Things you should know about Data Continuity!

Data Storage is becoming a valuable asset to companies dealing with data deluge in their premises. This is due to the fact that data sets are turning into crowned jewels and data continuity plans as essential enterprise commodity tools.

Thus, the demand for securely storing high valued data is turning companies offering data storage services enthusiastic in this segment. They are showing a lot of interest in offering backup and recovery products, in order to turn the trend lucrative for themselves.

But on the other hand, if not wisely handled, data recovery can turn into a nightmare for any company. It can show devastating effect on a business, if the service or tool is not as per the expectation and is unreliable.

For that reason, below are some important things to know about data continuity:

  • Always rely on a credible data storage vendor – It is evident that data storage is foundation for data recovery. Hence always go for vendor who has a credible history in business and an impressive track record. Just surf the website of the storage vendor and see what it has in its customer’s base. A list of big companies/organizations/firms ensures that the vendor offering data storage and related services is reliable enough to take a call. Also one has to make a note that some data storage vendors use inexpensive and unreliable disks, in order to increase their profit margins. These companies offering backup and recovery services just copy data, but don’t replicate them. The may not make a secondary copy and instead just use pointers to the original data set – which is fine, unless the original data gets contaminated. When a disaster strikes the company may completely fail in recovering its business.
  • Whereas, a credible data storage vendor, like StoneFly Inc., a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory will provide end-to end disaster recovery (DR) ecosystem. This entail:
  • Both backup and replication (Synchronous or asynchronous) to ensure that the company has an up-to-date copy of all your data.
  • A secondary copy will be available with roll back capabilities of all the data in order to guard against data corruption.
  • Data encryption to protect data capture, data in flight and at rest.
  • Business resiliency support with comprehensive failover capability.
  • A myth to forgo – Many IT heads of different enterprises go with a notion that they can handle data replication and storage themselves on an individual note, which cuts down their operating costs. And so they just buy the replication software and use their current hardware. But this is a pure myth as the latest replication software may not work on older hardware, and the maintenance for old-hardware may become cost-prohibitive. Therefore, buying a storage array and the related backup software or an appliance with preloaded software will be a wise decision to make.
  • Choosing between file and block storage protocols – Data continuity can prove tricky when a disaster strikes, if the storage protocol gets neglected. File-type protocols use the existing network connection, which make them very easy and inexpensive to use. All you need to do is plug into the network and hook the storage device. But the drawback will be that file-type protocols can chew up most of your enterprise network bandwidth. So, if you need to send data of up to a Terabyte, then it can slow down every other user using the network in the company. In block level scenario, protocols such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel can make things easier. ISCSI can use our current network to serve your storage and recovery needs.
  • Nowadays, companies like StoneFly, Inc, are offering backup and recovery appliances with capabilities such as storage, server and backup + disaster recovery needs. When it comes to protocol, they are offering backup appliances with File and Block level intelligence. Therefore, companies starting small can choose file protocols in their initial days of business because of cost efficiency. At the same time, they will have the choice of moving to block protocol, as they mature and data transactions begin to mount up in their enterprise environments.
  • IOPS – Always make sure that your backup and disaster recovery storage IOPS should be matching the speed of your production environment.

By going with the above stated plan, you can create a data recovery plan much needed to protect your company’s crown jewels!

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Importance of Virtualized Storage!

In a traditional storage environment, each individual device is managed and deployed individually, whereas, in a virtualized storage environment, storage resources are pooled together and managed as one. Thus, this arrangement simplifies complex storage arrangements, allows greater availability and automation, improves the utilization of storage and minimizes downtime.

Infact, in the last couple of years, storage virtualization has captured the attention of CIOs and IT Managers around the world. The reason is that they want to take the advantage of this technology to the fullest, due to the following benefits-

Data MobilityStorage Virtualization makes it easy to move, mirror or copy data from one location/device to another on a quick note, without stopping/interrupting the work functions of any application.

Simplified Provisioning – Storage Virtualization makes storage provisioning quick, easy and flexible. An enterprise IT can expand volumes, or batch-create volumes when required, and then securely assign them to different servers using different network interfaces.

