DNF Security Video Surveillance Archiving benefits!

Video surveillance recording needs are surging and many companies are grappling with the fact of how to store and archive their video files. Most video storage appliances such as NVRs only have limited capacity designed to hold 30 days to 90 days of worth of video and that too for primary storage needs. Thus, these companies cannot use their primary storage resources for archival needs.

In olden days, a company would backup its video surveillance data daily to DVD. But as it is a time consuming task and requires discipline in storing and cataloging each DVD, most of the companies following this procedure have either abandoned this process or have started to look for other alternatives. Compounding the situation are higher resolution cameras which require more storage space for the same time frames as prior lower resolution cameras.

Therefore this menace has triggered many companies to offload their video footage to larger RAID enabled network attached storage (NAS) devices or even larger company storage area networks (SAN)

As video evidence is turning crucial, the need to produce video clippings captured by security cameras can arise at any moment. For highly sensitive environments like public places like airports, even video archives availability can turn crucial after a year of recording.

So, at this point integrating a video surveillance NVR with a cloud based recording platform makes complete sense.

DNF Security, a hardware provider for mission critical video surveillance environments understands these needs to the fullest. It offers NVRs which can be integrated with cloud storage platform of customer’s choice.

Live recordings continue to be stored directly on DNF Security video storage appliances, while archived footage can be written to and read from a secure StoneFly Cloud Drive hosted in Microsoft Azure or the StoneFly Cloud Business Center.

StoneFly Cloud Drive utilizing remote block or file storage are created as a virtual drive on the DNF security video storage that will be recognized as if, it were a regular disk drive. Easily add mass amounts of storage for video archives on the DNF security video storage in a matter of minutes, all without any investment in additional servers and storage appliances.

Combining a StoneFly Cloud Drive subscription with a DNF Security Video Storage Appliance will immediately save on capital and operating expenses, enabling organizations large and small to implement offsite video archival and backups inexpensively.

To know more call 510.265.1122 or click on DNF Security Cloud connection service.

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Shortel uses StoneFly IP SAN for its evolving Voice over IP market needs!

Shortel, formerly known as Shoreline Communications, is embracing leading edge technology from StoneFly, Inc., to support a steady swell of demand for multi-site Voice over IP system needs.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale-California, Shortel is providing next-generation voice systems that turn business phone systems into powerful platforms that enable new levels of voice and data collaboration. The company’s distributed IP PBX technology lets organizations leverage resources and expertise across multiple sites to improve customer service, increase employee productivity and lower operational costs. Its technology is being used around the world by fortune 1000 organizations and emerging technology companies.

However, with this high grade business development, ShorTel storage needs are also growing on a sturdy note. Like maintaining source code for different product releases as well as keeping a large amount of logs and diagnostics on hand for customer support creates a huge volume of data, which represents the disk needs of a much larger organization. Earlier, ShoreTel’s data-intensive operation was served by not so sophisticated storage array until a nagging concern about running out of disk space prompted their IT team to search for more scalable, flexible and easy-to-manage options

Before evaluating the storage alternatives, the Shortel IT team reviewed their storage environment to gauge the best way to handle the storage requirements of their users, approximately 8 Microsoft Windows 2010 & 12 servers, an aggressive in-house software development effort, a Siebel customer relationship management (CRM) system as well as a SQL database-driven web application and robust financial system. In addition, the team assessed its current tedious and time-consuming method of offloading storage and archiving data through incremental and full tape backups. As a company with a significant software development effort, ShoreTel had a requirement to maintain bug fixes and patch releases, typically storing up to two months of fixes online with the rest stored offsite on tape

At this juncture, after reviewing various storage options like NAS-Network attached storage, the emerging IP-based storage area network (SAN) market piqued the team’s interest. And a review of message boards and news sources led ShoreTel (formerly known as Shoreline Communications) to StoneFly Networks, a pioneer in offering iSCSI solutions. The StoneFly Storage Unified Scale out (USO™) Appliance – SAN + Scale Out NAS Storage appeared to meet the selection criteria.

The ShoreTel IT team put the product through its paces, taking into consideration its scalability, ease of use and management along with its ability to support critical backup needs. On all fronts, the StoneFly Storage Unified SAN + NAS met Shoreline’s selection criteria. StoneFly’s IP SAN configurations, including the Storage Concentrator storage provisioning appliances, interoperable iSCSI initiators and SAS disk-based arrays could scale from 100 terabyte up to 1 Petabytes of storage at a cost of less than one cent per megabyte.

