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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