December 28, 2011
There was a time that some claimed that iSCSI is not mature and is not suitable to serve the storage needs of high demanding data centers.
Those days have passed, and even those companies who promoted Fibre Channel, are starting to offer iSCSI products. There is no argument anymore that iSCSI has taken hold as the interface of the choice for new storage installations. All recent market studies have shown that Fibre Channel storage market has been either steady or has had a slight year to year improvement, while iSCSI storage market has been on the double digit rise year after year.
All features that have been once only available on high end fibre channel SANs are now available in iSCSI storage products. All the arguments about performance advantages of Fibre Channel are disappearing since 10G iSCSI has started shipping in numbers. And most important of all, there is no argument anymore that iSCSI storage costs are a lot less thanaFibre Channel SAN with equivalent performance and features.Only those companies who do not have iSCSI storage are still trying to promote Fibre Channel. But users are smart and do not see any compelling argument anymore to buy Fibre Channel SAN.
Having said all that, we do not think Fibre Channel is going to die anytime soon. As like any other technology, it takes a long time for an established technology to wind down and get replaced by another one. SCSI storage is still available when some predicted it will die 10 years ago. But from all market indications it is obvious that storage trends are moving toward IP Storage rather than Fibre Channel.
In summary, iSCSI, when properly implemented, provides high performance, hence making it a suitable to deploy in core applications. iSCSI is easy to understand and lower cost makes it a strong choice for medium to large enterprises. Having an end-to-end Ethernet IP environment is an added benefit to iSCSI. A properly designed iSCSI infrastructure and storage platform is good enough to handle any storage application currently handled by a Fibre Channel SAN.
October 31, 2011
For the past few years, Virtualization (and to an extent, Cloud Computing) practices have been implemented by organizations, both big and small, to build a more efficient data center. Deploying virtualization to your IT environment does have its advantages, one being energy efficiency. In this eWeek.com article “How to Implement Green Data Centers with IT Virtualization“, it mentions how virtualization is probably the first and most important step to developing an energy-efficient data center.
And how can we argue with that? Not only does it consolidate your storage and server resources (saving you money on operation and maintenance costs) but it also utilizes your existing resources proactively and efficiently.
For more information about how you can create a “Green Datacenter” watch our StoneFly webinar with the Green Data Center Alliance on our YouTube page at: http://youtu.be/UHYEpw01eYE
October 20, 2011
Today StoneFly announces a technology partnership with Tarmin, storage management software provider, to create the StoneFly USS Archiver. The USS Archiver is an all-in-one physical appliance approach to archiving that powerfully addresses the numerous challenges of effectively managing the retention of critical business information.
Unique features of the USS Archiver include an object based storage framework, customizable policy driven information management automation, advanced access controls, encryption and audit functionality, rich metadata management and a single global namespace making the Archiver an ideal choice across a wide range of requirements.
For more information about the USS Archiver or our technology partnership, read our latest press release.
July 21, 2011
We are proud that StoneFly’s Voyager TSC16 IP SAN to be included in DCIG’s 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide. Highlighting some of the best small enterprise storage products priced from $5,000 – $30,000.
With the Voyager TSC16 offering enhanced redundancy, scalability, availability and performance, this IP SAN is the solution for your ever-growing IT environment.
See how we stack up on the list, sign up to download the guide here.
June 27, 2011
Last week I came across this interesting whitepaper on CIO.com 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.