Data Recovery gets simplified – With snapshots and image backups, data recovery becomes easy and flexible while maintaining integrity.

Storage Classification – With the help of this technology, it will become easy to categorize physical disk devices based on usage, cost or performance; thereby eliminating human error and the wrong allocation of resources.

Will offer cost benefits – By a virtualized storage, a more centralized approach can be obtained. It also eliminates the fragmented and costlier approach of having separate DAS, SAN and NAS topologies, each of which require their own storage devices and management protocols. It is an ideal solution for enterprise and mid sized network environments grappling with complex storage systems.

Therefore, if you are confused on how to transform your IT storage configuration with the help of virtualization, approach Dynamic Network Factory (DNF Corp).

With the help of its:

DNF Corp can help you in gaining the benefits of storage virtualization to the fullest and will assist your organization in gaining the much needed edge in today’s competitive marketplace.

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Benefits of using smart video surveillance systems in banks and financial institutions!

Banks and financial institutions such as insurance firms face a variety of challenges, including fraud, theft and even every-day accidents such as slips and falls.

Therefore in order to protect the high-valued assets, employees and customers, plus to ensure the highest levels of customer service and efficiency, modern-day financial institutions are leveraging on the technology of video surveillance that is smarter and more intuitive than past systems.

Today’s surveillance solutions provide a comprehensive, real-time view into a banking facility, and serve to all the strict needs of the financial market.

Following ways can help in creating smarter, more intuitive video surveillance systems for banks & financial institutions –

  • Maintain a standard security management across multiple sites – Banks will encourage more effective security management if all the branched sites go with the same security protocol and employ the same technology. This not only improves the level of security, but also helps banks stay in compliance with various state and federal regulations.
  • Consolidate multiple systems and sensors onto one security management platform – Basically financial institutions use hundreds of systems and sensors to help safeguard their assets in different branch offices and locations. If the data gathered from these different sections is consolidated and streamlined, it would prove more beneficial. So, by investing on a security management platform that consolidates every device and sensors, banks can gain a comprehensive view into the safety and operations of their entire enterprise. This helps enable better security, faster incident response and improved protection against theft and fraud.
  • Using video analytics – Video analytics is turning into a savior these days. It automatically alerts security operators when pre-defined rules are broken. For example, if the system detects movement in a bank after hours, it alerts the security personnel or the cops in real time so they can respond accordingly. This serves as a force multiplier for financial institutions and helps enable them to immediately detect as well as respond to incidents even in the absence of a security guard.
  • Helps in simplifying management operations – Advanced video surveillance systems can also simplify management operations for banks and financial institutions. For example, the system can alert management when teller queues have grown too long, and video surveillance trends can be analyzed to help ensure that the bank is staffed appropriately during busy times.
  • Remove video operations – Financial institutions need to be able to quickly and easily access video data from remote sites, including branches and ATMs. The higher authorities can have a video of live and recorded videos from multiple cameras simultaneously. Therefore, by accessing videos associated with specific events or individuals, operators can more readily investigate incidents and effectively respond.

In order to get the best out of their surveillance systems, financial institutions should approach the best companies which provide mission critical video surveillance solutions.

DNF Security offers Video Surveillance solutions to financial institutions to help improve situation management, to better protect themselves and operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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StoneFly offers Fusion ioScale with 300% cash back offer!

Purchase Fusion ioScale Solid State Cloud Accelerator for just $9,950 before May 15, 2015 and get 20TB StoneFly SCVM Virtual Storage worth $30K for free. Yes, this unbelievable offer is being presented by StoneFly, Inc., on an exclusive note and is valid only for the said period of time.

Fusion ioScale is a purpose built ioMemory proven in the world’s largest data centers. It maximizes server transactional processing with up to 3.2TB of ultra low latency ioMemory per PCl Express slot. Thus, the availability of this memory slot helps web scale and cloud environments to scale performance without infrastructure costs, complexity and failure points of Hard Disk Drives and SSDs.

The StoneFly Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine (SCVM™) Software-Defined Unified Storage™ (SDUS) is a Virtual IP Storage Software Appliance that creates a virtual network storage appliance using the existing resources of your virtual server. This virtual IP storage platform for VMware ESX and ESXi environments provides an advanced, fully featured iSCSI SAN and NAS within a VMware virtual machine to form a Virtual Storage Appliance.

