Novell Introduces Cloud Interoperability for Network File Storage

Addition of Novell Dynamic File Services addresses the continued need for enterprises to manage unstructured data more efficiently and intelligently

23 October 2012

Novell® today announced the availability of Novell Dynamic File Services, allowing organizations to automatically and dynamically manage data down to an individual file basis, including the ability to archive data to cloud storage providers like Amazon S3, Box, CloudMe and Dropbox.   With this announcement, Novell adds to its long standing status as the industry leader in enterprise level tools for file access and management and printing.

“The release of Novell Dynamic File Services is an answer to the rapidly growing concern of managing massive amounts of unstructured data being developed in the enterprise,” said Eric Varness, vice president of product management and marketing at Novell.  “Businesses today continue to drive intelligence through stored files and with Novell, users can control what happens to those files based on the organizations’ most important business drivers. Novell Dynamic File Services complements existing infrastructures, and helps IT professionals ensure better use of its high-performance storage systems while ensuring users stay productive.”

Data growth is difficult to manage and it continues to be a challenge to control the spiraling cost of new disk storage capacity without hurting the productivity of users. Novell Dynamic File Services solves this problem by getting the most out of existing hardware, while at the same time getting maximum value from the businesses initial storage investment without changing the way users work.

Novell Dynamic File Services also eases the burden of compliance by assigning the who, what and where to keep unstructured data organized. The stand-alone software runs on servers in the background virtually invisible to users, managing files without disrupting workflow.

Key features of Novell Dynamic File Services include:

  • Cloud Storage Archiving: Organizations can archive data to Amazon S3, Box, CloudMe or Dropbox using the intelligent policy engine to identify unstructured data (files & folders) hosted on Microsoft network shares. Data can be identified on a variety of third-party storage platforms from leading hardware vendors such as Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp.
  • Greater Storage Efficiency with Tiered Data: With Dynamic File Services, companies can define policies to store mission-critical data in more secure locations and move less important data to a pre-determined path, reducing costs with smarter data-tiering systems.  
  • Web-based Archive Retention Reviews:  Administrators can discard or continue to archive files to meet compliance needs, ensuring that all actions are tracked and have the capability of being audited.
  • Event-Based Reminders: Administrators have the ability to schedule and deliver notifications via Twitter or email to perform retention reviews for archived data hosted in the cloud. Administrators can set up event-based reminders for reviewers to use the web-based interface to review data, restore data or delete stale data.


Novell Dynamic File Services is currently available. The MSRP license cost is $15 per user (€15). Alternatively, you can purchase the entire Novell File Management Suite (Novell Storage Manager, Novell Dynamic File Services and Novell File Reporter) for $38 per user (€36).  For more information, visit or contact your Novell representative.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. believes that customers should have choice and control of their IT systems. A global software leader to enterprises worldwide, Novell delivers solutions that make people more productive and work environments more secure and manageable. Novell supports thousands of organizations around the world with collaboration, endpoint management, and file and networking technologies, all of which drive end-user productivity directly or on the backend. With solutions including Novell GroupWise, Novell ZENworks and Novell Open Enterprise Server, Novell focuses on today’s mobile, social and multi-platform world to help businesses stay competitive, minimize costs, and get more value from the software they already own. For more information, visit


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