With its acquisition of Rainfinity in , EMC got a powerful tool to better manage file servers in heterogeneous environments. In fact, the Rainfinity appliance makes moving files to a different system transparent for both Unix and Windows users, with no downtime and minimum disruption. By identifying servers that are overcrowded or overworked with numerous intuitive charts and reports, Rainfinity gives administrators a better awareness of which directories should be moved elsewhere to better allocate files according to capacity and frequency of access. The upcoming Rainfinity 7. According to EMC, future versions of Rainfinity will be able to store files to archiving solutions from other vendors and will support multiple file sources and multiple file targets.
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With its acquisition of Rainfinity in , EMC got a powerful tool to better manage file servers in heterogeneous environments. In fact, the Rainfinity appliance makes moving files to a different system transparent for both Unix and Windows users, with no downtime and minimum disruption. By identifying servers that are overcrowded or overworked with numerous intuitive charts and reports, Rainfinity gives administrators a better awareness of which directories should be moved elsewhere to better allocate files according to capacity and frequency of access.
The upcoming Rainfinity 7. According to EMC, future versions of Rainfinity will be able to store files to archiving solutions from other vendors and will support multiple file sources and multiple file targets. The only targets supported in 7.
Oddly enough, this first dive of Rainfinity into policy-guided archiving can manage only NetApp filers as a source, a choice that I believe is driven by competitive rather than technical motivations. A "soon to be shipped" that's EMC's best estimate 7. Even with these limitations, my early peek at Rainfinity 7. My test server was a Windows Server machine that had access to a CIFS share carved from a NetApp filer, hosting a variety of typical user documents including Office,.
A Centera machine was also connected to the same LAN. I accessed the Rainfinity Console and the new File Management application via browser.
My test system was already set up, but if you need to do so, a Configuration tab in File Management opens a wizard to add more source servers or Centera devices. To create an archiving policy, I selected the Policy tab, assigned a name, selected Centera as my destination device, and chose a retention time for files archived by that policy, which is expressed in accordance with Centera rules in days, weeks, months, or years.
Within a policy you can define rules, essentially one or more logical expressions that identify the files to archive according to their attributes. Rainfinity uses standard file attributes file name, file type, modification date etc. Defining a policy doesn't automatically archive files. For that you need to define a schedule that runs a policy against a specific folder.
Appropriately, a schedule can run only a simulation, listing which files would be affected by a policy but not archiving them. It's very helpful as a means to estimate the impact of policy. After running my pdf files policy, I opened Windows Explorer and noticed that Acrobat Reader files older than 90 days had been removed as expected. Rainfinity replaced those files with stubs, a sort of shortcut having the same name as -- but much smaller size than -- the original file.
The stubs are placeholders between 4 and 8 kilobytes in size and indicate to your users that those files have been archived elsewhere. However, stubs also make it a snap to retrieve the original file when needed.
In fact, when I double-clicked on one of the stubs, Rainfinity immediately replaced the stub with the original file, which I was able to open in Acrobat Reader. What happens if a stub is deleted? Obviously the user won't be able to access that file anymore, but there is an easy remedy: Rainfinity has an application to identify archived files without stubs and recreate the shortcut in the user directory.
I also like that users don't have direct access to archived files, which should guarantee the files' integrity -- definitely a plus when managing sensitive data. But as mentioned before, it's worth noting that this first release is oddly EMC-biased on the archive side and NetApp-biased on the source, although next versions of Rainfinity should remove those limitations.
EMC Rainfinity 7. The application worked as expected in a streamlined yet complex setting. Rainfinity's flexible system of policies and rules has the potential to automate archiving of large volumes of files while maintaining a safety net that gives users instant recovery of a file with one mouse click. I believe it's fair to say that archiving is a work in progress in Rainfinity 7.
Future versions should extend not only the variety of platforms supported but also add more selection criteria from applications such as InfoScape, for example than just file metadata. Here are the latest Insider stories. More Insider Sign Out. Sign In Register. Sign Out Sign In Register.
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