Netwrix Auditor Data Discovery and Classification Deployment Matrix

Data Discovery and Classification
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How can I interpret Netwrix Auditor Data Discovery and Classification requirements?

Review these recommendations and choose the most suitable deployment scenario and possible options depending on total amount of data you are going to process with Netwrix Auditor Data Discovery and Classification. Keep in mind that Netwrix Auditor Data Discovery and Classification is an integration between Netwrix Auditor and Netwrix Data Classification. This article contains recommendations for Netwrix Auditor and the machine reserved for SQL Server. For Netwrix Data Classification requirements, see the corresponding section of Netwrix online helpcenter: Deployment Planning.

Sensitive files and documents are usually a small percentage of the total amount of files a typical organization holds.

    1. Starter/Proof of Concept deployments:
      • Handles up to 500 K files.
      • All components can be installed on a single machine: 4 cores, 12 GB RAM.
      • SQL Server: 2008 R2 Express Edition and above.
    2. Mid-size environments:
    • Handles up to 8 M files.
    • Netwrix Auditor: 4 cores, 16 GB RAM.
    • DDC: calculate according to the following example: Mid-Size Data Environment
    • SQL Server: 2 cores, 16 GB RAM
    1. Large environments:

    To index a large number of objects (more than 32 M objects), requires multi-server configuration (Distributed Query Server mode).To estimate total hardware requirements, multiply the values above to a number of your nodes.

    • ​Handles up to 32 M files.
    • Netwrix Auditor: 8 – 16 cores, 16 – 64 GB of RAM depending on the amount of processed files.
    • DDC: calculate according to Large-Size Environment
    • SQL Server: 8 cores, up to 128 GB RAM to ensure responsiveness under heavy load.
    Note: Hardware requirements for SQL Servers listed above apply to both SQL Server instances that host the DDC Collector database and Categories database. For XLarge environments, each SQL Server instance must be deployed to a separate physical disk.
    1. Extra-large environments:
    • Handles more than 32 M files. System architect’s assistance is required for deployment planning requires.

Review the following deployment considerations:

  1. The recommended hardware requirements imply that Netwrix Auditor is used only for file server audit and reporting. Enabling monitoring of other data sources may require additional resources.
  2. The list above contains approximate data. Monitor your system load anyway, especially if you are going to process large amount of files with Data Discovery and Classification.
  3. Keep in mind high product requirements for disk space. Use the following Netwrix guides to calculate disk space that the product may consume:
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