Unified Storage Systems – What are they and which one I need?

January 26, 2012

You probably have heard the term “Unified” a lot in storage industry. It started when NAS companies started adding iSCSI to their storage. And that is still the most common use of the term and the most popular Unified product in the market. But different companies started creating other type unified products. If you search the web, you can find companies who added Fibre Channel, Infiniband, or even Servers into Unified products.

 So all Unified products are not equal, and there is no right or wrong. But you do need to know what you need and understand the options available to you from different vendors.

 So which one makes sense to get? Like any other question, it depends. If you already have an environment that needs all these interfaces, then you need to find a product that has all these options. But if you are just setting up a new environment, your most logical choice is a “NAS + iSCSI SAN” Unified Storage. That is because of these two main facts:

  1. It will give you both block level storage (SAN), and file level storage (NAS)
  2. iSCSI SAN and NAS both use the same cabling, switches, and infrastructure

If you want to consolidate your storage and servers into the same chassis or same rack, then Unified Storage and Server products are for you.


Break the 3000FPS Barrier with DNF Security’s Falcon Extreme™

January 23, 2012

DNF Security’s new release – Falcon Extreme™ builds on the powerful Falcon Video Storage Platform to provide unrivaled levels of performance and reliability. The newest addition to its Falcon Video Storage Platform Series with the Falcon Extreme™. Falcon Extreme™ is the first ever appliance-specific recording platform to surpass 3000 frames per second (FPS). Falcon Extreme™ leverages the customized architecture and massive processing power of the multi-core Falcon Video Storage Platform for unrivaled reliability and performance. Featuring custom-tuned, multi-threaded, high performance processors, Falcon Extreme™ sets a new standard for IP video processing and storage.

Tested and certified by the Arecont Vision MegaLab™, the Falcon Extreme™ is available in several popular form factors and configurations, ranging from six bay units to thirty-six bay systems. Additionally, Falcon Extreme™ is also available in the new, ultra-quiet, TBQ configuration. Falcon Extreme™ has set a new industry standard for performance of application specific recording platforms – this is a feature that our customers have been asking for, and that is what DNF Security is delivering with Falcon Extreme.

Find out more about Falcon Video Storage Platform here.

StoneFly Introduces 365Vault™ Private and Cloud Enterprise Backup Solution

January 19, 2012

StoneFly, Inc is proud to introduce 365Vault™, the smart solution for robust data protection and seamless disaster recovery.With 365Vault™, users can backup distributed data from desktops, notebooks and servers to on-site and/or off-site resources, including cloud storage, providing organizations with the flexibility to protect their critical data effectively and affordably. Immediately-deployable Vault™ Appliances provide affordable secondary storage and a powerful cloud gateway. Vault™ Appliances deliver quality turnkey storage solutions which is the core of StoneFly products.

365Vault™ from StoneFly raises the bar on backup, with:

• Support for ReST protocol—compatible with Amazon S3, Windows® Azure and AT&T Storage-as-a-Service, EMC Atmos platform and many others;
• One-Click Backup Selection for Common Backups,
• Open File Backup,
• 448-bit Blowfish Encryption,
• Powerful Data Compression,
• Continuous Data Protection.

For more information about 365Vault™ and/or Vault™ appliances, please contact StoneFly at marketing@stonefly.com.

USO™ Appliance raises the bar again by delivering another best-in-class storage product

January 16, 2012

StoneFly, Inc., is proud to deliver feature that our customers have been asking for –  the Unified Scale Out (USO™), and USO-HA™ Storage Appliances. USO™ and USO-HA™ add NAS & clustered NAS functionality to Stonefly IP Storage appliances. This new generation of storage appliances bring in unprecedented scalability that can add capacity and increase performance at the same time. Fully redundant active/active nodes of USO-HA deliver robust functionality in a fully redundant package to eliminate loss of access to storage in case of Hardware failures.

Catered to Cloud Computing Providers and Small and Midsized Enterprises (SMEs), this appliance is ideal for virtualized environments and mission critical applications.

“USO’s unique architecture of having no meta-data enables one volume to be distributed across multiple nodes and provide a Single Namespace. This is a feature that our customers have been asking for, and that is what StoneFly is delivering with USO™” says, Mo Tahmasebi (President/CEO) of Stonefly Inc.

Additional key features include:

• Fully Redundant Components (Nodes, Power Supplies, Fan, etc..)
• Hard Disk RAID Protection
• Active/Active nodes
• Synchronous, Campus, and Asynchronous Mirroring
• Thin Provisioning with Space Reclamation
• Snapshot with schedules & roll back
• Encryption (AES256)

For all other information about StoneFusion and StoneFly’s IP SAN products and features please visit www.Stonefly.com or www.iscsi.com