File Analytics and Reporting

With the release of VSI OneView came our new File analytics – intended to help you better manage your unstructured data. Here’s how it works.

Screenshot of a window with a title of "File Analysis Custom Scheduler"
The list graphic shows an example of a customer with 3 file jobs, along with the criteria for those jobs.
We have this guy named Martin who in our example stores a lot of big files on a share called \\shares\digital-contraband (a share is like our N: drive – it’s a storage folder where we can share information and files.).
We want to know what Martin’s files are on that share that are greater in size than 50 GB (in the edit shot it changes to 100 GB).  You can create complex file search rules that allow you to pinpoint areas of concern or interest.  How much storage is Martin using?  We could also answer questions like “How much of that storage is on flash vs. spinning disks?”.  Or maybe more poignantly, “Of those big files, how many of them have been opened in the last 730 days (two years)?”  Why would you keep big files on expensive storage for two years when you can move it to cheaper disks or even Amazon S3 (or whatever cloud provider we’re pitching these days)?
Screenshot of a window with a title of "Add / Edit File Analysis Job" and a few selections beneath: "Title", "Search this volume", "Find files that meet these criteria"
The second shot is where we’ve elected to edit that rule and change the threshold from 50 GB to 100 GB.  The user (specifically the local admin) is in control of the criteria, and therefore the resulting reports that we’ll generate from them.
In essence, this feature allows you, as an end user, to create your own storage reports around utilization in storing unstructured data.  We can focus on the areas that matter the most.  Combine that with our trend reporting and you’ve got a powerful combination of the “50,000 foot view” coupled with the ability to drill down and find specific, actionable elements.