Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stonefly SCVM™ (Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine)

Money tight?  Let us show you how we can help.  Gain the benefits of an IP SAN without requiring a physical SAN infrastructure

The StoneFly SCVM Virtual IP SAN Software Appliance creates a virtual IPSAN using the existing resources of your virtual server. It is a Virtual IP SAN appliance Software for VMWare or Hyper-V environments. It provides an advanced, fully featured iSCSI SAN/Storage within a VMWare or Hyper-V Virtual Machine. You do not need another box for your storage. Create an iSCSI Virtual SAN Appliance along with your Server Virtual Machines within the same Hardware platform. Increase your productivity, simplify your management, and reduce your power and rack space by simply loading an SCVM in a Virtual Machine.

By creating a StoneFly iSCSI Target within a VMWare or Hyper-V Virtual Server, StoneFly customers may reallocate existing hardware resources to create business continuity and disaster recovery solution. Using StoneFly synchronous mirroring within the datacenter and distributed campus, or using asynchronous mirroring (replication) between remote facilities, enables StoneFly customers to have an instantaneous recovery, and eliminate loss of access to storage during disasters.

This tool enables our customers to lower operational datacenter costs plus provide a quick RTO (Return to Operation) in the event of a local site failure. In essence the SCVM™ is giving our customers the ability to create their own “DR Site in a box”.

If you are looking for all the functionality of an IPSAN, but lack of budget and space holding you off from buying an external SAN, StoneFly SCVM is the product you want.

These SCVMs can be clustered together to transform your existing server storage into a clustered storage system that is managed as a single SAN. This allows you to use all VMware ESX or Hyper-V advanced features that need shared storage. You can use SCVM to provide storage to multiple servers without disruption and you can also increase the storage as needed.

Installed easily on any VMware ESX or ESXi or Hyper-V server, the SCVM gives the consolidation of server and storage into one platform resulting in saving in space, power, cooling and overall management.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

iSCSI SAN best practices for small businesses

NavigateStorage has specialized in storage since 1999 when it began.

iSCSI storage area networks (SANs) are becoming increasingly popular in small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). According to Storage magazine's October 2010 Purchasing Intentions survey, 44% of survey respondents either deployed or plan to deploy an iSCSI system this year -- the highest number so far. Much of iSCSI's growth appears to be coming from medium-sized businesses; 52% of those surveyed are installing iSCSI this year, a six point jump from a year ago. But larger organizations are also increasingly opting for iSCSI; 39% have deployed iSCSI or plan to -- a four-point increase vs. last fall. While attracting larger businesses, iSCSI SAN storage has maintained its solid presence in small companies, with 42% taking the iSCSI route this year.

We have iSCI solutions of all sizes and price catagories from $8,000 to 100's of thousands.

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Next-Generation Email Archiving

Is your email protected?
The fast-growing volume of email presents major challenges for all organizations. According to Ferris Research, the average information worker sends over 600 emails in a given week. Many of these emails are either business records or contain valuable corporate knowledge and need to be retained accordingly. Keeping a large volume of email leads to higher storage costs and headaches for IT staff in the form of longer back-up windows. In fact, Osterman Research states, message stores have grown 30% from winter 2007 to winter 2008. As message stores grow, organizations face challenges with:

Managing Storage Costs – getting content off expensive production systems

Timely Recovery Times – reducing recovery point objectives and ever-expanding back-up windows

Ending Firefights – lowering cost of reactive collection and review

Mitigating Content-related Risks – ensuring proper usage of content within the organization

Interested in learning more?  Call Jim at 978-318-9000 or drop us an email