August 28, 2009
StoneFly has been gaining traction with 10GbE IP SAN appliances. Our customers are seeing better performance, speed, and availability from it. In some applications they achieve up to 1,000 megabytes per second (MBPS) and over 100,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS). With our patented virtual pipeline architecture, our systems can keep latency under 6 usec, even heavily loaded, with over 18 Gb/sec bandwidth (bi-directional).
Using 10G? We are interested to hear your experience with it, and what types of applications you use it for. Drop a line.
August 24, 2009
The common misconception of solid state drives (SSDs) is that they are unreliable and unable to withstand wear and tear. According to Storage Swiss: Enterprise Flash SSD is reliable now. Check out the full article to get the scoop.
Are you using SSDs for your enterprise storage needs? Our customers are. Our Voyager IP SAN appliance supports SATA, SAS, and SSD. Check out the Voyager to learn more.
August 21, 2009
The crime: A Georgia sheriff has his gun, radio, GPS device and briefcase stolen from his car in broad daylight at a public parking lot.
The problem: The video surveillance footage shows merely a figure with no detailed information. All police can identify is the suspect’s body and car type. Check out the video:
The solution: Think about investing a little more in higher definition cameras. Higher resolution = higher likelihood police identify the suspect.
August 19, 2009
When talking about the best high-availability configuration, it’s always best to know what your options are. Should we cluster? Should we have distributed file systems? I found this Enterprise Storage Forum article, which may be helpful to administrators in search of the best HA configuration for their storage architecture.
Want to learn more about clustering? Watch this short video.
August 7, 2009
As a small company, the statement “do more with less” is what keeps IT admins on their toes, looking for better ways to save every penny. With upper management reluctant to revamp server hardware, the reliability of your cheap, outdated machines comes into question. Server virtualization, which may seem like an expensive technology that only large enterprise use, may actually be the easiest and cheapest solution.
A recent study by The Register shows that virtualization expertise is still low, especially at the small business level.
However, the benefits of virtualization cannot be ignored, and may actually be the easiest and cheapest solution available for reliable IT operation. As this PC Week article reveals, any task relegated to an old computer would be better served by a virtual machine on a modern computer.
Here are some highlights from the article:
- While VMware sells its enterprise solutions, its free Server product is adequate for many small business apps.
- Use the free vCenter Converter to convert your existing computer to a virtual machine.
- For users < 10, you can use Windows XP or Vista for many server tasks.
- For users > 10, use Windows Server 2008 for around $700.
- A smart additional step would be to use a redundant external disk solution. (NOTE: Check out DNFexpress.com for external storage)
So why is virtualization the easier, cheaper solution? Well you’ve created redundancy, high availability and simplified management without ripping and replacing your existing machines–just like the enterprise IT pros. Who’s the small business now?