When should a cloud integrated storage used?

Cloud integrated storage (CIS) systems are data storage systems such as SAN, NAS or unified storage appliances that tier and/or cache inactive/passive data to cloud storage platform. A CIS gives the user a feel that the integrated cloud platform is a primary storage and so represents Terabytes and Petabytes of cloud storage repository capacity as local data.

Mainly this form of storage is used to tackle passive, cold or inactive data problems. In practical, passive data represents as much as 90% of an enterprise data which requires resources such as rack space, the attention of the admin, floor space and power and cooling. This innovation of storage allows bringing down storage costs for rarely accessed data to the forefront of admins budget planning.

A CIS runs on software intelligence which caches or auto-tiers active data locally. Based on the access frequency of data, the one which is rarely accessed can be automatically placed on tier 3 storage (cloud storage) and the one which can be active access can be put on the faster storage such as a disk or SSD.

Those appliances which can be termed as Hybrid storage have SSD and HDD as storage media. If they need a tier 3 storage, instead of inducing tape media into the environment, the user can use a cloud storage platform, which works out economically and similar to that of a tape storage media.

While data is moved or migrated to a cloud storage repository based on policies (data value), it is presented as local storage to the user or application via a stub. CIS also moves and/or replicates snapshots to the cloud storage repository or repositories based on policy. No administrative intervention is required to move data from local storage to cloud storage as this whole service is automated.

Cloud integrated storage appliances enable content distribution to geographically dispersed sites without replication. Though, the data resides on one or more cloud storage repositories, it appears as a local storage to the user/app at multiple sites.

StoneFly, Inc. offers cloud storage integration to all its appliances. StoneFly Cloud Drive powered by Microsoft Azure platform helps the users of StoneFly storage appliances to smartly integrate their passive data to cloud storage platform. So, companies looking to ease the costs associated to passive data can take the help of cloud integrated storage of StoneFly.

StoneFly Cloud Drives driven by StoneFusion Operating System are ideal for protecting mission-critical information and include advanced business continuity features such as snapshots, asynchronous remote replication, multi geo-mirroring (one-to-many and many-to-one), data deduplication, volume encryption, and thin provisioning.

Thus, an enterprise which is looking to keep active data on its premises and shift all its passive data to a cloud platform can make use of StoneFly cloud drive platform. This helps not only save the available on-premises storage resources. But also helps in allocating those resources for more vital applications.

So, all those who are looking for a cloud integrated storage appliance can go for any StoneFly SAN or NAS appliance and use StoneFly Cloud Drive as a less expensive storage platform.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Cloud Drive.

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