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SSD makers shipped massive 10 Exabyte’s of capacity in Q1 2016!

Solid state drive makers have collectively announced that they have shipped 30.8 million SSDs during the first quarter of 2016, amounting to 10 Exabytes of flash storage. The report from Trendfocus says that enterprise SSD Market saw growth in all segments- SATA, SAS and PCle and directly hints that the future of HDD is bleak.

The report also specified that Samsung is the undisputed leader in terms of both units shipped (42%) and total capacity (51%). SanDisk- now a business unit of Western Digital stands second in place for having shipped over 12 percent of all SSDs and nearly 10 percent of SSD capacity.

Trendfocus said that forty percent of all NAND flash chip output last quarter made its way into SSDs which were either pledged into all flash storage systems or the hybrid storage. The rest went into tablets, phones and other devices.

Despite the PC downturn, vendors made some gains in the client SSD space in Q1.

According to the survey suppliers shipped 27 million SSDs, a 4 percent quarterly increase. The market for drive form factor SSDs, typically of the 2.5-inch variety, edged out SSD modules by rising 5 percent, quarter-to-quarter. This clearly reflects the phase of down PC market in CQ1 ’16 as modules are somewhat tied directly to PC demand with system OEMs.

Last year, worldwide PC shipments dropped 8 percent to 288.7 million units compared to 2014, according to figures released by IDC.

For Q1 2016, the research firm said vendors shipped 60.6 million PCs, an 11.5 percent year-over-year decline.

Among the market leaders, HP was the hardest hit with a 10.8 percent drop, followed by Lenovo and Asus, with declines of 8.5 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively.

This boils down to prove one point and that is in a very short span, the PC market must still grapple with limited consumer interest and competition from other infrastructure upgrades in the commercial market.

Nevertheless, IDC still projects total business IT spending to grow compared to 2015, and as we head toward the end of 2016.

Hope, Microsoft’s Windows 10 brings in some cheer to market as it plans to discontinue free OS upgrade from July end this year.

Get a smart tiered storage with StoneFly Integrated SAN

StoneFly, Inc, a wholly owned business subsidiary of DNF Corporation is offering a smart tiered storage appliance which has SSD and hard disk drives populated in it. The StoneFly Integrated SAN is being offered in large storage capacities at a low price and is available in 6Gb SATA, SAS or SSD combinations of 4, 6,8,12,16,18,24 and 36 drives per unit.

Additionally, StoneFly ISC GS Class IP SAN appliances are loaded with award winning StoneFusion operating system which simplifies storage implementation and management by using storage Virtualization.

StoneFly Smart Tiered storage enables data storage administrators to easily and interactively match application driven price, performance, and availability requirements to storage system characteristics. StoneFusion provides an easy to use interface for performing transparent, non-disruptive data volume management across heterogeneous storage media. It also allows admins to quickly provision storage to meet application deployment requirements and then fine-tune provisioning using multidimensional storage tiers.

StoneFly StoneFusion offers tiered storage in an in-complex way by masking the underlying complexity of data migration between the media. Moreover, the whole data migration process does not require the administrator to master the operation of complex storage and analysis.

StoneFusion propelled StoneFly Integrated SANs simplify the task of optimizing storage infrastructure to satisfy application storage requirements. It allows fine tuning and error correction of storage provisioning without application outages.

Thus, the smart tiered storage offered with StoneFly Integrated SANs safely moves data when application requirements increase or decrease and easily fine tunes volume provisioning via GUI.

Click on StoneFly Integrated Storage Concentrator to know more


For how long Video Evidence must be maintained

Video surveillance storage selection is a tough task to make and solely depends on the objective of having a surveillance solution in place, the hardware which is being deployed( Analog or IP camera) and the stipulations to be followed while recording the video(resolution, recording frames per second.…).

What most of you out there fail to make a note is till how much time the recorded evidence should be maintained and what are the laws prevailing in different regions when it comes to video retention.

