Thursday, 15 December 2011

balesio's Native Format Optimization technology now includes PDF format; FILEminimizer Server ready for virtualized environments

Today is a great day for balesio, we just announced a major upgrade to our Native Format Optimization (NFO) technology!

Here is our release:

15th December 2011 – balesio AG, the leading provider of native format optimization solutions for unstructured data, today announced that its FILEminimizer Server now significantly reduces the footprint of PDF files in addition to Microsoft Office and image files. This new capability, based on balesio’s Native Format Optimization (NFO) technology, can make a remarkable difference to storage requirements at enterprise-level NAS and SAN systems. Primary storage compression rates of up to 75% for productivity files and over 85% for image data allow organisations to store 4-5x more unstructured data, effectively quadrupling their primary storage efficiency. With the addition of PDF to the list of supported files, Balesio’s NFO technology now offers the unique opportunity to tackle the majority of unstructured data growth. Today balesio also announced that its flagship product is ready and tested for virtualized environments.

“FILEminimizer Server’s readiness to work seamlessly in virtual environments means that our customers can rest assured that they can smoothly deploy balesio’s software to reduce the footprint of unstructured data efficiently in any virtual storage environment,” said Christoph Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at balesio. "In other words, organisations can now store up to 5x more unstructured data on their existing physical and virtual capacity regardless of the underlying storage system, a unique value proposition that only balesio’s technology offers.”

The Native Format Optimization technology used in FILEminimizer Server works directly on each unstructured Microsoft Office, PDF and image file without changing its format. As a result balesio’s software can optimise the large majority of all unstructured content found on primary storage and is today the only product capable of permanently reducing this data by a factor of five.

On reviewing FILEminimizer Stephen Foskett, Iindependent consultant, journalist and founder of Foskett Services, Stephen Foskett saidadds: “Office applications are sloppy about how they save data, leading to file servers full of bloated and unwieldy documents. Native Format Optimization of the sort promised by Balesio has great potential, allowing IT managers to trim storage capacity at the source.”

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Native Compression

Storage analysts George Crump and Joseph Martins referred to balesio and our Native Format Optimization (NFO) technology when they talked about Primary Storage Optimization.

Instead of Native Format Optimization they used the term "Native Compression". We like it a lot because it is simple and still contains the two crucial components of our technology:

NATIVE, because our technology does never change the original format of an unstructured file, i.e. a PowerPoint file remains a PowerPoint file, a PDF document remains a PDF document, etc. Native Compression is therefore superior to other compression technologies in terms of performance. Because the unstructured file doesn't need to be decompressed, no performance decrease is visible. As the files are smaller after the NFO process, performance even increases.

COMPRESSION, because our technology is the most efficient way of data reduction for unstructured files on primary storage. As many unstructured files are in one way or the other pre-compressed with naive zip compression, to reduce space further, you need to do something else, if you want to save space. You need to compress without compression, i.e. you need to optimize the contents within single file structures directly.

Two central points that makes balesio's Native Format Optimization technology unique. Thank you, George and Joseph.

If you want to read more about our technology, here is plenty of information and a White Paper:

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Compress PST files

With more and more workers, colleagues and friends sending emails with large attachments, companies see themselves challenged with exploding .PST files. .PST files contain all the data of an Microsoft Outlook account and can pass several GB's in size. The large majority of this data is due to the attachments that the users has sent out. If you multiply the size of .PST files by the number of email accounts, companies reach easily several Terabytes of email data residing on primary storage and this is expensive.

How to Compress .PST Files?
As attachments and more to the point, attached unstructured files such as PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, PDF files, images like screenshots and photos are the reason for the size of .PST files, the question is how to compress .PST files? The answer is it is not easy. First, attached unstructured files such as a JPG image represent already pre-compressed content, so no further size reduction is achieved if users simply "zip" .PST files. In addition to changing the original format to a zipped file, the size reduction is close to zero. In fact, compressing .PST files starts early - when the unstructured file enters the .PST container for the first time.

Native Optimization of Email Attachments
Native Optimization means that files are reduced in size without changing the original file format. balesio has developed the most advanced technology of Native Format Optimization, resulting in 50-90% smaller files while maintaining all functional aspects of a file, i.e. its accessibility, functionality and handling. Using balesio's client solution FILEminimizer Suite, attachments are natively optimized and reduced by 50-90% before they are sent out via email (on-the-fly).

Compression of .PST files as a Consequence
Thanks to the optimization of email attachments on the go, the growth rate of .PST files is significantly and permanently reduced as less data enters the .PST file. This leads to:
  • - Reduced Email Attachment Traffic
  • - Reduced Email Storage
  • - Reduced .PST file sizes
  • - Reduced Network Traffic
  • - Reduced Support for over-sized Attachments
 Download a Fact Sheet about balesio's Native Format Optimization technology and the FILEminimizer Suite software solution:
Fact Sheet FILEminimizer Suite (PDF)