Storage Servers are becoming ideal solutions for SMBs

Data has become a core asset to every enterprise these days, irrespective of the size and turnover it holds. Given the rate at which digital content is growing, storage is becoming an increasing concern. And in this connected and collaborative world, being able to share the stored information is turning vital for productivity.

It must be remembered that protecting the generated data, as a valuable asset is critical to any business these days in order to attain success. However, when one takes into account how vital data is to the daily operations of business’s storage and sharing; only half of these norms are being met in reality.

For large enterprises, achieving all of this is fairly a simple task, as they have dedicated IT specialists to tackle the problem and large budgets to cater to all of their storage needs. But for small and medium businesses, an IT department is more of a luxury, where the affordability of this opulence depends solely on budget.

Therefore, SMBs are always in look out for options which are flexible as per their needs and are within their budget. For instance, let us take the vertical of data storage in an SMB. In practical, they need a reliable, affordable, secure and easy to manage storage server, designed to meet their specific needs and fit into their space. The SMB wants the appliance in such a way that it caters to the computing and storage needs of its users.

When it comes to implementing shared, server-based storage and backup, many SMB owners are in the dark (May be these are the ones to be targeted from now on by the marketing teams from different data storage companies). As a result, they go with the most traditional DIY disk array build-ups, which are challenging and often confusing to operate. Moreover, with SMBs facing a challenge of finding space to load-in extra IT equipment, they are now in no mood to compromise with the traditional ways of quenching the server and storage needs of their users, who are also demanding a backup for their storage needs.

Moreover, in today’s world, when it comes to data storage, the needs of SMB are reaching the leveling scale of their large enterprise counterparts. They have discovered that storage, data sharing and backup are vital to the run of a successful business in the digital age. However, while their needs are similar, the budget factor drifts them strongly from the common focus.

StoneFly, Inc. understands both the challenges and requirements of the SMB, when it comes to data storage. For this reason, the company has always come up with apt solutions which are well capable of catering to the needs of SMBs from time to time.

StoneFly USS Unified Storage & Server Hyper Converged appliance is one such solution which is ideal to consolidate all of your server and storage systems needs into one easy to manage appliance. With the use of virtualized operating system, complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power/cooling costs can be achieved. StoneFly USS flexibly replaces the fixed hardware model of the past with on-demand resource allocation based on a company’s application needs.

StoneFly USS includes a virtual SAN, and has the ability to create additional virtual storage or servers as needed. By migrating existing Windows and Linux physical servers to VMware compatible Virtual Machines on the StoneFly USS appliance, great reduction in hardware footprint and cut down in power requirements can be achieved.

If an SMB is looking out for a storage server, which can also quench its business continuity and disaster recovery needs on a simultaneous note, then StoneFly USS will be an ideal solution to consider. With the help of a patented and award winning StoneFusion operating system running on this appliance, software defined storage features such as delta-based snapshots, synchronous and asynchronous replication can easily be achieved with the help of a StoneFly USS appliance available locally or at a remote site.

Finally, StoneFly USS can act as an integrated iSCSI Storage Area Network; Network Attached Storage, and a server based backup. It can be procured at a very affordable price and allows SMB users to quickly and easily store, share, and protect their important data in order to achieve enhanced productivity, agility and competitiveness in a data-driven world.

For more details please click on StoneFly Hyper Converged Storage and Server or call 510.265.1616.

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StoneFly releases Unified Storage & Server Hyper Converged Appliance

StoneFly, the pioneer of iSCSI Storage and a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory has come up with a Hyper-Converged Flash based appliance which is a Virtual Computing Platform well capable of producing a software-defined data center.

StoneFly USS Hyper Converged Appliance takes a different and much simpler approach to converged architecture by incorporating local direct-attached storage for faster performance and greater flexibility. Each node in a new StoneFly Cluster includes flash based storage to deliver massive IOPS for high performance as well as enterprise hard disk drives for low-cost high- capacity storage adhering to the principles of software defined solutions.

The basic principle of StoneFly USS solution is to radically simplify the traditional infrastructure of data centers. This can be achieved by provisioning each volume as iSCSI, Fibre Channel, or NAS. Its hypervisors allow multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) to run on a single physical host and mediate all I/O operations including read and write request to centralized NAS and SAN storage arrays which are typically used to provide shared storage for all of the VMs.

