Two Myths about RAID – Busted

June 29, 2011

As everybody knows that when it comes to RAID, there are certain configuration myths that everybody seems to know:

1. RAID 10 is a requirement for databases. This is no longer the case. Today’s RAID controllers are much more dynamic that it once was as a combination of 400GHz and higher ASICS and IO processors as well as better algorithms have lessened the advantages of RAID 10.

2. RAID 1 configuration is perfect for holding the operating system. Actually this is false – small partition of the OS or applications from a RAID 5/6 is more than adequate. However, with the movement towards centralized storage, shared by high server counts, there is a justification to hold the operating system in the server and protect it with a mirror only because it is not practical to build multi-spindle performance effective RAID5/6 sets in 1U servers or blades.

Learn more about RAID and how to optimize RAID configuration on this white paper.

Also check out our RAID calculator.


Port of West Sacramento Chooses DNF Security for Major Surveillance Upgrade

June 28, 2011

As a major port in the west coast, the Port of West Sacramento is centrally located among the busiest transportation grid of major highways, airports, and national railway systems. With an extensive amount of industrial and agricultural goods shipped in and out their harbors everyday, the Port of West Sacramento’s aging, decentralized surveillance system was just not cutting it. A major upgrade was in order, but with the installs of highly advanced cameras and more demanding surveillance applications, the Port decided that DNF Security’s line of video storage, video management engines (VME) and video workstations were the best choice to transition their surveillance environment to a more efficient system.

Learn more about how our surveillance solutions helped the Port of West Sacramento on this latest case study.

Server Virtualization: Game Changer for Mid-market Businesses

June 27, 2011

Last week I came across this interesting whitepaper on about the rapid growth of server virtualization practices within mid-market businesses. Just over the past few years, the jump to server virtualization among midsized enterprises have increased dramatically and is expected to grow up until 2012. Here are some key findings:

  • 30% of midsized companies (worldwide) started server virtualization before 2009, but that number doubled by the end of 2009
  • 75% of companies expect to implement server virtualization by 2012
  • From 2009 to 2012, the use of server virtualization jumped nearly 46% (from 29.1% to 75.1%)
  • Transition to server virtualization compelled to upgrade and deploy storage area network (SAN) appliances
  • Within the next 2 years, implementing disaster recovery to virtualization efforts becomes a big priority

Want to learn more about server virtualization? Here are some helpful links.

Cloud Market expected to reach to $241 billion by 2020

June 22, 2011

The Cloud Computing market, although a somewhat young technology, is definitely claiming its stake in the IT world. According to Forrester Research, the entire market is expect to grow from $40.7 billion this year to $241 billion in 2020.

Namely Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is expected to plateau in 2014 with revenues projected at $5.9 billion. IaaS, which is where storage and server resources are hosted by a service provider and then outsourced by individual organizations, is definitely an infrastructure that has some attractive points including higher efficiency, limitless scale and faster and easier deployment of new services and systems.

To learn more about cloud computing watch this video. Also find out how our cloud computing appliance, the StoneFly Cloud USS, provides IaaS to deliver storage fit for the cloud.

DNF Security Product Spotlight – Falcon Video Storage Series

June 21, 2011

Powerful yet cost-effective, DNF Security’s Falcon Video Storage Series is ideal for entry-level or midrange surveillance environments in need of a reliable video storage and management solution. All Falcon appliances solutions are simple to install, easy to use, and utilizes the latest in surveillance technology to scale and grow your environment at your own pace.

Check out our over 25 different flavors of Falcons on our products page.

Shifting Technologies – Analog to IP Surveillance

June 20, 2011

In the world of surveillance, IP-based technologies are changing the paradigm of the video surveillance infrastructure. With the IP industry growing an average of 30% every year, according to IMS Research, it seems that this rapid growth is closing in on the usage of older CCTV analog technologies. IP solutions has its fair share of advantages, namely, high resolution video streaming as well as  easy networking and scalability abilities – all resulting in a environment that is ready to take on more demanding surveillance applications.

However if you currently use analog and are thinking about adding in high resolution IP-based cameras or storage to your environment, don’t think that you need to completely do away with your analog solutions. Think “Hybrid Surveillance“.

Here are some links that you might find useful:

Virtualization and Cloud Computing – Who’s winning the battle?

June 16, 2011

It all started in the data centers and then quickly spread to consumer-based services as a means to easily store your data. From running business-critical applications to safeguarding your complete collection of Beatles songs, we see  the “cloud” coming over the horizon, revolutionizing the way we house our information. But with all this talk about the cloud, don’t forget that virtualization is still a widely adopted solution in the data center arena and has been over the past few years.

According to the 2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey, 75% of large enterprises that participated in the survey are considering both server virtualization and hybrid cloud computing platforms. Interestingly enough due to virtualization’s maturity in the IT space, enterprises that have implemented virtualization have been vastly satisfied with their infrastructure – only a 4% gap between the expectations and achievements.

Learn more about Virtualization and Cloud Computing technology on the links below:

  • Learn more about our Cloud and Virtualization appliances on our products page