Hybrid Arrays raise data storage value in an enterprise

IDC (International Data Corporation) has predicted that all-flash storage market is projected to reach $1.6 million by 2016- an impressive figure, given the relatively short time that all-flash arrays have been available. But the same research firm predicts that this number will get overshadowed by the hybrid array market which is said to reach a $12.3 billion figure over the same period.

IDC also predicts that Hybrid storage arrays will dominate the storage market for atleast the next few years. This is because, SSD prices have dropped considerably of late, but they remain far more expensive than HDDs. Moreover, in many cases, it makes sense to combine the two- high performance for top-priority applications and hard drives for everything else.

Additionally, in many enterprises, most data is cold i.e. seldom used/accessed. So, by having a super fast access to that data may be an extravagance.

“Traditional disk technology has not kept pace with CPU technology, resulting in a significant performance gap between storage and computing”, said Dan Iacono an analysts at IDC.

Dan added that this shortfall in performance presents a huge opportunity for SSD loaded storage in order to fill in the void in terms of both IOPS and latency. But this doesn’t go well for all applications. If the bulk of data for most of the apps does not require the super-fast response rates of flash, it may be overkill. Hence, Hybrid arrays composed of both HDDs and SSDs remain as a popular choice.

For this reason, to add more value to data storage, IT heads of most enterprise data storage environments prefer to have intelligent storage engines which can smartly track down hot and cold data and intelligently save them on the relevant storage media.

Therefore, by currently following this trend, vendors such as StoneFly, Inc are providing all-flash storage which are available at disk like prices.

“Earlier, All-flash was much preferred for high performance oriented applications like accelerating database apps or financial transactions,” said Mo Tahmasebi, CEO and President of StoneFly, Inc. He added that his company has created an all-flash array that breaks the cost barrier to flash. StoneFly™ Flash Voyager DX IP SAN Cluster is 5th generation of StoneFly™ Voyager series of high availability cluster appliances. It offers enhanced performance, redundancy, scalability and availability. With its award winning StoneFusion IP SAN Operating System, the users of this storage appliance can enjoy the benefits of auto-tiering where they can collaboratively transfer data in between the two storage media variants i.e. SSD and hard disks.

Finally, one has to see whether hybrid arrays will really take over all-flash arrays in coming days. And no matter, which ever way the storage market turns, flash is sure to play a prominent role in the field of data storage in coming years.

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Worldwide Purpose Built Backup appliance market revenue increases 8.5% in 2Q of 2014

International Data Corporation has released the latest numbers on backup appliance market and it says that Worldwide Purpose Built Backup appliance (PBBA) market revenue increased by 8.5% in 2Q of 2014 totaling $783.2 million. The research firm also claims that the worldwide PBBA shipped capacity for open systems and mainframe PBBA systems has reached to 487,574 terabytes, an increase of 19.5% on year over year basis.

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 63.7% revenue share in the second quarter, followed by Symantec with 13.9% share. IBM and HP posted 6.8% and 3.9% market share respectively. Barracuda remains at number 5 position holding a 2.0% share of the worldwide market.

IDC defines a purpose built backup appliance as a disk based solution which utilizes software, disk arrays, server engine or nodes that are used for a target to backup data and specifically data coming from a backup application.

The purpose built backup appliances are deployed in standalone configurations or as gateways. PBBA solutions deployed in gateway configurations connect and store backup data on general purpose storage. Here, the gateway device is serving as the component that is purpose built for backing up data and is not for supporting any other workload or application.

Apart from the specified vendors who are topping the list of backup appliances, StoneFly™ is also one such vendor which offers such purpose built backup appliance and has made to the list. Its DR365 appliance consolidates all the server, storage and backup systems in one easy to manage appliance with central management console for handling all backup operations.

StoneFly DR365 backups both physical and virtual systems get automatically converted into virtual machines that can easily be spun up for testing or even production use directly on the DR365 while the physical system is being repaired.

DR365s feature to use virtualized operating system allows complete hardware utilization and considerably reduces power and cooling costs.

StoneFly™ DR365 appliances can be added on campus and on remote sites for the ultimate business continuity and disaster recovery solution. All DR365 appliances offer large storage capacities at a low price and are available in 6GB SATA, SAS or SSD combinations of 6 to 96 drives per appliance. This product is enriched with features such as deduplication, compression, encryption, remote replication, and support interfaces.

To know more click on StoneFly DR365 or call 510.265.1616.

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Video Surveillance for Government organizations

Video Surveillance is proving as a great security solution for government buildings, facilities and operations. Especially, with the rise of crime rate and increasing threat from terrorism, video surveillance installation has become a necessity rather than an asset. It enhances the existing security arrangement and helps in building up a comprehensive security solution that can keep your building, employees and records safe.