In addition, StoneFly IP SAN storage provides centralized storage management, control and monitoring of virtualized storage clusters through a web-based graphical user interface, which was important to ShoreTel. Finally, StoneFly’s IP SAN could replace Shoreline’s (Shortel) cumbersome backup processes with a consolidated backup procedure designed for faster, more reliable backups.

The StoneFly IP SAN was installed and the ShoreTel team quickly began consolidating data storage onto the new system. And one of the biggest advantages of the StoneFly IP SAN is the ease and speed with which ShoreTel resolved its disk-to-disk and tape backup challenges.

ShoreTel now has more critical data readily available to support important product development and customer support efforts. The time and cost associated with obtaining backup tapes from offsite storage has been reduced by more than 60 percent with the help of disk backup support. Also, requests for older build management data have been lowered by 30-to-40 percent.

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Reasons to select a Hybrid Storage array or an All Flash array!

Hybrid Storage arrays, in general, are the ones which have a mix of SSDs and hard drives in their storage chassis. By adding a thin slice of flash storage to an array- may 2% to 5% of total capacity, available IOPS may double and reduced read latency from 10+ milliseconds down to 3 milliseconds or so. And by having a slicing of expensive flash, an overall 10% to 20% increase in array price to yield a 2X performance gain adds a lot bang to the overall investment.

In an All-Flash array, all the available media is populated with SSDs. Thus, a solid state drive populated array can deliver sub millisecond read latency with a guaranteed quality of service. In this arrangement, there are no pre-fetch issues with flash and no variability between a cached read and a seek because all flash I/Os are effectively cache reads. By deploying an All-Flash, an improvement from 10Ms to 5ms and then down to 0.5ms is gained and thus a 20X performance gain is obtainable from HDD to all-flash on a latency basis.

Now, coming to reasons to select hybrid or all flash arrays:

Hybrid Storage Array

  • This storage is apt in environments where cost optimized storage is a priority
  • Hybrid storage fits mainly in environments where unpredictable workloads are foreseen
  • This storage fits into environments where variable latency isn’t a problem
  • This storage fits into the area where budget doesn’t permit all-flash implementations, bit more performance is needed

All-Flash Array

  • This storage is apt in environments where performance is top priority
  • All-Flash storage array fits into enterprise environments where sub-millisecond latency is required—such as financial sector
  • All Flash fits into environments where performance optimized storage is a priority
  • An all-flash array consolidated sparsely populated, high performance Hard disks to get lower TCO

Well, as Flash memory costs are coming down, the price of all-flash arrays is also tumbling down. However, not all enterprises are interested in upgrading their storage environments with these arrays. Only those who require performance at the utmost are emphasizing on draping this technology.

Coming to Hybrid storage, small to medium scale environments are showing much interest in going for hybrid storage arrays, as they get the flexibility of putting performance grade applications on SSDs and other apps on Hard disk accessibility scale with the help of tiered storage.

StoneFly, Inc. offers a mix up of SSD and SAS drives in all its storage products. Thus, by offering such flexibility, any enterprise, irrespective of its size and business vertical can get the benefits of Flash and HDD on a simultaneous note offering enhanced performance, redundancy, scalability, and availability. To minimize the cost outlays of flash storage, StoneFly hybrid storage appliances are designed to support StoneFly’s latest built-in optimized data deduplication technologies for increased storage efficiency. StoneFly’s data deduplication capability driven by its patented StoneFusion Operating network system allows users to fit 5X to 35X more data within the same storage footprint without reducing overall performance.

So, if you need a Hybrid Storage call 510.265.1616 or click on Contact us page in order to receive a call from the company’s sales team.

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March Networks introduces worlds first ATM security camera!

March Networks, a leading IP video solutions provider has introduced to the world the first ever ATM security camera. The March Networks MegaPX ATM Camera is the first self contained, covert IP camera with High Dynamic Range (HDR) image clarity and is specifically build to capture highly details video in all lighting conditions.

The March Networks MegaPX ATM Camera enables bank security staff and law enforcement to clearly identify faces and other distinguishing features of those visiting cash teller machines.

This ATM camera from March Networks is ONVIF Profile S Complaint and can be deployed seamlessly to provide the high-quality ATM video evidence many financial institutions are seeking to fill a gap in their complete banking surveillance solutions.

The MegaPX ATM camera combines HDR and exceptional low-light performance to capture clear video in high contrast lighting, such as direct sunlight and near-dark conditions ATM vestibules and drive through experience.

