Sunstar Company, Inc.

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BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance:  

Purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

Recovery 823S

 

No need to purchase backup software, all operating systems supported.

Simply plug in the backup appliance and ion no time you will be ready to backup your network!

Unitrends provides physical, virtual and cloud-based protection and recovery for every organization’s most valuable assets: its data and applications.

The Unitrends Recovery-823S is perfect for larger organizations.

The Recovery-823S supports 19 TB of raw storage capacity organized in a RAID-1/ RAID-6 configuration with hot-swap user-replaceable drives, comprehensive data protection and recovery and cloud-empowered disaster recovery and business continuity for comprehensive recovery assurance.

This 2U form factor unit supports byte- level deduplication, hardware enhanced AES-NI encryption and 256 GB of tiered cache SSD for improved backup performance, fast restore and recovery.

To learn more.

Call and ask for a backup specialist – (800) 663-5523

 

When all is said and done I believe we can’t exclude tape from the data center,

Hardware too on occasion fails. We all know this as do the manufacturers of all the disk and tape hardware in the market, after all they offer warranty contracts.

Moving part or just electronic go bad on occasion.

Today I believe it’s fair to say that good mechanical hardware (such as LTO or enterprise tape drives) are very well made and are reliable.

Can we fix a defective drive – almost certainly 99% of the time the answer is in the afermative. As for disk drives, I can’t recall the last time I hear of anyone repairing the mechanical parts of a drive.

As for the data – tape drives write to tape media and it is rear to have data written by just one tape drive in a data center. For the most part your data can be read.

With the amount of data being stored continuing to grow exponentially, tape offers some inherent advantages over disk-based technologies for long-term data storage, including:

  • High capacity:
  • Fast performance:  
  • Lower cost per GB:
  • Reduced energy costs:
  • Portability:
  • Greater reliability:
  • Better longevity:
  • Scalability:
  • Compatibility:

When you combine tape’s superior storage capacities, low cost/GB, and reduced energy costs, tape-based storage solutions provide huge CapEx and Opex cost advantages. Even as technology advances, tape continues to be the ideal solution for long-term data storage and archiving.

Continue using tape, it is reliable and I can state with confidence that most tape drives can and are repaired, I can’t say the same for disk drives.

Sunstar Company.

IBM 3588-F4A TS1040 LTO4 Fibre Tape Drive

Used and refurbished IBM 3588-F4A TS1040 LTO4 Fibre Tape Drive are in stock ready to ship

. Our prices are too low to publish online, please call (800) 663-5523 for a current quote.

All drives are sold with warranty

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IBM Ultrium 4 enhancements that help improve performance and reliability include:

  • Native data transfer rate up to 120 MB/sec
  • Ultrium 4 tape cartridge native physical capacity of 800 GB
  • 4-Gbps Fibre Channel drive attachment
  • 256 MB internal buffer
  • LTO Ultrium 4 encryption support
  • 8 KB cartridge memory with Ultrium 4 media

 

The IBM System Storage™ TS1040 (machine type 3588, Model F4A) is designed to be installed in an IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library (machine type 3584) to offer high capacity and performance for the midrange open systems environment. This model incorporates the new Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drive, with enhanced maximum tape drive throughput over the IBM LTO generation 3 Tape Drive (Ultrium 3). It has a native data transfer of up to 120 MB/sec. In addition, with the use of the IBM LTO Ultrium 800 GB Data Cartridge, the TS1040 doubles the maximum tape cartridge capacity providing up to 800 GB native physical capacity (1,600 GB with 2:1 compression), as compared to the IBM Ultrium 3 Tape Drives and cartridges. IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges. The TS1040 has a 4-Gbps Fibre Channel interface for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers.

The IBM System Storage TS1040 LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Drive supports data encryption on the base drive with Ultrium 4 media meeting LTO consortium specifications and Application Managed Encryption. System Managed and Library Managed Encryption and associated IBM Encryption Key Manager access are available as a chargeable licensed key (feature 1604 — Transparent LTO Encryption) under the TS3500 Tape Library L-frames.

Support for the TS1040 encryption function requires a minimum level of microcode firmware that is your responsibility to load, configure, and maintain on the TS3500 Tape Library.

The TS1040 Tape Drive’s encryption capability and its subsystem integration support help provide you with a flexible tape data encryption solution that supports encryption and key management across a variety of environments, supporting a single point of control for all encryption keys, and most importantly can help customers protect tape data in a cost effective way.

The TS1040 can be installed in new or installed TS3500 Tape Library Models L53 and D53, and also in 3584 Tape Library Models L52 L32, D52, and D32.

How do we get optimal performance from our Oracle Database servers? This question is not new to the database administrator.

Production systems must be able to quickly process revenue-producing transactions around the clock, while simultaneously executing demanding I/O operations like backups, database replication/failover, and OLAP business analytics and reporting.

Enter Kaminario

Kaminario’s K2 has the ability to maintain consistent IOPS and low latencies in the face of demanding mixed database workloads.

Native technologies like writeable snapshots and inline compression, the Kaminario All-Flash storage infrastructure is cost-effective to deploy Oracle databases.

Kaminario’s consistent performance and low latency enables Oracle databases to run at top performance even when faced with challenging workloads.

Please call us for more information and let us help speed-up your database.

(800) 663-5523 or (310) 330-2900

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Rather than spending more on expensive primary and backup storage to accommodate data growth, move data to protected archive or extended online storage.

Your data can then be accessed and protected on less expensive storage without disrupting your day to day workflow.

As data is moved to archive storage it is no longer part of the regular backup process, so there is much less data to back up and backups take much less time.

The backup window that was out of control is once again manageable. Along with smaller backups comes lower investment.

Consider the Nexsan Assureon for your archive solution. Call (800) 663-5523 to learn more.

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recovery-713S   The Recovery-713S is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.

1U Form factor unit supports byte- level deduplication, hardware enhanced AES-NI encryption and 128 GB of tiered cache SSD for improved backup performance, fast restore and recovery.

6TB Raw storage capacity organized in a RAID-10 configuration with hot-swap user-replaceable drives

Comprehensive data protection and recovery

Comprehensive Data Protection & Recovery:

  • Designed to fit any infrastructure – Physical, virtual, 100’s of versions of servers, storage, operating systems, hypervisors and applications.
  • Provides flexible data protection – Customizable backup strategies, multiserver scheduling, group management and application aware.
  • Protects large scale deployments – Enhanced storage integration with NDMP NAS protection.
  • Includes local archiving – D2D2X for long term retention, cloud seeding and recovery.
  • Incorporates WAN optimized replication – Combining deduplication, compression, and encryption for secure byte-level data transmission.

Unmatched Performance:

  • Enterprise class – Faster CPU clock speeds, AES-NI hardware encryption, increased I/O bandwidth and tiered SSD storage yield dramatic performance improvements.
  • Solid State Drive (SSD) – Yields 300% improvement in backup RPO allowing more data to be protected per day, while recovery times (RTO) are improved by 125%.
  • Near continuous data protection – Enable backups as often as every 60 seconds for world class RPO.
  • Global adaptive byte-level deduplication – Speeds up backups and optimizes storage capacity and WAN data transfer.

Unparalleled Customer Support:

  • Free hardware for life – Pledge free hardware forever with 3 and 5 year support agreements.
  • Award winning customer support – 98% customer satisfaction rating.

Recovery Assurance:

  • Cloud-empowered disaster recovery and business continuity – Through 3rd party clouds via CloudHook, Unitrends No Limits Cloud™, and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).
  • Recovery Assurance for vSphere – Orchestrated testing and instant recovery of applications via Unitrends ReliableDR™.
  • Unitrends Bridge – Local instant recovery of physical (P2V) or virtual (V2V) in one click.
  • Unified Bare Metal – One pass dissimilar bare metal restore.

Call Sunstar Company at (800) 663-5523 for a Quote or Additional Information

 

Sunstar Company stocks spare parts for the StorageTek Tape Libraries listed below.

SL8500

Be it a replacement drive in the appropriate tray or any library hardware, we will in all likelihood have inventory or access to more parts.

Media – we always have media for sale. (New and re-certified)

  • StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System
  • StorageTek SL3000 Modular Library System
  • StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library
  • StorageTek SL500 Modular Tape Library
  • StorageTek L700 Modular Tape Library
  • StorageTek L180 Tape Library
  • StorageTek L80 Tape Library
  • StorageTek L40 Tape Library
  • StorageTek L20 Tape Library
  • StorageTek SL48 Tape Library
  • StorageTek SL24 Autoloader

Please call (800) 663-5523 for more information or contact us online

 

 

Oracle’s StorageTek LTO5 tape drives provide fast data transfer, high capacity, and energy savings for midrange tape automation environments, and enable you to meet stringent regulatory requirements.

LTO-5 Tape Drive Specifications

  • Compressed Capacity (compressed 2:1): 3TB
  • 5 1/4 inch form factor
  • Up to 256 MB buffer
  • Up to 170 MBps native data throughput
  • LTO hardware encryption compliments WORM media to maintain data integrity
  • Backward read & write compatible
  • Environmentally friendly. Requires no power at rest

 

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7020569 HP LTO5 FC
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7104076 IBM LTO5 Fibre Channel for IBM AS400
418621401 STK StorageTek LTO5 FC HP for SL500
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418621602 STK StorageTek LTO5 FC HP for SL500
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LTO5-HP8FC-SL85Z/TRAY Tray for – STK LTO5 FC HP for SL8500
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Many of theses drives are in our warehouse, ready to ship with warranty.

Each STK LTO Drive is library specific, please indicate of you prefer IBM or HP Drives.

Contact us online or call us at (800) 663-5523 FREE or (310) 330-2900 for a quote!

Blending flash-based solid state disk and hard disk drives to provide high performance at an affordable price seems to be a trend in the marketplace today.  It seems as if every vendor offers a solution that meets this criteria. Bear in mind these systems are not the typical SAN storage arrays with a couple of SSD drives within the chassis. The controllers (often supporting multiple connectivity options) for Hybrid Storage Solutions along with the system itself have been optimized to address the question of how to best leverage flash by using flash as a large caching area, automatically moving the most active data into memory-based storage.

We at Sunstar Company work with a number of vendors that have Hybrid Storage offerings.

Nexsan’s (an Imation Company) hybrid offerings include:

Nexsan NST6000 Enterprise Class Unified Hybrid Storage

Nexsan NST6000MC Unified Hybrid Metro Storage Cluster

Nexsan NST4000 Unified Hybrid Storage for the Mid-Market

Nexsan NST2000 Unified Hybrid Storage for Entry-Level

Imation’s Nexsan® NST combines high performance, high capacity and innovative FASTier® caching technology to provide scalable performance for mixed application workloads and virtualized environments.

  • Fulfills changing application and storage needs with unified NAS and SAN access capabilities in a single hybrid solution
  • Lets you right-size your initial acquisition by scaling storage, performance, or both as your company grows
  • Compresses data to reduce its storage system footprint and improve write efficiency to cache and storage

To learn more (or receive a quote) about Hybrid Storage and the Nexsan NST product line, please contact a sales representative here at Sunstar:

Call (800) 663-5523 or contact us online.

 

 

 

 

The Nexsan E48™/E48V™/E48VT™  and the Nexsan E60™/E60V™/E60VT™ are:

4U , rack-mountable RAID storage systems which can hold up to 48 or 60 SATA, SAS, or SSD data disks.

The base models of the Nexsan E60™ and Nexsan E48™ use:

3Gb/s SAS for internal communication between the RAID Controllers and hard disks.

The V and VT variants use 6Gb/s SAS for internal communication.

The VT variants also have a turbo card installed in each RAID Controller which optimizes sequential writes in parity-based RAIDs.

There is no upgrade path between the base models and either the V or VT variants.

Aside from the difference in internal communication speed and the presence of the turbo card in the VT units,

there is no operational difference between the base models and either the V or VT variants.