Government organizations are considering the implementations of video surveillance technology with increasing frequency for the purposes of general law enforcement and public safety programs. In limited and defined circumstances, video surveillance cameras may prove appropriate to protect public safety, detect or deter crime and assist in investigation of criminal activity with the help of video evidence.

DNF Security which offers solutions for mission critical surveillance environments is highly experienced in delivering dependable security camera solutions to government institutions and agencies, including the military, airports, law enforcement, courthouses, customs and regulators. This company which is a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory is well versed of the day-to-day security threats faced by government organizations and utilizes its advanced skill set and service offerings to help cut down the risk from them.

DNF Security is no stranger to government security and offers a comprehensive suite of services which includes surveillance related recording, storing and archival solutions. Additionally, this company also indulges in detailed site evaluations, system configurations as per cameras involved and virtual integration.

If the customer is interested in going for a surveillance solution provider which does evaluation, installation of total video surveillance equipment and virtual integration, then DNF Security can prove much useful to them in this regard.

By opting for video surveillance solutions from DNF Security, Government organizations can get the following benefits-

  • All DNF Security solutions are scalable and redundant. So, the government organizations which install these solutions can cut down the need to go for a forklift upgrade, if in case, their surveillance needs increase in future.
  • Flexible IP Security allows mobile and remote viewing
  • Will surly prevent theft and vandalism
  • Ensures utmost public safety
  • Deters Criminals from committing crimes
  • Minimizes daily security threats
  • Reduces liability
  • Helps in monitoring parking lots for vandalism or loitering
  • Reduces Product shrink
  • Helps in monitoring employee productivity, breaks and downtime

The highlight of DNF Security in serving government organizations is that it offers intelligent digital & hybrid video management systems, video management engines, mobile surveillance systems, viewing workstations and scalable IP storage.

So, Video Evidence which is essential in environments like Airports, Railway Stations, Public Libraries, Parks and public gatherings can be secured and presented when the need arises.

So, if interested please follow DNF Security or call 510.265.1122

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Data Storage holds a crucial position in Video Surveillance

Data Storage is nowadays holding a crucial position in the field of video surveillance. That’s according to Mo Tahmasebi, CEO and President of DNF Security – a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory. Mo says that organizations which invest heavily on Video Surveillance solutions shouldn’t skimp the value of storage component at any stage.

“Some companies invest millions in CCTV and Surveillance equipment in order to step up their security standards. But in this process, they opt for the best cameras and cheap storage in order to cut down the overall costs,” Mo said. As a result, the opted storage is unreliable, which means critical images cannot always be retrieved and thus jeopardize the whole concept of video evidence.

Mo Tahmasebi added that the emergence of large scale video surveillance deployments has created a number of challenges, which includes the need to store colossal amounts of captured video content which has to be stored, analyzed and managed by security teams often deemed with limited resources. So, he believes that the focus on data storage should be proportionate and on par with the selection of camera equipment.

“Nowadays, organizations are generating multiple Petabytes of data and a good amount from that belongs to surveillance. Thus, the need for a reliable data storage solution is gaining paramount importance.”

The surveillance industry is currently expanding at a rate of 20% per annum and represents $20 billion in sales. Till the year 2010, a lot of installations used analogue equipment. But now, 80% of new surveillance implementations are now based on IP technology. Similarly, the surveillance industry is also witnessing a widespread replacement of digital video recorders with external SAN/NAS video storage.

“These remarkable developments are slowly introducing challenges for some members of the industry, particularly now that IP has become an accepted standard,” said Mo. He added that there is a significant community of analogue system integrators which are being compelled to up-skill to handle the networking and IP requirements of the latest surveillance technology.

However, the benefits using IP Technology in surveillance systems is far outweighing the challenges. These solutions are easy to use and provide quick, simple access to decision makers. On an additional note, the images can be viewed from any device connected to the network, and is possible to restrict access to the appropriate people.

The CEO of DNF Corporation added that, nowadays, companies offering video surveillance solutions have the ability to provide powerful, scale-out storage and are simple to install, manage and scale to virtually any size, regardless of how the customer’s surveillance needs are changing in the future.

With the availability of Scale-out NAS solutions, enterprises are having a scope to develop their video surveillance data storage needs to many folds in future. Some, products are even capable of scaling out to up to 15 Petabytes of capacity per cluster in a single file system. This means more cameras can be brought online and the surveillance hours can be expanded.

“While in analog surveillance environments, scalability factor turns to be almost zero. In some countries, video surveillance is mandatory to comply with legislative requirements and the images have to be retained for periods of four to six months,” said the president of DNF Security.

Mohammad Tahmasebi added that in countries like South Africa, video surveillance is emerging slowly and the demand for accompanying data storage solutions is growing. There is a high instance of sophisticated solutions being used in areas such as residential estates, casinos, shopping malls and financial institutions. With IP Megapixel Cameras, images can be stored for up to one year.

Hope, the above said analyzes is enough to convince that data storage occupies a very important position in the field of Video Surveillance.

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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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