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Moonwalk – Product Brief

Last updated September 8th, 2019 for additions to the EvaluScale table. A concise and unbiased 5-page overview of features and functionality of Moonwalk.

Moonwalk Universal is the company name and the product is also called Moonwalk.

The company uses the terms migrate and archive synonymously, but Moonwalk is focused exclusively on storage economics and not records management, discovery, or compliance.

Moonwalk provides what many call tiered storage migration, but it doesn’t require that there be a hierarchy. The architecture is fundamentally two-tiered, source and target. Files can be migrated from one target destination to another. The company emphasizes that Moonwalk is an automated data mover, not a storage end-point.

A Starter Edition (SE) is available, free for commercial use for up to 25TB. Two connectors for cloud or object storage are included. Additional connectors are extra-charge options in the full version.

Moonwalk emphasizes its use of native protocol and file system functionality. When content is migrated, the file metadata, security ACLs, and directory services are maintained, leaving a stub in the original location. Data movement is executed by agents in Windows file servers, NetApp filers, or “gateway servers” running Windows or OES.

When a migrated file is accessed, it is reconstituted in its original location and served natively. It is useable once a minimum amount of data is available. The minimum can be set by the application or via Moonwalk. Files can be “demigrated” by policy, schedule, or upon access.

Administration is via a browser-based “AdminCenter” that manages policies, schedules tasks, and provides file reporting. Anything that can be accomplished via the GUI can also be accomplished via the provided REST-API. Policies can be created based on any exposed file system attribute.

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