For all those who are looking to upgrade their enterprise storage and server infrastructure, here is an excellent solution from StoneFly. This company which is a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory is bringing you an ideal solution to consolidate all of your Server, Storage and Backup needs into one easy to manage appliance called StoneFly DR365. So, no need to invest on single purpose appliances for your growing storage, server and backup needs when everything is available in a single box.
StoneFly™ DR365 is one such appliance which not only caters to your Disaster Recovery and back up needs; but also facilitates complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power and cooling costs with the use of virtualized operating systems. As a result, it reduces hardware footprint by cutting the need for number of computing appliances and thus propagates the concept of Green Computing in your enterprise environment.
DR365 of StoneFly™ intellectually replaces the fixed hardware model and offers scalability to make your server and storage environment foolproof. Therefore you can isolate your IT environment from going for forklift upgrades by adding resources like CPU, memory and storage based on your application/s demand
The other highlight of StoneFly DR365 is that is driven by StoneFly’s patented and award winning StoneFusion Network Storage Platform. It is through this Network Operating System Architecture that this Unified Storage, Server and Backup appliance is made to bring block level storage intelligence to the IP Network Core in order to deliver all the benefits seen in a managed SAN. Advanced storage services including Active/Active clustering, mirroring, replication, encryption, data deduplication, snapshots, thin provisioning are some of the exclusive benefits offered by the presence of StoneFly’s StoneFusion OS.
StoneFly DR365 is also loaded with StoneFly Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine (SCVM) software which makes this appliance into a unified storage solution that uses a virtual IP Storage Platform for VMware environments. The main advantage of this SCVM software is that it helps in creating a fully featured iSCSI+ NAS solution within a virtual machine in order to create a Virtual Storage Appliance.
Going with the main highlight of DR365 which is backup & disaster recovery; all the enterprise application data can be backed up onto a single appliance with single software. This is made possible with the presence of 365Vault software on this platform. Agentless backups, instant virtual machine recovery from any point in time and single or multiple file recovery for Windows and Linux virtual machines is made possible.
What’s more? Well, this appliance is also available as a tiered storage and so the user can get storage media of their choice. For high performance oriented applications, enterprise users can go for StoneFly DR365 populated with all-inclusive SSD drives or a mix up for tiered storage environments.
The other amazing feature of StoneFly™ DR365 is that it is a total Scale-out appliance where you can add expansion nodes for scalability.
Hence, the entire solution of StoneFly DR365 is highly redundant, performance oriented and highly scalable.
So, what are you waiting for? Just go for this Unified Server, Storage and Backup appliance and make your enterprise storage environment future proof.
From 2013, almost seven popular cloud storage service providers killed their IP Storage services for different reasons. Now, the latest in the list seems to be AVG, a popular Internet Security and anti-malware provider. But AVG is giving enough time to its users in order to transfer their database from their platform to others.
AVG LiveKive launched in the year 2011 was offering to its users a free 5GB of IP Storage. In order to attract more users to its platform, the company offered unlimited tier plan for just $80/year. After some days, it changed its 5GB free IP Storage to a 30 day trial and was in an intention to cut down the price on its premium account offerings.
But Alas..! All these gimmicks went in vein as the company has decided to shut down the business as none of its marketing plans worked till date. However, the company has given enough time to help its users to do their migration.
From April 1st, 2014, All AVG LiveKive users will not be allowed to upload any file onto their respective cloud accounts. There will be no change to downloads made from this platform from the said date. From August 18th, 2014, all AVG LiveKive cloud services will be shut down and all user account base will be nullified.
For those who use free storage services of AVG LiveKive, nothing is going to change as they can easily shift to other cloud services. But for those who are holding premium accounts, this service shutdown will surely prove as a betrayal, as they have already invested their hard earned money into it.
Scale-out data storage systems are overshadowing the market of scale-up enterprise storage systems in recent times and this is turning into a fact with recent developments taking place in enterprise world. The inclination of centralizing and consolidating storage infrastructure in a flexible and future-proof way is also strengthening this fact to the core.