You will no longer need a separate box for your storage. Create networked IP storage along with your server virtual machines, all on the same hardware platform. Increase productivity, simplify management, and reduce power and rack space requirements while using SCVM Virtual Storage Appliance with your existing hardware.

The key benefits of using Fusion ioScale include:

  • Up to 3.2 TB of capacity on a single half length PCIe slot, with a single controller, enabling a small form factor server to reliably scale to 12.8 TB or more, delivering maximum rack density and reducing the need for antiquated disk drive bays.
  • Hyperscale servers supporting UEFI can boot from Fusion ioScale, further eliminating the need for RAID controllers or disk infrastructure in spartan webscale servers with limited space.
  • Best-in-class Fusion-io endurance in all capacities, empowering caching, write-heavy databases and large scale applications.
  • Enterprise reliability with the Self-Healing, Wear Management, and Predictive Monitoring capabilities of Fusion ioMemory, ensuring customers can easily meet even the highest service level requirements.
  • Compatibility with the Fusion ioMemory software development kit (SDK) to leverage application programming interfaces (APIs) like Atomic Writes and directFS permitting applications to run natively on flash.

Hence, by purchasing Fusion ioScale—the performance product used in the world’s most advanced data centers from StoneFly, Inc., you are being rewarded with a free 20TB virtual storage worth $30,000.

Therefore, it is almost 300% cash back on what you are investing.

So, hurry up to bag this offer! Call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Fusion IO 3.2TB ioScale to know more.

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Tips for enterprise data migration!

Data Migration from one data storage to another can be fairly simple for small and medium data sizes. But for companies which combat with data deluge, it can be prove as an intricate job.

Generally, large data sets will need special hardware and configurations in order to efficiently process the migration in a speedy way. This process of migration is usually performed when companies upgrade their workstations to new ones therefore creating the need to migrate data from old systems to new ones. Since the process will require systems to dedicate the task to migration, “downtime” is crucial and should be as short as possible. In today’s world, where data carries a lot of business value, zero downtime is always preferred by companies, irrespective of size and vertical they are into.

But if, proper planning is missing in data migration process, the entire process can fall into jeopardy. The reasons for such failures are generally as follows-

  • The copy process fails.
  • The server crashes.
  • The target storage device crashes or becomes unreachable.
  • A minor data center issue like array failure occurs.
  • A major data center issue occurs like complete system failure, power backup failure and so on…
  • Bad data from the start or gets corrupted during migration.

In data migration scenarios, companies doing data migration feel the risk of data integrity like data is current, accurate or complete.

Therefore in order to protect data during migration, one should follow these five best practices—

Understand, select and locate data to migrate at the outset- Always make sure that what data is being migrated, where is it going to reside, what form its in and the form it will need to take when it arrives at its destination.

Extract, clean and transform and de-duplicate the data – All data has problems and so while migrating, take this process as an opportunity to clean up the data.

Move the data in a systematic way by enforcing data migration policies – Always make sure that data migrations are done at overnight hours, when network usage is low and won’t interfere with your project.

Test and Validate – Always make sure to test the migrated data to ensure it’s accurate and in the expected format. Without testing and validating the migrated data, you can’t be confident in its integrity.

Audit and document the process – Regulatory compliance requires you to document each stage of the data migration process and to preserve a clear audit trail of who did what to which data and when.

Have a support on hand post migration – If the data migration process is being done by a dedicated project team, then ensure that the team support is available during a post-implementation period to mitigate this risk.

DNF Professional services, a business unit of Dynamic Network Factory offers professional services team to help companies migrate their data from one environment to another in the shortest amount of time. A highly qualified consulting engineer will guide the organization through the migration process with the least amount of disruption to your end users and your overall business environment.

As each migration is unique and requires a comprehensive migration plan, it has to be done in a technically sound manner. The fundamentals to consider include available migration strategies, migration issues, migration methodology and the critical data involved.

DNF RADIM methodology uses the best industry practices for risk mitigation and data integrity – before, during, and after the migration.