Nexsan E48VT and Nexsan E60VT are available for purchase from Sunstar Company.

For addition information please call (800) 663-5523 or contact us online

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Are you aware that Kaminario is the Only All-Flash Array that…

  • Scales Right: Does BOTH Scale-Up and Scale-Out
  • Globally adapts to applications block-size
  • Supports global inline selective deduplication
  • Allows to mix & match Controllers and SSDs
  • Has highest capacity utilization (87.5% with K-RAID™) and highest density (up to 64 TB/U)

This is super important because as your needs grow; be it capacity or performance, Kaminario’s K2 can to:

The ability to accommodate various capacity sizes of SSDs and the flexibility of scalability allows a tailored-fit configuration to meet the requirements of the individual customer.

SCALE-UP

Scaling up means adding more capacity by adding Expansion Shelves without adding K-Blocks.

The expansion increases the capacity density and reduces the cost per GB
The Expansion Shelf is connected redundantly using SAS connectivity
The expansion is done online with no downtime or decrease in performance
The new configuration has the same performance as before
Existing volumes are automatically redistributed between all the SSDs in the array
No need to change any host connections or definitions

SCALE-OUT
Scaling out means to increase the number of K-Blocks, thus adding more capacity and compute power.

The expansion linearly increases the capacity, IOPS and throughput. The latency is kept consistently low and is indifferent to the expansion.
Two InfiniBand switches are required to support the interconnect between all the K-Nodes in the array. Scaling beyond two K-Blocks will not require any additional networking hardware.
The expansion is performed online with no downtime or decrease in performance
Existing volumes are automatically redistributed between all the SSDs in the array and can be accessed from every K-Node in the array.
New hosts can be connected to the new K-Block, and the new and existing hosts can access all new and existing volumes.

SCALE-OUT AND SCALE-UP

There is no particular order in which the K2 scales. The K2 can first scale up, then scale out and vice versa. This flexibility removes any compromises of using a storage array that is not tailored to the customer’s needs and datacenter requirement

Similar to the scale-up of a single K-Block, also in this case:
The expansion increases the capacity density and reduces the $/GB factor
The Expansion Shelves are connected redundantly using SAS connectivity
The expansion is performed online with no downtime or decrease in performance
Existing volumes are automatically redistributed between all the SSDs in the array
No need to change any host connections or definitions

 

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Call Sunstar Company, Inc. for more information (800) 663-5523

 

Not to forget Kaminario has other capabilities such as:

Deduplication Compression Thin Provisioning Enterprise Resiliency
No Single Point of Failure Healthshield K-RAID Non Disruptive Upgrades
Snapshots Replication Management VMWare Integration
Global Adapative Block Size Meta Data Management Flash Endurance

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We all need to backup our data.

Organizations and Corporations can not “live by hope” alone.

Scrambling to find hard copies is no longer an option. We do not print all the documents that we receive by email.

But where and how should backup? Are you comfortable with your present backup process?

Consider Unitrends.

Unitrends has a plethora of purpose-built data protection products for unmatched backup, archiving, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

Their offerings include:

  • Physical appliances
  • Virtual appliances
  • Software
  • Cloud storage
  • DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

The table below compares a high-level comparative overview of Unitrends products. To learn more about each offering simply follow the links above to the appropriate section.

OFFERING DEPLOYS AS OR IN PROTECTS

Recovery-Series ***

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Physical Appliance Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Deep Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Physical (100+ Versions)
Converged (Cisco UCS)
Unitrends Enterprise Backup Virtual Appliance Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Deep Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Physical (100+ Versions)
Converged (Cisco UCS)
Unitrends Virtual Backup Virtual Appliance Virtual (XenServer)
ReliableDRTM Windows Software Virtual (VMware & Hyper-V)
Unitrends Cloud Public Cloud Recovery-Series
Unitrends Enterprise Backup

Unitrends Certified Recovery Suite- a suite consisting of Unitrends Enterprise Backup, Unitrends Virtual Backup, and ReliableDR for one affordable price.

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Let us assist you to find the right solution that will fit your needs for now and in the future.

Please call Sunstar Company at (800) 663-5523

Kaminario K2 All-Flash Array delivers consistently high performance combined with cost effectiveness and capacity efficiency no matter what the platform or workload.

The K2 is quite unique in that it:

  • Scales Right: Does BOTH Scale-Up and Scale-Out
  • Globally adapts to applications block-size
  • Supports global inline selective deduplication
  • Allows to mix & match Controllers and SSDs
  • Has highest capacity utilization (87.5% with K-RAID™) and highest density (up to 64 TB/U)

Ideally Suited for:

OLTP (On-line Transaction Processing) is characterized by a large number of short on-line transactions  

The main emphasis for OLTP systems is put on very fast query processing, maintaining data integrity in multi-access environments and an effectiveness measured by number of transactions per second. In OLTP database there is detailed and current data, and schema used to store transactional databases is the entity model.

OLAP (On-line Analytical Processing) is characterized by relatively low volume of transactions. Queries are often very complex and involve aggregations.

For OLAP systems a response time is an effectiveness measure. OLAP applications are widely used by Data Mining techniques. In OLAP database there is aggregated, historical data, stored in multi-dimensional schemas 

Available from Sunstar Company. Please call to learn why you should consider Kaminario’s K2 for your enviornment.

The following table summarizes the major differences between OLTP and OLAP system design.

OLTP System
Online Transaction Processing
(Operational System)

OLAP System
Online Analytical Processing
(Data Warehouse)

Source of data

Operational data; OLTPs are the original source of the data.

Consolidation data; OLAP data comes from the various OLTP Databases

Purpose of data

To control and run fundamental business tasks

To help with planning, problem solving, and decision support

What the data

Reveals a snapshot of ongoing business processes

Multi-dimensional views of various kinds of business activities

Inserts and Updates

Short and fast inserts and updates initiated by end users

Periodic long-running batch jobs refresh the data

Queries

Relatively standardized and simple queries Returning relatively few records

Often complex queries involving aggregations

Processing Speed

Typically very fast

Depends on the amount of data involved; batch data refreshes and complex queries may take many hours; query speed can be improved by creating indexes

Space Requirements

Can be relatively small if historical data is archived

Larger due to the existence of aggregation structures and history data; requires more indexes than OLTP

Database Design

Highly normalized with many tables

Typically de-normalized with fewer tables; use of star and/or snowflake schemas

Backup and Recovery

Backup religiously; operational data is critical to run the business, data loss is likely to entail significant monetary loss and legal liability

Instead of regular backups, some environments may consider simply reloading the OLTP data as a recovery method

 

 Looking to purchase an IBM or Lenovo Server?

Please contact us at Sunstar for assistance.
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For cloud deployments, database, or virtualization workloads, trust ThinkServer rack servers for the right balance of performance, power-efficient designs, & extensive standard features that deliver an impressive ROI.

ThinkServer Tower Servers

Workload Hungry. Budget Friendly.
ThinkServer tower servers provide the performance, reliability, & easy-to-use tools to power your file/print and point-of-sale workloads. Perfect for small databases, basic virtualization, & office applications.

TS1130 Do you need some help with your non-working IBM 3592-E06 Tape Drive (IBM TS1130 Tape Drive?)

It does happen – we all the moving parts and sometimes the media can cause an problem too, drives do on occasion go bad.

Sunstar Company can repair or replace with warranty your defective IBM TS1130 tape drive.

Actually we can repair all defective IBM Enterprise Drives:

  • 3592-E05
  • 3592-E07
  • IBM 3590

For more information call (800) 663-5523

All drives are repaired with a warranty to suit your needs.

 

 

 

 

Looking for that perfect SAN? Is there such a solution?

Consider Nexsan_byImation_logo-thumb The Nexsan E-Series V storage arrays and expansion units offer mid-size organizations affordable enterprise-level Fibre Channel, SAS and/or iSCSI SAN storage used for a variety of capacity-optimized and performance-driven applications.

Each can be easily expanded with additional capacity by adding the corresponding expansion unit: E60XV, E48XV, E32XV, or E18XV.

For larger organizations, E-Series V is a versatile SAN or DAS solution to stay ahead of the enormous data growth, demanding workloads, and high resiliency requirements in media & entertainment, government, healthcare, HPC, financial, surveillance and service provider sectors.

E-Series V systems exceed the most stringent reliability demands, leveraging an innovative mechanical design including Cool Drive Technology™ and antivibration design that significantly reduce heat and vibration in the unit while improving system reliability and performance. The reliability of E-Series V is qualified through extensive stress testing before shipment. Array-based snaps and asynchronous replication extend E-Series V data protection capabilities.

• Reliability – featuring Anti-vibration design and Cool Drive Technology™

• Availability – using Active Drawer Technology™ and redundant hot swappable active components

• Density – up to 60 drives in 4U

• High Performance – utilizes Imation’s latest multi RAID engine controller technology

• Energy Efficient – delivering up to 87% reduction in power while lowering your cooling needs through the use of AutoMAID™

• Flexible Connectivity – connecting via SAS, Fibre Channel or iSCSI

• Easy to Manage – remotely managing one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI.

Available from Sunstar Company, Inc. Contact us and let us help you with your storage needs. We will gladly prepare a quote per your requirement.

Please call (800) 663.-5523 or (310) 330-2900 or contact us online

 

Nexsan E18 E18V E32V E48VT E60VT
System Form Factor 2U 18 drives 2U 32 drives ** 4U 48 drives 4U 60 drives
Capacity (Max. per shelf) 144TB 38.4TB 384TB 480TB
Max. Number of Drives  54 32  144  180
Raw Storage (Max) 432TB 115.2TB  1152TB  1440TB
Controllers (Max) 2
Cache/Controller (Max) 4GB 4GB  16GB 16GB
Drive Types 7.2K NL-SAS,   10K SAS,   15K SAS,   SSD  ( ** 2½ drives only)
RAID Levels 0,  1,  1+0,  4,  5,  6
Network Protocols 1GbE/10GbE iSCSI     8Gb or 16Gb Fibre Channel     6GB SAS

 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on K2    Deploying Flash Storage for VDI

Keeping users productive and satisfied is critical to the success of any VDI deployment. Solving this problem can be easily achieved by implementing a solid flash solution – Kaminanrio’s K2.

Kaminario’s K2’s consistent low latency and predictable high IOPS/throughput deliver responsive virtual desktops and ensures both IT and users can get their work done.

K2’s consistent performance under load extends the scope of VDI from undemanding task workers, all the way up to performance-sensitive expert users where it was previously infeasible, keeping all of the VDI users productive and satisfied.

Benchmarks have demonstrated K2’s ability to support rapid deployment of VMware View virtual desktops with 1,000 desktops deployed in just 70 minutes. During even this strenuous test, the K2 array remained highly responsive with IOPS peaking at 70,000 while latency remained below 1.0 ms.

Simultaneous startup and shutdown of large groups of virtual desktops typically create storms that bring legacy storage to its knees, resulting in downtime and unhappy users. Benchmarks, run on a single K-Block K2 array holding 1,500 virtual desktops, measured only 8 minutes required to boot all desktops and only 3 minutes required to power them down, with array latency still remaining well below 1.0 ms.

Kaminario can solve your VDI problems. Do reach out to us and ask to speak with a a Flash expert and let us guide you this this process.

Please call (800) 663-5523 or contact us online.

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BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance:  

Availble from Sunstar Company, these Unitrends Appliances are super reliable, easy to use and with a rich set of features.

Let us assiste you? The Unitrends is a simple backup solution to install and in no time your 1st backup will be in effect.

The Unitrends Recovery-603 is well suited for small to medium-sized busineses.

  • Rackmount, all-in-one backup appliance.
  • 1U Form factor unit supports byte-level deduplication with an unformatted usable physical storage of 3 TB (meta-data and data) organized in a RAID-1 configuration with cold-swap user-replaceable drives.