Available with a 2.8mm standard lens or 3.7mm pinhole lens, the camera’s wide field-of-view records ATM users from the waist up rather than just capturing faces to provide more comprehensive video evidence. In addition, an innovative feature auto-corrects images recorded behind the tinted glass enclosures present in many ATMs.

Now, to all those financial institutions who want to use these network cameras in their ATM branched as a network, a smartly integrated Video Management System can serve purpose. Based on the configuration of March Networks MegaPX ATM camera, around 30-40 can be integrated to each VMS. If this is done, then all ATM cash withdrawals, vandalisms, ATM thefts and illegal activities taking place in ATMs can be tracked and the video evidence can be used for legal illustration purposes.

Moreover, all DNF Security video management engines and NVR & video storage appliances can be integrated with cloud video surveillance platforms for archival needs. So, cost of using a video management system and storage gets reduced by 40%-50% with this possibility.

Therefore, for all your Video management and storage needs, approach DNF Security.

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StoneFly offers offsite vaulting service!

StoneFly, Inc., which has been offering Backup and DR Appliances as per the industry trends, now offers Offsite vaulting service. Thus, with the help of this service copied backup images to tapes or portable hard drives can be safely stored in offsite vaults.

If a catastrophe strikes your enterprise data center, these offsite backups can then be used to restore your data on a new machine ensuring earliest disaster recovery.

In today’s world lots of businesses will transfer materials to USB drives, tapes, hard drives which is a great step towards safe document management. However, it does not protect an enterprise in the event the premises faces with an unforeseen event such as flood or fire.

This is where Offsite Vaulting, such as the one offered by StoneFly fits perfectly. All your storage media is stored in the safe and secure Offsite Vault of StoneFly and when the need arises, they can be shipped back to your premises for disaster recovery.

StoneFly offers Offsite Vaulting service with all its backup products.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Z series of Backup and Disaster Recovery web page.

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Server SAN will eat traditional san market in next 5 years!

Data Storage field will witness an evolution in coming years and that is in the market of traditional enterprise storage. According to a survey conducted by Wikibon, the market for traditional storage appliances like NAS, SAN and DAS products will suffer a meltdown in next 5 years, as businesses will switch to lower cost server SAN products which are highly scalable and customizable as per the market trends.

According to Stu Miniman, a Senior Analyst and principal research contributor at research community Wikibon, the server san market will grow at a staggering compound annual growth rate of 38% over the next five years, while the traditional enterprise storage market will shrink by 16% CAGR in the same period.

Stu feels that the ability to add features through software modules is particularly important in a world where software-as-a-service offerings are making companies become accustomed to frequent improvements to the applications they use without the need to migrate to new versions of applications.

He feels that if an enterprise buys a storage array today, then they will probably use it till next five years. But as a holistic approach every enterprise will think above that five years time where it wouldn’t want to meddle with old technology. Therefore, they will want a storage resource which is feature and functional rich now and in future.

Server SANs are much flexible than traditional SANS and can grow with an organizations storage needs in future as well. This is where they are having an upper hand over traditional SAN or NAS storage appliances.

The Wikibon researcher feels that Server SANs can beat traditional systems on costs i.e. capital and operational wise and will also show useful functionality in future.

On performance scale also, Server SANs can beat typical VMware virtual SAN systems and regular external storage arrays.

Wikibon’s predicts that server sans will take the traditional SAN market in next five to ten years or so. But there’s already evidence that enterprises are already adopting server SANs in large numbers: sales grew by 187% from $370 million in 2013 to $1.1bn in 2014, according to its Server SAN Research Project 2015 (updated in July 2015.)

Today, the server SAN market is being dominated by a mix of small storage vendors such as StoneFly, Inc., Nutanix, Simplivity and StorMagic and large vendors like HP and VMware.

With a threat from Server SANs looming over traditional enterprise storage market, big companies like EMC, HP, IBM and NetApps are taking the impact. But these companies are well aware of this technological change and are getting prepared for the change. They are categorically and charily going through the market trends, but do not want to jeopardize sales of their conventional products. But in the near future they are depending on the benefits of concentrating on the server SAN market which will surely outweigh the costs.

Server SAN definition – A Server SAN is software led storage built on a commodity server which has a direct attached storage.

StoneFly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory offers Server SANs in its product range of storage products. StoneFly Server SANs are ideal for environments seeking hyper-converged infrastructure solution to consolidate all of your Server and Storage systems into one easy to manage appliance. Use of virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power and cooling costs.

