How do San Gateways differ from Storage Servers?

San Gateways are typically appliances which are designed to utilize your existing network storage resources to create a universally secure repository for your critical data. These San Gateways are ideal for companies that want to leverage existing storage resources, but need to increase their level of privacy and security to meet data compliance standards.

Whereas a storage server includes integrated RAID Storage, where the user can select either internal or external storage arrays in a wide range of capacities. These appliances are ideal for companies that do not have a SAN or cannot afford to expand their current SAN storage capabilities.

Benefits of using San Gateway:

  • As said earlier, SAN Gateways allow users to assign or provision all or part of their existing storage through their existing or preferred available interfaces like iSCSI, FC or SAS.
  • The new volumes will be a part of the SAN gateway and can be encrypted, mirrored, replicated, data deduplicated, thin provisioned, etc.
  • The user can extend and growth storage on demand after few minutes of installation.

StoneFly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory offers StoneFly Unified Storage Concentrator (USC) SAN Gateway Appliances to allow businesses to convert their existing Fibre Channel, SAS, or iSCSI Storage into their choice of Unified iSCSI, FN SAN or NAS Storage. The parent storage can be of any company like EMC, Netapp, Dell etc….

Once the storage volumes have been provisioned by the USC appliance, they can enjoy StoneFly’s numerous advanced data storage management features.

Built-in features of the StoneFly USC SAN Gateway include StoneFly iSCSI, delta-based snapshots with mountable read-write snapshot volumes, real-time synchronous campus mirroring of iSCSI volumes and nodes, thin provisioning with space reclamation, iSCSI port teaming with failover and load-balancing, as well as advanced storage virtualization services.

Optional features available for the StoneFly USC SAN Gateway include Fibre Channel SAN target, hardware-enabled block level AES256 volume encryption, asynchronous replication, NAS volume support for CIFS/SMB and NFS protocols, VSS support for quiescing databases, and optimized data deduplication for increased storage efficiency. StoneFly’s data deduplication capability allows users to fit 5x to 137x more data within the same storage footprint without reducing overall performance.

Highlight – If you have an expensive SAN storage in which large capacity remains under utilized, then StoneFly SAN Gateway can help in fully utilizing that unused storage capacity to obtain complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power/cooling costs, as it cuts down the need for buying another storage appliance for your future storage needs.

The company also offers StoneFly USC High Available SAN Gateway, StoneFly UES Highly Available Encryption Gateway and StoneFly UDS Highly available Deduplication Gateway.

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