For more details call 510.265.1122 or click on DNF Professional Services for Data Migration.

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Backup software and backup hardware in one single and easy to manage box!

Backup appliances are meant for data protection, especially for SMBs and for branch office use. These appliances generally have backup software preloaded onto a hardware device with built-in storage media like SSDs and Hard drives.

Conventionally, IT organizations often opt for backup solutions using a backup application, a server and a target media. In this method, greatest level of flexibility can be achieved. However, it requires staff members to have in-depth knowledge of hardware components and the backup software.

What are the backup appliance features?

Nowadays, most companies are offering backup appliances in their catalog, which are generally, simply disk storage arrays that integrate with common backup software. In this article, we will discuss about products which provide the hardware and the software as an integrated package.

A good example is StoneFly Z-Series of DR Backup Appliance. It supports data duplication, and is pre-packed with StoneFly 365 software and can support up to 1PB disk storage. The pre-packaging of StoneFly 365 removes the need for the customer to be concerned with the deployment, configuration, and ongoing management of an OS on the appliance

Things to be followed when selecting a data backup appliance product:

Vaulting – An effective backup appliance should encompass on-site and off-site backups, which is called vaulting. Most solutions use tape for off-site vaulting, however, you should be consider tape cartridge capacities to see how they fit with the volume of data to be backed up.

Security/Encryption – In every backup scenario, encryption will be key and that includes media vaulted off-site. Therefore, opt for backup appliances which offer such encryption features on-board.

Connectivity and Throughput – Network connectivity will be key while taking backups. Therefore, look for appliances that offer fast connectivity and multiple connections. When comparing the performance of appliances, look at throughput figures that are usually expressed in terabytes (TB) per hour.

Management – A key benefit to installing a backup appliance is simplified management. Thus, while shopping for a backup appliance look for Web-based management GUIs that remove the need to deploy software locally. StoneFly, for example, provides web based management GUI for its range of backup appliances.

Data Dedup – This feature is being offered in almost all backup products today. It helps in identifying and removing duplicates of identical pieces of information, within the backup stream and can shrink backups by almost 80%. Data deduplication works best with disk solutions and is well-suited to backup appliances.

Users should however keep in mind, that because of the data reduction available with data deduplication, it is possible to hold many more backups on the same physical media (disk or tape) than is otherwise possible and that a failure in that media could result in a loss of all backup copies.

Branch to core consolidation – Nowadays, organizations are establishing businesses with many branch offices. Some start up small and then expand their business to branch offices. Thus, with dedicated IT equipment, backups can be deployed effectively using an appliance. As an additional security measure, those backups can also be replicated to a main or core data center.

Such centralization of backups provides greater resiliency and security compared with off-site media vaulting. But high-speed network connectivity is truly essential, and so may not be suitable in all locations.

Virtual backup appliances and the cloud – Some vendors like StoneFly offer Z series of backup appliances which have embedded hypervisor and this allows backed up VMs to be spun up directly on to the appliance. This feature is quite useful for business continuity for your production environment if a physical server or workstation goes down and needs to be repaired. Replica Virtual Machines can also be used for any testing the user might choose including non-invasive compliance testing.

StoneFly Inc., a business unit of Dynamic Network Factory offers backup appliance range with all the above stated features. Its backup and disaster recovery product range includes

StoneFly DR365 consolidates all of your server, storage, and backup systems into one easy to manage appliance with central management console for handling all backup operations.

StoneFly DR365 Fusion Cluster DR Backup Appliance offers hyper-converged backup and disaster recovery high-availability appliance that provides you with a total backup solution for all of your physical and virtual servers and workstations in a single box.

StoneFly Z Series DR Backup Appliance provides you with a total backup solution for all of your physical and virtual servers and workstations in a single box. Manage all of your backup operations for your datacenter or office with a single central management console.

StoneFly M-Series DR Backup Appliance provides you with a total backup solution for all of your physical and virtual servers and workstations in a single affordable mini-tower.

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Some misconceptions about video storage solutions!

Video Storage solutions in security surveillance field have their share of misconceptions and missed opportunities. In this article, we will take them on in manufactures point of view to set the record straight.

