StoneFly, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNF Corporation has partnered with Microsoft Azure to deliver storage as a service from early this week. The company which has been powering SAN appliances for well over a decade, offers now the capability to deploy StoneFly’s proven and award-winning StoneFusion operating system as an enterprise-class Virtual SAN appliance running in Microsoft Azure’s cloud computing platform.
StoneFly’s Cloud Drive for Azure features the choice of an enterprise remote iSCSI drive or Scale out NAS solution in the Cloud. Perfect for primary storage, remote backup, remote replication for disaster recovery, or combined with an on-premises solution to cache and accelerate data transfer to the StoneFly Cloud Drive on Azure.
StoneFly Cloud Drives are ideal for protecting mission-critical enterprise information. Data should always be stored in more than one location, requiring a remote host to be available. But many users have only one datacenter – the server room. Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform empowers organizations to fully utilize StoneFly’s backup and disaster recovery features, enabling organizations large and small to implement off-site backup inexpensively.
StoneFly Cloud Drive users can opt for the following storage services through Microsoft Azure-
- StoneFly Scale Out NAS Cloud Storage
- StoneFly iSCSI + Scale Out NAS Cloud Drive
- iSCSI+ Remote Replication StoneFly Cloud Drive
- iSCSI Cloud Drive + Deduplication from StoneFly
- StoneFly encrypted iSCSI Cloud Drive
- iSCSI NAS + The works StoneFly Cloud Drive
- Encrypted iSCSI+ Replication StoneFly Cloud Drive
The entire storage platform is based on Linux version 8.0.119 and so is highly secure and keeps the privacy of the platform intact.
To those who are opting for a cloud based backup or storage expansion on fly, this service is ideal, as the user just needs to integrate the Cloud Drive of StoneFly to their on-premises server.
And to those who have data on-premises to be moved to cloud platform for disaster recovery needs, they can do it by deploying a StoneFly SAN gateway appliance enriched with flash cache for storage acceleration. This appliance helps in offering a hybrid environment along with high grade performance. The highlight of this set-up is that it cuts down the limitations of cloud storage solutions when it comes to data transfer speeds over the internet. This means it normally takes much longer to read and write data to the cloud than it would to a local storage server. With the installation of a StoneFly Gateway this bottleneck is essentially eliminated.
Technically speaking, data is quickly written to and cached (temporarily stored) on lightning-fast solid state disk drives within the StoneFly Gateway prior to being securely transmitted to your remote iSCSI drives in the cloud. By expediting the completion of writes, workloads on local workstations and servers are significantly reduced.
Not only can the StoneFly Gateway cache data before it is sent to the cloud, it can also cache hot data that is used frequently. This greatly improves read performance and speeds up access to data as the same files do not have to be repeatedly downloaded from the cloud to your local systems, thereby reducing overall demand on bandwidth.
Tiered storage facility is available as per customers’ choice. So, if performance is criterion, users can opt for instances with high cores and SSDs. If it is for generalized storage use, standard tier combination can be opted.