Recovery 603

Unitrends Recovery-603 Appliance & Support Bundle
Recovery-603 Appliance & Support Bundle, 1 Year
3TB Raw Storage, ~2.4TB Max Backup
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Recovery-603 Appliance & Support Bundle, 3 Year
3TB Raw Storage, ~2.4TB Max Backup
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The Unitrends Recovery-713S, ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.

  • This 1U form factor unit supports byte- level deduplication, hardware enhanced AES-NI encryption and 128 GB of tiered cache SSD for improved backup performance, fast restore and recovery.
  • The Recovery-713S supports 6 TB of raw storage capacity organized in a RAID-10 configuration with hot-swap user-replaceable drives, comprehensive data protection and recovery and cloud-empowered disaster recovery and business continuity for comprehensive recovery assurance.

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Unitrends Recovery-713S Appliance & Support Bundle
Recovery-713S Appliance & Support Bundle, 1 Year
6TB Raw Storage, ~3.2TB Max Backup
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Recovery-713S Appliance & Support Bundle, 3 Year
6TB Raw Storage, ~3.2TB Max Backup
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Contact Sunstar sales , call 800.663.5523 or contact us online.

Unitrends Recovery-Series Appliances ease the pain of:

Managing data protection

Backup

Restoration.

Unitrends assists companies with growing data volumes and tight backup windows by providing a unified appliance with storage that simplifies backup and recovery operations

 

Are you looking to purchase an IBM tape drive? Sunstar Company has a vast inventory of IBM tape drives.

Some of the drives are listed below, please contact at (310) 330-2900 or (800) 663-5523 for a quote.

If possible it will be best to have the specific details on hand, connectivity, where it will be installed and in the perfect world a model no.

Choice of:

  • External Drives
  • Internal Drives (server)
  • Library Drives
  • Full Height Drives
  • ½ Height Drives

Models:

  • LTO6, LTO5, LTO4, LTO3, LTO2 and LTO

Enterprise:

  • TS1150, TS1140, TS1130, TS1120
  • 3592-E07, 3592-E06. 3592-E05, 3592
  • 3590
  • 3490e
  • 3490

Services:

We repair and service all the drives noted above. Drives go bad on occasion. A head can go bad, or another mechanical part and certainly it is not uncommon for a drive to require a cleaning.

Sunstar Company 

New and re-certified IBM TS1140 Tape Drives ready to ship: For your library or in a stand alone configuration.

  • Linear Serpentine recording
  • 4 TB capacity using JC/JY media
  • 1.6 TB capacity using JB/JX media
  • 500 GB capacity using JK media
  • 800 MBps burst data rate
  • Compact 3.8 in x 7.8 in x 18.4 in dimensions  

TS1140 Tape DriveThe IBM TS1140:

  • Offers high performance and high capacity tape processing for storage consolidation
  • Helps enhance information security with support for encryption and key management
  • Improves information retention with support for existing IBM tape automation
  • Supports Write Once Read Many (WORM) cartridges to help satisfy compliance requirements

   

Please note that we repair your defective IBM Enterprise Drives (all 3592 models) and should you need a unit today rushed out to you we can accommodate your requirement. Call (800) 663-5523 and we will work with you.

The IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive features storage capabilities to help you establish easy, rapid access to data, improve security, provide long-term retention, and help maintain data governance and regulatory compliance. The TS1140 tape drive offers high-performance flexible data storage with support for data encryption. The drive can help you protect your investments in tape automation by offering compatibility with existing automation.

The TS1140 tape drive supports the System Storage TS3500 Tape Library and IBM racks that enable stand-alone installation.

Media

The TS1140 features three options for Type C media. The 3592 Advanced data tape cartridge, JC, provides up to 4.0 TB native capacity, and up to 4.0 TB are provided by the 3592 Advanced WORM cartridge, JY. A limited capacity of up to 500 GB Economy cartridge, JK, offers fast access to data. The TS1140 tape drive can also read and write on previous media, type B (JB and JX), and read only on type A (JA, JW, JJ and JR).

 

So you have a need to purchase a new SAN. Tired of your boss complaining about how much power the IT department is consuming.

  • Shrink your storage footprint
  • Save on power and cost
  • Spend less time administrating storage.

Imation’s Nexsan E-Series SAN storage solutions are:

  • Ultra dense
  • Super efficient

Increase capacity while consuming less than one-third the power in one-third the rack space as typical storage arrays.

The E-Series V is offered in four core configurations:

E60VT (480 TB in 4U) – 60 drives, add 2 additional shelves – 180 drives

E48VT (384 TB in 4U) – 48 drives, add 2 additional shelves – 144 drives

E32V (38.4 TB in 2U, all 2.½″ drives) – 32 drives, add 2 additional shelves – 96 drives

E18V (144 TB in 2U) – 18 drives, add 2 additional shelves – 54 drives

8TB Drives now available!

 

The Cloud.

Vendors are constantly trying to sell you their cloud-washed product which offers little in terms of additional benefit from the cloud versus your on premise solution.

Vendors are attempting to force you into their cloud services without taking into account limited available WAN bandwidth, SLAs you need for recovery of data, your systems, and your entire IT infrastructure, and your desire to have a single point of responsibility for backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

Unitrends Cloud is a disaster recovery and business continuity offering that takes the capabilities of our Recovery-Series and our Unitrends Enterprise Backup backup products and enhances them with our cloud capabilities. Y

ou get the recovery and recovery assurance technologies you’ve come to expect from our appliances—including granular archiving, Windows physical and guest operating system (GOS) level instant recovery and recovery assurance via auditing, and virtual hypervisor instant recovery and recovery assurance via Recovery Assurance for vSphere—and then empowers your appliance with these capabilities and more in our Unitrends Cloud.

Unitrends Cloud is available in three editions: Metered, No Limits Cloud, and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS.)

To learn more how Unitrends can integrate into your infrastructure, please call a Sunstar Company, Inc, specialist at (310) 330-2900 or (800) 663-5523

Unitrends Logo jan 2015   :   BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance

Purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

  • A single solution.
  • A single management interface.
  • A single line-item in your budget.
  • Protection of 100+ versions of computers, storage devices, operating systems, hypervisors and applications.

Let us here at Sunstar Company size the appropriate recovery appliance for your organization.

Ease of use and when you need support, Unitrends will be there to support your hardware and software.

Model Raw Storage Maximum Backup Solution Size
Unitrends RC201 1TB 0.6TB Small
Unitrends RC602 2TB 1.6TB Small
Unitrends RC603 3TB 2.4TB Small
Unitrends RC713S 6TB 3.2TB Medium
Unitrends RC714S 8TB 5TB Medium
Unitrends RC814S 12TB 8TB Medium
Unitrends RC823S 19TB 13TB Medium
Unitrends RC824S 25TB 16TB Large
Unitrends RC833S 37TB 20TB Large
Unitrends RC936S 73TB 40TB Large

Desktop

  • The Unitrends Recovery-Series family of desktop appliances include backup, archiving, and disaster recovery capabilities.
  • Available from 1 to 3 terabytes (TBs) of capacity, so you can optimize protection for your environment as well as your budget.

Rackmount

  • All-in- one backup appliances include powerful capabilities like deduplication and inflight encryption—features that cost extra with our competitors.
  • Unified Data Protection™ means agent and/or agentless backup, plus image and/or file restores.

Contact us online or if possible call (800) 663-5523 – for the appropriate configuration and quote.

 

Sunstar Company, Inc provides post warranty hardware maintenance on all of your disk storage, tape storage and servers manufactured by IBM, HP, Dell, Oracle/ Sun/STK, Quantum, Qualstar, Overland, Tandberg and more.

We provide two core maintenance offerings:

  • From our southern California office we are able to dispatch a technician to site for same day service level agreements to any state in the Union.
  • We provide technical and logistics service contracts with full spares kits and access to a live technician, allowing customers to self-maintain their IT hardware.
  • Storage arrays are typically fully redundant, with hot-swappable, easy to replace components.
  • Quality spare parts and experienced technical phone support on all  the products

Our support model allows our customers to save!

Request a quote that meets your requirements. Call 800.663.5523

Sunstar Company can repair your LTO5 tape drive.

  • Internal or external
  • Full Height or Half Height Drives
  • Standalone or Library Drives
  • All Manufacturers:   IBM   HP  Tandberg  Quantum
  • Repaired in a timely fashion
  • Repaired with warranty
  • Exchange drives available

Call us today for a quote:  (800) 663-55213 or contact us online 

Do you have a need for either new or re-certified LTO Media?

We have an inventory of LTO4 and LTO5 media ready to ship.

Call (800) 663-5523 and ask for a media specialist.

Sunstar Company

 

If you have an older IBM 3590 Tape Drive that needs to get repaired, please call Sunstar Company for a competitive quote.

We have been servicing and repairing tape drives for well over 20 years.

We do have units in house that can be shipped immediately if so required.

Call (800) 663-5523 for a quote.

We guarantee all our repairs.

 

TS1140

In stock and ready to ship – all models of the IBM 3592 Tape Drive

3592 E05

3592 E06

3592 E07

Ships today with warranty.

Ready to be installed in your IBM Tape Library or we can install a drive into a Table Top Enclosure for your convenience. (Now with ease you can read all 3592 media of a single or dual drive solution outside of the tape library)

TS1120. TS1130 and TS1140.

To learn more call and speak with a tape specialist at Sunstar Company.

(800) 663-5523

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Reliable High Density Storage Arrays Turbocharged for High Performance. The Nexsan E32V

32 x 2½”  Drives in 3U, Single or Dual Controller SAN, Active / Active Controllers

Innovative ease-of-use functionality makes deploying and managing dense storage a simple task for the resource constrained IT administrator.

Simply pull out a drawer to service drives or fans while the system is being actively used – all with no application downtime.

Available from Sunstar Company.

Chassis and Controllers E32V
Disk bays / Rack U 32* / 2U
Expansion Unit E32XV
Maximum Drives with Expansion 96
Maximum Capacity (chassis/total) 57.6TB/172.8TB
Mix 7.2K, 10K, 15K and SSD Y
SSD (GB) 200 / 400 / 800
3.5″ 15K Drives (GB)
2.5″ 10K Drives (GB)

600, 900, 1200, 1800
SAS

2.5″ 15K Drives (GB)

600 SAS

RAID Levels 0, 1, 1+0, 4, 5, 6
Chassis and Controllers E32V
Max Cache per Controller (GB) 4
Dual Active/Active Controllers Y
Simultaneous Fibre Channel and iSCSI Y
1Gb iSCSI Ports per Controller 4
10Gb iSCSI Ports per Controller (optional) 4
8Gb FC Ports per Controller (optional) 4
16Gb FC Ports per Controller (optional) 4

6Gb/s SAS (x4) Ports per Controller
(optional)

4
SAS Expansion Chassis Supported 2

6Gb SASx4 backend ports per system
(w/dual controllers)

4

E32V with 8 x  16GB Fibre, Dual Controllers **     E32V with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **

E32V with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **    E32V with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **

E32V with 8 x  1GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers          **  Includes 4 x 1GbE per controller

The Nexsan E-Series has a 3-year limited warranty.

With the growth of data and the larger question looming, can I erase some of the older data?

We all have been faced with this problem. Personally it can be an email(s) or perhaps a duplicate photograph, is it really a duplicate?

On occasion it simply is easier to purchase more capacity when we just don’t know what the next step will be. Recently we worked with a client that just needed more capacity, sure we could dig down and figure if there was a better option. However as I said, on occasion we just must purchase more storage.

Should you need either more SAN, NAS or both contact us at Sunstar Company.

Call  (800) 663-5523 or Contact us online

 

 

Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenue grew 3.0% Y/Y totaling $1.0 billion in 4Q14, according to the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker.

For the full year, factory revenue was up 4.0%, to $3.26 billion in 2014.

