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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iSCSI vs Fibre Channel.. Battle Continues..

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.


What is this FCoE buzzword that I keep hearing? Do I need it?

December 16, 2011

FCOE- Fiber Channel over Ethernet is a mapping of Fiber Channel frames over Ethernet networks. Several datacenters use Ethernet for TCP/IP networks, and FC for SANs. FCoE uses the fiber channel as a network protocol, running on Ethernet beside IP traffic. FCoE is not routable at the IP layer, since it functions directly above Ethernet, in contrast to iSCSI, running on top of TCP/IP.

Users connect to FCoE using Converged Network Adapters (CNAs). FCoE is used in data center SANs as it can reduce cabling, it can also be used in server virtualization applications.

Do I need it? – when buying a new SAN,  iSCSI SAN offers a SAN over Ethernet along with all the features that FC SAN provided, making FCoE less compelling to buy. The only reason to choose FCoE over iSCSI SAN is when you already have installed a fiber channel SAN and you want to use this SAN, but along with same Ethernet infrastructure for both SAN and networking. Although this would be a good reason to get FCoE, the costs involved in new switches and infrastructure would keep you from choosing FCoE over iSCSI SAN.

For more information on FCoE versus iSCSI, visit StoneFly’s videos on FCoE vs iSCSI,

link provided below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ49rtnroE8

 


Going Green on your IT Environment

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


StoneFly partners with Tarmin to create the USS Archiver

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.


StoneFly’s Voyager TSC16 featured on DCIG Buyer’s Guide

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.

 


Server Virtualization: Game Changer for Mid-market Businesses

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.