StoneFly implements all control logic as a software based service running on enterprise class Solid-State storage. Virtual Storage Controllers run on each cluster node improving scalability and resilience, while preventing performance bottlenecks since the storage and control logic is now local to the new guest Virtual Machines.

“We are bringing out the next generation of hyper converged software defined virtual infrastructure into the marketplace at the highest IOPS per dollar,” said Mo Tahmasebi, CEO and President of StoneFly, Inc.

He added that StoneFly USS can help you in replacing your datacenter by migrating your existing Windows and Linux physical servers into virtual machines hosted on the StoneFly USS.

If needed, the migration of data will be handled by expertise from StoneFly, Inc.

Here’s what you can do with a StoneFly USS:

  • Your enterprise IT team can quickly spin up new virtual machines on the StoneFly USS.
  • This appliance can be used as iSCSI storage for your physical machines, virtual machine and as global shared back-end object/block/image storage for OpenStack.
  • With the help of StoneFusion Operating system which makes this storage software-defined, creation of numerous delta based snapshots to back up the iSCSI volumes is possible. Then with the use of same patented and award-winning network operating system recovery of mountable read-write snapshot volumes is made possible.
  • With the help of StoneFly USS run by StoneFusion Operating System, synchronous replication of all Virtual Machines and storage to a second on premise USS appliance can be achieved for the purpose of business continuity.
  • Optimize your data with StoneFly’s optional enterprise-level features which include data deduplication, encryption, thin provisioning and more.
  • Scaling out of storage and virtual machines across multiple USS nodes is possible.
  • With the help of high performance hardware RAID, protection of data to increase system uptime is highly possible.

So, for all of you, who want a storage appliance which can dual purposely serve as a server and scalable storage, StoneFly USS will be the best choice to make. This software defined storage appliance can be used as a hyper-converged infrastructure solution to consolidate all server and storage system needs into an easy to manage appliance. With the help of virtualized operating system, complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power/cooling costs can be achieved.

Nowadays, the trend is to go for a hybrid storage which can quench the high performance needs with an SSD presence and basic high-capacity storage needs with the help of a disk.

So, for those enterprises which need a tiered storage, StoneFly Unified Storage & Server will be a wise choice to make as it offers an automated tiered storage environment in the presence of SSD and Disk and runs intellectually on a software-centric architecture.

For more details call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly USS Unified Storage & Server Hyper Converged Appliance.

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How to choose a hard drive for a NAS solution?

Data Storage market is already being flooded with a myriad hard drive classes and models. On a recent note, IDC estimated that for every couple of years, atleast one new company is entering into this business and becoming ripe. Therefore, it becomes a daunting task to select the right hard drive for a NAS solution.

Although, this selection is a pain for a NAS appliance manufacturer, this article will explain some of the major differences between various HDD classes available in the market, and what considerations a NAS solution provider makes, while manufacturing a Network Attached Storage Solution. This article will also help those who are interested in building their own NAS solution for home or business purpose.

Currently, there are four major hard drive classes on the market, each specifically designed for different applications, workloads, MTBF and power-on hours.

Desktop Hard Drives – Desktop Drives are designed for notebook PCs and desktops where usually a single drive is installed. Most desktop drives are more affordable, but seldom come with vibration protection, making them more vulnerable in multi-drive RAID environments where vibration from other drives and the system chassis can affect both drive health and system performance. When these drives are installed in NAS systems, desktop drives are suitable for situations where data is not often accessed, such as serving small group of users, who occasionally save or access documents of the drive, or as a backup storage destination which only requires a few hours of activity each day.

Enterprise Drives – These drives are manufactured with enterprise application needs in mind. So, these drives are useful for more advanced technology or superior components to provide better performance, POH, MTBF, Vibration protection and error correction. When installed in NAS systems, enterprise drives are suitable for environments that require high data availability and consistent throughput even when moving large amounts of data. This means enterprise drives are more appropriate for businesses with numerous employees accessing files simultaneously from databases, servers, or virtual storage systems.

NAS drives – For users who find desktop hard drives not durable and enterprise drives hard to afford, NAS drives can prove as a good option. These drives are specifically designed for NAS usage and are being offered by only few companies. They often feature better durability, balanced performance, and power consumption when compared to desktop drives. Note: Some NAS drives lack vibration sensors and may not be suitable for multi bay and rack systems. So, better you seek details more from the manufacturer regarding specification and usage before making a purchase.