Total PBBA open systems factory revenue increased 3.4% Y/Y in 4Q14 with revenues totaling $902.2 million while the mainframe market experienced a decline of 0.8% for the same period.

Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped, for 4Q14, reached 924PB, an increase of 40.3% Y/Y, while annual capacity was up 42.8% to 2.68EB.

An advancement of software features, allowing for greater flexibility, data tiering, file sharing, and data analytics, as well as an increase in integrated systems and a wider geographical dispersion have resulted in PBBA systems being recognized by end users as an integral part of their data protection strategy. Growth in the worldwide PBBA market remained strong in the fourth quarter, hitting the billion dollar mark for the first time in a given quarter,” said Liz Conner, research manager, storage systems. “An advancement of software features, allowing for greater flexibility, data tiering, file sharing, and data analytics, as well as an increase in integrated systems and a wider geographical dispersion have resulted in PBBA systems being recognized by end users as an integral part of their data protection strategy.”

IDC defines a purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) as a standalone disk-based solution that utilizes software, disk arrays, server engine(s), or nodes that are used for a target for backup data and specifically data comi ng from a backup application (e.g., NetWorker, NetBackup, TSM, and Backup Exec) or can be tightly integrated with the backup software to catalog, index, schedule, and perform data movement. The PBBA products are deployed in standalone configurations or as gateways. PBBA solutions deployed in a gateway configuration connect to and store backup data on general-purpose storage. Here, the gateway device is serving as the component that is purpose built solely for backup and not for supporting any other workload or application. Regardless of packaging (as an appliance or gateway), PBBAs can have multiple interfaces or protocols. Also, PBBAs often can provide and receive replication to or from remote sites and a secondary PBBA for the purpose of DR.

 

    

StorageTek LTO tape drives feature fast data transfer rates and large capacity so you can process more data in less time.
The high speed Fibre Channel interface further improves data movement, shortens backup windows, reduces downtime, and speeds recovery.
Combined with StorageTek tape libraries, you can easily and affordably store, manage, and protect your growing data.

Cost effective capacity.

Store up to 2.5 TB of native data on a single cartridge, reducing media costs while accommodating data growth.

Reduced backup windows.

Accelerate backups by processing more information in less time. The StorageTek LTO 6 tape drive moves data at rates as high as 160 megabytes per second, uncompressed.

Enhanced data protection.

Protect data integrity and help prevent data loss with powerful correction and verification capabilities.

WORM capable media integration.

Secure, manage, and archive critical data records using WORM capable media and StorageTek LTO 5 and StorageTek LTO 6 tape drives.

Encrypt data on the tape cartridge via the drive’s built in data encryption capability and, in the event of tape cartridge loss, data is still protected.

Supports media partitioning

The StorageTek LTO 5 and StorageTek LTO 6 specifications support two media partitions to allow for faster data access.

New, used and reconditioned IBM and HP LTO Tape Drives are available from Sunstar Company.

StorageTek LTO6 Half Height Drives

StorageTek LTO6 Full Height Drives

StorageTek LTO5 Half Height Drives

StorageTek LTO5 Full Height Drives

Contact Sales (800) 663-5523 for a quote or to purchase this product.

7104451 HP LTO6 Fribre Channel, Encryption Ready
7104435 IBM LTO6 Fribre Channel, Encryption Ready

 

7010794 HP LTO5 SAS
7012787 FRU, IBM LTO5
7020569 HP LTO5 FC
7053438 STK Storagetek LTO5 FC IBM w tray for SL500
7104076 IBM LTO5 Fibre Channel for IBM AS400
418621401 STK StorageTek LTO5 FC HP for SL500
418621601 HP LTO5 FC
418621602 STK StorageTek LTO5 FC HP for SL500
418621602 HP LTO5 FC
418621603 HP LTO5 FC
418622401 STK Storagetek LTO5 FC IBM w tray for SL500
003-5284-01 STK Storagetek LTO5 FC HP for SL8500
100531-02 STK StorageTek LTO5 FC HP for SL500
29-1603 STK Storagetek LTO5 SL500 ID Cable
LTO5-HP8FC-SL500Z STK StorageTek LTO5 FC HP for SL500
LTO5-HP8FC-SL85Z STK Storagetek LTO5 FC HP for SL8500
LTO5-HP8FC-SL85Z/TRAY Tray for – STK LTO5 FC HP for SL8500
LTO5-HPFC-D-SL500 STK StorageTek LTO5 FC HP for SL500
LTO5-IB8FC-SL500Z STK Storagetek LTO5 FC IBM w tray for SL500
LTO5-IB8FC-SL85Z STK Storagetek IBM LTO5 FC Drive Only
LTO5-IBFC-SL500Z STK Storagetek LTO5 FC IBM w tray for SL500

 

Why Nexsan?

Nexsan and Imation Company has been around ~14 years and manufacturers terrific storage solutions.

Consider the Nexsan E Series V and their Nexsan NST Series .

E Series V

High Density Storage

Imation’s Nexsan® E-Series SAN storage solutions are ultra dense and super efficient

  • Reduces power use and cost, needs less space, and requires less of your administrative time
  • Increases capacity while consuming less than one-third the power in one-third the rack space as typical storage arrays

 

E18V E32V E48VT E60VT
System Form Factor 2U 18 drives 2U 32 drives ** 4U 48 drives 4U 60 drives
Capacity (Max. per shelf) 144TB 38.4TB 384TB 480TB
Max. Number of Drives  54 32  144  180
Raw Storage (Max) 432TB 115.2TB  1152TB  1440TB

NST

Hybrid Storage  is defined as a combination of solid-state disk (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD) in a single storage system.

Use SSD to increase the cache memory pool so that I/Os are accelerated before they go through the controller to the back-end disk drives. The larger the cache memory pool, the greater the likelihood of getting a cache hit without having to access the back-end disks—which results in greater application performance.

Imation’s Nexsan® NST combines high performance, high capacity and innovative FASTier® caching technology to provide scalable performance for mixed application workloads and virtualized environments.

  • Fulfills changing application and storage needs with unified NAS and SAN access capabilities in a single hybrid solution
  • Lets you right-size your initial acquisition by scaling storage, performance, or both as your company grows
  • Compresses data to reduce its storage system footprint and improve write efficiency to cache and storage

 

Entry-Level: NST2000 Hybrid Storage Appliance

Imation’s Nexsan NST2000 combines a full enterprise-class feature set with FASTier hybrid caching to deliver high-value unified storage to your data center.

  • System capacities up to 168TB
Mid-range: NST4000 Hybrid Storage Appliance

It’s a breakthrough: for the first time, Imation’s Nexsan NST4000 puts enhanced FASTier caching and Fibre Channel unified connectivity in reach of mid-range businesses.

  • System capacities up to 2.1PB
High-end: NST6000 Hybrid Storage Appliance

Highly scalable up to 5PB, Imation’s Nexsan NST6000 with FASTier hybrid caching is ideal for organizations seeking greater capacity for extreme data growth or greater performance for applications.

  • System capacities up to 5PB

All in all these are terrific offerings and do let me know if we can be of assistance:

Sunstar Company, Inc.

(800) 663-5523

 

According to the Active Archive Alliance, nearly 250 million Linear Tape Open (LTO) tape cartridges have been shipped since the format’s inception. (100,000 PB of data on LTO.)

The realities of a Big Data world and the advances in tape technology, density, reliability and usability have brought the realization to many that we should not be too hasty to forgo tape.

Tape is returning to some organizations that dumped it a while back.

Look Beyond Backup

Most people think of tape as a medium for backup. While it can serve that function well, it has a far broader function these days. With so much data around, the pressure on backup windows needs to be eased by the establishment of an archive.

“Stop thinking about tape just as a backup solution, and instead think differently about storage of unstructured file content,” said Eric Bassier, Senior Director, Product Management, Quantum. “With new tape innovations like Linear Tape File System (LTFS), storing files on tape is easier than ever, and can be as easy as drag and drop.”

Add a Tape Archive Tier

Just as companies found it relatively easy to add a Tier 0 for flash, it is also fairly straightforward to add a lower tape tier as an archive for the bulk of data.

By adding a tape archive, organizations can maintain their existing storage architecture as is and ease its burden by offloading data that is no longer heavily accessed onto a tape archive. By doing so, they can avoid the heavier price tags typically associated with adding yet another high end disk array.

Evaluate Tape Vendors Against Ease of Use

Some tape systems are relatively easy to implement while others can be a little complex – or at least foreign to those more used to flash and disk. So a smart approach is to include ease of use as a priority criterion when deciding which tape product to implement. Vendors such as Crossroads are coming out with tape technology that is said to be as simple as disk to install and operate, and makes it fast to retrieve from the archive.

Use Tape for Large Files

Current video and high-res images should be stored on disk as they are being accessed and worked on daily. But as soon as they are completed, they need to be moved off high-end production systems.

Tape for Really Big Data

There is big data and then there is Big Data.

presently you can store more than 300 Blu-ray quality movies on one LTO-6 2.5 TB cartridge, in the future, an LTO-10 cartridge will hold over 14,400 Blu-ray movies.

Use Tape to Lower Storage Costs

There is no question that a LTFS-based ‘Tape as NAS  will cost significantly less than a disk only solution over a 10-year period.

To learn more about Cost-Effective Storage for Long-Term Data Preservation call Sunstar Company at (800) 663-5523

DH

Consider the Dot Hill AssuredSAN™ 4000 SAN storage arrays for your storage needs.

Offering up to 6400 MB/s sequential reads, and 5300 MB/s sequential writes.

Designed with a powerful processor, these SAN storage systems are tuned for sequential workloads.

Ideal data storage solutions for high performance computing, oil and gas siesmic data analysis, telecommunications data capture, media streaming, video post-production editing, and broadcasting.

Host Connections

  • 4 ports per controller, 8 for dual controller models
  • 16Gb, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 12Gb, 6Gb SAS, and 10Gb, 1Gb iSCSI host connectivity

For more information call (800) 663-5523 – Sunstar Company

 

 

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8.5TB On each Cartridge

Compressed throughput of up to 2.8TB/hr

Reliable

File management with LTFS

A T10000D tape drive can store up to 21TB on a single tape drive (..5:1 compression)

Minimize storage cost and footprint

Have you just upgraded or are you considering upgrading your tape technology?

Sunstar Company has a need to purchase LTO4 media (all brands)

We also purchase decomissioned hardware.

Call 800.663.5523 or contact us online

  • Backup to a local appliance (ease of full recovery) and send second copy to the cloud
  • Back to the Cloud – ideal for smaller operations

Consider Unitrends

Unitrends Cloud is a disaster recovery and business continuity offering that takes the capabilities of their Recovery-Series and Unitrends Enterprise Backup backup products and enhances them with cloud capabilities.

You get the recovery and recovery assurance technologies you’ve come to expect from their appliances—including granular archiving, Windows physical and guest operating system (GOS) level instant recovery and recovery assurance via auditing, and virtual hypervisor instant recovery and recovery assurance via ReliableDR—and then empowers your appliance with these capabilities and more in our Unitrends Cloud.

Unitrends Cloud is available in three editions:

  1. Metered
  2. No Limits Cloud
  3. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS.)

 

All of our cloud offerings offer the following features:

  • Low Total Cost of Ownership with no second site capital expense.
  • Advanced WAN Optimization
  • Integrated local archiving
  • AES-256 Encryption capabilities for data in-flight and at-rest.
  • Superior ease of use.
  • Rapid deployment
  • Excellent customer support.

 

Complete Data Privacy, Total Control of Data Location and Redundancy, Significantly Faster than Public Cloud,

Automated Replication and Synchronization, Compatible with Your Backup Infrastructure

The Cloud Experience Employees Want

Transporter is private cloud file storage delivered in a powerful, easy to deploy appliance.

