Network Attached Storage or a NAS appliance usage in enterprise environments has been redefined in recent times. All these days, they were only superstars of small and medium scale business, which needed reliable storage without a storage protocol or connection restrictions. And as the businesses grow and the capacity demand increases, a new NAS device could simply be plugged in to any free network port and users could have relative access very easily,
But now, as enterprise IT environments are in a look out for more sophistication, the new scale out NAS products are capable of handling large amounts of unstructured data, taking advantage of scaling out instead of up.
In the past, NAS appliances were seen as devices that could only scale-up by adding more hard drives. But as soon as a physical limit reached, either the users have to replace the entire device with greater capacity and migrate the contents or a new device needs to be brought in to run in parallel to form an ecosystem.
When the device used to be replaced with a new one with greater capacity, it was called as forklift upgrade and all the data from the older machine is copied over to the new one. Normally, forklift upgrades cots huge and often result in downtime while the data is being replicated.
On adding an extra device to the network without removing the old data stores, users could face multiple storage pools on a network, and must make a note of data and on which device it was being located. For large organizations, this can create an unacceptable large number of drive capacities, lost files and wasted time.
This is where, StoneFly Scale Out NAS proves effective, as it adds additional capacity and performance to a network without the need to retire the old devices and also avoid the creation of islands of different storage pools.
StoneFly SSO™ “Super Scale Out” NAS Storage Appliances deliver unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. SSO series of appliances were designed for customers requiring a powerful storage solution that can scale out storage capacity while scaling up performance
SSO Super Scale out NAS nodes scale up to 36 drives and 288 Terabytes of storage per chassis, up to 256 drives per node, and easily scale out to multiple nodes on demand.
Perfect for managing large quantities of unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system. SSO was designed for markets that require vast quantities of high bandwidth throughput or fast parallel throughput for very large files required by high performance computing in media and entertainment.
StoneFly also offers “Twin Scale Out (TSO)” NAS in its product catalog. TSO is often used for ultra fast primary storage for visual effects and high IO-intensive media production applications that require high-concurrent sequential throughput, post-production transcode and streaming media. It drives down the overall cost of storage while increasing performance for applications that need it when they need it, and reduces costs and floor space requirements. Capacity can be quickly provisioned, shared, and managed with fewer resources. StoneFly TSO is efficient to operate since it leverages all of its resources, maximizes utilization, and integrates near line SAS, enterprise SAS, and SSD tiering within the storage nodes.
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