Surveillance Drives
– Two big companies offering hard disk drives are offering surveillance drives to accommodate 24/7 demands of long video recordings. These drives are optimized for sequential write operations, but offer lower random access performance. For surveillance station users who use NAS solutions for backup and storage solutions to NVRs, Video management systems and video servers, NAS solutions tucked with these drives are excellent match. But some surveillance drives lack vibration sensors and may not be suitable for multi ay and rack systems.

  • Note 1 – MTBF means mean time between failures and is a statistic used by manufacturers to state the reliability of hard drives. Often the higher the MTBF, the lower chance of failure.
  • Note 2 – POH means Power-on Hours, which is the length of time in hours that electrical power is applied to a device. For hard drives, two categories are used. 8/5 means 8 hours per day, 5 days a week and 24/7 means 24 hours a day all round the year.

Therefore, by keeping the above said four aspects in mind a NAS solution can be smartly designed.

However, for all you enterprise IT professionals, who want a NAS solution for enterprise needs, here’s an advice.

It is always better to go for a NAS solution which is built by well known NAS solution provider like StoneFly, Inc. If you want scalability and redundant factor high in your solution, it is always better to rely on a Network Attached Storage manufacturing vendor.

An enterprise class NAS solution such as StoneFly Twin Scale-Out Appliance (TSO) delivers unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. It can prove as a cost-effective disk based solution that offers accessibility and data integrity advantages over tape. Performance that scales as capacity grows enables high-volume throughput and maximum interoperability and flexibility with multi-protocol support. A high performance NAS access enables easy consolidation of archives across multiple application and compute environments. With the help of RAID protection, availability, resiliency and drive-rebuild times will be higher in enterprise NAS solutions.

Therefore, for enterprise needs, it is always wise to rely on a purpose build enterprise NAS system.

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Virtualization strengthens Backup and Disaster Recovery

Backups are essential and that is now a fact, as it helps in keeping business continuity live in any enterprise. This is due to the fact that in case, an enterprise looses access to the primary version of data, a secondary version is available in order to keep the data access alive to users.

Theoretically speaking, Backups and Disaster Recovery (DR) are not directly interchangeable terms, but the latter is not possible without the former in the first place. Infact, Disaster Recovery is having the tested wherewithal to get systems restored and running as quickly as possible, including the associated data.

Adding to this true notion, the increasing usage of virtualization is also slowly changing the way DR is being carried out. In virtual world, a system can be recovered by duplicating images of virtual machines and recreating them elsewhere. So, VM replication, disaster recovery and the way the market has adapted to virtualization are also becoming critical topics to consider.

To explain it better, let’s go through steps of explanation:

  • In olden days, if a server crashed then the enterprise IT team would go for a new server. Depending on the budget the IT team would go for a spare to hand appliance-probably an out of date model, if it was to serve the purpose for a brief period.
  • Then, either-install all the systems and application software, attempting to get all the settings as they were before, unless of course you had done that in advance. This would not have been possible if you had only invested in one or two redundant servers on standby for many more live ones, not knowing when they would fail.
  • Or, for a really critical app, you may have had a “hot” server in a standby mode, which is always ready to go on demand. However, that would have doubled the costs of application ownership, with all the hardware and software costs paid twice.
  • Then restore the most recent data backup, for a database that might be almost up to date, but for a file server, an overnight backup may be all that is available, so only as far back as the end of the last working day. Anything that was in memory at the time of the failure is likely to have been lost. How far back you aim to go is defined in a backup plan as the recovery point objective.

In today’s world, the backup and disaster recovery procedures have completely changed and all the credit goes to virtualization. This technology has made everything simple, as first and foremost data can be easily backed-up as part of an image of a given virtual machine, including application software, local data, settings and memory. Second, there is no need of a physical server rebuild; as the VM can be recreated in any other compatible virtualized environment. This may be spare in-house capacity or acquired from a third party cloud service provider. This means the costs of redundancy diminish to gradually disappear.

As a result Disaster Recovery is getting cheaper, quicker, simpler and fuller in a virtual world. So, backup is being backed up by faster recovery time objectives which are easier to achieve.

Following this trend, few traditional backup storage suppliers have adapted their products to this virtualization drift.

