Monthly Archives: December 2011

iSCSI vs Fibre Channel.. Battle Continues..

There was a time that some claimed that iSCSI is not mature and is not suitable to serve the storage needs of high demanding data centers. Those days have passed, and even those companies who promoted Fibre Channel, are starting … Continue reading

Posted in IP SAN, iSCSI | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Storage Tiering – What is it and what does it give me?

Storage Tiering – What is it? Since there are many disk drives types, it is very important to optimize use of different drive types to achieve best price/performance ratio for your storage. Storage Tiering allows usage of different type of … Continue reading

Posted in DNF Storage, Storage | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Thin Provisioning – What is it and is it worth paying money for it?

Thin Provisioning – What is it? Thin Provisioning is a technique used to optimize and efficiently utilize the available space in SAN. Stonefly’s IPSANs currently feature this technology. Thin provisioning is mainly to eliminate over allocation of storage and increase … Continue reading

Posted in DNF Storage | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Why Shared folder encryption makes sense, despite Full disk encryption.

Firstly, Shared folder encryption means when files and folders are shared over networks, they are protected using encryption rules and protocols, hence securing sensitive data being shared. Full Disk encryption is when the entire hard drive is encrypted sector- by … Continue reading

Posted in DNF Storage, Storage | Tagged , , | Comments Off

How do you measure and report Service uptime?

Firstly, Uptime can be defined as the time a service/machine has been efficiently rendering service/reliable and stable, without any interruptions or break in service. Uptime of a service also depends on the availability of that service, because, only when the … Continue reading

Posted in datacenter, DNF Storage | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Will Cloud Storage Replace Local Storage?

With Cloud Storage gaining hype in providing storage solutions and recent developments in its technology, there is a mis-conception that local storage will soon become outdated. As much as Cloud storage is useful for some applications, local storage is preferred … Continue reading

Posted in DNF Storage, iSCSI, Storage | Comments Off

What is snapshot, why do I need it?

Currently, most storage providers use this technology called Snapshot. This technology uses a method called “Copy On Write” which means that, if a location is changed, old data from the time snapshot for that location is stored in a repository … Continue reading

Posted in backup, DNF Storage, IP SAN, iSCSI, StoneFly, Storage | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

What is this FCoE buzzword that I keep hearing? Do I need it?

FCOE- Fiber Channel over Ethernet is a mapping of Fiber Channel frames over Ethernet networks. Several datacenters use Ethernet for TCP/IP networks, and FC for SANs. FCoE uses the fiber channel as a network protocol, running on Ethernet beside IP … Continue reading

Posted in datacenter, DNF Storage, IP SAN, iSCSI | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

What SSDs Can Do For Your Storage

Solid State Disks (SSD) use non-volatile flash memory for data storage, providing several benefits over traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) technology: Improved Performance: The most noticeable benefit of SSD technology is improved I/O speed. SSDs boast random I/O rates up … Continue reading

Posted in datacenter, DNF Storage, StoneFly, Storage | Tagged , , | Comments Off

MDA switches to StoneFly’s IP SAN to expand and revamp data backup procedures

Medical Doctor Associates (MDA), involved in providing quality medical staffing to the healthcare community recently faced issues as their entire data center was dependent on a FC- SAN.  Large amounts of data being processed on a daily basis demanded much … Continue reading

Posted in backup, DNF Storage, IP SAN, RAID, StoneFly, Storage | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off