For the user, the experience is just like Dropbox with all of the benefits you’d expect from a public cloud file solution, yet the data remains under your control.

Choose where your data is located, who has access, how many copies there are and enjoy a level of privacy and control the public cloud can’t match.

The hardware deployment model gives you total control over the physical location and redundancy of data and best of all there are no recurring monthly fees.

Solutions for:

  • Legal
  • Heathcare
  • Financial Services
  • Education
  • Design – Build
  • Creative Services

Call (800) 663-5523 to see how the transporter will benefit your organization!

Let me get straight to the point.

The sheer volume and variety of ways in which data can be breached is daunting, including: silent data corruption due to hardware failure and software failure, malicious attacks from cybercriminals or human error such as accidental file deletion or overwriting by employees, etc. Yet for all too many data center managers, their response to these threats seems to be a
strategy based on hope.

Unless we can answer the following four critical questions,the odds are that the data protection strategy is tantamount to just hoping that nothing goes wrong:

  1. Do you know if all your files are in the “backup” or archive?
  2. Is there a copy of all your flies at your remote site?
  3. What is the health (integrity) of your files at each site?
  4. If they are different which one is correct?

The Assureon will allow your Data Center Manager to state with confidence that “your archived data is safe and has integrity”.

The Nexsan Assureon™ is an archive system that is ideal for primary storage optimization, regulatory and corporate compliance, and the secure, long-term retention of files.

Assureon offloads data from primary storage to free up space for active data and greatly reduces the size, cost and complexity of backups.

The Assureon is sold as a pair, active – active and given you the second copy of your data.

The Nexsan Assureon supports:

  • Information Capture
  • Document Image Capture
  • Data Capture
  • Indexing
  • Long Term Retention of Files
  • Data Encryption
  • Security and Protection
  • Date and Time Stamps

For more information – please call an archive specialist at Sunstar Company, Inc.

(310) 330-2900 or (800) 663-5523 or request informatiion online

Unless your systems are protected by some kind of mirroring or high availability system, you’re probably going to lose some data when a disaster strikes.

The question is, how much data can you afford to lose?

Data loss can be expensive! There are many case studies that speak of companies that have in essence gone out of business just because of data loss.

A recovery point objective (RPO) is a useful tool for disaster recovery planning, especially when it comes to planning and executing backups. A  RPO is a measurement of your tolerance for data loss and it can help you decide how often you need to be backing up, as well as what sort of infrastructure you need in place in order to support those backups.

Enter Unitrends

Unitrends backup appliances provide point-in-time data recovery and speedy restore of failed systems. But your data protection strategy should stipulate a third component: off-site storage for your protected data and systems.

Replicate your data to a second site – be it to another Unitrends Appliance or perhaps to the Cloud.

For additional information – please call (800) 663-5523

 

 

Nexsan recently announced that 8TB NL-SAS 7,200 drives have been certified for the following E Series:

Nexsan E18V

Nexsan E48VT

Nexsan E60VT

Nexsan E18 Nexsan E48 Nexsan E60

E18V E32V E48VT E60VT
System Form Factor 2U 18 drives 2U 32 drives ** 4U 48 drives 4U 60 drives
Capacity (Max. per shelf) 144TB 38.4TB 384TB 480TB
Max. Number of Drives  54 32  144  180
Raw Storage (Max) 432TB 115.2TB  1152TB  1440TB
Controllers (Max) 2
Cache/Controller (Max) 4GB 4GB  16GB 16GB
Drive Types 7.2K NL-SAS,   10K SAS,   15K SAS,   SSD    ** 2½ drives only
RAID Levels 0,  1,  1+0,  4,  5,  6
Network Protocols 1GbE/10GbE iSCSI     8Gb or 16Gb Fibre Channel     6GB SAS

 

So you have the software selected and you now need to choose the right storage platform and manufacturer to implement in your data center.

Yes there are many choices but we at Sunstar Company are partial to Nexsan, and Imation Company.

Nexsan has a number of offering:

How much data do you have to backup?

Daily, weekly, monthly changes (growth) we can anticipate?

Retention period?

Density required?

Connectivity?

Are you planning to share the storage with other departments?

This is just a few of the questions that you would be expected to answer.

Nexsan has a number of possible candidates:

Nexsan SAN Storage – E Series V  (Choice of 18V**, 32V, V48VT** and E60VT**) – **now with 8TB NL-SAS Drives

Nexsan NST (Unified Option) with Flash – NST2000, NST4000 and NST6000 Series.

To learn more please call us at (310) 330-2900 or online to learn more.

NST2000  Nexsan E48

 

NST4000side

A fully unified, enterprise-class, unified hybrid storage solution that simultaneously supports block and file traffic eliminating the need for organizations to invest in separate SAN and NAS storage systems. The NST4000 and NST2000 from Nexsan support Fibre Channel in addition to iSCSI, 10GbE and NAS .

Hybrid Storage  =  a combination of solid-state disk (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD) in a single storage system.

Use SSD to increase the cache memory pool so that I/Os are accelerated before they go through the controller to the back-end disk drives.

The larger the cache memory pool, the greater the likelihood of getting a cache hit without having to access the back-end disks—which results in greater application performance.

NST2000 Fibre Channel Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

NST2000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and four Fibre Channel ports for host connectivity per system.

Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses.

Supports up to one external storage expansion unit with similar performance characteristics (Performance Optimized or Capacity Optimized).

NST2000 iSCSI Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

NST2000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and optional four 10GgE or four/eight 1GbE ports for host connectivity.

Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses.

Supports up to one external storage expansion unit with similar performance characteristics (Performance Optimized or Capacity Optimized).

NST4000 Fibre Channel Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

NST4000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and four Fibre Channel ports for host connectivity per system.

Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses.

Supports up to two external storage head units. Must select Network Connectivity option from below.

NST4000 iSCSI Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

NST4000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and optional four 10GgE or eight 1GbE ports for host connectivity.

Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses.

Supports up to two external storage head units. Must select Host Connectivity option from below.

For additional information call (800) 663-5523 or contact us online

www.sunstarco.com

Consider the Nexsan line of Reliable High Density Storage Arrays Turbocharged for High Performance

E60 open Excellent quality, performance and cost.

Call (800) 663-5523 for a quote or contact us on-line

Nexsan E48VT, 48 Drives in 4U, Single or Dual Controller SAN, Active / Active Controllers

E48VT with 8 x  16GB Fibre, Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **

**  Includes 4 x 1GbE per controller, (Single Controller 4 +4)

Expand with E48X (Max 2)

Choice of Drives: SSD, SAS 15K, SAS 10K, NL-SAS 7.2K

 

Nexsan E60VT, 60 Drives in 4U, Single or Dual Controller SAN, Active / Active Controllers

E60VT with 8 x  16GB Fibre, Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **

**  Includes 4 x 1GbE per controller, (Single Controller 4 +4)

Expand with E60X (Max 2)

Choice of Drives: SSD, SAS 15K, SAS 10K, NL-SAS 7.2K

 

Specifications E48VT / E48XVT E60VT / E60XVT
Chassis and Controllers
Chassis 3.5” disk bays / rack U 48 / 4U 60 / 4U
Up to 2 expansion chassis of type E48XV E60XV
Maximum number disks 144 180
Maximum raw TB per chassis / total 288TB / 864TB 360TB / 1.08PB
Number of active drawers 3 3
Max active/active controllers 2 2
Max RAID engines per system 12 12
Max cache per system (GB) 32 32
Standard 1Gb iSCSI ports per system 4 4
Optional 10Gb iSCSI ports per system 4 4
Optional 8Gb FC ports per system 4 4
Optional 6Gb SAS(x4) ports per system 4 4

www.sunstarco.com

 

 

We repair all tape drives…

We service and repair tape drives, tape autoloaders, and  many tape libraries.  Below is a list of the many of the drives that that we service.

  • DLT / SDLT tape drives Quantum, Compac
  • LTO1, LTO2, LTO3, LTO4, LTO5 and LTO6 tape drives IBM, HP, STK, ADIC, Quantum
  • DDS-1, DDS-2, DDS-3, DDS-4, etc. HP, Sony, Seagate
  • AIT-1, AIT-2, AIT-3, SAIT, Mammoth 1 & 2 ) Exabyte, Sony, HP
  • 3480, 3490, 3490E, 3590, 3590E 3590H – 18 Track. 36 Track, 128 track, 256 track and 384 track – Fujitsu, IBM, Overland Data, MP, Hitachi
  • 9-Track tape drives (Cipher, M4, Qualstar, Kennedy)
  • 9840, 9940 and T10000A/B /C Oracle StorageTek (STK) Sun.
  • IBM 3592 Enterprise Drives: TS1120, TS1130, TS1140 and TS1150
  • Tape Libraries and Autoloaders IBM, HP, ADIC, Qualstar, Overland Data, STK Quantum, etc.

Call to learn more and  we will prepare a quote and issue you an RMA No.

(800) 663.5523 or contact us online.

www.sunstarco.com

 

Sony’s DIR-1000 Series data recorder conforms to the ANSI (American National Standard Institute) X3.175-1990 ID-1 format.

Standardized in 1990, the ID-1 format is based broadly on technology developed for professional broadcast video a market in which Sony products are widely recognized the world over.

The ID-1 format utilizes azimuth recording techniques whereby adjacent helical tracks are recorded at different azimuth angles to minimize the effects of misstracking for greater reliability on interchange.

Data recorded on each track on tape is processed by two Reed-Solomon product code arrays. The data is interleaved within the track to minimize the effects of larger dropouts. After correction, a bit error rate of better than 1 x 10-10 (1 x 10-13 with retry) is achieved.

The following models are available from Sunstar Company.

Please call fro inventory levels and yes we can arrange for maintenance of your Sony DIR!

 

SONY DIR1000 DIGITAL RECORDER, ID-1, UP TO 256MB/sec TRANSFER RATE
SONY DIR1000H FORMAT RECORDER, ID-1, UP TO 512MB/sec TRANSFER RATE
SONY DIR1000L DIGITAL RECORDER, ID-1, UP TO 64MB/sec TRANSFER RATE
SONY DIR1000M DIGITAL RECORDER, ID-1, UP TO 128MB/sec TRANSFER RATE
SONY DIR240 DIGITAL RECORDER, UP TO 128MB/sec TRANSFER RATE
SONY DTF GY2120 DTF-1, 42/108GB, 12MB/sec, SCSI-2 FAST/WIDE
SONY DTF GY8240FC DTF-2, 200/518GB, 24MB/sec, FIBRE CHANNEL
SONY DTF GY8240UWD DTF-2, 200/518GB, 24MB/sec, ULTRA WIDE SCSI

 

  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is a formalized means of organizing and storing an organization’s documents, and other content, that relate to the organization’s processes.The term encompasses strategies, methods, and tools used throughout the lifecycle of the content.
  • trusted system is a system that is relied upon to a specified extent to enforce a specified security policy. A trusted system is one whose failure may break a specified security policy.
  • AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) is the global community of information professionals, with a mission to help organizations thrive in an era of Information Chaos led by mobile, social, cloud and big data.

Nexsan Content Addressable Storage will address these requirements:

How do you manage the risk of growing volumes of content?
How do you automate your contentintensive business processes?
How do you use content to better engage and collaborate?
How do you gain business insight from all this information?

For more info call (800) 663-5523

www.sunstarco.com

Sunstar Company has a need to purchase:

T10000B

12 x Sun StorageTek T10000B Fibre Channel Tape Drives, 7020999

Often used in a STK SL3000/PE or SL8500

With or without encryption

Please call (800) 663-5523

 

 

 

 

So you have a need for a SAN – or do you?

Clearly sometime a SAN is the right choice, block level storage requirements such as for a database.

Then there is often the need for for file based storage, general files that we work on – daily: word, excel etc.

In the last three years we have seen a push for a mixed storage offering; a unified storage solution.

