Novell has released Novell File Management Suite, an integrated file storage solution that provisions, moves, optimises and reports on file storage based on user roles and customised business policies.

For the first time, organisations, regardless of operating system or existing storage management solution, can intelligently manage file storage at its source, tying the file to the user for the entire data lifecycle.
Providing organisations with a clearer picture of its data, Novell File Management Suite enables an organisation to plan for and deploy an efficient and cost-effective storage infrastructure as well as execute on compliance and governance requirements.
Novell File Management Suite reins in the chaos of unstructured data in typical file storage environments with automated reporting, provisioning, decommissioning, relocating, vaulting and tiering – all driven by organisational policies and based on employee identities yet with no impact to the end user.
While existing storage solutions manage data at the block level, without any intelligence on the file’s context, relevance or priority, Novell File Management Suite leverages identity so that an organisation’s premium storage resources can be reserved for the data that is most important to the business. This drives efficiency in IT hardware, administration and ultimately enhances collaboration between users.
In addition, Novell File Management Suite complements a business’ existing storage resource management solutions such as EMC, HP, Hitachi, NetApp and others and interoperates across Linux* and Windows platforms.
Novell File Management Suite includes three products:
* Novell Storage Manager – automates routine user and file storage management tasks throughout the data’s lifecycle, allowing IT resources to focus on more mission critical projects.
* Novell Dynamic File Services – tiers files and folders based on customisable policies.
* Novell File Reporter – inventories file systems to uncover storage chaos, so that organisations can design efficient file storage infrastructures based on identity-driven policies.
“Businesses struggle with their file systems on a daily basis,” says Colleen O’Keefe, senior vice-president and GM of collaboration solutions & global services at Novell. “For most organisations, file data―whether stored in archive for compliance or locally for daily use―is often inaccessible because it’s not intelligently categorised in relation to the user that created it.
"Novell File Management Suite changes all of that by allowing an organisation to take an identity-aware approach to file management and manage data at its source―the user. Not all files are equally important to the business, so why store them the same way?”