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FilePilot Software's solutions enable a broad range of users within an IT organization to meet the data mobility requirements of enterprises by enhancing visibility and improving their ability to understand the structure and composition of unstructured data across the entire storage infrastructure. This insight allows for informed decisions concerning when and how this data is moved and be able to accurately position the data in the appropriate storage tier. Example FilePilot Copy and LogView users include the following individuals:


Moving unstructured data to meet end user and business requires that IT teams responsible for storage have deep visibility into the file systems and content across the entire storage infrastructure including; file system structure, composition of the content and file level metadata.

Designing a reliable storage infrastructure that can accommodate future growth requires that storage architects are able to accurately assess the composition and structure of current file systems. This assessment will guide their design efforts for upgrades or replacement of existing storage to ensure access and security is not compromised and performance is optimized.

Correctly positioning unstructured data within a repository environment is essential to the success of big data initiatives. This requires that data management teams have the ability to quickly locate and move relevant data required by data scientists to support their analytics needs.

Legislative (GBLA, SOX, Basel II, Frank-Dodd) and industry standards (PCI-DSS) require that enterprises and retail organizations have full traceability of data throughout its life-cycle and have increased the data retention periods. This requires that any movement of data is tracked and provides detail of when it was moved and who moved it.

 Data Mobility Use Cases

The ability to quickly move data where and when it is required to address unstructured data growth is the basis of Intelligent Data Mobility™. FilePilot Software's solutions bring improved data mobility to additional scenarios that enterprise IT organizations will deal with at different times.

Disaster Recovery

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Disaster recovery needs to be fast and transparent. To meet these objectives, many disaster recovery solutions require offsite systems to be exactly the same as those in the data center. This duplication of hardware can dramatically increase the cost of a disaster recovery implementation. Moving data to a disaster recovery site is much the same as running a data migration. The major difference being that the primary and failover systems must be fully synchronized at all times. Using FilePilot Copy, disaster recovery teams can first; efficiently duplicate production file systems and then employ powerful filtering capabilities to continuously move any changed files to maintain synchronization between sites. Simplifying disaster recovery even further, FilePilot Copy does not require that the production and fail-over systems be an exact match, thus reducing the overall cost of deployment.[/dropshadowbox]

Data Life-Cycle Management and Governance

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On average unstructured data is moved 10 times within different storage tiers during its lifetime. A side effect of this much movement is that ACLs or shares may be improperly applied or missing, increasing the chance of data exposure or breaches. Many enterprises have established their own data management and governance policies to safeguard intellectual property and sensitive data from unauthorized access. Beyond these internal initiatives, legislative regulations and industry standards have imposed longer data retention time frames, as well as increased compliance and reporting requirements. Tracking the movement of data is essential to rapid identification and resolution of issues before they cause harm. Capturing all data movement transactions and events in logs, FilePilot Copy provides detailed information about when data was moved, who it was moved by and the security parameters applied. Having this level of documentation available ensures that compliance objectives are met while minimizing risk and financial liability.[/dropshadowbox]

Mergers & Acquisitions

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When one organization merges with or acquires another entity, there are many pre and post event details that must be considered and planned out to ensure a smooth integration. One of the less obvious, but important elements, is how unstructured data is handled. File systems in either organization will have different structures, security and access rights, folder and file composition, as well as the significance placed on the data. This means that when unstructured data from each organization is merged, careful attention has to be paid to ensure that access and security is not compromised. Consolidating unstructured data in a post-merger or acquisition environment is the same as migrating data and can take 9 to 15 weeks to combine 20 Tb of data. Incorporating a patent-pending data movement engine, FilePilot Copy cuts the time to consolidate different file systems by over 50%, while ensuring that the movement of unstructured data is seamless and trouble-free. [/dropshadowbox]

File Synchronization

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In today’s global business environment it is not unusual to have teams spread across multiple sites around the globe collaborating on a set of documents or files. Changes to these file and documents must be carefully managed to ensure that the most up-to-date versions are used. In many cases there may be different documents or files stored at each site, each at different levels of revision. Ensuring consistency of these documents and files can be a time consuming effort as changes may be occurring concurrently at different sites. Synchronizing documents and files can be greatly simplified using FilePilot Copy. Incorporating powerful filtering functionality, FilePilot Copy makes it possible to precisely define the specific versions required and move them to each site on a scheduled or as needed basis. [/dropshadowbox]