When it comes to long-term software product loyalty, you would be hard pressed to find a Micro Focus product that has maintained a continuous set of customers as what is today known as Storage Manager for eDirectory.
The product originally branded as Novell File System Factory was first released in 2003 and soon found its way into organizations using Novell Identity Manager (IDM) as a way to simultaneously provision identity-based network file system storage and access as IDM provisioned identity-based application access.
Rebranded in 2006 as Storage Manager, the product continued to be enhanced with new features and continued to gain new customers – especially in organizations with a high amount of user turnover such as K-12 and higher education.
And while Storage Manager continues to be a mainstay in education accounts, its ability to manage the lifecycle of user and group storage, manage access permission, clean up storage, and more, has also made Storage Manager a vital data management tool in industries such as state and local government, manufacturing, finance, law, and many others.
Storage Manager was born as a product for eDirectory networks before the introduction of Open Enterprise Server (OES) and continued to evolve with Linux-based deliverables as OES matured. For Windows networks, Storage Manager for Active Directory was introduced to the market in 2006. In 2018, the Active Directory product was renamed to File Dynamics, making Storage Manager focused solely on the needs and opportunities of OES and eDirectory customers.
Micro Focus remains committed to the Storage Manager product and its customers. We look forward to continuing to support and enhance the experience our customers have with the product. With that in mind, I am happy to be able to speak about two planned releases of the product!
Storage Manager 5.3 for eDirectory
This new version is a significant product refresh and update supporting the release of OES 2018 SP2, which just shipped. In addition to being thoroughly tested with the new OES release, the product includes updates to all components. There are a significant number of updates throughout the administrative interface to modernize the UI. New communications standards are adopted across the product to strengthen security. All third-party libraries and have been updated to the latest code bases. Installation and configuration utilities have been overhauled to better support and leverage the SLES 12 platform. Product documentation has also been improved.
Follow-up Storage Manager for eDirectory Release
At a future date, we are planning to release a follow-up version that will include Target-Driven policy management. These new policies will enable management capabilities on any network storage location – not just those managed through identity (e.g. users and groups). For example, while the currently available Identity-Driven policies can clean up outdated files from a user home folder, in a similar fashion, a Target-Driven policy can clean up old application files from an application directory.
This is just one example of how Target-Driven policies in Storage Manager for eDirectory will greatly extend the automated management capabilities of Micro Focus customers in eDirectory environments.
Learn more by visiting the Storage Manager website.