File virtualization and NuView
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 (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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)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.
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