But is this really what you want? Yes, rather easy to manage and everything in a single box.

We at Sunstar Company represent a number of vendors that have all of the above:

There is no “absolute right” solution for your company. Let us share with you the advantages and disadvantages of independent offerings rather than everything in “one box”.

When considering these options, you must look at performance, ease of use, configuration and certainly support / maintenance.

To learn more – call the sales team at Sunstar Company, (800) 663 – 5523

Many Thanks

Gavin

 

 

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Private cloud is a marketing term for an enterprise computing architecture that’s protected by a firewall.

Private cloud (also called internal cloud or corporate cloud) is a marketing term for a proprietary computing architecture that provides hosted services to a limited number of people behind a firewall.

Advances in virtualization and distributed computing have allowed corporate network and datacenter administrators to effectively become service providers that meet the needs of their “customers” within the corporation.

Marketing media that uses the words “private cloud” is designed to appeal to an organization that needs or wants more control over their data than they can get by using a third-party hosted service such as Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) or Simple Storage Service (S3).

Promotion of the private cloud model is designed to appeal to an organization that wants more control over their data than they can get by using a third-party hosted service such as Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) or Simple Storage Service (S3).

Let Sunstar Company assist you to build your private cloud.

Data storage compliance and corporate governance regulations are having a tremendous impact on the storage organization, as well as the management practices employed to retain, search, certify and destroy data.

It’s not just the major regulations, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which influence storage — there are well over 10,000 regulations that affect data storage,…

Tested Backup and Archive Solutions are imperative in the world we live in.

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Recently IBM sold their server line over to Lenovo.

Expect the same if not better quality servers from Lenovo, one of the top three manufatcurers of servers, notebooks, workstations and personal PCs in the world.

Options available to you.

Call Sunstar Company at (800) 663-5523 for assistance.

Configure a Server to your specifications. (Lenovo Showacase) and then call Sunstar to place the order

Another alternative, purchase a Lenovo Server for an extremely competitive price, direct from distribution.

 

 

 

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  • Store up to 8.5 TB of uncompressed data per standard cartridge and 1.6 TB per sport cartridge
  • Unique hub lock design and the StorageTek T10000 tape cartridge SafeGuide system
  • Minimize tape mounts and improve automation efficiency with a low cost-per-gigabyte storage medium
  • Reformat and reuse StorageTek T10000 tape cartridges with the next-generation tape

With up to 8.5 TB native capacity, the StorageTek T10000 T2 tape cartridge, for the StorageTek T10000D tape drive, stores more data in the same footprint.

For the StorageTek T10000A and T10000B tape drives, the StorageTek T10000 tape cartridge can store up to 1 TB of data to help you meet rapidly growing data storage requirements.

Ultra-high capacity makes the StorageTek T10000 and T10000 T2 tape cartridges ideal for all high-volume backup, archiving, and disaster recovery applications.

Sunstar Company has T2 media for sale. Please call (800) 663-5523 for a quote.

 

 

 

Unitrends offers:

  1. Cost Effective Capacity-Based Model & Simple Pricing – No hidden fees and no-limits appliance licensing coupled with flexible UEB software licensing models
  2. Lowest Total Cost of Ownership through a broad and cost effective family of all-in-one appliances
  3. 12 Granular Physical Appliances Supporting 0.4TB – 50TB Maximum Backup
  4. Instant Recovery: Physical On- and Off-Host Plus Unitrends Enterprise Backup 7.3 on/off on replication target as well
  5. Unlimited Integrated Cloud – Storage and Replication to Private/Unitrends Public Cloud
  6. Integrated Archiving: disk, tape, NAS, SAN – Rotational or Fixed
  • Ninty- Eight percent customer satisfaction rating
  • Unlimited cloud
  • Hardware/software solutions for physical, virtual and cloud IT environments
  • Not top forget, the Unitrends 100% capacity guarantee

Currently Unitrends is extending a “Special Offer to Symantec Backup Exec Customers” interested to switch to Unitrends.

To learn more about this promotion and Unitrends hardware and software offerings, please call Sunstar Company (800) 663-5523 or contact us online.

  • Connect via Fibre and iSCSI simultaneously to the host.
  • Expand from 60 drives in 4U to 180 drives in 12U
  • With 6TB Drives you can now achieve 1PB in 12U

All this can be achived with Nexsan E60VT, 60 Drives in 4U, Single or Dual Controller SAN, Active / Active Controllers

  • E60VT with 8 x  16GB Fibre, Dual Controllers **
  • E60VT with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **
  • E60VT with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **
  • E60VT with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **
  • **  Includes 4 x 1GbE per controller, (Single Controller 4 +4)
  • Expand with E60X (Max 2)
  • Choice of Drives: SSD, SAS 15K, SAS 10K, NL-SAS 7.2K

To learn more contact us at Sunstar Company, Inc.

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NEXSAN NST2000 UNIFIED STORAGE WITH FIBRE OPTION  

A truly efficient storage solution for the SMB market. As you will see below the NST2000 comes in a number of flavors with the ability to grow with ease.

Select Fibre or iSCSI Connectivity (A or B)

  1. NST2000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and four Fibre Channel ports for host connectivity per system.  Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses. Supports up to one external storage expansion unit with similar performance characteristics.
  2. NST2000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and optional four 10GgE or four/eight 1GbE ports for host connectivity. Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses. Supports up to one external storage expansion unit with similar performance characteristics

Now select Capacity Required – two options available:

  1. Performance Optimized
  2. Capacity Optimized

All systems come standard with:

  • FASTier® – Intelligent, self-tuning hybrid caching capability that uses a scalable pool of cache memory comprised of flash technologies to create a more efficient hybrid storage solution. Flash SSD technology is used to accelerate read and write IOPS and throughput. FASTier caching works transparently so there is no administration burden to turbo-charge I/O performance and handle the constant growth of mixed applications in your environment. FASTier caching is especially useful for random I/O workloads such as databases or for VMware, Xen or Hyper-V environments.
  • Inline Compression – As data is written, NST compresses data prior to it being written to the RAID volume. This reduces the amount of data written to SSD cache or HDD storage media, and, in-turn shrinks the total storage capacity requirements, datacenter footprint and improves storage system performance. NST Inline Compression can be set on a per volume basis and is transparent operation.

 

 

Nexsan’s NST’s FASTier hybrid caching accelerates performance while the unified protocol enables mixed applications. The NST2000 delivers a full enterprise-class feature set for your mid-size data center storage.

 

HYBRID STORAGE MODEL

2000
ENTRY
LEVEL

4000
MID-RANGE

6000
HIGH-END

Controller
Controllers per system 2 2 2
System CPU Cores 16 16 24
System Memory (DRAM)

96 GB

96 GB 192 – 384 GB
RAID Level 5, 6, 10 5, 6, 10 5, 6, 10
System Form Factor 2U or 3U 4U 6U
Storage
Maximum Raw Capacity 168TB 2.1PB 5PB

To learn more please reach out to us here at Sunstar Company, Inc.  Please call (800) 663-5523 for additional information and a quote.

The Nexsan NST2000 by Imation expands the availability of fault-tolerant FASTier™ DRAM caching and Fibre Channel SAN connectivity, and puts them in reach of mid-range businesses

Use SSD to increase the cache memory pool so that I/Os are accelerated before they go through the controller to the back-end disk drives. The larger the cache memory pool, the greater the likelihood of getting a cache hit without having to access the back-end disks—which results in greater application performance.

Hybrid Storage  is defined as a combination of solid-state disk (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD) in a single storage system.

A fully unified, enterprise-class, unified hybrid storage solution that simultaneously supports block and file traffic eliminating the need for organizations to invest in separate SAN and NAS storage systems.

NST2000 scales capacity and performance.

  • Capacity is scaled by adding an additional NST storage modules. NST storage modules come in different form factors to address different organizational needs.
  • FASTier – Caching is NST’s intelligent, self-tuning hybrid caching capability that uses a scalable pool of cache memory comprised of  flash technologies to create a more efficient hybrid storage solution. FASTier provides increased performance for mixed application workload environments over traditional caching techniques.

The Nexsan NST2000 provides CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols for enterprise NAS file sharing as well as the FC and iSCSI SAN block storage protocol for server volume sharing.

More information can be found by visiting www.sunstarco.com or better call (800) 663-5523

 

Kaminario

Kaminarios’s K2 is an All-Flash Array that can “scale-right” – scale-up with expansion shelves to increase capacity or scale-out with added K-Blocks to increase performance, or both.

Scaling up and out is impressive on its own, but what about performance.

  • K2 delivers consistent performance even in the face of challenging concurrent I/O demands from databases and virtualized servers or desktops. K2’s consistent performance capabilities under even extreme mixed workloads and SPEAR’s advanced technologies enable K2 to perform exceptionally well as the primary storage tier for a wide range of applications, servers, databases, and user workloads.

Then there is capacity.

  • K2 has a complete set of native capacity saving features that can save up to 95% of the physical storage used. Data reduction via selective deduplication and global compression, plus thin-provisioning, can dramatically cut the space needed for virtual servers, databases, and virtual desktops. Native writeable snapshots enable backing up and replicating databases, cloning data sets, and archiving virtual machines with no impact on performance and capacity savings of 90%.

We all know that today security is all to important.

  • K2 features always-on, data-at-rest encryption capabilities engineered with 256-bit AES keys technology. Designed to deliver absolute security and prevent theft, K2’s encryption enables compliance with industry and government regulations without compromising storage efficiency. K2 protects data by requiring administrative authorization for access and ensures no data is available on drives after deletion through a cryptographic SSD erase feature.

These are the facts:

  • Kaminario K2 All-Flash Array delivers consistently high performance combined with cost effectiveness and capacity efficiency no matter what the platform or workload.
  • K2 can help make all of your IT deployments perform better and at a significantly lower effective cost than other storage architectures.
  • With K2 all of your data center systems can consistently perform better, cost less, and scale easily and reliably.

To learn moire about the Kaminario all flash storage solution   – call (800) 663 – 5523 or visit Sunstar Company online

Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, announced it has unveiled its new Secure Data Movement Architecture (SDMA™) to give organizations a holistic approach to actively manage their high-value data files and protect them from tampering, destruction, loss or leakage through their entire lifecycle. SDMA empowers end users to manage their own policy for protecting their high-value data in addition to enabling organizational control and management policies.

High-value data is comprised of an organization’s critical data files that must be safeguarded from tampering, loss or corruption. According to IDC, 25.2 of the 37.4 exabytes of storage that was shipped worldwide in 2013, or 67 percent, was for the purposes of storing unstructured data files. Data files are being created by users, devices and sensors and are being copied and proliferated across multiple device types, including personal devices such as tablets and smart phones. But there are not any holistic approaches to protecting all of it. Traditionally, applications have provided sufficient protection for the structured data stored within an organization’s internal IT environment; however with the tremendous growth of unstructured data that is often accessed by client applications, this data has become vulnerable as it may unwittingly escape organizational control or be accessed, tampered with or stolen by unknown threats.

SDMA actively safeguards high-value data from hand to cloud and creation to destruction. It protects high-value data from loss, leakage, destruction or resurrection, and manages it through policy-based control and security. It also addresses the need to safeguard data files throughout the data lifecycle, including archive, remote workers, file sharing and collaboration, storage management and cloud and mobile device endpoints. SDMA protects high-value data throughout the broader information ecosystem by drawing upon core capabilities found within Imation’s Nexsan Assureon™ Secure Archive, IronKey Secure Storage and IronKey Workspace with Windows To Go solutions that are in use today. Assureon provides a comprehensive secure archive solution that protects and preserves high-value data. IronKey mobile storage solutions enable users to securely access their workspaces and files remotely while adhering to corporate IT standards, and IronKey Workspace with Windows To Go is a PC on a Stick™ that equips employees and contractors with a portable Windows 8.1 corporate image.

