Tip

File virtualization and NuView

File virtualization and NuView
Barrie Sosinsky

Although virtualization normally gets press as a storage management issue, file virtualization can be a useful networking technology for critical network file management. One company working in this area is NuView

    Requires Free Membership to View

(Houston TX), whose StorageX version 2.0 creates what is essentially an enterprise view of Microsoft's Distributed File System or DFS. Similarly, a search on Google with File virtualization as the search term yields a number of companies with similar products, including Compaq Computer Corp., and Veritas.

With StorageX you can reduce the complexity of your network shares by making them widely available and managing them. Doing so may greatly reduce the amount of redundant data you are forced to store. You can also improve network performance by replicating shares around your physical network. Disaster recovery is a third area that file virtualization helps you with.

NuView has been adding additional capability to its product, with many new capabilities appearing. New features in 2.0 enables StorageX to be used to consolidate servers and existing storage, create a global file system (which greatly aids searching), and allows administrators to better manage users' storage. StorageX is a unique approach that really makes DFS a useful networking technology.


Barrie Sosinsky (barries@killerapps.com)is president of consulting company Sosinsky and Associates (Medfield MA). He has written extensively on a variety of computer topics. His company specializes in custom software (database and Web related), training and technical documentation.

Editor's note: The mention of products or services in this tip is not intended to serve as endorsement or recommendation for those products or services. Further, such mention is for illustrative use only, and is not an exhaustive list of vendors offering such product of service.


This was first published in May 2002

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.