New RAIDML Offers Extreme Protection

November 23, 2009

We just introduced RAIDML™, a new multi-level (ML) approach that provides the highest levels of data protection for mission-critical files and applications.  RAIDML is now an integrated part of StoneFly’s Voyager HA IP SAN, which offers the ability to create No Single Point of Failure (NSPOF) volumes as well as RAID 5 or 6 protected volumes.  Both NSPOF and traditional RAID sets with comprehensive auto fail-over and fail-back capabilities are protected.  The creation of RAIDML saves costs and reduces the need for doubling drives to meet NSPOF requirements.  Use our  RAID calculator to help choose the RAID level that’s right for you. To read more about our new RAIDML features, check out the news release.

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IP vs FC in Speed and Performance

November 18, 2009

John Savill, author on WindowsITPro.com, posted a great Q&A on 11/12/09.  The question: “Which is better: a 10Gb Ethernet connection to IP storage or an 8Gb Fibre Channel (FC) connected to a SAN?”

John makes a great point that even though FC might outperform IP for large block I/O, IP can still take the lead in virtualization loads that consist of lots of small block, random I/O.  Another good point he makes is IP requires less complex hardware than FC, making it feasible for more and more organizations to make the move to external storage.

We have been testing our Voyager on 10GbE vs. 8G FC array in our labs, stay tuned for updates on the results.


Aftermath of Richmond High Rape– Surveillance on Campus

November 13, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, a 15-year-old Richmond High School student was gang-raped in a campus alleyway during a school dance. A crowd of witnesses watched for hours while the brutal act took place, yet there was no surveillance cameras installed on the school grounds to capture the incident.

We’ve come to an age where campus security should be a pressing concern for school officials. After this eye-opening incident, there has been growing concern among parents, educators, and community leaders at the lack of security monitoring devices on school campuses.

Recently, the West Contra Costa County School board voted to go ahead with plans to install a IP surveillance system featuring 120 cameras at Richmond High.


StoneFusion 6.3 Released

November 11, 2009

We just unveiled StoneFusion 6.3, a virtualization-focused upgrade to our intelligent network storage platform. The StoneFusion OS is integrated into all StoneFly IP SANs, and offers block-level provisioning and centralized storage management, control and monitoring of logical storage volumes.

Here are some of the key updates:

  • Compatibility with StoneFly’s new Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine (SCVM™), which provides comprehensive disaster recovery capabilities and enhanced support for leading virtual machine guest operating systems (OS)
  • Improved system management with Quick Sync™ and Pass-thru Copy features
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) support for all IP SANs

Interested in a demo of StoneFly’s IP SANs utilizing the StoneFusion OS? Sign up for our Wednesday webinar. For more information on the update, check out the news release.