FileCensus by Intermine Provides New Approach to Information Lifecycle Management

4th-generation SRM software outperforms traditional database systems by orders of magnitude, reducing conventional hardware dependence

Dec 01, 2009, 08:30 ET from Intermine

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Intermine, provider of enterprise-wide storage resource management (SRM) solutions, today announced the formal market release of FileCensus 4.4, the latest version of Intermine's flagship product, innovative SRM software that performs data discovery at a level previously unattainable and empowers IT administrators to efficiently manage file growth by visualizing opportunities for space acquisition and effective file movement.

FileCensus is an incredibly scalable, highly compressed, and high performing read-only database that uses data collected from all files in an organization's storage environment (Storage Area Network [SAN]) to provide data management efficiencies that improve a company's storage situation, optimize resources, and avoid the significant cost of hardware dependence. FileCensus eliminates system overloads by revealing where file bottlenecks exist, pinpointing the types of files clogging the system, and demonstrating how file storage can be streamlined to yield greater efficiencies and cost savings. These data management practices enable IT administrators to reclaim up to 60% of a storage environment.

"We examined how data quickly grows in an organization and understood it would become impractical to store and manage billions of records collected each day on file systems in a traditional database," explains Martyn McKean, CEO of Intermine. "FileCensus helps supply the knowledge you need without the drawbacks of traditional methods, which add to the problem by creating too much information."

While traditional database systems can manage the billions of records that are added to a company's storage system on a daily basis, the cost to report on that company's meta-data would be prohibitively expensive when factoring implementation, infrastructure, and management costs.

Also, traditional processes use a "survey" concept where the data collected is limited to a pre- defined scope. FileCensus, however, is designed to routinely collect the meta-data about every file, path, and user in an organization's storage environment and keep it historically. FileCensus stores and reports on this information through a highly compressed read-only database with random access to the database creating orders of magnitude in savings of storage versus traditional database technologies.

When further compared to traditional processes, FileCensus executes the discovery process in a matter of days--or even hours--which was never before possible. FileCensus can store billions of records in a space more than 30 times smaller than traditional technology and can randomly access information in the database without having to decompress the information. Ultimately this translates to performance at more than 10 times the speed of traditional databases.

At present, Fortune 1000 companies across the globe, leverage FileCensus for clear insights and accountable information applied across the information lifecycle from data profiling and capacity planning to capacity recovery and data migration, information security and policy management to chargeback. For more information about FileCensus 4.4, visit

About Intermine

Software developer Intermine, Inc. provides enterprise-wide storage resource management solutions that empower IT administrators to effectively manage file growth by visualizing opportunities for space acquisition and effective file movement. The results of these efforts include increased company-wide efficiencies, reduced day-to-day input on the part of data managers, and overall cost savings. Intermine's robust family of products begins with FileCensus, the company's flagship software solution, which allows IT administrators to locate areas for storage space improvement using data collected from all files in an organization's network. Established in 1999, Intermine's products are used by Global Fortune 1000 companies with installations in the U.S., Europe and South-East Asia. For more information, visit .

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