“Security and storage can no longer be siloed. Imation is introducing comprehensive and innovative protection for high-value data files,” said Ian Williams, president of tiered storage and security solutions at Imation. “Organizations can no longer throw additional point solutions and hardware at the problem – we must take a holistic approach to data loss and leakage issues. The Secure Data Movement Architecture solves these problems in a comprehensive way and provides a framework to protect important data files. No matter where a user is, how much data they create or what device or solution they use to create and house their data – SDMA is designed to safeguard their most important information assets with the utmost confidence.”

A recent Imation survey of end users revealed 70 percent did not classify high-value data, highlighting the organizational disconnect of protecting critical files. Organizations attempt to define or dictate policies or deploy point solutions in an attempt to regain control over their high-value data; this has only succeeded in frustrating and hampering the end user’s ability to do more with their data. End users want their data safeguarded, but they also want to be productive when they are away from the office or working with external contractors and consultants. When faced with cumbersome policies or solutions, end users either bypass them or limit their effort to the boundaries placed on them.

In addition, information technology and security professionals are increasingly challenged by the pace in which data files move both internally and externally. It’s hard for them to manage data across all of the physical and other storage devices that data lives on – personal computers, servers, mobile devices and/or the cloud – and to keep that data from being lost or stolen. These challenges only get more difficult as data growth continues to explode and more data files are seen as important or mission-critical business assets.

“SDMA really goes back to Imation’s roots of helping our customers store, protect and connect their information,” said Claude Farmer, vice president of engineering at Imation. “This is a holistic approach that will include components that empower organizations to protect and preserve files anywhere and anytime.”

“Imation’s Secure Data Movement Architecture is an emerging real-world solution to today’s unstructured data management challenge. Data growth continues at exponential rates, and this data is an attractive target for cybercriminals looking to score big. Despite their best efforts organizations remain vulnerable to many potential problems relating to storing and securing their most important data, which is one of the reasons information security is the most important IT priority for 2015¹,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst, ESG. “Imation is uniquely positioned to lead the way forward for the industry with its pedigree in storage and security, its Nexsan family of data storage solutions and its IronKey mobile security solutions.”

With over fifty years of experience in protecting data for organizations around the world, Imation has a unique perspective to the risk organizations face in managing their data files. This legacy, along with a comprehensive secure product portfolio and over fifty data security patents and patents pending, demonstrate Imation’s mission of safeguarding data across today’s broader storage.

 

Looking to purchase 3592 Tape Media. We at Sunstar Compay can help you.
We purchase 3592 Tape Media!
  • Please call (800) 663-5523 for a quote.
  • Available with and without labels
IBM  3592 Tape TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge - 300 GB

IBM 3592 Tape TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge – 300 GB
 
Part No. 18P7534 

  • Provides physical cartridge capacity up to 300GB (up to 900GB with 3:1 compression)
  • Includes memory feature to track cartridge usage, helping to enhance media reliability
  • Compatible with automation in the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Library 3494 or in the StorageTek 9310 Powderhorn Tape Library

The IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 is designed to provide fast time to data and excellent levels of storage capacity. To support that high-capacity capability, the tape drive uses the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge 3592.

IBM 3592 Tape Extended,700GB, (JB) TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge

 IBM 3592 Tape Extended,700GB, (JB) TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge

Part No. 23R9830 

BM 3592 Tape Cartridges are designed to work with the first-generation IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 Model J1A (3592 J1A tape drive) and the second-generation IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive (TS1120 Tape Drive).
IBM 3592 JC TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge - Advanced Data

IBM 3592 JC TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge – Advanced Data

Part No. 46X7452 

IBM 3592 (JC) Enterprise Tape Cartridge – Advanced Data

The IBM 3592 Advanced Data Cartridge (46X7452) was developed to help enterprise data centers address data protection, data retention and security challenges.

Features and Benefits

  • IBM 3592 Advanced Data Tape JC
  • Capacity with IBM TS1140 Drive – 4TB Native / up to 12 TB Compressed (3:1)
  • Capacity with IBM TS1150 Drive – 7TB Native / up to 21 TB Compressed (3:1)
  • Archival Life up to 30 Years

These tapes are also available Labeled and Initialized (46X7452LI) or just Labeled (46X7452L)

 

Backup with a  single solution, single management interface and with a single line-item in your budget.

Protect over 100 versions of computers, storage devices, operating systems, hypervisors and applications with the Unitrends Recovery Series

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BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance                                                           

The Unitrends Recovery-Series family of appliances delivers backup, archiving, disaster recovery and instant recovery in a shrink-wrapped package.

This federated, scalable architecture means flexible deployment options and no more fork-lift upgrades.

With No Limits Licensing, Unitrends gives you the lowest TCO in the industry and maximum protection for your environment.

Backed by customer-obsessed service and support delivering a 98% customer satisfaction rate

recovery-stack    Call (800) 663-5523 FREE for a Quote or Additional Information

 

  • New 3rd generation, all-in-one integrated appliance models with faster CPU clock speeds, AES-NI hardware encryption, increased I/O bandwidth, scaling from 1TB to 97TB of raw storage, 8GB to 256GB memory, and 2 to 16 CPU cores.
  • Solid State Drives (SSD)—1st integrated appliance (1U and larger) to include variable sized solid-state drives (SSDs) as a 2nd-layer read cache. As more backups are processed and replicated, data is cached in SSD cache, speeding up read requests and increasing data I/O. Overall, SSDs yield a 300% improvement in backup RPO by allowing more data to be protected per day, all while improving recovery times (RTO) by 125%.

 

 

Unitrends purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

For more information: Call 800.663.5523 or contact us online

www.sunstarco.com

 

 

If you have a need for a SAN Storage Solution, perhaps there is a need for:

  • Density

and /or

  • Performance

and /or

  • Future Growth

Consider NEXSAN:

  • E-SERIES V :  The Nexsan E-Series V is an ultra-reliable, high-density, high performance, efficient storage array that enables lower storage costs, maximum storage uptime, and data storage ROI boosts for your organization. E-Series V systems Consume less than one-third of the power in one-third of the rack space of typical arrays, with up to 240 terabytes of capacity in just 4U and now offers 400% more memory and 50% increased CPU speed over the E-SeriesTM. The E-Series V is offered in four core configurations: E60VT (360 TB in 4U), E48VT (288 TB in 4U), E32V (38.4 TB in 2U, all 2.5″ drives), and E18V (108 TB in 2U).   6TB Drives now available!
  • NST-SERIES : The NST-Series Unified Hybrid Storage solutions for NAS and iSCSI features FASTier® acceleration technology which leverages a modest amount of solid-state to exponentially increase the performance of the underlying spinning disks for up to 10X performance over traditional storage. NST6000NST6000MNST5000, NST4000

To learn more about these Nexsan offerings, please contact us at Sunstar Company, Inc.

Call (800) 663-5523 or contact us online

LTO6M

Sunstar Company has received a large shipment of NEW LTO media:

  • LTO6
  • LTO5

IBM, Quantum and Fuji in-stock, ready to ship.

Available with or without label.

Please call (800) 663.-5523 for price. 

 

The new IBM FlashSystem V9000 delivers up to 57TB per building block.

Scales to four building blocks  – four additional 57TB V9000 Storage Enclosure expansion units for large scale enterprise storage system capability.

FlashSystem V9000, including its MicroLatency Flash Modules, is covered by up to seven years of hardware support.

Software support for the FlashSystem V9000 is also available for up to seven years

IBM-FlashSystem-V9000  To learn more call the sales team at Sunstar Company, (800) 663-5523

FlashSystem V9000 offers the advantages of software-defined storage at the speed of flash. These all-flash storage systems deliver the full capabilities of the hardware-accelerated I/O provided by FlashCore Technology. FlashSystem V9000 also delivers the enterprise reliability of MicroLatency™ modules and advanced flash management, coupled with a rich set of the features found in the most advanced software-defined storage solutions. These include Real-time Compression, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services and high-availability configurations

 

FlashSystem V9000 – base configuration
Models 9846/8-AC2, 9846/8-AE2
Flash type IBM Enhanced MLC
Flash module configuration 4 x 1.3 TB, 6 x 1.3 TB, 8 x 1.3 TB, 10 x 1.3 TB, 12 x 1.3 TB, 6 x 2.9 TB, 8 x 2.9 TB, 10 x 2.9 TB, 12 x 2.9 TB, 6 x 5.7 TB, 8 x 5.7 TB, 10 x 5.7 TB, 12 x 5.7 TB
Maximum storage capacity Internal storage enclosure(s): Scalable from 2 TB (usable) up to 456 TB (usable) with full scale-out of control enclosures
Effective internal: From 10 TB to 2.2 PB with full scale-out of control enclosures (at 80% reduction)
External: Up to 32 PB usable capacity

FlashSystem V9000 supports attachment through FC or FCoE/iSCSI to the following servers:

  • System x servers
  • Power Systems servers
  • Flex System
  • BladeCenter
  • Power System blades
  • z Systems servers
  • Intel and AMD processor-based servers

Sunstar Company has STK T10000C Tape Drives ready to ship.

Drives mounted in SL8500 Trays.

Sold with warranty!

Call (800) 663-5523 for a quote

Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C delivers up to 252 MB/sec and 5 TB, native

  • High 5 TB capacity (uncompressed)
  • 25% more capacity than any other tape drive
  • Up to 252 MB/sec native (uncompressed)
  • Protects your investment with media reuse and broad compatibility
  • Enhances security and ensures data protection with encryption support

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Nexsan’s Assureon advanced archive system is ideal for freeing up primary storage, reducing the size and cost of backups, or complying with governmental regulatory requirements including HIPPA, SOX, and SEC-17.

Also corporate regulators have introduced stringent compliance archiving requirements regarding electronic communications in response to the explosive growth of email & instant messaging (IM) as principle business communication tools.

Enforce company data retention, privacy, and data protection policies. Archive data for days or decades in a system that is easy to manage and to use. Single pane of glass management makes it easy to create data retention rules and to apply them to files and folders.

Assureon is quite unique in that it requires no special APIs to be used, and is non-disruptive to users or existing applications.

It is important to note that multi-tenancy features allow service providers to offer archive as a service.

Storage Optimization – offload primary storage to free up space for active data and reduce the size, time and costs of monthly full backups

Regulatory & Corporate Compliance – comply with governmental regulatory requirements including HIPPA, SOX and SEC-17. Enforce company data retention, privacy and protection policies

Long-Term Archive – store managed data for days or decades with unsurpassed integrity and protection in an easy to administer system that resides on-premise, in the cloud, or both.

To learn more call us at Sunstar Company, Inc. (310) 330-2900

Features

Benefits

Assureon Client Copies or moves files from Windows onto the Assureon, leaving a small shortcut file behind
Hyper speed Restores Because restores only require the shortcut files to be restored, time is significantly reduced
CIFS/NFS NAS Interfaces via Assureon Edge Easy to use for all Windows and UNIX/Linux users and applications without changes being required. No development or use of special APIs are needed
Fingerprinting When a file or object is archived, it is fingerprinted, so its history and contents cannot be altered after the fact (WORM)
Encryption Each file can be optionally encrypted with a unique AES-256 encryption key to ensure security. Three copies of the key exist: one onsite and two at separate remote managed locations
File Integrity Checks Files are stored twice, and a background process continually scans files and repairs them, using their copies even if they are not being accessed, if necessary
Active / Active Replication Replicated Assureons are active/active, meaning that as long as both are healthy, they can service different requests, providing increased utilization of resources over active/passive architectures
Active / Active Ingestion Assureon allows for ingestion of data at two sites in a replicated configuration
Cloud-based Archiving An Assureon can be configured as a Virtual Assureon. This allows for multiple secure applications, departments or even separate companies to operate with complete physical, logical and encryption separation. It is an ideal cloud platform to offer Archive-as-a-Service.
Active Directory Integration Assureon uses Active Directory integration to authenticate users.
Certificate-based Authentication Certificate-based authentication can be used as an alternative to Active Directory authentication.
Powerful Search Assureon Explorer, a web-based GUI permits easy searches of the entire archive with role-based restrictions. The Assureon Explorer also allows end users to restore their own files, if allowed by access and disposition policy.
Management Console Single-pane-of-glass web-based management with role-based security.
Audit Trails Track all users that were permitted or denied file access.
Retention Policies Assureon makes it easy to define retention policies and to associate those policies to folders that are being archived for compliant and non-compliant environments.
Single-instance Storage Identical files are only stored once, saving disk space and increasing performance.
Legal Hold Assureon provides legal holds that can override retention policies.
File Versioning Assureon can support multiple versions of a file and is configurable by the administrator.
AutoMAID® AutoMAID is the industry’s most sophisticated power management system. Drives containing infrequently accessed data can be powered down when not being for significant energy savings.

