Stonefly offers Cloud Business Center exclusively to its customers

StoneFly, Inc., a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory is offering an exclusive cloud business center to all its customers. It is evident that StoneFly IP SAN technology offers to its users advanced business continuity features in the form of asynchronous remote replication, snapshots, data deduplication and volume encryption, ideal for protecting mission critical information. But in order to reap in all the said benefits, data should be stored in more than one location requiring a remote host platform.

Here’s where StoneFly Cloud Business Center (CBC) hosting empowers organizations to fully utilize StoneFly backup and disaster recovery features, enabling organizations large and small to implement offsite backup inexpensively.

Users using StoneFly Physical and Virtual iSCSI storage appliances can go for this StoneFly’s Cloud Business Center. Through the remote data replication feature available in these appliances, the users can add one or more disaster recovery sites for their critical data. Thus, this leads to savings on the capital expenses that come with the purchase of a physical appliance, along with operating expenses such as power and cooling costs.

Moreover, for all those users who have servers and limited storage, but are interested in going for remote iSCSI storage, StoneFly’s cloud business center is a great and robust option to look into. They can go for StoneFly Virtual Dedicated Storage (VDS) which is a part of Stonefly’s cloud business center business. With the help of this virtual storage, users can easily add mass amounts of storage to their workstation or servers in a matter of minutes. They can get storage up to 10TB and more and the storage capacity is highly scalable and redundant. Thus, by subscribing to StoneFly Virtual Dedicated storage, the user can save immediately on capital expenses that come with the purchase of a physical appliance, along with the operating expenses such as power and cooling costs. Moreover, all advanced data storage management features such as volume encryption, data deduplication, replication, mirroring and snapshots can be availed.

So, all those StoneFly IP SAN users who want to add capacity to their current storage, but are not willing to shell out high on a physical appliances can easily go for this remote iSCSI storage. Additionally StoneFly Remote iSCSI drives hosted in the cloud business center appear and behave the same as a local drives does on your workstation or server. Therefore, users can gain a great storage management feature for a minimal cost.

Now, for those who think how safe is their data when hosted on a Cloud Business Center of StoneFly, here’s an update.

The data loaded onto the virtual dedicated storage is hosted on StoneFly’s world class USS and USS-HA series of Unified Server and Storage appliances. These appliances have high performance features which include dual hexa core storage virtualization engines, hot swappable disk drives, hardware RAID with cache battery backup for protection against disk failures, redundant hot-swappable power supply modules, and multiple iSCSI connections with port teaming, failover and load-balancing features to maximize system up-time.

To know more, please call 510.265.1616 or click StoneFly Cloud Business Center.

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How to simplify IP Surveillance Network Virtualization

Here’s a video which shows you to simplify IP Surveillance Network Virtualization through DNF Security Falcon Unified Storage and Server. The video provides all the advantages of virtualization, virtual server basics, high-availability and redundancy issues solved by Falcon USS.

DNF Security is a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory which offers intelligent digital and hybrid video management systems, video management engines, mobile surveillance systems, viewing workstations and scalable IP storage.

This company is in the industry from more than a decade and in association with its partners, it has been offering excellent and satisfactory services to all clients and has bagged immense recognition and awards in doing so.

For more details call DNF Security or call 510.265.1122.

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Top reasons to choose DNF Security Scale-Out NAS for IP Video Surveillance

As surveillance industry continues to transform from analog to digital, the technological need to update the way images are being captured and how they are being stored also increases to many folds. Earlier, people used to capture surveillance data on the VHS tapes and films, but now in this digital age it is being dropped more onto the disk.

Network Attached Storage (NAS) is one the categories for connecting storage to a surveillance system. An important thing which separates the NAS from other storage technologies such as SAN or DAS is that it supports file level access to the storage device from the connected servers and applications.

DNF Security Twin Scale-Out NAS can manage surveillance data from a range of sources for scalable, efficient storage solutions that address large amounts of video data.

