Storage Tiering- What is it and what does it give me?

December 28, 2011

What is it?

Since there are many disk drives types, it is very important to optimize use of different drive types to achieve best price/performance ratio for your storage. Storage Tiering allows usage of different type of drives for different applications.

Common disk drives used in storage subsystems such as Stonefly’s IP Storage products are: SATA HDD, SAS HDD, and SSD. SATA and SAS HDDs are both mechanical disk drives with spinning platters. SSD stands for Solid State Drive and is made from non-volatile flash memory. HDDs come in different rotation speeds ranging from 5400 RPM (Rotation Per Minute) up to 15000 RPM.


In storage Tiering, the most reliable high- performance equipment is used to support the most critical data. Whereas, the most cost-effective resources to support older, less critical information


All three drive types are available with:

–      3 or 6Giga-Bit-Per-Second per port

–      Single port which is commonly called SATA interface, or SAS interface which is commonly called SAS interface.

All three drive types come in different capacities of up to 3Tera-Bytes, and these capacities keep increasing each year.


This many variations in drive type, capacity, interface, and speed results in large differences in price for each drive.


Storage companies offer wide variety of drive types to accommodate needs of different customers with different applications. Storage Tiering allows customer to have multiple drive types in their storage units, and gives them the ability to allocate certain type drives to certain applications depending on what that application needs.

What does it give me?

Answer is simple: Freedom to choose drive types depending on application, and overall reduction in data storage costs.


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.

Increase performance 10 fold with Tiered Storage and SSD!

June 16, 2010

Trying to find new ways to increase your storage systems performance is an ongoing battle for many of us. You might be wondering to yourself: “how can I raise my system’s speed and efficiency without sacrificing my budget?” The answer is integrating tiered storage and solid-state drives (SSD).

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 10am PST, Stonefly Inc. will be hosting the “Tiered Storage and SSD? Increase performance 10 fold: Technology and Techniques Made Simple” webinar. Learn from one of our veteran storage solutions experts as we discuss:

1) What is the technology behind Tiered Storage and how can it accelerate my application performance?
2) What’s the latest SSD technology and how it can help me?
3) What are the most cost effective high performance server and storage system architectures?

Register right now and have a chance to win a $50 American Express Gift Card! Simply attend one of this week’s Stonefly or DNF Security webinars and you will be automatically entered to win an AmEx Gift Card. At the end of the week, a raffle will be drawn and a winner will be contacted.

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Ruggedized Mobile Surveillance – Built to Move!

January 15, 2010

The mobile video surveillance market is expected to double by 2015 (Frost & Sullivan, July 2009), but are you equipped with the right system to handle harsh conditions?  As proven by Military Standard testing, a good Ruggedized Mobile Surveillance system lasts longer, is safer from damage, and the right ones can communicate via multiple types of transmission.

To learn more about what to look for in a solution, sign up for our informative webinar Ruggedized Mobile Surveillance – Built to Move on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 11am PST. 

We will provide in-depth information on standard mobile surveillance systems, the significant differences of a ruggedized solution and how DNF Security can fulfill those needs.

Click here to sign up for this important webinar.

NavigateStorage Discusses the Voyager IP SAN

December 17, 2009

Here’s what storage expert Jim Addlesberger  had to say about the Voyager IP SAN in his recent blog post:

In direct competition with Equallogic the Voyager IP SANs are designed to offer active/active controllers, improved redundancy, high-availability and fast performance – at a lower price point. Using high-performance storage interconnects, the Voyager product family is designed for enterprise environments looking for a versatile SAN for primary and secondary storage applications.

With support for SAS, SATA, and SSD drives for online transaction processing, database, email, disk based archives, disk to disk backup, virtual servers and other core applications. The cornerstone of the Voyager is their storage virtualization engine, which offers quad-core processing power, dedicated iSCSI Cache, and our StoneFusion storage management operating system.

Don’t believe us, read what Reuters had to say in March of 2009. And at 10Gb speeds the Voyager is a screamer.

Speaking of 10GB you should let us tell you about H3C a division of 3COM. Combining the Voyager and H3C’s 10GB switches gives you a very economical, performing and secure solution.

The Voyager not only supports 10GB but also Solid State drives as well.

Allow us to arrange an informative conference call to tell you more.

NavigateStorage 978-318-9000

For more information about the Voyager, sign up for our Wednesday webinar.

StoneFly Satisfies Need for Speed with Support for Solid-State Drives

September 2, 2009

I know you’ve been hearing about SSD  support for a while now, but we’ve officially announced that our IP SAN appliances with SSD improves SAN IO by 400%, while lowering energy consumption and cooling requirements by 80%. With no moving parts, solid-state technology is fast and reliable, allowing organizations to offload data intensive processes to energy-saving SSD.

DNF Corp Newsletter: August 2009

September 1, 2009

Here is a recap of the DNF Corp newsletter for August:

  • 2.5″ SSD support
  • Virtualization for SMB
  • Assigning a volume to Windows

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