StoneFly, Inc. a provider of iSCSI and FC SAN and NAS solutions announced that its cloud based iSCSI SAN and NAS service is available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The solution inclusion into Azure platform and joining the Microsoft seller program are examples of how StoneFly is expanding its reach and ability to sell through more channels.
Data growth is growing at an exponential rate, doubling about every two years. This kind of rapid growth can create huge troubles for IT sector, especially to those dealing with capacity, data protection, management and access.
StoneFly Cloud Drive on Microsoft Azure solves these problems by providing unlimited capacity, automatic backup, instant DR, fast access from anywhere and simple and unified management from a single console.
“Joining Microsoft’s Marketplace strengthens our co-selling capabilities and deepens our relationship with Microsoft, further enabling us to scale and expand Microsoft Azure Storage selling capabilities into the market,” said Mo Tahmasebi, CEO & President, StoneFly, Inc. He added that StoneFly is honored to be selected and recognized by Microsoft as valued storage experts and a key collaborator to evangelize the business value of the Microsoft platform.
StoneFly Cloud Drive is the perfect solution for companies looking to add storage on fly; save CapEx and OpEX by cutting down the need to buy physical appliance; gain advanced disaster recovery solution and use off-site storage for regulatory compliance.
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 datastores for physical or virtual environments (such as VMware or Hyper-V).
The virtual drive is ideal for protecting mission critical information and includes 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.
To obtain offsite backup inexpensively, Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform empowers organizations to fully utilize StoneFly’s backup and disaster recovery features.
The amount of total redundancy is up to each user, with choice of Azure’s Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) with 3 synchronous copies of your data within a single datacenter, Geographically Redundant Storage (GRS) with 3 synchronous copies of your data within one datacenter and 3 asynchronous copies of your data at a second datacenter hundreds of miles away, or with Read-Access Geographically Redundant Storage (RA-GRS) with the same redundancy as GRS but with the added ability of read-access to the secondary datacenter when there is an outage at the primary datacenter.
StoneFly Cloud Drive serves its users Cloud based iSCSI storage and cloud based Scale out NAS storage in the following way-
- Remote iSCSI Drive hosted in Microsoft Azure.
- Remote Scale out NAS Storage hosted in Microsoft Azure
- Remote replication from on-premises appliance to Microsoft Azure
Additionally, for those who want to dramatically increase the performance of StoneFly Cloud Drive, an acceleration Gateway with FlashCache is being presented. The StoneFly Cloud Acceleration Gateway appliance with FlashCache is configured to cache and accelerate the data transferred between user’s local systems and the StoneFly Cloud Drive on Azure. With the help of this gateway, bandwidth troubles and network bottlenecks can be avoided while transferring data.
Much like StoneFly’s Cloud Storage Acceleration Gateway Appliance, StoneFly’s Virtual Cloud Acceleration Gateways can also dramatically increase the performance of StoneFly Cloud Drives. The StoneFly Virtual Gateway is configured to cache and accelerate the data transferred between your local systems and the StoneFly Cloud Drive on Azure. Not only can the StoneFly Virtual 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. There are two ways to implement a StoneFly Virtual Cloud Acceleration Gateway:
- Virtualize the Gateway on Existing Equipment: Install a StoneFly SCVM Virtual Storage Appliance on an existing on-premises VMware or Hyper-V platform and provision it with enough storage capacity to properly cache data being sent to and from the StoneFly Cloud Drive hosted in Azure. SSD drives are preferred for caching, but rotating disks can be implemented as well.
- Deploy a StoneFly Hyper-Converged Gateway: Install a StoneFly Hyper-Converged Cloud Storage Acceleration Gateway with FlashCache on your local network.
About Microsoft Azure Marketplace
The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling finished Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and premium datasets. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.