Create a StoneFly iSCSI Storage in Microsoft Azure

Data Storage demand is growing in every enterprise these days. Whether the business is data intensive or not, the storage needs are still picking up as an ascending curve, along with the storage cost. That is why StoneFly offers to its users the best of the storage products, which not only help a company in serving to their current data storage needs, but also helps in cutting down their storage costs to almost 50%.

StoneFly Cloud Drive on Microsoft Azure offers its users a highly available and scalable storage solution. It’s a perfect solution for companies looking to add storage on the fly, and to those looking out for an advanced disaster recovery solution.

StoneFly Cloud Drive features StoneFly’s proven enterprise-class SAN technology which has been integrated with Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform to offer

  1. Storage as a Service (SaaS),
  2. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS),
  3. Remote OS boot from the cloud, and
  4. The provisioning of data stores for physical or virtual environments (such as VMware or Hyper-V).

StoneFly Cloud based iSCSI Storage are ideal for protecting mission-critical information and include advanced business continuity features such as snapshots, asynchronous remote replication, multi geo-mirroring (one-to-many and many-to-one), data deduplication, volume encryption, and thin provisioning.

All that the customer needs to do is to go to Microsoft Azure and click on Storage option available on the website. Just go to the marketplace and choose StoneFly Storage Controller option available in different variants. Select the one which suits you the best. The StoneFly Storage Controller varies according to the data services being offered with it.

For instance, users looking out for services like data deduplication and thin provisioning can opt for a StoneFly Storage Controller which offers them those services. For those who need data services like mirroring and replication can select that variant of choice available in the Azure cloud.

After selecting the Storage Controller variant from StoneFly, the user just needs to create a username and start using the storage services available to them via “Graphical User Interface (GUI)”.

Users willing to use multiple storage controllers for applications like testing, backup and such can also do it as per their prime. The highlight is that the users can use multiple storage controllers in a cloud via a single pane management view and that too with the same set of data security and services independent of each other.

By subscribing to a StoneFly Cloud Drive users will immediately save on the capital expenses that come with the purchase of a physical appliance, along with operating expenses such as power and cooling costs.

With StoneFly’s Cloud Drives for Azure, the user can rest assured that their data is secure and protected against loss with minimum of 3 copies of data within Azure’s datacenter/s.

From user’s viewpoint, StoneFly’s remote iSCSI drive hosted in Azure is provisioned exactly like a local drive. This means, the drive will be recognized by any workstation or local server as a regular drive embedded in a storage array locally. But in practical, the drive is geographically distant and connected through network.

StoneFly Cloud Drive performance is also high as it a block mode storage. Therefore, more throughputs, less latency and more consistency are guaranteed.

StoneFly Cloud Drive offers

  • Graphical Performance and Utilization Reporting
  • Logical Volume Creation and Patented Advanced Storage Virtualization Services
  • Volume-Level Access Control and Dynamic Volume Management
  • Automated Online Volume / Storage Expansion
  • Support for SNMP Traps and Call Home

Now to those, who are eager to know about Microsoft Azure platforms security and services, here are some facts-

  • Security is built into Azure from the ground-up and includes a trustworthy technology foundation, 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. 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.
  • Azure runs in more datacenters and regions around the world than AWS and Google Cloud combined. Azure data centers can be found in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. So, there is no question of disappointment to those who want 99.999% uptime.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Cloud Drive


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