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

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Speed up your Storage with Solid State Drives

September 21, 2011

Arguably the most important data storage innovation in decades, the Solid State Drive (SSD) continues to revolutionize enterprise storage.  SSDs speed and reliability make them the preferred solution for I/O intensive applications. Now, solid-state storage is getting even faster with PCIe SSDs. These card-based devices exploit the incredible bandwidth advantage of the PCIe interface to eliminate HBA bottlenecks and provide high bandwidth, low latency access to storage resources. At StoneFly, we are testing PCIe SSDs in our new StoneFlex Unified Storage & Server (USS™) Appliance.

Click here for more info about USS™ and read how StoneFly is using the latest technologies to enhance SAN performance.


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.


Top 5 things you need to know about StoneFly’s SCVM™

December 1, 2010

This week we launched the Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine (SCVM™), StoneFly’s first IPSAN software appliance. We are excited to bring this new and innovative product out to the market, which is why we compiled the top 5 things you need to know about the SCVM™. So here they are:

  1. SCVM™ is a virtual IPSAN, which can be used on your existing virtual server
  2. Currently SCVM™ can be used on VMWare and Hyper-V environments, and soon Xen (which will be available on Q1 of 2011)
  3. It is ideal for your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans
  4. This appliance lowers operational datacenter costs and increases RTO
  5. You can download a FREE trial version of SCVM™ on the StoneFly website

Learn more about SCVM™ and what it can offer you, check out our latest Press Release or call us at (510) 265-1616.


Cut To The Chase: What Do You Want Your IP SAN To Do?

July 7, 2010

What are your needs, expectations, and reservations about your IP SAN solution? In short, what do you want your IP SAN to do?

As experts, we at DNF Corp. try our hardest to understand what your needs are.  But when it comes down to it we need to hear it from the source –you. Please join us on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10am PDT for an informative Stonefly webinar as we present: “Cut To The Chase: What Do You Want Your IP SAN To Do?

Tune in to our webinar and learn:

  • How much usable capacity can you get?
  • How much do some competitors loose to get true High Availability?
  • What is the real cost to expand?
  • What are the realities of real cost for remote data storage?
  • And lastly, how can our Stonefly ISC product line achieve your virtualization expectations?

Come on over with your inquiries and let us know what you are looking for in an IP SANs solution. Also, learn how you can have a chance to WIN $50 by attending this session. See you there!

Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/543967795


Video Surveillance expected to climb up to $5.6 billion by 2013

May 13, 2010

In a down economy, high unemployment rates and tumbling stock prices are not the only factors that you have to worry about—increasing crime rates are another crucial factor. It seems inevitable that whenever things get a little tough the number of robberies, violent crimes, and other related activities are sure to come. But there is a silver lining, and that is the growing technology of video surveillance.

According to market research firm, IMS Research, the video surveillance storage market is expected to reach $5.6 billion within the next three years. Although DVR systems are the current heavy hitter in the surveillance world, the sophisticated digital wave of new surveillance technologies such as IP SANs (Storage Area Networks) and Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) are on the rise. This is because surveillance networks as well as VSaaS are much more scalable and flexible than that of traditional analog solutions.

However that does not mean that DVR solutions are a thing of the past, there are many end-users that prefer the analog approach. But with the technology of security solutions increasing every day, it seems that the future of the surveillance security industry is digital.


Webinar:”When and Why you Must Buy iSCSI or NAS”

April 15, 2010

Confused about the differences between iSCSI and NAS? While both technologies are used as primary and secondary storage options, they offer different features. Learn how choosing the right storage solution can help you avoid disaster while keeping costs down and increase your ROI.

 Join us on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 10am PST for our webinar, highlighting the key reasons why and when iSCSI is the best choice over NAS when selecting a high performance storage system.

Sign up for this FREE webinar and discover:

  • The difference between iSCSI and NAS
  • Typical iSCSI/NAS applications
  • Advantages/disadvantages of iSCSI and NAS
  • When to buy iSCSI vs NAS

Click here to register for the webinar.