For example, in the year 2014 StoneFly, Inc. released its DR365, which it believes matches the capability and performance of the new arrivals. StoneFly DR365 is an ideal purpose built hyper converged infrastructure solution that can consolidate all server, storage and backup needs into one easy to manage appliance.

StoneFly DR365 Backup & Disaster Recovery appliance will automatically create backup images of physical servers based on flexible user-defined policy. These images can be restored (bare metal recovery) to the same hardware, to dissimilar hardware to build a new server, or can be mounted as a drive to retrieve an earlier copy of a specific file or folder.

Therefore every backup is automatically converted into a virtual machine. These virtual machines can be quickly spun up and hosted on a DR365 appliance. That means, the user of DR365 appliance can manage all their backup operations for datacenter or office with a single central management console.

The StoneFly DR365 appliance includes a virtual SAN appliance, a virtual enterprise backup engine and the ability to create additional virtual storage or servers as needed. So, DR365 flexibility replaces the “fixed hardware model” of the past with software-defined on-demand resource allocation (such as CPU, memory, storage etc) based on your application needs.

Therefore, as Virtualization technology is evolving and industry adoption is increasing, organizations are recognizing the benefits reaching far beyond the most popular virtualization justification- reduced infrastructure costs and increased IT agility. Therefore data storage vendors offering backup solutions are using virtualization as next frontier in order to enable and enhance disaster recovery strategies.

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NAS can quench SMB storage needs!

Small and Medium Business data storage needs are increasing at an alarming rate these days. The growing volume of content and the increasing value of this content to users clearly specify that a new approach has to be administered in order to tackle the situation in a smart way. Additionally, the connected nature of the world today requires a storage solution that allows its users to share and access the content from anywhere and anytime, without compromising on security.

Well serving this purpose is the Network Attached Storage which addresses both the capacity and data protection standards to utmost level and at the same time keeps the access to all devices on the same network.

As data volumes for SMB users run into terabytes, the requirement for scalable storage capacity and redundant solutions is also increasing. This is where a NAS solution which is super scalable and redundant enough will be much useful in this scenario.

Data Storage vendors like StoneFly, Inc are offering to their customers solutions which not only leverage large storage volumes, but also offer enhanced data protection using RAID. Thus, with the presence of RAID, a set of redundant data is always available, ensuring that a backup is always accessible even if a single disk fails.

Taking a step ahead, StoneFly offers a Scale-Out NAS which allows the business users to grow by adding nodes without loosing performance. StoneFly SSO also allows usable bandwidth increase as new nodes are added. The highlight is that multiple nodes can be managed with just a single user interface.

StoneFly Super Scale-Out NAS is designed to be used for ultra fast primary storage for visual effects and high IO-Intensive media production applications that require high-concurrent sequential throughput, post-production transcode and streaming media. This appliance drives down the overall cost of storage while increasing performance and simultaneously reduces costs and floor space requirements.

Therefore, in order to address the challenging storage needs of SMBs a truly converged storage solution is required. A NAS solution offers the flexibility of centralized high capacity storage, enhanced data protection, and secure access and sharing feature to its users.

StoneFly Super Scale-Out NAS takes a step ahead further and presents a distributed file system that can be scaled out to Petabytes of storage which can handle thousands of clients. It functions as a distributed data overlay, polling together storage building blocks over TCP/IP, aggregating disk resources and managing data in a single global namespace. Users can store block, file, object and big data on this storage platform.

For more details call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Super Scale Out NAS Storage.

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NAS can quench SMB storage needs!

Small and Medium Business data storage needs are increasing at an alarming rate these days. The growing volume of content and the increasing value of this content to users clearly specify that a new approach has to be administered in order to tackle the situation in a smart way. Additionally, the connected nature of the world today requires a storage solution that allows its users to share and access the content from anywhere and anytime, without compromising on security.

Well serving this purpose is the Network Attached Storage which addresses both the capacity and data protection standards to utmost level and at the same time keeps the access to all devices on the same network.

As data volumes for SMB users run into terabytes, the requirement for scalable storage capacity and redundant solutions is also increasing. This is where a NAS solution which is super scalable and redundant enough will be much useful in this scenario.

Data Storage vendors like StoneFly, Inc are offering to their customers solutions which not only leverage large storage volumes, but also offer enhanced data protection using RAID. Thus, with the presence of RAID, a set of redundant data is always available, ensuring that a backup is always accessible even if a single disk fails.