This appliance is highly capable of offering unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. It is designed for customers requiring a powerful storage solution that can scale out storage capacity while scaling up performance. This is possible with the help of Mirrored twin scale out NAS nodes which are capable of scaling up to 36 drives and 144 terabytes of storage per node.

Now, for those who are interested in knowing more about the Twin Scale-Out (TSO) NAS of DNF Security, here are some highlights.

  • TSO is also designed for markets that require vast quantities of high bandwidth throughput or fast parallel throughput for very large files required in high computing environments like media and entertainment.
  • As the surveillance needs grow, DNF Security TSO can expand one or more volumes across multiple nodes using no metadata and a single namespace. Thus, usable bandwidth increases as new nodes are added. The highlight is that you can manage multiple nodes with just a single user interface.
  • The other feature which needs to be highlighted is that this appliance allows its users to add server nodes on the fly as well as add CPU horsepower and storage capacity from additional TSO nodes.
  • Its StoneFusion 7.0 advanced network operating system offers snapshot services with 2520 delta based snapshots per subsystem. With the presence of snapshot and replication features, optimization of data recovery with precise recovery time objective and recovery point objective can be gained.
  • With the presence of dual active/active controller architecture and cache mirroring reliability factor increases to many folds, essential for business critical workloads.
  • Eliminates redundant data and reduces capacity required for common enterprise file data by more than 50%.
  • DNF security TSO can be used for active and archived content in a single, scalable appliance.
  • Optimization of storage resources with policy driven automatic storage tiering to move older camera surveillance data to lower cost storage tiers is achievable to further reduce costs.

DNF Security Video Surveillance Solutions in integration with leading video management software vendors provide solutions related to video surveillance, security and data storage.

For more details click DNF Security Twin Scale-Out NAS or call 510.265.1122

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DNF Security presents Fanless Video Management System

DNF Security, a business unit of Dynamic Network Factory is presenting Fanless PCs for in-vehicle computing needs. These powerful PCs are designed in such a way that they can be used in all kinds of in-vehicle computing applications such as in-vehicle surveillance. Powered by Intel i5 Processors, DNF Security Falcon NV series fanless PCs can well sustain and operate with ease in environments filled with dust, humid, shocks, vibrations, varying temperatures and such.

Usually, computing devices operating in the vehicles like cars, trucks, trains, Ships, Cruise, heavy vehicles are subjected to high temperatures, dust, humidity and restricted airflows. Some start failing in the very first month of purchase due to these harsh environments, while some get into troubles very often.

Citing these issues, DNF Security has come up with quite fanless PCs which can serve in all purposes.

DNF Security NV Series PCs incorporate powerful hardware components to deliver extra ordinary performance in harsh environments.

These small and quite PCs can be used as in-vehicle video management systems and also as IP TVs or entertainments systems. With smaller footprint, then can fit in places such as on/below the dashboard, under the seats and to the side walls (if properly riveted).

DNF Security Falcon NV Series PC solutions are available in 4 variants- Falcon NV3120, Falcon NV3100VTC, Falcon NV4022 and Falcon NV4022 loaded with i7 processor.

All these fanless PCs are loaded with i5 processors and run on Windows 7 operating system. As per the customer needs, these systems can have an 8GB, 16GB or 32GB memory. These PCs can start their computing operations based on the ignition control of the vehicle and are also tucked with Gigabit Ethernet ports for network communications.

So, already renowned Car, Truck, Fishing Boats makers are lining up for this product range in order to quench the computing needs of their automobiles.

So, if you are interested in knowing more details about these products or interested in a quote call 510.265.1122 or click on DNF Security NV Fanless PCs.

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StoneFly DR365 Data Backup and Disaster Recovery features

StoneFly, the innovator of iSCSI Storage has come up with a total backup and recovery solution called DR365. It is an ideal hyper-converged infrastructure solution which helps in consolidating all server, storage and backup systems needs into one easy to manage appliance.

Therefore, StoneFly DR365 can prove as single central management console to manage all the enterprise backup operations at a time. This is made possible by automatically converting every backup into a virtual machine, which can be later spun up and hosted onto the DR365 appliance. This feature will be extremely useful to keep business continuity operations intact for production environment, if in case, a physical server or a workstation goes down and needs to be repaired.

