficient data protection and ensure compliance. The solution, ECX Enterprise Catalog, provides visibility into file and virtual machine environment across all tiers, helping them achieve a new level of operational efficiency to control costs, identify unprotected data or indicate where protection may have failed due to an errant configuration, change or other issues.

“The ECX Enterprise Catalog opens a new era of opportunities for customers to gain critical and rapid insight into their environments as they deal with explosive data growth,” said Flavio Santoni, CEO of Syncsort Data Protection business. “This insight will enable significant opportunities for improving storage efficiency and reducing costs, as well as accelerating the use of snapshot technology as a high performance and efficient form of data protection.”

Syncsort ECX’s search and reporting capabilities

ECX’s search and reporting capabilities are easy to deploy, easy to learn and use, and ready to scale to very large data environments. The solution co-exists with most data protections, and can be rapidly deployed as a VM appliance, and can scale to handle billions of objects. In addition ECX provides deep insights into the NetApp ONTAP environment by cataloging all existing Snapshots, SnapVault and SnapMirror volumes and the files contained in them, and numerous other NetApp system objects including nodes, LUNs, aggregates, qtrees, volumes, CIFS and NFS shares, and vFilers.

ECX’s file reporting and analytics can also be used to quickly pinpoint areas of inefficient use of storage, identifying old files that have not been accessed for a set amount of time, extremely large files, file types that may violate storage policies (video, music) and unused virtual machines.

ECX cataloging is not dependent on any specific tool 

ECX cataloging is not dependent on any specific tool or bound to any specific time period. It catalogs snapshots created by PowerShell, NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager, Snap Creator, Snap Manager, OSSV, and Snap Protect. ECX does not interfere with or replace traditional backup technologies. It catalogs an organization’s entire existing file history on disk, not only new data added after it is installed. Even if IT has stored years of snapshots on disk, ECX will catalog all of them and give a complete view of the NetApp environment.

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