Dossier is a SMB/NTFS file walking scan that will very quickly, like 10GBs per second quickly, run through a file system and identify these 8 pieces of data.
- Created Date
- Last Accessed
- Last Modified
- File Type or Extension
- File Size
- File Count
- Optional: Compression Potential
- Optional: De-Dupe potential
It’s amazing what you can do with these 8 pieces of data to formulate very interesting views of your data. Most importantly it will give you the information you need to understand your potential to archive data or prune tier 1 storage to a more economical platform.
Optical Prime and Dossier are very different. While traditional Optical Prime is looking at performance based data, Dossier is looking at file level metadata and these means it will produce its own workload as it combs through the file system.
We have set the scan the most optimal settings, but we give you the ability to tweak throttles and set low and high scan periods based on work hours.
In most commercial spaces these scans will occur pretty fast, but if you attempt to scan PBs of data then you to expect this will take a corresponding about of time!
Only PPT output format is available at this time, but we will eventually integrate this into a Viewer like you are used to with Optical Prime.
Dossier does NOT record NAS performance. We made a judgement call and we decided that file characterization was much more meaningful to IT Pros than performance. People want to know what is creating their storage and how much of it is just archive!
Here are a few screen shots of my home lab! Go try it out!