Metadata is in basic terms, data about other data. We can think of Metadata is similar to an iceberg, on the surface is what is visible ie. the file with basic information such as time, date etc, but beneath the surface is a wealth of valuable data which can make finding and working with certain types of data easier.
When storage platforms are connected to the file fabric, an advanced metadata model is built from the information discovered on a companies existing file and object storage platforms.
Unlike other solutions, the File Fabric does not clone or duplicate existing storage data elsewhere, it simply build a meta-model to facilitate data access, data governance and security and data search. The File Fabric’s metadata model can help to reduce the stress and burden on file or object services as the majority of the file system operations can be answered without going back to the underlying storage.
This enables the File Fabric to provide details of the file without actually owning or storing the file, and importantly this is done for every storage system connected to the fabric.
The File Fabric can also be configured to extend basicmetadata indexing to what we call a ‘Smart Index’ in which not only the file attributes but also the file contents are indexed. This means when keywords are entered when searching for files, the actual contents of the files are searched for matches providing what is essentially a private search engine which searches across all corporate data sources.
The Smart Index provided by the metadata is also used to provide PHI and PII real-time scanning to help protect from accidental personal data leaks.
Watch our latest video for an idea on the functionality you can expect with the File Fabrics advanced metadata model:
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