Business Case

Moonwalk makes it easy to manage complex datasets across your storage environment, whatever the scale.

Greater Governance

Enterprise managers may know what data must be kept to meet regulations pertaining to their particular industry, but keeping it, and getting timely access can be another matter. Furthermore, as legislation evolves, data must be retained for longer and longer periods of time.

Moonwalk provides a means to articulate how files will be managed and to enforce policies, safe in the knowledge that data will be treated accordingly.

With centrally managed policies, governance is significantly improved. Rapid data retrieval also makes it easier to meet regulatory obligations, which makes for greater peace of mind for CEOs, CFOs and CIOs alike.

Greater Control

The ability to deploy centrally managed business rules throughout the enterprise enables Moonwalk customers to determine a set of policies for file management, to quickly modify those rules to meet evolving business drivers, and to be certain that those policies will be transparently enforced.

Greater Efficiency

Moonwalk is a non-disruptive technology operating across the storage environment – introducing no single points of failure.

Distributed execution of tasks ensures that data is moved by the most direct route and avoids the reliance on a data storage or data proxy server.

Greater Value

The value of the data resident on storage is of much greater value to the business than the intrinsic value of the storage infrastructure. Ironically, the emphasis of effort and investment has largely been towards the management of storage and not the data.

By developing a technology strategy synchronized with the data values, companies can control costs by allocating investment more according to protection of critical information and less towards lower value data.

Greater Savings

Detailed analysis of many different customer environments has consistently shown an immediate reduction of unstructured data on primary storage, anywhere from 50% - 90%, together with a significant reduction in the time required to manage and store this data.

More Time

It is generally accepted across the industry that storage administrators  can spend at least 25% of their time manually identifying, moving and archiving files.

Moonwalk helps free staff from this tedious daily chore giving them more time to focus on profitable activities within the business.

Investment Protection

We can't use a crystal ball... but Moonwalk can underpin data management practices that will ensure your enterprise is well positioned to take full advantage of new and emerging storage technologies.

By implementing a data management strategy embodying deliberate placement of data based upon value, the enterprise will be set on a continuum of best practice, efficiency and cost minimization.

Massive Scalability

Traditional data management systems introduce middleware, databases, and indexes. Not only do these additional layers bring management headaches, extra costs and risks but they also severely limit scalability.

With Moonwalk there are no such introduced layers, just the ability to scale with your organisation, growing proportionately with the network and storage infrastructure.

Capping Primary Storage

Unstructured files represent in excess of 50% of all stored data. In excess of 80% of that data is inactive or fixed content. Most of this data resides on primary storage. It is the fastest growing and most expensive cost center of corporate IT infrastructure operations.

Moonwalk automatically liberates primary storage of older, lesser-used files, prioritizing the storage of data which is of most importance. Storage consumption is immediately reduced on the primary systems resulting in better performing servers, faster backups and capped primary disk expenditure.

Reducing Backup Time

Every terabyte stored is a terabyte to be protected – though the cost of primary storage has fallen, the cost of protecting it has not.

With many organizations observing an increasing rate of storage consumption, the backup infrastructure will often buckle under the sheer volume of data.

With Moonwalk, the enterprise will benefit from smaller full backups and much faster restore times. As the primary storage burden is decreased, effort can be focused to address the immediate activity of the organization - the active dataset.