SSDs will take on hard drives soon- There is a strong buzz going on in the video surveillance field that HDDs will get replaced by solid state drives soon. And all the future solutions in this field will be SSD based in future.

While it is true that the slashed pricing of the SSDs are adding fuel to this talk, factually speaking, cost-per-gigabyte for HDD actually goes down as capacity increases. Therefore, for a 3 terabyte drive, it only costs $30 more expensive than 2 terabytes, for instance, while 2 terabytes costs almost $40 more than 1 terabyte.

Whereas, the economics of SSD are different, twice the capacity means double the cost. Due to these economies of scale, HDD will continue to win in the foreseeable future as the technology of choice.

There is also a misconception that all the HDDs are the same, which means that digital storage solutions are often selected based on cost alone rather than suitability. But this is not true in general. Surveillance related hard drives often have the trait of working for 24 hours a day and that all round the year, due to the fact that they applications demand such work functions.

The other misconception among end users is that they are missing a major opportunity to optimize the efficacy of surveillance systems, with a “one storage solution fits all” approach. As the uses of surveillance have expanded, the storage solutions available have similarly evolved, tailored to these new functions. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense, if the IT admins start going with one storage solution fits all approach.

The very first decision to make will be retention time and storage provider, says Mo Tahmasebi, CEO and President of DNF Security. He adds that before a solution is provided to the user, he/she needs to be first educated on the way one choice impacts another. For instance, if a 5MP camera is backed up by 30 days retention, then this decision can only put a wrong step on the budget factor. Here, the user can only afford 8 days of storage instead of 30 days.

Therefore, after knowing retention time and having an understanding of the effect that camera choice has on it, a storage solution needs to be figured out. Mo Tahmasebi adds that all storage is not created equal, and you don’t have to spend 50% of the budget to store your video. This clear hints that each missed opportunity to educate, to sell with a consultative bend, is a missed opportunity at a wide sale.

DNF Security TSO NAS device, which can be used as a video storage, as it uses hard drives meant for surveillance, and requires very little power, and even a hard drive failure can be handled with no panic required. Storage has followed IT into the complex when it has needed to remain simple. Therefore, DNF Security Twin Scale Out NAS is a reliable storage system that protects data when not needed and produces it when it is needed.

“As cameras and video management systems become more and more complex, storage needs to be simple, straightforward and something that the end user can point to and say ‘now that I understand”, said Mo Tahmasebi, CEO and President of DNF Security. He added that this gives the user license to accept more complexity in other areas, to maximize the use of complex technology, while knowing that the storage systems, which are on-premises, are utterly solid and totally reliable. At the same time, Mo added that the system must be highly scalable and cater to all the future storage needs on an enterprise surveillance environment. His company offered TSO NAS does the same thing as it offers the ability to add drives per linear performance.

Generally, if a video system fails, the following reasons are most often cited:

  • Drives kept failing and overall system performance tanked during rebuilds.
  • More/higher resolution cameras are added.
  • Playback requirements increased.
  • Retention times increased.
  • Video analytics are added.
  • Local storage at each site was too expensive to maintain and scale.

All of the above stated issues can be avoided by going with a consolidated storage platforms like DNF Security TSO NAS that delivers full performance, even in outage conditions, and is proven to scale performance and capacity to accommodate increased workloads as well as data growth.

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Technology evolution eases impact of changing storage requirements in Universities

Storage requirements in Universities and Higher Education institutions are changing as they are adopting virtualization, cloud and ITaaS platforms. This is due to the fact that the IT class in these environments is moving from application-centric computing to more efficient and flexible service delivery models. This cuts down the results offered by legacy architectures which deliver diminishing returns while pushing the infrastructure to the brink. Thus, with a resilient, secure, multi-tenant platform, your university can obey to the needs such as storage agility and efficiency these new technologies demand.

With storage needs growing by 60% to 70% in educational institutions, the universities are struggling to cope up with the needs. Mobile devices are playing vital role in the growth of storage needs in such institutions. Students and faculty anticipate to be able to create as well as share content of multiple format types — documents, images, audio and video —from any device, particularly a laptop or tablet, from anywhere at any time. This proliferation of data content is leading to data deluge. Presentations, videos, and images are often sent via email, requiring an increase in mailbox size to support this larger content.

