I am seeking references(success or failure stories), for any of three
Hierarchical Storage Management Software products, namely Epoch Systems
EpochServer, Associated Network Technologies Metior and Introl
Corporations Flexstor. All have been offered to us in response to the
request I have included below and all have been offered on a Sun Sparc 5
system in 32MB and 64MB configurations. They will NFS serve pre*ly
OSF/1 and Ultrix hosts.
What we asked for
These form the specifications for the supply, installation and maintenance
for hardware and software for a Hierarchical Storage Management System.
The HSM is required to provide storage management of, and NFS service to,
a diverse range of Unix systems. These currently include OSF/1, Ultrix,
UNICOS, Solaris, AIX... Support for PCNFS would be an advantage. It should
be capable of being configured to transparently migrate files between
magnetic, optical and tape storage.
Hardware: To include a system with sufficient physical memory and disk
capacity to adequately support the Operating System and the HSM software.
Over and above this should be supplied a minimum 5GB of magnetic storage,
optical jukebox with a minimum 20GB of optical storage and a tape
subsystem eg EXAbyte. The system however must be capable of expansion to
meet future storage requirements. Integration of existing magnetic disk
storage on disparate machines would be an advantage.
Software: UNIX based system with HSM software, PCNFS support, and X
windows. The software should provide an easy configuration
mechanism(preferably X Window based) which allows file migration
parameters to be changed dynamically. Integration of existing magnetic
disk storage on disparate machines would be an advantage.
Warranty and Other: Prospective suppliers may include other information
they consider relevant, but as a minimum must supply information
pertaining to length of warranty; ongoing maintainence prices;
software/hardware standards adherence; consumables prices ie optical
platters and tapes; NFS Specmark figures; magnetic, optical disk and tape
average access figures. Details of reference sites along with contact
information should be included.