Other backup features of StoneFly DR365 appliance include:

  • Backup all virtual and physical machines with disk level snapshots.
  • This appliance is offered with the capability of creating sector-by sector backups for an exact copy of your disk or volume including unused space.
  • Granular and file-level backups featured in this appliance allow to selectively back-up specific files and folders or even network shares.
  • Allows you to manually exclude non-essential files or folders from your backup.
  • StoneFly DR365 backup feature allows you to schedule hourly, daily, weekly, event based and wake-on-LAN features.
  • Offers manual or scheduled automatic backup validation and allows balancing all backups with bandwidth and disk-write speed throttling.
  • To keep the backup secure, an SSL- encrypted data transmission over the network takes place with 256-bit AES encryption.
  • For optimal use of disk space, DR365 backups are being offered with Compression and dedup features. Thus, the volume of backed-up data can be reduced by up to 90%, which also maximizes backup speed.
  • This appliance allows to synchronously replicate an entire DR365 to a second DR365 appliance for extra data protection and business continuity.

StoneFly DR365 Data Recovery features:

  • This all-in-one appliance allows to easily restore a backup from any point in time as a virtual machine. Thus, it can be used until the physical appliance gets repaired.
  • It helps in restoring individual files, folders, volumes or an entire system from any point of time.
  • This Disaster Recovery appliance offers specialized backup agents as option for exchange, SQL, Sharepoint and Active Directory.
  • Recovery of a file system is possible from any point in time using incremental or differential backups.
  • Mount snapshots, backup images, or spin up replica virtual machines at the remote site for non-invasive compliance or development testing at the system level, point in time or real time.
  • With the help of Bare Metal recovery an entire system can be completely restored to the same hardware or even to a brand new system with dissimilar hardware by injecting drivers to support the new hardware.
  • Backups of virtual machines can even be restored to a completely different Hypervisor platform.
  • For Linux server recovery, this appliance offers full support for BIOS and UEFI firmware interfaces.

To better understand click on StoneFly DR365 for graphical images and detailed summary or call 510.265.1122

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These three things highly influence IP Video Surveillance setup

Surveillance technology trends are changing quickly and the foremost happens to be the shift from analogue CCTV to IP based systems. This rapid shift is due to the reason that the benefits of IP video over analog are plenty. After all who doesn’t want a better image quality and enriched scalability in their surveillance environment?

However, there are some important points to keep in mind when using IP based technology, irrespective of the fact that whether it is being used for physical security or for gathering and analyzing customer intelligence.

Managing bandwidth – When it comes to an analogue camera, the device produces an analogue signal that runs on cables in a closed loop to devices that commit an analogue signal to disk. In this setup the management criteria will be to make sure that the user has enough cable and connection strength.

While, in IP-enabled video, the video signal is turned into a series of data packets, which is then induced into the network to be used by apps that can manipulate that data just like any other digital traffic. This also facilitates the use of wireless technology, in areas where wire line connection is impossible, but video evidence from cameras becomes a necessity. But the point is that nowadays the data traveling on a network is effectively being pressurized with the demand for high resolution images. So, before going for IP surveillance, there are several elements to consider in order easing the traffic clog. The main elements to consider are number of cameras, their frame speed, how many hours a day are they recording, resolution strength, and the compression algorithm which is being used. Also make sure that you go for a switch upgrade for every 8-10 IP cameras on a network.