All these days, scale-up SAN and NAS products with high resiliency and availability were on great demand as they facilitated the scaling up to terabytes and eventually multi- petabytes. It became more flexible with the introduction of storage area networks that removed many physical barriers of co-locating storage and servers on a simultaneous note.
However, with current levels of scalability, having a 4PB storage array in place can give many nightmares to an administrator. Obliviously, issues like managing many different and possibly diverse workloads on the same hardware will be a challenge, without effective tools. So, with one piece of hardware in place, getting a support to many application needs in an enterprise can become a herculean task when future of an enterprise business growth is taken into consideration. So, replacing scale-up systems can also represent a significant headache in cost point of view.
So, this is where scale-out storage attains prominence and addresses all the needs of data growth. Instead of adding hardware to a single array, it delivers the desired performance by adding scale out storage nodes which can be either servers or storage appliances.
Previously, nodes were connected into a loose configuration and so there was a high probability that they failed on an independent note. But now, with smart technologies in progress, many data storage vendors are coming up with tightly coupled scale-out systems. In this arrangement, nodes act independently and can be managed independently, which includes rolling upgrades, hardware replacement and scaling. Hyperscale computing needs seen in the environments of Google and Facebook can also be solved by putting scale-out systems in place.
Till the year 2012, object storage market was catering to the needs of scale-out storage products. But now, NAS platform manufactures are also coming up with such products. Software defined storage vendors are also offering Scale-Out products as they are in great demand in this business segment.
Note- A Fibre Channel environment is not well suited for scale-out operations as it offers functional problems with multi-pathing.
One such vendor which offers SAN and NAS solutions with unified scale out appliances in its portfolio is StoneFly. This company which is a pioneer in iSCSI offers scale-out NAS and SAN appliances, which can grow as per the needs of an enterprise. Start with a small storage when your enterprise is in budding stages and then grow your storage infrastructure as per your enterprise application growth.
Facebook, termed as the number one social networking portal in the world seems to be following Google and Amazon these days. As per the latest reports, the popular social media website will be investing $ 60 million in a drone manufacturing company in this month.
From the past few months, Facebook is busy in acquiring companies offering web related services. Recently, it brought WhatsApp for a whooping amount of 19 billion and declared that it is going to invest in more such services in coming months.
Now, Facebook’s eyes fell onto Titan Aerospace which is a New Mexico company known for making solar powered drones.
There is a high probability that Facebook is in plans to use these drones for bringing connectivity to the two thirds of the world that are not connected. It wants to reach out to those remote places with its internet services, so that they can be pulled onto its social networking platform with a clause of vendor lock-in ( well, could be).
Titan Aerospace builds light-weight and high flying drones that can fly at 20MPH and can remain in air for five years. The company’s Solara 50 drones is tucked with capabilities such as flying at 65,000 feet altitude and can remain in space for almost 2000 days.
Now, coming to drone usage, despite a strong commotion against drone usage, companies are interested in investing in them. Google for instance is using air filled balloons for delivering wireless internet connectivity to remote places. Already, the company has launched 30 such balloons which fly at an altitude of commercial aero planes and almost 65 such users connect to them at once. Amazon is also using such drones in order to deliver its customers parcels on time.
Drones can used for multi purposes and so by investing in a drone manufacturing company, Facebook seems to be in a plan of either delivering internet connectivity to remote places or is planning to launch a similar online shopping portal like Amazon.
Microsoft is planning to cement its feet in commercial cloud storage business and so has announced its latest offering at SharePoint 2014 conference on March 3rd. The company which recently went for a name change from Skydrive to Onedrive will from April 1st, 2014 offer a business cloud storage which was named as Skydrive Pro. From April 1st, 2014, OneDrive for business will be available for purchase and standalone version will be offered with 25GB of storage per employee. Each employee can also purchase extra storage if needed and will be given file sync and access from multiple devices.
But OneDrive for business will only be available for a limited time i.e. from April 1st, 2014 to September 9th, 2014 and for $2.50/month per user. The users of this Microsoft’s business segment of IP Storage will also get features such as encryption at rest, data loss prevention, extensibility improvements, higher storage limits and advanced auditing and reporting features.