There is also an insist for increased security to protect student as well as the faculty privacy and the generated data itself. Content must be stored, backed up and eventually archived securely to protect the data from equipment failures, accidents, natural disasters and malicious acts. Moreover, needs may vary by department or function within the institution.

So, in order to cater to all the storage needs a modernized storage infrastructure which is intelligent enough needs to be deployed.

Flash technology is turning into a key component of modernizing storage infrastructure. As this media based storage offers speed and performance benefits it is turning into an ideal solution for working with complex data sets and operations. Institutions that rely on fast processing for their applications and require quick access to stored data are best served by a flash-based solution.

All flash and hybrid flash arrays are best-suited for use with high-performance, mission-critical applications. Hybrid solutions can be used for data where latency is not an issue, such as research and grant statistics or records retention, a spinning disk solution may be more appropriate.

A hybrid storage solution that utilizes both technologies balances these needs.

StoneFly’s Flash Voyager DX Series of SAN Appliances is the fifth generation of the StoneFly Voyager series of high-availability cluster appliances. It offers enhanced performance, redundancy, scalability, and availability. Voyager’s scalable architecture brings the flexibility to start small, and scale up to 200 Terabytes of all flash-based iSCSI and optional Fibre Channel SAN storage or over a Petabyte of tiered (SSD and SAS) storage.

The cornerstone of the Flash Voyager DX SAN Cluster Appliances is the award winning StoneFly™ StoneFusion SAN operating system. The Voyager’s high-performance storage subsystem offers redundant, active/active connectivity for appliance redundancy and increased system performance.

Additionally the Flash Voyager DX offers cost-effective expansion via optional Flash Expansion Arrays and Flash Expansion Units.

StoneFly’s data deduplication capability allows users to fit 5x to 137x more data within the same storage footprint without reducing overall performance.

This extreme storage optimization minimizes the cost outlay for flash-based disks which are typically more expensive than their spindle-based counterparts.

Featuring active-active components for business continuity, the Flash Voyager DX offers full RAID protection and requires no down time for storage expansion. Its architecture enables customers to start smaller and then expand to up to 448 drives via expansion arrays. For added flexibility, configurations can be mixed and matched according to customer need with any combinations of flash-based SSD, Nearline 7200RPM SAS, and enterprise 10k or 15k SAS drives.

Modernizing your institution’s storage infrastructure is no small undertaking. The Intel i7 powered StoneFly Flash Voyager DX Series of SAN appliances family offers the ideal balance of affordability and performance with scalability and accommodations for improved technology.

To know more call 510.265.1616 to speak to an expert or click on StoneFly Flash Voyager DX Series of SAN appliances.

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How long will hard drives last in reality?

Well, this is a big question to answer and has no specific answer in reality. Traditional hard drives used in desktop computers will often fail sooner than they are claimed to work by the manufacturer. In general, the average life of a hard drive depends on a lot of thinks, like the brand, type, size and interface methods and is often observed to work for 4 years from the start date.

Online backup service provider Blackblaze studied the drives in their infrastructure and found that about 80% of them survived for four years. This means, the rest 20% did not live up to the numbers claimed by the manufacturer and failed sooner, mostly before the third year end.

Similarly, brand value also comes into play, when the life of a hard drive is being estimated. Seagate, for example, failed much more frequently than Western Digital or Hitachi drives in the test carried out by Blackblaze.

Ofcourse, your experiences may differ, and you may wind up with a great drive that lasts forever, or another one that fails a few days out of the box.

That’s why it is important to keep systems backed-up. And if it is for enterprise data, then using a backup appliance tucked with disaster recovery capability do makes true sense.

StoneFly M-series of DR Backup appliance is an affordable purpose-built backup system in one easy to manage appliance. The StoneFly M-Series provides you with a total backup solution for all of your physical and virtual servers and workstations in a single box. Manage all of your backup operations for your datacenter or office with a single central management console. Dynamic Network Factory business unit StoneFly offers its M-Series backup with up to 32 Tera-Bytes of integrated backup and storage capacity for your business.