To know more click on the following weblink of DNF Corporation

DNF Cloud Connection can handle deep archives as well as active archives

DNF Cloud Connection, a video surveillance archival solution offered by default to DNF Falcon Video recording and storage appliance customers can handle deep as well as active archives with ease.

To understand the technique behind DNF Cloud Connection in a better way, first let us understand what is the concept behind deep and active archives.

A deep archive is a storage location for data that will probably not be accessed again, but has to be kept for compliance audit purposes or for some other business reasons. For example, a bank statement of a person who is dead. Although, it is of no use; banks still need to maintain the record for auditing purposes and to present the transaction details when a situation arises.

An active archive is a collection of data that is too valuable for a company to discard, but is only accessed occasionally. For instance, an individual’s bank statement of previous year. The said transaction details can be used to access the credit history of the person.

Now, to those who are wondering how is a deep and active archive related to video surveillance, here’s a thought.

Let us suppose you own a departmental store and one of your employees has stolen an expensive item. This time he was unlucky and was caught with evidence. But as a store keeper, its your duty to see if the same incident took place say six to eight months before, then what would you do?

Normally, users will take the help of a DVR or NVR recording and search for video evidence. But what if the recording appliance doesn’t store the recorded videos of more than one month? Then you cannot prove the employee guilty for his/her past deeds of theft.

This is where DNF Cloud Connection proves extremely helpful. Whether it is a recording of above 2 months or 1 year, you can store it in an economic way DNF Cloud Connection.

So, whenever the need arises, you can just go to the virtual drive of DNF Cloud Connection secured on your DNF Falcon series of video recording and storage solution and search for the video.

Like said above, all falcon series video storage appliances support an optimal cloud connection for video archiving. Live recordings continue to be stored directly on the falcon appliance’s local storage, while archived footage can be written to and read from a secure StoneFly Cloud Drive hosted in Microsoft Azure or the StoneFly Cloud Business Center.

Users can retain video evidence till they desire or as per the company’s video retention policy. The said cloud platforms highly scalable and so users might never face capacity troubles.

To know more click on DNF Cloud Connection weblink

VMware vs Hyper V- which is best?

Virtualization is becoming a data center norm and that’s due to the fact that IT trends like backup and storage are emerging at the speed of light. As per Gartner’s latest research, 86 percent of all server workloads in data centers operating worldwide are virtualized. So, all this suggests one thing that those dealing with Virtualization and offering services and products related to it have a bright future ahead.

For those who are stuck with the debate of VMware or Hyper V, this article will help find out which offers the best in the world.

According to Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant Report, VMware is ruling the Virtualization market with its super tailored products like vSphere which is truly a champ in simplifying x86 server architecture by sophistication. System admins can highly depend on this Hypervisor to take on demanding workloads, effortlessly hoist them into the cloud, and intelligently adapt to the most challenging IT environments. Gartner reports that VMware is a bit flashy, but its product like vSphere still scores high marks in the area of customer satisfaction.

When it comes to Microsoft’s Hyper-V, the product first emerged into the market with Windows Server 2008 and continues to have prominence in Microsoft Server 2012 R2. Truly speaking, the product has a lot of similarities with VMware with the ability to induce true power to 64-bit computing. So, to those environments which run windows only infrastructure, Hyper V will prove as a good bet.

When price factor is taken into account, knowing which hypervisor is a better value for your data center is not always clear cut. Though, price list tells us a different story, both vendors negotiate price discounts with customers to edge out the competition.

For those IT departments shifting their gaze to cloud, VMware and Hyper V comparisons should also include private cloud management. Otherwise, you won’t get the most bang out of your investment.

Generally, there is a notion in the market that Hyper V is being offered at a cheaper rate than vSphere. To a certain extent this is true as Hyper V negotiates enterprise agreements and offers package deals to gain market share. However, costs and Virtualization features change as data center scales up.

So, is VMware a true leader in Virtualization?

With containers on the rise and hybrid cloud making more sense than ever, even Hyper V may have something more to offer than VMware.

Approach DNF Corporation to know which Virtualization Software fits best into your data center environment?