Taking a step ahead, StoneFly offers a Scale-Out NAS which allows the business users to grow by adding nodes without loosing performance. StoneFly SSO also allows usable bandwidth increase as new nodes are added. The highlight is that multiple nodes can be managed with just a single user interface.

StoneFly Super Scale-Out NAS is designed to be used for ultra fast primary storage for visual effects and high IO-Intensive media production applications that require high-concurrent sequential throughput, post-production transcode and streaming media. This appliance drives down the overall cost of storage while increasing performance and simultaneously reduces costs and floor space requirements.

Therefore, in order to address the challenging storage needs of SMBs a truly converged storage solution is required. A NAS solution offers the flexibility of centralized high capacity storage, enhanced data protection, and secure access and sharing feature to its users.

StoneFly Super Scale-Out NAS takes a step ahead further and presents a distributed file system that can be scaled out to Petabytes of storage which can handle thousands of clients. It functions as a distributed data overlay, polling together storage building blocks over TCP/IP, aggregating disk resources and managing data in a single global namespace. Users can store block, file, object and big data on this storage platform.

For more details call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Super Scale Out NAS Storage.

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DNF Security Unified concept reduces long term storage infrastructure costs in video surveillance environments

Data Storage in enterprise video surveillance environments demands never ending quest for IT efficiency. This is due to the fact that it has to surely satiate the needs related to performance, reliability, data integrity in a definitive way.

Enterprise IT Managers have traditionally met these requirements with a variety of discrete hard drive technologies in 3.5 inches form factors, with 10K or 15K RPM spindle speeds, over Fibre Channel or Parallel SCSI interface.

On a recent note, several new technologies and standards in 2.5 inches form factors over Serial Attached SCSI, enriched with encryption were released into the market. As a result, this disparate mix of technologies has led to over-complex and isolated islands in video surveillance related data farms with uncertain upgrade or maintenance roadmaps, often resulting in a complete rip out and replace every few years.

Therefore, in order to effectively compound this problem in today’s enterprise landscape, which is being reshaped by market forces and environment concerns such as shrinking floor space and energy responsibility, all of which demand better storage systems with broader capabilities and greater efficiencies to enable systems that can scale easily and sustain business growth.

Adding more to it, today’s difficult economic climate makes reducing costs as an urgent priority. In order to tackle these issues, data storage vendors are developing appliances which are enriched with virtualization, storage, auto-tiering and cloud interface features.

DNF Security is meeting the new challenges and requirements of today’s enterprise video surveillance architectures with its Unified Storage and Server concept. Its SkyHawk USS allows the user to consolidate all the server and storage systems needs into a single hardware platform to help reduce power consumption, cooling requirements, rack space and overall costs compared to systems with separate physical servers and physical storage.

With the use of DNF Security SkyHawk USS the user can make the storage and server availability simpler, more reliable and a secure storage. It enables its customers to decrease the number and type of technologies used, simplifies IT support tasks and enables fewer personnel to support larger surveillance related storage deployments. It helps in optimizing data centers by maximizing scalability and improving performance. With the use of this appliance, reduction in TCO and ROI can be observed as it decreases power and cooling costs, as well as meets goals for greener IT environment. This appliance can be used to capture live video feeds from security cameras, record and archive those videos and analyze those videos.

Therefore, surveillance users can deploy this high performance storage for surveillance as it has the ability to easily grow to meet expanding requirements as well as meet service level objectives for critical security applications.

DNF Security SkyHawk USS acts as a powerful video server and storage for video system integrators and enterprise customers. It simplifies operations with easy to use management interface and is part of a robust portfolio of mission critical surveillance solutions that are managed from a single interface for optimal management efficiency. This appliance which can serve as an all-in-one video management system is designed and tuned for video workloads for demanding physical security requirements. It has been certified by all leading Video Management Software partners and Security Camera manufactures.

For more details call 510.265.1122 or click DNF Security Skyhawk USS.

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DNF Defense offers secure data storage for Defense and Aerospace personnel

Battles related to bits and bytes are nowadays being increasingly fought in the field of Defense and Aerospace sectors. Competitive advantages are being gained by the abilities not only to tap into data storage of adversaries, but also to defend and protect one’s own stored data. So, in this new kind of data warfare, where bullets are being replaced by bits and bytes, offensive tactics most often classified as defensive approaches are becoming subjects of discussion and debate.

