StoneFly™ INC supports fight against cancer with SCVM promo

August 30, 2012

California based data Storage vendor StoneFly™ INC, which is a business subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory has announced its fight against breast cancer through its SCVM Promo. StoneFly™ INC will be donating 100 percent of their earnings from their prestigious SCVM software appliance, to the support, treatment, awareness and research-STAR of breast cancer.

According to the facts revealed by StoneFly™ INC, almost 40,000 lives are claimed by breast cancer each year in United States. The company also divulges the fact that most of the cases of death were/are preventable, if the cancer gets detected in the right time and on proper medication.

So, in order to educate, treat and support the victims of breast cancer, StoneFly™ INC is partnering with STAR and is creating breast cancer awareness, through its SCVM Promo. The total cost of purchase of Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine (SCVM) made in between the month of August – September 30th, 2012 will be donated to the cause for fighting against cancer.

SCVM is a virtual IP SAN software appliance which facilitates creation of virtual IP SAN within the existing resources of the virtual server. It is an innovation applicable for VMware environments as it presents advanced and fully features virtual iSCSI SAN + NAS Scale out Storage for Virtual machines. With the creation of iSCSI Virtual SAN appliance with available hardware resources, increase in productivity and easing the management abilities of the IT Manager can be achieved along with reduction in power consumption and rack space.

For more details about StoneFly™ INC SCVM support to fight breast cancer please call (510) 265-1616 or log onto the official website of ISCSI


Stonefly SCVM IP SAN Software Application

April 30, 2012

IP SAN is being considered as a definitive answer for the storage networking needs, by the IT sector. Traditional Fibre Channel SAN has a new additional qualification to it, as it also works on the TCP/IP rather than the typical FC. With this availability, the beauty of IP SAN gets increased, as it turns omnipresent via internet for gaining the benefits of IP SAN, without the need for a physical SAN infrastructure.

Factually speaking, there will be a common platform, for the hardware terms in the SAN structure. The difference lies in the vendors providing the most advanced software management tools, which have greater value with regards to their management skills. One such IP SAN software is Stonefly IP SAN SCVM application

Stonefly’s SCVM software is one of the best and an on-demand application running down in the VMware environment. In order to justify its presence let us go through its features in parallel to its benefits.

  • With an SCVM, a regular server can be turned into a primary IP SAN storage or a secondary IP san storage. So the need for an additional storage gets abolished as the software helps to create additional storage space within one’s VMware environment.
  • Moreover, it supports both local and remote mirroring and replication, which is helpful for data recovery, at the time, when data continuity need arises.
  • Adding more, the Stonefly SCVM software application is apt to be used as backend storage for a cloud appliance and a security appliance.
  • It offers backend storage operations to the archive appliances and serves as de-duplication backend storage as well.
  • A high end clustered SAN can be transformed into a high availability storage system with a centralized SAN management. This helps in providing storage needs to multiple servers and that too without the apprehension for down time.
  • Consolidation of storage and servers into one appliance is possible through Stonefly SCVM

*The Dr. Site feature of this high performing SCVM offers remote Asynchronous replication of high volumes of data in between the VMware servers, which are equipped with the same vendor software.

So, why go for other IP SAN software, when Stonefly is offering you the best through its SCVM application software. Think about it and install it in your storage environments, to make your data center management skills simple and pragmatic.

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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.


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


What is snapshot, why do I need it?

December 19, 2011

Currently, most storage providers use this technology called Snapshot. This technology uses a method called “Copy On Write” which means that, if a location is changed, old data from the time snapshot for that location is stored in a repository called SnapSpace. The consequential snapshot will look like an actual volume, containing data at the time of snapshot taken.

Snapshot is also called Shadow Copy in windows Terminology. But the difference between windows based shadow copy and storage based snapshots are that windows based shadow copy will take the CPU cycles of the server, but storage snapshot does not.

Why do I need it?

Below listed are some usages of Snapshot.

–       Backup: Take a snapshot, backup the snapshot.

–      File Recovery: In case a file is deleted accidentally, it can be retrieved by going back to the snapshot.

–       Take a snapshot, give that to one or more other groups to work on it, while live volume is changing.

For more details on StoneFly’s Snapshot, Visit StoneFly’s  iscsi.com

Also refer the link given below:

http://www.iscsi.com/news/pressrelease_detail.asp?id=265

 


What SSDs Can Do For Your Storage

December 16, 2011

Solid State Disks (SSD) use non-volatile flash memory for data storage, providing several benefits over traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) technology:

Improved Performance: The most noticeable benefit of SSD technology is improved I/O speed. SSDs boast random I/O rates up to 100 times faster than the best HDDs, and the lack of seek time reduces latency and further boosts I/OPS.

Superior Reliability: SSDs store data on nonvolatile microchips. The lack of moving parts makes them far less susceptible to mechanical failures. In addition, they offer greater protection against extreme shock, vibration than HDDs have lower access time and latency.

Low Power Consumption: SSDs use NAND based flash memory which saves memory even without power. They consume power only while reading or writing data which explains the less power consumption, also producing less heat and noise. SSD uses fewer drives to meet same operational performance, majorly reducing high cooling as well as electricity costs.

Data Protection: SSD firmware includes advanced data management functions, including over-provisioning, error detection code and error correction algorithms. Built-in dynamic and static wear-leveling and bad block mapping algorithms extend service life and prevent disk corruption.

For more information on SSD Storage, visit StoneFly’s iSCSI.com