By shifting your existing Windows and Linux physical servers to VMware-compatible Virtual Machines on the StoneFly Unified Server Storage(USS) appliance, you can greatly reduce your hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware.

Campus mirroring to a second on-premises StoneFly USS appliance and asynchronous replication to a USS appliance at a remote site or in the cloud makes the USS the perfect business continuity and disaster recovery solution.

Moreover, StoneFly Server SANs or Unified Storage Server appliances are populated with SSD and SAS storage media. Therefore, applications needing high performance can be automatically tiered to SSD media, while SAS can serve other applications, all possible with the help of StoneFly’s StoneFusion network operating system software.

StoneFly Server SANs are enriched with redundancy, reliability, availability and scalability features to utmost scale and so all those companies which are planning their IT infrastructure on their enterprise futuristic needs can go for this solution without any vacillation.

To know more call 510.265.1122 or click on StoneFly Server SAN range.

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Having a backup copy in cloud will always ensure data continuity!

Backups are essential for disaster recovery and to keep the enterprise business continuity planning intact and in-place. So, having backup software or an appliance in your storage environment will always work in your favor, when a storage network goes down and the need arises to keep the data flowing to your clients and customers.

But what will happen, if your data center is hit with a catastrophic disaster like Fire, Flood, earthquake or a tsunami.

No matter, how well you are equipped to deal with these situations; sometimes you cannot escape the wrath of Mother Nature.

Here’s where StoneFly, Inc., offers a solution to deal with these situations. If your business is depending on data and needs data flow all time, you can go for a StoneFly Cloud Backup Connect. It is an easy and affordable way to begin storing your valuable server and workstation backups in the cloud.

StoneFly Cloud Backup Connect empowers organizations to fully utilize their existing backup software or existing backup appliance’s disaster recovery features, enabling organizations large and small to implement offsite backup inexpensively.

Compatible with any existing enterprise backup software or backup appliance you might be already using (Symantec Backup Exec, Acronis, Commvault, Veeam, NovaStor, Unitrends, etc.), StoneFly provides a backup connector to your choice of private, hybrid or public cloud. Implement a quick and simple disaster recovery plan while storing your backups off-site in Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud, VMware vCloud Air, StoneFly Cloud Business Center, or your remote private or hybrid cloud.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Cloud Backup Connect.

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DNF Security offers NVR with cloud storage integration!

DNF Security, a business unit of Dynamic Network Factory is offering video surveillance viewing and storage platform with cloud storage integration facility. This combo NVR series of video storage and video viewing platforms are the foundation of reliable, easy-to-deploy IP Surveillance solutions.

DNF Security Falcon series appliances goes above conventional analog CCTV and traditional DVR systems to deliver unmatched performance, scalability and compatibility.

The falcon series of appliances from DNF Security are enriched with high performance features which include 64-bit dual or quad-core Intel 4th-generation Haswell processors, up to 32GB high-speed video cache (8GB standard), and dual copper gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

These fault-tolerant data storage appliance comes in a convenient, space-saving tower or 4U rackmount chassis with hot-swappable drives and trays. User data will be protected with your choice of RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, or 60 across up to eight hot-swappable disk drives on a high-performance RAID controller.

The highlight is that all Falcon Series NVR and Video Storage appliances support an optional cloud connection for video archiving and remote access needs. Live recordings continue to be stored directly on the Falcon combo NVR series of video storage and video viewing platform, while archived footage can be written to and read from a secure StoneFly Cloud Drive hosted in Microsoft Azure or the StoneFly Cloud Business Center – a private cloud.

By combining a StoneFly Cloud Drive subscription with a Falcon Video Storage Appliance will immediately save on capital and operating expenses, enabling organizations large and small to implement offsite video archival and backup inexpensively.

Moreover, Falcon Combo NVR integration with cloud is highly customizable and so users can use the integration for their cloud based surveillance needs like remote monitoring and such.

To know more call 510.265.1122 or click on DNF Security Falcon Combo NVR Series appliances.

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Virtual Servers double the cost of security breach says survey?

Kaspersky lab has released a new report which says that a security incident involving virtual server in either public or private cloud will double the recovery cost compared to that of a traditional environment.

In another survey conducted by B2B International, it was discovered that enterprises paid an average of $800,000 to cover a security breach involving virtual servers, compared to $400,000 in traditional environments.

On the other hand, the same survey notified us that SMBs saw costs rise from an average of $26,000 to $60,000 with virtualization.