Defense and Aerospace organizations often practice a culture of securing data that which is being transmitted or communicated, and data at rest which is being stored.

Broadly speaking, under basic norms, there are two ways to secure data storage-either by removing the memory from its unsecure environment to a more secure location or encrypting the data to such an extent that vulnerabilities are almost nullified. In situations where there are potentially hundreds of memory devices to manage, the burden of physically securing every bit of unencrypted classified data is logically becoming cumbersome, thus increasing the risk of compromise.

Going with the technique of encryption-It’s been around for decade or so, but the application of encryption technology for data at rest is relatively new and has been practiced in huge capacities that can no longer be destroyed or wiped in a timely manner.

It is being observed that within a year or so, there has been significant increase in demand for military-aero storage systems having data storage encryption, as well as rugged, high speed and high capacity characteristics.

DNF Defense, which is a subsidiary of DNF Corporation (Dynamic Network Factory), has the ability to tap these trends in right time. DNF Defense rugged data storage solutions like Apache USS Rugged 2U Server offers ideal hyper converged infrastructure to consolidate all server and storage systems into one easy to manage appliances. With the use of a virtualized operating system, complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power/cooling costs can be achieved.

These rugged grade Apache USS Rugged 2U Server and storage solution is capable of operating in environments of extreme temperature, altitude, explosive decompression, shock, vibration, humidity, condensation, dust & air and electro magnetic radiation.

DNF Defense Apache USS is designed for tactical aircraft, multi-engine aircraft, commercial aircrafts, guided missiles, armored vehicles, HUMVs, trucks, warships, and submarines.

Additionally, DNF Defense also offers dedicated solutions for telecommunication sector. Its NEBS complaint systems, which are labeled as Tesla solutions are specifically designed with the telecommunication industry in mind. These easy to deploy and high performance systems help telecoms integrate Next Generation Networks into central office carrier facilities.

With an intuitive browser based remote management interface, system administrators can remotely manage the entire storage solution from anywhere in the world. This includes the feature where retrieval of old copies of deleted files right from your desktop which makes storage and backup easier and reduces demands on system administrators.

For more details please call 510.265.1122 or click on DNF Defense Solutions.

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The rise of IP video surveillance systems

Bandwidth costs have come down gradually and so the usage of IP video surveillance systems has increased. Moreover, for companies which require flexible, cost-effective surveillance solutions with enhanced functionalities such as remote accessibility and better scalability, IP based surveillance seems to be a better option than the traditional analog.

Roy Alves, who is a regional business development manager of Axis Communications, feels the same.

He added that in CCTV surveillance, images are captured and recorded on a digital video recorder, with the images being relayed through analog cables going from the cameras to the DVR in the surveillance room. While in IP surveillance cameras capture and store their data on more common PC storage devices by a way of a wired or wireless setup, thus helping businesses save on installation costs as existing network infrastructure can be repurposed for surveillance.

Unlike in an analog arrangement, IP Security cameras can be installed at any location, irrespective of the distance from the central monitoring station and can be easily moved from one location to the next, without any cabling needing to be replaced.

IP offers more opportunities

The flexibility that IP offers is amazing as it helps the admin to control the bandwidth for each security camera, with higher resolution cameras demanding greater bandwidth for instance, and allows a single storage media to be shared across many systems for recording the video. Any amount of recordings can take place simultaneously, at multiple locations for redundancy purposes, off-site storage or even live video surveillance at service providers.

Nowadays, institutions such as the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society are training deaf and dumb people who can be employed as surveillance admins at various enterprise firms. These companies use deaf people to monitor video footage and obtain better results. This is down to the fact that the footage itself is silent and deaf monitors have the ability to read lips and aren’t so easily distracted by various noises in the monitoring center.

Bandwidth and Video Storage

A few years ago, enterprises which deployed networked video surveillance systems used to face certain challenges related to bandwidth and storage while integrating a surveillance system. Generally, all networked video solutions utilize network bandwidth and storage space based upon their configuration in terms of factors such as number and image resolution of the cameras used, what video compression type is employed, as well as whether the recording will be done on continuous or on event based basis.

