SAN storage benefits are already known to many, as it helps in consolidating all the business data into one single storage appliance accessible through network. Additionally, it also offers efficient management of storage through data deduplication and thin provisioning capabilities. Moreover, his centralized storage not only helps in consolidating, but also can be transformed into advanced disaster recovery solution when needed.
Now, imagine if the SAN appliance is available on a reliable cloud services in a virtual format.
Yes, you’ve grasped it right. If SAN storage capabilities are available on cloud, then it will allow companies looking to add storage on fly in a cost effective way, reducing Capital Expenses and Operating Expenses. Furthermore, advanced disaster recovery services can be achieved by having a SAN in the cloud.
This is what StoneFly Cloud Drive brings to you in practical. It’s a solution which offers virtual SAN capabilities through Microsoft’s Azure Cloud.
StoneFly Cloud Drives feature StoneFly’s proven enterprise-class SAN technology which has been integrated with Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform to offer Storage as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), remote OS boot from the cloud, and the provisioning of data stores for physical or virtual environments (such as VMware or Hyper-V).
All the enterprise mission critical information is protected through advanced business continuity features such as snapshots, asynchronous remote replication, multi geo-mirroring, data deduplication, volume encryption, and thin provisioning.
StoneFly SAN cloud storage hosted in Microsoft’s Azure cloud can also be used for backing up critical data.
Choosing StoneFly Cloud Drive to implement offsite backup can prove inexpensive as it not only allows storing data in more than one location, but keeps the remote host always available in order to achieve disaster recovery, when properly associated.
All you need to do is to integrate the on-premises infrastructure to StoneFly Cloud Drive, which is further integrated to Microsoft Azure. Customers using this service will enjoy block level storage beneficial for backing up their critical data from then onwards.
So, all your data which is being recorded onto your on-premises infrastructure will simultaneously get recorded in the StoneFly Virtual SAN. When the on-premises infrastructure is down due to man made or natural disasters; clients and customers of a company can enjoy data continuity services through the backup copies available via StoneFly Cloud Drive propelled by Microsoft Azure.
Now, to those, who are worried about the increasing IT costs, backup onto StoneFly Cloud storage will prove economical. If you need a backup copy, you will just be charged 3 cents per Gigabyte. For instance, if you have say 1TB data hosted on StoneFly Cloud drive, the total download will just come around to $200/TB (approximately).
If you already have lots of data to store in the cloud, and having bandwidth issues, StoneFly also supports Offsite-vaulting services, where you can send hard drives filled with data to the StoneFly data center, from where technical professionals will do the uploading task to the cloud drive for you. An elastic (use as per demand) cloud drive will be created for you and all the data from the storage media will be injected into the cloud. After that, just by integrating that drive to your on-premises servers or storage, you can start recording data to the cloud on a simultaneous note.
Only pay for the storage you use. Since StoneFly’s Cloud Drive storage plans are all priced month-to-month, there is no annual commitment which allows serious SLA concerns.
Now coming to the benefits of having StoneFly SAN hosted in Microsoft Azure cloud-
- Technically speaking, the whole world already knows about Microsoft Azure and its capabilities and features. When a customer goes for a StoneFly Cloud SAN, a virtual dedicated storage is hosted on Microsoft Azure’s world-class cloud storage. This means, an account is created with a user name on the said cloud platform and the user owns the data. They are in control of your their data. Microsoft Azure sets and adheres to stringent privacy standards.
- For those who are bothered about cloud security, Azure has trustworthy technology foundation, as it offers multi-factor authentication for comprehensive identity and access management, AES-256 encryption for data at rest, Azure Key Vault for easy encryption key management, industry-standard transport protocols between user devices and Microsoft Azure datacenters and within datacenters, secure connections between VMs, Azure Virtual Network to extend your on-premises network to the cloud through site-to-site VPN, threat management against online attacks, monitoring, logging, reporting, timely alerts, and penetration testing to improve security controls and processes.
- Azure meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2, as well as country-specific standards including Australia IRAP, UK G-Cloud, and Singapore MTCS.
- Remember, Microsoft was also the first to adopt the uniform international code of practice for cloud privacy, ISO/IEC 27018, which governs the processing of personal information by cloud service providers.
- Rigorous third-party audits, such as by the British Standards Institute, verify Azure’s adherence to the strict security controls these standards mandate. Azure cloud services, with independently verified compliance, give you the foundation to achieve compliance for the infrastructure and applications you run in Azure.
- Microsoft Azure hosts data in almost 4 continents which are North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. So, if you are bothered about Internet surveillance laws prevailing in America and Australia you can customize your Azure account in one of the data centers of either Australia or Asia.
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