QStar Technologies are a leading global provider of enterprise-class archive and data management software solutions. Founded in 1987, organizations representing all industries trust QStar to reliably protect and manage their valuable digital assets, while maintaining secure accessibility for the future of their archive.

Active Archive Software

QStar Archive Manager software is a key element to create a robust vendor neutral active archive. The software virtualizes archive technology behind a file system, making the entire archive appear as NAS disk. Users / applications can easily search and retrieve data directly from the archive. Even offline media is efficiently tracked for simple retrieval.

The software can be installed on a server platform running Windows, Linux, UNIX or Mac, for seamless integration to existing network security models. The software solution lowers costs while offering easier migration to new servers, operating systems or storage as future needs dictate, delivering tremendous cost savings over appliance-based solutions.

Easily scalable from terabytes to multiple petabytes, QStar Archive Manager software can manage massive amounts of data using ANY archive storage technology including tape, optical, RDX, disk, object storage or cloud. It supports a choice of optimized proprietary or industry standard file systems such as Linear Tape File System (LTFS) or Universal Disk Format (UDF). QStar software supports UDF and LTFS volume-spanning for libraries, allowing data sets to grow larger than a single piece of media.graphic_archive_manager_0413

To maintain data authenticity and protection, a robust retention management feature is provided. Policies can be created to prevent accidental deletion or over-writes of data in the archive. The software securely retains files in a read-only format, within the archive, for a pre-determined period of time. Multiple retention periods can be created to support different data sets to meet varying compliance needs.

An archive using QStar software offers several data protection strategies. With Archive Manager, a media-copy feature automatically creates a duplicate copy of selected archive volumes for offline and offsite storage.

QStar Archive Replicator or QStar Data Director software can be installed to extend the archive disaster protection capabilities of Archive Manager by creating greater system resilience and higher data availability as part of a 3-2-1 archive strategy.

QStar Archive Replicator

QStar Archive Replicator, is a multi-site hybrid active archive software. It can replicate data to up to four archive storage technologies, using either proprietary or industry standard file systems. These archives can be located within a single site or across multiple geographic locations.

This functionality gives organizations the flexibility to employ blends of storage technologies, creating a hybrid archive, which will fit their individual archive and disaster prevention requirements. In addition, this solution prevents disruption and promotes cost savings by automatically replicating to newly added storage, without the need for migratory software.

QStar Data Director

QStar Data Director is mirrored disaster protection active archive software. It uses block-based synchronous mirroring technology to ensure that data is continuously written on two drives/devices within a site or across the globe.

Data Director is available with multiple real-time mirroring options that include media mirroring within a single library (DDR1), device mirroring within a single site (DDR2), and site mirroring across multiple geographic locations (DDR3).

QStar Network Migrator

QStar Network Migrator is a policy-based storage and data lifecycle manager software. It can be installed on its own or with QStar Archive Manager, to optimize storage and drastically reduce backup.

Using advanced policy management, static data is automatically migrated, copied or moved from primary storage on to lower-cost archive storage. The data movement is transparent to the user and does not disrupt workflow or data accessibility.

QStar Network Migrator software can be easily installed on a Windows or Linux server. Agents are available for each server managing data, using Windows, UNIX, Linux, Mac or NetApp

3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practice

QStar Technologies is known for its 3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practice. Endorsed by leading storage industry analysts, 3-2-1 provides a very a simple, yet reliable approach to securing data for the long term through the efficient optimization of IT resources. An archive doesn’t have to be complex and disruptive. The 3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practice advocates that a minimum of 3 copies of all business critical data be retained. These copies should be kept on 2 different types of storage media, and at least one copy should be offsite on removable media. This approach provides a simple design and deployment strategy that creates a highly resilient archive, while eliminating costly over provisioning within your existing storage infrastructure.dd

3-2-1 Archive Benefits

  • Reduces the demand for IT capital acquisition
  • Optimizes the use of existing IT infrastructure
  • Eliminates backup overhead for archive data
  • Lowers power consumption costs and carbon footprint
  • Delivers robust availability for archive data
  • Creates a foundation for regulatory compliance

 3-2-1 Archiving and Data Protection Best Practice

In these trying times, it’s prudent to go back to basics and review the foundation of a sound IT strategy. This is exactly what the 3-2-1 Archive Best Practice approach is all about. Endorsed by leading storage industry analysts, 3-2-1 provides a very simple, yet reliable approach to securing data for the long term through the efficient optimization of IT resources.

 Designing an Active Archive

Many organizations don’t take into account the longer term perspective that is essential when designing an archive and can miss some of the most crucial considerations for a successful strategy. The purpose of this paper is to leverage the extensive experience of the authors in the design and deployment of professional archive solutions by offering proven guidelines and important considerations that should be factored into the design of any enterprise archive.

 Archive Appliance or Archive Software?

To meet internal or external business requirements for data retention and preservation, almost every organization archives at least some of its data.  However, most organizations may not realize that designing a successful archive can be much more challenging than designing a backup.  The most important reason for this is that the data in the archive will outlive the server and storage platforms.Organizations need to plan to create an archive that will easily grow and change, as technology and business requirements change – which can do this better:  Archiving software or an Archive Appliance?