Data storage which offers multiprotocol support makes its possible to run and manage files and applications from a single device. A multiprotocol storage system also called as unified storage system simultaneously enables storage of file data and handles the block based Input/Output of enterprise applications.
Hence, a Unified Storage system consolidates file based and block based access in a single storage platform and supports Fibre channel SAN, iSCSI SAN and Network Attached Storage (NAS). Technically speaking, a Unified Storage is often implemented in a NAS platform that is modified to add block mode support.
One advantage of using a Unified Storage is reduced hardware requirements, as users can utilize a single device instead of using separate storage platforms, like NAS for file based storage and a RAID disk array for block based storage. Alternatively, users can plan for a file based storage on initial stages and then opt for block storage as required.
Unified storage systems generally cost the same and enjoy the same level of reliability as dedicated file or block storage systems. Users can also benefit from advanced features such as storage snapshots and replication, although heterogeneous support between different storage platforms should be considered closely.
While experts predict a bright outlook for unified storage products, it is likely that dedicated block-based storage systems will remain a popular choice when consistent high performance and fine control granularity are important considerations.
Based on the requirements of corporate users, StoneFly offers USO to deliver scalability and redundancy as a Scale out NAS and fully featured SAN in an all in one easy to manage appliance. USO series of appliances were designed for customer’s requiring a powerful storage solution that can scale out storage capacity while scaling up performance. The USO family of SAN + Scale Out NAS products offer large storage capacities at a low price and are available in 12Gb SAS or SSD combinations of 4, 8, 12, 16, 24, or 36 drives per base appliance. Additionally, StoneFly USO SAN + Scale Out NAS appliances offer the industry’s most cost-effective expansion via 12, 16 or 24 drive expansion units for USO appliance configurations up to 256 drives per scale out node.
The cornerstone of USO SAN + NAS Appliances is StoneFly’s patented storage virtualization engine running the award winning StoneFly StoneFusion SAN operating system. StoneFusion provides iSCSI block-level provisioning as well as centralized storage management and advanced storage features including thin provisioning with space reclamation, synchronous campus mirroring and 2520 delta-based snapshots per subsystem. Optional features include asynchronous replication, hardware-enabled AES 256 block level volume encryption, optimized data deduplication for efficient storage utilization, Fibre Channel SAN target, and Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) agents for quiescing databases.
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