Video Surveillance Storage – Gone are the days when surveillance video used to be stored on VHS tapes. So, what’s next? With the video signal turned into digital i.e. 0s and 1s it is lying in the same environment as the rest of your company data. That gives us a thought on considering the other three factors which influence the storage options-

  • IP SAN option – Storage Area Network or IP SAN abstract the location of the networked storage from the user and present the storage as a single pane of glass. The user is isolated from what network machine he/she are viewing/storing the video. This fact may not be that useful in generalized terms. But if the data is going to be shared across the various corporate lines of business, then having a kind of accessibility is always a plus.
  • Storage policy – One of the most influencing factor on this issue will be that how long does the video evidence have to be stored? Do you want to keep the video from the lobby longer than the video from the loading dock? Are their any kinds of privacy implications prevailing to hold the data and so on…?
  • Fortunately, a lot of that policy can be turned into business rules that seamlessly automate storage within a SAN.
  • Storage tiering – Data tiers are used on storage platforms to make the storage access easy. The hot data which is in frequent access is pushed onto the high end accessible media such as SSD and the cold one is pushed to the disk or sometimes tape. So, online storage (hot data) exists on hard disks or flash connected directly to the SAN. The cold data can be pushed to a nearline storage which can be a removable tape or optical media connected to a network. However, nearline will be slower to access and its transitioning will be to archival. Offline storage requires human intervention to retrieve that data; as someone needs to actually mount a tape to a drive to get the data from the archives. So, a bit tedious job to the admin.

Security – It is evident that any data in transit can be prone to hackers. Likewise, camera data can also be intercepted in transit. But thanks to the evolving encryption technology, the data seems to be safe and secure.

But what about the other threats which are persisting in the digital world? Advanced Persistent Threats like malware circulation are also becoming a nuisance. In this genre, malware is induced into a network and is made to wait for the right instructions from a remote server. The consequences can range from complete visibility into the system to complete control of the system.

Taking video surveillance security for instance, the risks include data theft or destruction of video data at rest on the server end. Sometimes the camera devices can be commandeered to pan and tilt, in order to nullify their focus on temporary or permanent basis.

But no worries, as this security threat can be easily countered if the physical security team and the IT security team work closely together to ensure an end-to-end security regime.

Hope, this article helps in influencing your decision to shift from analogue to IP video surveillance.

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Military demands are setting up new trends for rugged data storage

It is apparent that Military and Aerospace storage applications require solutions with utmost reliability and performance. Therefore, this requirement has set a strong standard to the storage industry to deal with. As a result, in order to meet the rigors of the battlefield environments, storage vendors are coming up with rugged solutions which have the ability to deal with the war fighter’s impulsive requirements of having a fast and reliable access to vast amounts of mission critical data.

The solutions are being offered in such a way that their can operate in extreme temperature driven climate; even in unmanned vehicles; can bore intense shocks and vibration of a tank or a helicopter, and are available with a memory storage interfaced with the right technology to meet the rigors of battlefield environments.

Usage of Solid-State drives is increasing in rugged storage appliances these days – As expected, SSD fever has also gripped the military and aerospace electronics market. The largest reason for this highest usage is said to be due to the high reliability factor when compared to the traditional rotating hard disk drives. SSDs have no moving parts and so they can tolerate ruggedized environmental conditions like vibration, shock and temperature variations. So, they are now credited as the ideal choice to be deployed in tactical military applications. Moreover, these drives are highly efficient to access data on demand at speeds ranging from 10x to 100x faster than spinning hard disks.

However, when the economic costs are taken into account the adoption of SSD is also getting slow in some fields. Due to SSD price factor, the cost of the appliances is increasing and so the flash technology adoption is not up to expectations. It is reviewed that the usage of SSD based appliances is increasing in aerospace and navy sector. While, it is decreasing in land warfare units due to its high price point.

Removable storage usage is increasing for many military operations – This is now treated to be one of the best media to ease secure data transfers, declassification, service, update softwares, or storage capacity upgrades. Military customers are increasingly requesting storage device makers to add the option of adding a removable drive for increased security and mission flexibility. Earlier, the presence of USB option in military grade devices was cut down on a permanent note. But now, with the availability of self- encrypting storage devices such as thumb drives and hard drives, this option availability is getting back to demand.

Accordingly, Military sector is requesting storage solutions that can deliver performance and capacity requirements in applications that would pull most storage products to their breaking points. The good news is that the storage industry is being strengthened by innovations to such an extent that these innovations are easily surpassing the breaking point.