These days a tremendous development has taken place in video compression standards and that has given a lot of scope to reduce network bandwidth usage in surveillance networks. Moreover, if a company only requires a small number of surveillance cameras say 8-13, a basic 100Mbit network switch can be used. But when businesses implement ten or more high-quality network cameras that record at high frame rates, the network load for the system should be around 2-3 MB/s mark of the available network bandwidth. In this case, by using a gigabit-supporting switch + gigabit network adapter and the server that is running the video management software a network bottleneck can be highly avoided.

So, if we carefully plan the installation, network bottlenecks for mission critical IP video surveillance needs can be easily avoided.

Coming to the factor of storage, video compression standard plays a very crucial role in influencing the usage of a NAS or a SAN solution. On this front, the H.264 compression format is the most efficient video compression technology which is currently being used. As mentioned in one of the earlier paragraphs, this compression standard also helps in significantly reducing network bandwidth and storage space required per H.264 video file. For instance, let’s suppose three cameras recording 30 days worth of footage will require about 135GB of storage space with the help H.264. Whereas, if the traditional MPEG 4 is used it will require around 204GB of storage and in the case of a Motion JPEG video format the storage requirement may even cross 1TB.

Finally, IP based surveillance solutions help in recording and monitoring videos from anywhere on the network; whether it is on a local network or a wide area network like the internet. These systems have the capability that cannot be matched by analog such as reduced installation costs, guaranteed video quality, flexible deployment and utmost scalability.

Now, for those who think that these systems may prove costly, here’s a fact to be revealed. These days the cost of IP Video Surveillance systems is coming down dramatically. Due to ‘N’ number of companies manufacturing equipment related to IP based surveillance, the supply is easily meeting the demand and so, the cost of equipment is competitively coming down. Moreover, all those who have/are using IP surveillance equipment conclude that the equipment will surely justify its investment on long run.

Therefore, IP Video Surveillance solutions have surely a bright future ahead.

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What gives StoneFly IP SANs an exceptional touch!

StoneFly IP SANs which are based on a patented and award wining StoneFusion Operating System offer all benefits expected from a Storage Area Network. This includes increased storage utilization through resource consolidation, storage provisioning, centralized access control, volume management and advanced storage services which include clustering, mirroring and snapshotting for IP Networks.

StoneFly, Inc. which is a pioneer of iSCSI has centered itself on building a foundation for IP SANs utilizing virtualization for efficiency, simplicity, availability and flexibility. This California based company which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, utilizes iSCSI technology which leverages existing networks to consolidate storage and servers, while increasing capacity, expandability and performance.

Thus, with the help of a StoneFly IP SAN users can centralize all their multiple server needs through data storage in order to obtain utmost efficiency. This will surely decrease overhead and management expenses to an increased extent and will improve storage utilization to the helm.

Through the technology of virtualizations, users can install n number of virtual servers on these appliances and this helps in reducing under-utilization of servers and cuts down power and footprint needs to a great extent.

For those who are more concerned about disaster recovery and business continuity aspects in their enterprise data storage environments, StoneFly IP SANs are a perfect solution to consider. It offers the ability to streamline migration; restoration and backup through SAN based replication technique. StoneFusion Operating System which drives the IP SANs in an intellectual way offers Asynchronous replication which allows copying data from one location to another in an easy and achievable way.

StoneFly IP SANs with the help of D2D backup feature integrate high availability characteristics and support expansion of storage which allows adding of nodes for supporting primary, secondary and tertiary storage concerns.

In environments requiring hundreds of servers, the costs associated with managing individual servers is very high. Thus, with the help of Blade Servers, enterprises can maximize their data center resources and lessen infrastructure management costs by simplifying cabling, reducing power consumption and can cut down the duties of an IT administrator to a large extent. So, by deploying IP SAN Storage solutions which can be used by blade servers, server and storage resource consolidation can be obtained. With the ability to boot from a SAN, diskless blade servers can be deployed to maintain high availability and reduce operational costs and complexities.

Adding more, StoneFly IP SANs can streamline storage management for email archiving in such a way that it simplifies data access and full recovery in a smart and intelligent way.

For those who are interested in going for a software defined storage, which is a current trend in storage world, StoneFly IP SANs are driven by the company’s own and patented StoneFusion Operating System. This surely drives the appliance in an intelligent way and ensures that the hardware gets well utilized.

For more details, click on StoneFly IP SAN or call 510.265.1616.

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