What is exactly Unified Storage?

Small and medium scale businesses grappling with data are showing a lot of interest in using a Unified Storage these days. This is due to the fact that Unified Storage systems often simplify the life of the storage administrators by converging storage protocols and storage media into the same system.

While big storage system vendors are promoting that their old systems can drape this ability with ease, smart storage system vendors like StoneFly, Inc. are developing a GUI that offers a unified look and feel.

However, some user’s who are hesitant to accept this concept are thinking that these systems are not designed from the ground-up with true unification features/capabilities in mind nor can they fully exploit them. So, to those who are in this myth, hope, this article serves as a source to open their mind in a positive way on Unified Storage.

First of all, Unified Storage systems work on converged storage protocols such as iSCSI, Fibre and NAS. So, a user who wants to make use of any of these or all of them can go for Unified Storage appliance.

These appliances actually start as one type of storage device (either SAN or NAS) and then add the missing components via external systems. Thus, some unified storage systems are either a SAN with a NAS gateway or a NAS with a SAN gateway.

The second advantage in using a Unified Storage systems is that these systems help converge storage media. So, an SSD and a Hard disk array can be smartly integrated to allow tiered storage advantages.

With the unifying GUI on board, many vendors will get the advantage of some sort of automated data movement function that will monitor data and then move it to the appropriate tier of storage depending on how frequently it’s being accessed.

Also these unified systems will have the software efficiency features like deduplication, thin provisioning and snapshots to aid the storage administrators in better allocating storage resources. They can also leverage these capabilities to provide better data protection and a faster return to operation after an outage

Finally, to those who are looking for one storage system that supports a mixed workload of applications, environments, protocols and media; Unified Storage system concept can server them with best. These systems often accomplish it by bolting on modern data features to legacy storage systems. The end result is to reduce, or at least keep a check on IT administration costs.

StoneFly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory offers Unified Storage products in its product catalog.

Its Unified Scale out SAN + Scale Out NAS storage appliance and Unified Scale out High availability cluster SAN + Scale out NAS storage appliances deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, and high availability as a scale out NAS and fully featured SAN, in all in one easy to manage modular appliance.

StoneFly USO family of SAN + Scale Out NAS products offer large storage capacities at a low price and are available in 6Gb SATA, SAS or SSD combinations of 4, 8, 12, 16, 24, or 36 drives per base appliance.

Additionally, StoneFly USO SAN + Scale Out NAS appliances offer the industry’s most cost-effective expansion via 12, 16 or 24 drive expansion units for USO appliance configurations up to 256 drives per scale out node.

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