How a virtual storage appliance benefits multi site enterprises?

Enterprises branched across the globe require access to IT systems on 24/7 basis and that too all around the year. Previously, there was only one option and that was having an IT Infrastructure located at each individual location with the consequence that skilled personnel might be required on-site to look after the IT environment.

The threat in this arrangement is that when the IT equipment goes down at that location, the whole business could get severely affected. For instance, limited network connectivity, limited space, limited IT budgets, basic equipment on-site, a sluggish performance can make things costly and complicated in the IT environment.

Virtualization comes to rescue in these situations in the form of a highly available SAN storage solution. A virtual storage specialist such as StoneFly, Inc. have partnered with hypervisor and hardware vendors such as VMware to enable a highly converged solution for multiple locations that take care of providing virtual computing and storage requirements.

The biggest benefit of this type of storage resource is that it can provide SAN storage with high capacity storage controlled from one location via a browser without the need for expensive external storage equipment.

Advantages of a virtual SAN storage

Cost get dramatically reduced as there no need for much expensive hardware storage equipment. Less hardware means less maintenance, less energy bills and also less heat dissipation which cuts down the number of cooling solutions.

A major attribute in Virtual SAN storage is its ease of increasing storage size as per the user requirement. Thanks to its scalability function, a virtualized storage doesn’t have the same sort of limits as with physical hard drive solutions.

In generalized terms, storage virtualization sounds more complicated than it actually is and is well within the scope of most small business networks with more than one storage device. Infact, the concept of storage virtualization which drives a virtual storage helps in pooling all computing resources from multiple storage devices like network storage appliances into a single, virtual storage resource.

And this virtualized resource no longer appears to users/ applications as a resource associated to a particular disk, storage server or a NAS device. This is called as a “layer of abstraction” between the storage hardware and the applications that access the storage. And is an ultimate highlight of a shared storage, because you can assign any storage resource to any user, regardless of the resource location on the network.

Therefore, a virtual storage helps in attaining true capacity of a storage device. So, the user doesn’t need to buy as much storage or invest in a new storage as often. That can turn into a significant cost savings for all small businesses.

As your small business grows, so will your storage needs. A virtualized storage will prove as a cost-effective resource to expand an enterprise existing storage capacity and take advantage of innovative technologies that can help a business operate more efficiently.

Looking for a virtualized storage appliance?

StoneFly SCVM Virtual Storage Appliance can help you out at this juncture. The StoneFly Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine (SCVM™) Software-Defined Unified Storage™ (SDUS) is a Virtual IP Storage Software Appliance that creates a virtual network storage appliance using the existing resources of your virtual server. This virtual SAN storage platform for VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi, VMware vCloud and Microsoft Hyper-V environments provides an advanced, fully featured iSCSI, Fibre Channel SAN and NAS within a virtual machine to form a Virtual Storage Appliance.

Therefore, customers will no longer need a separate box for storing their data. They can create networked IP storage along with server virtual machines, all on the same hardware platform and can increase productivity, simplify management, and reduce power and rack space requirements while using a SCVM Virtual Storage Appliance with existing hardware.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly SCVM Virtual Storage Appliance


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