How secure are StoneFly Hyper Converged Appliances

StoneFly Unified Storage & Server (USS) Hyper Converged Appliances are ideal to consolidate all of your server and storage systems into one easy to manage appliance. Use of Virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power/cooling costs.

The highlight of StoneFly Hyper Converged Infrastructure is that these systems are certified across a broad set of certifications and evaluation programs which companies and organizations serving financial, healthcare and government sectors look for.

StoneFly web scale solutions enforce two-factor authentication for system administrators in environments with stringent security needs requiring additional layers of security for admin login. This ensures access restrictions to security conscious environments, such as government facilities and healthcare provider systems. Data security threats like Ransomware can be kept at bay with the use of these systems.

On an additional note, StoneFly provides strong data protection by encrypting user and application data at a level of FIPS 140-2 level 2 compliance. Apart from Hardware-Enabled Block Level AES 256 Volume Encryption, users can get data at rest encryption through self encrypting drives on demand.

The non-disruptive encryption solution provides comprehensive, cost-effective data security for companies in healthcare and financial, as well for federal and state governments – all of which have stringent data protection regulations covering the management of personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive information.

Common Myths about Backup and data continuity

Enterprises which are data intensive should learn to protect their data ensuring that if something happens they can restore and get back up & running. By having the said disaster recovery plan in place, business can keep data continuity intact when something goes awry.

Consequently, what’s the big difference between backup and data continuity? Are they the same thing? How long with it take to restore the data if your business goes down? How much of that data will actually be viable?

In this article we will try to find out answers to all the questions stated above by clearing out few misconceptions about backup and data continuity

Myth- Backup and disaster recovery or data continuity are all the same

Truth- Strictly speaking, they are not the same. A backup is a simple copy of production data. Data continuity, on the other hand, is a term used to describe not only the technology that backing up data, but a plan surrounding how you will ensure continuity of your business if something happens to your data center. The difference is backup is just an action to save data somewhere. Data Continuity– a part of Business Continuity is a process solution that uses a recovery plan to get you backup and running without having to spend time testing availability of that backup data or figuring out logistics in how you will use that backup to keep going.

Myth- Just set a backup and there ends your duty

Truth- Companies small or big need a data continuity plan in place without exception and that’s a fact. Gone are days where we can sit back and expect everything to work properly without any effort. Imagine, one of your backup engines fails and your data is no longer viable. What will happen when you realize that the last working copy of your data is more than a month old? Businesses cannot survive data loss. They cannot survive a hack, ransomware or virus and risk hoping that their recent backups will act as a savior. In these scenarios, literally everything is at stake, and its better never face this situation.

Myth-Full disaster recovery testing is expensive and affects production environment

Truth-By leveraging cloud based disaster recovery solutions, companies can perform disaster recovery tests in sandbox environments, separate from production systems, in a short amount of time. That means zero risk and zero incremental cost to ensure that your business is protected.

Myth- Backing up critical data is enough

Truth- Unfortunately, having a backup of critical data doesn’t guarantee disaster recovery as users need access to the infrastructure that runs your applications to support continued IT operations.

Myth-Replication of servers is enough to stay safe

Truth- Most companies go with the habit of implementing redundancy in network environments for Application servers and SANs thinking that it is an outdated way to save money. But in reality, it is still a costly business, as it is not scalable and is incomplete. The logic is that if your replicate servers in same environments, you won’t be able to bring the replicated servers online.

Myth- A secondary disaster recovery site is for large enterprises and not for SMBs

Truth- Small and midsize organizations are the ones that suffer the most when it comes to IT interruption. While traditional secondary disaster recovery sites can cost well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and be difficult to manage, cloud-based solutions now give SMBs a ‘disaster recovery on-demand’ approach that cuts those costs dramatically and ensures you can continue to operate.

StoneFly, Inc, a wholly owned business unit of DNF Corp offers both physical as well as cloud based backup and disaster recovery solution.

Just click on the provided link to know more.


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