According to Kaspersky Lab, the three main reasons for this cost difference are:

  1. IT professionals are in a myth that virtual servers are naturally secured than their traditional counterparts and so need no extra security precautions.
  2. Secondly, they believe that if at all a virtual machine catches a virus; they can just delete the virtual machine and create a new one from a template.
  3. Around 62% in the survey believed that risk in virtual environments were significantly lower than in physical environment.

The study also revealed that malware is able to hop from one VM to another, embedding itself in the hypervisor and use other techniques to avoid being cleaned out by re-imaging.

The major risk of virtualization discovered in the study is as follows. There can be a window of vulnerability between the time a virtual machine is spun-up and anti-virus software is updated. This window can get dramatically magnified if all the virtual machines need to be updated at once.

As a result, virtualized environments can require security solutions specifically designed to deal with virtual servers.

But it was revealed in the survey that only 13% of the survey respondents had deployed a security solution specifically designed for virtual environments.

B2B International survey revealed that companies were way ahead with disaster recovery plans, when it comes to their traditional infrastructure, but were literally ill prepared for their virtual environments.

The survey of B2B International revealed that virtualization can prove expensive, complicated and lengthy and is often used for the most mission-critical, high-value processes. So, when the infrastructure goes down, so do all these processes.

One of the highlights of B2B survey is that 66 percent said that they lost access to business critical information during an incident involving virtualization, compared to 36 percent in a traditional environment. This is because companies are not as prepared to recover from an incident that involves virtualization. Secondly, these incidents also result in a doubling of costs related to lost business, damage to company reputations, damage to credit ratings, and increased insurance premiums.

So, to address these problems, companies need to recognize that virtualization can require different security solutions than traditional environments, and should be thinking about security and disaster recovery from the very start of the virtualization process.

And if you are confused on how to efficiently transform your IT storage configuration with the help of virtualization, without all these hazards approach Dynamic Network Factory Corporation (DNF Corp).

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Dynamic Network Factory can help you in gaining the benefits of virtualization to the fullest and will assist your organization in gaining the much needed edge in today’s competitive marketplace.

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Contra Costa Water District uses StoneFly Storage Concentrator to improve its storage and disaster recovery needs!

Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) touted as one the largest urban water districts in California, is using StoneFly Storage Concentrator to improve its storage and disaster recovery needs. This is a part of CCWD’s dependence on leading-edge technology to improve overall efficiency and productivity as part of an ongoing goal to maintain operating costs and reduce rates.

The Contra Costa Water District IT team relies on a variety of applications to support its wide-ranging information and data collection requirements. More than 350 end users work on HP desktops and Dell laptops linked to 13 servers from Dell and IBM with Red Hat Linux and Oracle 11g, plus HP Netservers running Windows 2008 and Microsoft Exchange

Earlier, CCWD used to access data from direct attached storage to meet its fluctuating storage demands. But this practice often led to the struggle with interoperability across RAID devices and host systems. Additionally, CCWD’s storage requirements often increased during seasonal construction throughout the district, causing peak volumes in data collection and associated demands for increased, short-term storage. Under its current approach, the district had no way to consolidate and share mass storage across various systems. As a result, the department’s IT team had to find an economical yet state-of-the-art solution for its mounting storage dilemma

At this point, StoneFly’s Storage Concentrator came to the rescue of Contra Costa Water District. Initial testing of the Storage Concentrator was completed in half the projected time, which enabled CCWD to streamline its IP SAN deployment.

Data from five production servers were migrated onto the Storage Concentrator over a week-long cutover. The team transferred 1TB of Windows- and Linux-based data from dedicated drives onto the IP SAN, moving over files from various user groups including digital photo archives, Oracle databases and the district’s email repository.

Earlier, CCWD was unable to reclaim storage or resize volumes when storage surges occurred. The Storage Concentrator purges this problem by giving operating systems, applications and end users access to a reservoir of storage resources or volumes that appears identical in all ways to a locally attached hard drive

The other advantage was that the deployed StoneFly IP SAN was also being used to streamline disk-to-disk backup and restore procedures. Thus, this helped in cutting down much tape for any given workgroup, which has generated sizable savings on tapes alone. Previously, the district averaged $9,200 a year on tapes; now the yearly expense is reduced to almost zero with the IP SAN. In addition, by reducing backup windows and lowering operating costs, the IP SAN enables the district to strengthen its business continuity strategies

Since, then StoneFly Integrated Storage Concentrator is playing a pivotal role in protecting vital data and supporting the water district’s underlying information infrastructure

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly ISC 6GS Class Integrated Storage Concentrator.

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