The backup engine automatically creates 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, folder, etc.

Features such as Disk-Level snapshots, compression and de-duplication optimize utilization of the network and the storage. The volume of backup data can be reduced by up to 90% and maximized backup speed.

For more details click on StoneFly M-series backup appliance or call 510-265-1616.

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Scale out NAS development and application!

Data explosion is taking place at an alarming data and the need to find suitable solutions to store data has become an increasingly complex endeavor for enterprise users.

According to statistics gained from IDC study, non-structured file-type data is increasing at the fastest rate and predicted to occupy 80% of the total storage capacity by the end of 2016. Therefore highly valuable enterprise data, like performance data generated from operations, must be securely stored like bank account information. But the big challenge to enterprise users will be to deal with skyrocketing data growth.

Scale out Storage comes to rescue- It is a well known fact that NAS is treated as the best option for storing non-structured data that may be scattered through-out millions of files. Therefore, with the help of a NAS, businesses using multiple servers, can share the storage resources by using an IP network. But as data deluge is taking place at a higher level than expected, even those with peta byte-level capacity can hardly keep up. To store the ever-increasing amount of data, enterprises have to acquire more and more NAS devices, which in-turn pave way to information islands due to the presence of multiple file systems, multiple naming spaces and multiple attachment points.

This is where Scale-out NAS is emerging as a new trend in storage as the scale-up model approach is ending.

The concept of Scale-out storage is enthralling as it offers an unparalleled advantage in flexibility that enables enterprise users to purchase storage on-demand. Enterprise users can purchase storage for whatever performance or capacity levels they require. Without having to acquire expensive large-capacity devices immediately, they can save on CAPEX significantly.

Another advantage of scale-out storage lies in its excellent manageability. No matter how many controllers and disks a user has bought and deployed, they work as one single computing source. And managing one system is definitely easier than managing multiple ones.

Scale out NAS is used for applications such as file archives and web applications

File archives – Hardcopy paper records are hard to save or retrieve. Advancements in high-speed scan and storage technologies have driven digitizing paper records such as manually processed bills in the financial field and criminal case files in the legal field. Such applications do not have high requirements for performance but do have high capacity requirements, meaning that they are cost-sensitive. Scale-out NAS addresses these demands with its unparalleled scalability.

For Web applications – Common web applications like blogs, online social communities, and online stores demand high storage capacity, as users of these applications demand spacious storage for an uncountable amount of digital photos and video files uploaded onto blogs and online social community sites, not to mention the digital photos and flash files for thousands of commodities on online stores. Each user demands increasingly larger storage space while the storage dilemma is compacted by more and more new users. Unlike storage demands in an enterprise’s data center, storage demands of these applications are not really predictable. To address these storage demands, a highly scalable storage architecture that enables storage to scale out with service growth is required. Scale-out NAS has its advantages in this regard.

StoneFly, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory goes a step ahead and offers super scale-out breed of NAS appliances in its product catalog.

StoneFly Super Scale Out (SSO) NAS storage appliance deliver unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. These appliances are designed for customers requiring a powerful storage solution that can scale out storage capacity while scaling up performance. StoneFly SSO NAS nodes scale up to 256 drives and 2 PetaBytes (2,048 TeraBytes) of storage per node, and easily scale out to multiple nodes on demand. Perfect for managing large quantities of unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system.

The Super Scale Out NAS appliance offered by StoneFly are optimized for markets that require vast quantities of high bandwidth or fast parallel throughput for very large files required by high performance computing in media and entertainment. Available in choice of single nodes or mirrored twin Scale out NAS nodes that create a clustered replica of your data for even higher availability.

StoneFly Twin Scale out (TSO) NAS storage appliance delivers unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. The TSO consists of mirrored twin Scale out NAS nodes that create a clustered replica of your data and scale up to 36 drives and 288 TeraBytes of storage per chassis, and easily scale out to multiple nodes on demand. Perfect for managing large quantities of unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system. TSO was designed for markets that require vast quantities of high bandwidth or fast parallel throughputs for very large files required by high performance computing in media and entertainment, but also require maximum redundancy.

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