One such vendor which is offering high performing and reliable rugged storage appliances to military and aerospace industries is DNF Defense. This company which is a business unit of Dynamic Network Factory is a Silicon Valley based company which offers military grade solutions as per NEBS standards. That means, these systems can be used in all kinds of military applications. They are shock proof and are sealed in aluminum housings in order to protect themselves from high humidity and changes in altitude.

As per customer requirements, DNF Defense rugged storage appliances can be populated with hard drives or SSDs or a combination of both. This company has been serving US Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and United States Army Corps of Engineers from long time

For more details call 510.265.1122 or click DNF Defense.

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Here’s a video which shows how to build a resilient video surveillance and storage solutions

DNF Security, a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory is presenting to you a video which will help in building resilient video surveillance and storage solutions. This company is in the industry from more than a decade and in association with its partners, it has been offering excellent and satisfactory services to all clients and has bagged immense recognition and awards in doing so.

DNF Security offers intelligent digital and hybrid video management systems, video management engines, mobile surveillance systems, viewing workstations and scalable IP storage.

Here’s the video to build a video surveillance system which is resilient.

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Seagate to commercially release 8TB and 10TB hard drives by this year end!

Seagate, a California based hard drive maker is all set to release its 8TB and 10TB hard drives on a commercial note by this year end. In last week of July this year, the company decided to release its 8TB sample hard drives to select customers and announced that it is planning to release 10TB sample HDD by next quarter. It also announced that it will make these high capacity hard drives available on a commercial note by early next year.

On hearing Seagate’s plan, Western Digital also hinted that it may release a high capacity hard drive on a commercial note by this year end. The company also gave a hint that the released high capacity drive will be filled with helium and may hold up to 12TB of data.

Seagate reacted to WD’s 12TB hard drive news and announced that it may release its high capacity 8TB and 10TB hard drives by this year end. However, it remained silent on the technology running behind these drives. A spokesman said that the information will be shared shortly.

Since, Seagate is using a technology called Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) to increase the capacity of its drives beyond 4TB; it may also deploy the same on its upcoming 8TB and 10TB hard drives. However, the company made it official that its upcoming 20TB hard drives which will be created by 2020 will work on SMR technology.

High capacity drives are always a boon to OEMs which deal in NAS, IP SAN and video management systems. Therefore, let’s hope that the competition between Seagate and Western Digital will prove fruitful to the OEMs which include hard drives as basic components in all their produce.

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DNF Defense offers ruggedized data storage for Military and Aerospace

Engineers designing Military and Aerospace systems such as Radar & Sonar systems, Servers, data recorders, tactical computers, moving maps, fire-control systems, Airborne Reconnaissance Systems and others face a major concern i.e. to have a reliable and highly performing data storage solution.

The fact is that military grade appliance design engineers need to depend on data storage appliances which can work under harsh environments such as tracked and wheeled vehicles, on airborne platforms and on shipboards. At the same time they should be capable of working in high temperatures which can range in between -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C.

In order to address such needs, recent innovations in storage are being dictated by military grade requirements. Storage vendors are coming up with appliances which can deliver high performance and capacity requirements in applications that would stress the storage products to their breaking point.

Fortunately, one such vendor which delivers such military grade appliances is DNF Defense- a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory. This Silicon Valley based company offers military grade solutions as per NEBS standards. That means, these systems can be used in all kinds of military applications. They are shock proof and are sealed in aluminum housings in order to protect themselves from high humidity and changes in altitude.

DNF Defense appliances are populated with ruggedized mechanical hard drives which have the ability to work in high temperatures and are capable to withstand harsh environments such as vibrations and shocks.

Nowadays, Solid-State Drives are becoming common data storage media within military and airborne systems. This is due to the fact that they consume less power, have no mechanical parts, and generate nearly 60% of less heat than hard drives. So, if in case, the client is interested in having the solution filled with SSDs, then DNF Defense solutions support this demand as well.

DNF Defense has been serving US Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and United States Army Corps of Engineers from long time

For more details call 510.265.1122 or click DNF Defense.

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