 

Today it is not uncommon for a company to have multiple offices over a wide geographical area. Yet their is a need to share data on a daily basis between personnel.

  • Wide-area file services (WAFS) makes it possible to access a remote data center across a wide area network (WAN) as though it were local.
  • WAN optimization and file access acceleration are important elements.
  • Caching is used to reduce WAN congestion and disruption.

WAFS enables businesses, academic institutions, and government agencies with numerous branch offices to centrally manage data backups in real time.

Benefits include immediate read-write access to backed-up data for all end users in the network, low latency and rapid data transfer speed comparable to local area networks, continuous real-time updating of backup content, enhanced data security and simple, rapid system recovery in the event the network is compromised or damaged.

For more information please call Sunstar at 800.663.5523 to learn more.

 

 

Just four and a half years after shipping its first Adaptive Flash platform, Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the flash storage solutions company, today announced that more than 5,000 customers worldwide have adopted the Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform. Achieving this significant milestone underscores the company’s vision to deliver the industry’s most efficient flash storage platform.

Since shipping the first CS-Series array in 2010, Nimble has established a strong track record for delivering innovation. In the first half of 2014 the company introduced its high-end CS700 platform and All Flash Shelf as part of the Adaptive Flash platform, effectively addressing all-flash workloads as well as petabyte-scale deployments within a single platform. In the second half of the year the company refreshed its entire platform portfolio to increase price-performance by more than 50 percent. The most significant advance in product innovation came with the early release of Fibre Channel functionality across the CS-Series arrays enabling Nimble to address enterprise-wide storage requirements and quadruple the addressable market the company is able to serve.

The Nimble Adaptive Flash platform continues to gain significant traction with enterprise customers and cloud service providers. Enterprise customers include: Target Commercial Interiors, Starwood Waikiki, National Information Solutions Cooperative, CareOregon, LANDESK, Gorkana Group, National Cable Communications, Deltek, Grant Street Group, Kern Health Systems, Energy Information Administration, HeliMods, and Queensland Sugar Limited. Cloud service provider customers include: SingleHop, Xtium, Avanade, and BlueTie.

“Surpassing the 5,000th customer milestone so quickly represents the collective commitment to excellence of our dedicated and passionate employees. I want to thank our entire organization, as well as our customers and partners,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. “The Nimble Adaptive Flash platform underscores the comprehensive nature of our approach to leveraging the three major disruptive changes in the storage market: flash, cloud, and converged infrastructure. We are uniquely positioned to leverage these architectural changes and emerge as the market leader. Our value proposition to enterprises and cloud service providers as a platform that can consolidate enterprise-wide workloads cost-effectively, with vastly better performance, superior data protection and radically lower complexity will enable us to continue to accelerate our high win rates against the leading incumbent platforms.”

Disk is typically easier to access than tape, but doing so does requires some effort.

With disk, the data is usually not encrypted because it does not change hands that often (though disk-based encryption is quickly becoming standard). If the backup is unencrypted, it is possible to retrieve a single identified item or group of items without restoring the entire backup, making it far superior to tape for finding data.

This is yet another reason why information management professionals and counsel must be prepared for the possibility of disk backups coming under the scope of reasonably accessible sources for discovery.

Tape restoration costs can slightly surpass those of disk. Tape requires more resources because it creates contention in the data center’s bandwidth as backups are continuing to write simultaneous to the restoration process.

Further, if an organization no longer has the hardware or resources to restore legacy data, it may need to engage an outside provider.

While the contention issue goes away with disk use, such restoration still requires a location for the restored data to be written to, such as a disk array or other hardware.

Restoring from disk is typically faster than restoring from tape as well.

 

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Unitrends Cloud is a disaster recovery and business continuity offering that takes the capabilities of their Recovery-Series and their Unitrends Enterprise Backup backup products and enhances them with our cloud capabilities.

You get the recovery and recovery assurance technologies that you would traditionally achieve from their appliances.

Offerings:

  1. Metered
  2. No Limits Cloud
  3. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS.)

To learn more about Unitrends Cloud Offerings, call us here at Sunstar Company,  (800) 663-5523

StorageTek T10000B Tape Drives with the appropriate tray for your SL8500, SL3000 Tape Library.

Drives ship with warranty

Key Facts:

  • 1 TB native capacity and 120 MB/sec throughput
  • Built in encryption technology
  • Supports FICON and Fibre Channel using the same hardware
  • Protects your investment with T10000 media
  • Enhances security and ensures data protection

Call for a current quote: (800) 663-5523

www.sunstarco.com

 

Getting optimal performance from Oracle Database servers, can be challenging for their supporting storage infrastructure.

Our goal; get Oracle Databases to run at optimum levels of performance even when faced with challenging workloads

Production systems must be able to:

  • Quickly process revenue-producing transactions around the clock
  • Simultaneously executing demanding I/O operations like backups, database replication/failover, and OLAP business analytics and reporting.

Enter Kaminario: Delivering true scale-out architecture for all-Flash enterprise storage

Kaminario_blue logo Kaminario’s consistent performance and low latency enables Oracle databases to run at top performance even when faced with challenging workloads.

To learn more, contact sales at Sunstar Company, (310) 330-2900 or (800) 663-5523

 

 

 

Imation Introduces the Nexsan™ Fibre Channel Hybrid Storage Appliance, Purpose-Built for Media and Entertainment and Data Protection Workloads

 

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The NST2000 delivers next-generation hybrid caching technology to mid-sized organizations, fulfilling changing application and storage needs with new levels of performance, scalability and efficiency

Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today at BVE 2015 in London introduced the Nexsan NST2000 – a new ultra-efficient hybrid storage appliance purpose-built for media and entertainment and data protection workloads that will deliver Fibre Channel connectivity and all the benefits of hybrid storage to mid-sized organizations. The NST2000 is only entry-level when it comes to its price point – it expands upon Imation’s Nexsan NST™ family of hybrid storage solutions, and will be spotlighted at Imation’s booth (M24) through the end of the show. It will be available in the second quarter.

The NST2000 delivers a powerful yet simple to deploy and manage hybrid storage solution using the latest high-performance technologies, and provides the scalability and flexibility to meet the needs of organizations that continue to rapidly add new applications to their environments. With an intelligent hybrid caching layer, NST2000 is optimized for mixed application workloads, media and entertainment workflows and data protection strategies. NST2000 also is ideal for organizations looking to strategically move toward hybrid storage and take advantage of the new levels of performance, availability and reliability it can deliver.

As with all of the hybrid storage systems in the NST product family, NST2000 has a standard all-inclusive software licensing model which includes features such as:

  • Unified Fibre Channel Support – NST2000 expands the Nexsan NST family’s unified block and file sharing capabilities by adding Fibre Channel connectivity for those small and medium-sized organizations that prefer it for their applications. This gives organizations the ability to take advantage of the benefits of NST’s hybrid storage using a full range of unified storage protocols, including iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, FTP and now Fibre Channel.
  • Capacity Scalability –NST2000 capacities start at 13TB and can scale up to 168TB and 2TB FASTier™ cache, delivering much more flexibility to IT administrators.
  • Intelligent Hybrid Caching – The NST2000 combines Imation’s intelligent caching algorithms with solid-state disks (SSD’s) and the latest processor technology to provide blazing fast performance for business critical applications.
  • Enhanced Data Reduction – The NST2000 delivers faster and smarter inline compression. Compressible data can be processed 50 percent faster than with preceding NST arrays, and intelligence removes the penalty of trying to act upon noncompressible data.

“With the introduction of the NST2000, organizations have an entirely new set of options for storing, managing and protecting the high-value data they create in situations like digital asset management in media and entertainment workflows,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and technical support for Imation’s Nexsan solutions. “They can deploy hybrid storage, realize new levels of performance, scale their data centers to new levels of capacity and much more – all at a price point that was previously inaccessible to them given their limited budgets and resources. We’re excited to help these organizations operate more efficiently and generate more ROI from their storage investment – and to add the NST2000 to help address a full range of application requirements.”

Imation’s Nexsan NST™ is a set of flexible hybrid storage appliances that scale to meet mid-sized organization application and storage needs with unified NAS and SAN access capabilities in a single solution. Other product lines in Imation’s deep Nexsan portfolio of purpose-built storage solutions are:

  • Imation’s Nexsan E-Series™ is a family of high-density, high-performance and highly reliable storage solutions that can be directly attached or networked to workstations and servers.
  • Imation’s Nexsan Assureon™ is a set of secure storage solutions that reduce storage cost by offloading and deduplicating data from primary storage that is infrequently used or has aged by policy.

For more information call Sunstar Company, Inc. (800) 663-5523 

At some point in time a backup solution will be deployed in all organizations. Sure there is a wide choice of offerings and we are not just talking about disk or tape.  For the most part a number of vendors are required for a backup solution to be deployed.

More likely both software and hardware will be required. This works but what we at Sunstar have learned over the years that in time, more challenges arise. Operating Systems get updated or changed, hardware is replaced and then there is the added headache that support must be available from both the software and hardware vendor.

It is for these reasons that many of our clients have opted to an “all in one” solution.  Unitrends is one of our “go to vendors” when a client will best be suited by an all in solution.

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  • Unitrends delivers award-winning business recovery solutions for any IT environment.
  • The company’s portfolio of virtual, physical, and cloud solutions provides adaptive protection for organizations globally.
  • To address the complexities facing today’s modern data center, Unitrends delivers end-to-end protection and instant recovery of all virtual and physical assets as well as automated disaster recovery testing built for virtualization.
  • Unitrends’ offerings are backed by a customer support team that consistently achieves a 98 percent satisfaction rating.

Contact us at (800) 663-5523 for assistance, we will size the appropriate solution for your company.

Recovery-Series family features include:

  • All-in-one integrated appliance models with AES-NI hardware encryption, scaling from 1TB to 97TB of raw storage, 8GB to 256GB memory, and 2 to 16 CPU cores.
  • Solid State Drives (SSD)—1st integrated appliance (1U and larger) to include variable sized solid-state drives (SSDs) as a 2nd-layer read cache. As more backups are processed and replicated, data is cached in SSD cache, speeding up read requests and increasing data I/O.
  • Recovery assurance including the industry’s only Windows VM and physical server instant recovery capability coupled with hypervisor-level instant recovery and auditing via the ReliableDR add-on.
  • Virtualization, deep virtualization, physical, and unified compute protection for over 100 versions of applications, operating systems, servers, and storage.
  • Unitrends Bridge Convert physical systems to virtual systems, vSphere or Hyper-V, in a single click to external virtualization hosts.
  • Unified Bare Metal One-pass dissimilar bare metal capability that performs both bare metal as well as granular file-level backup.
  • NDMP Backup and NAS Backup Optional NDMP NAS Protection provides enhanced storage integration for EMC and NetApp NAS devices with simplified backup management, improved performance, while maintaining access control lists (ACLs) on recovered files.
  • Cloud-empowered disaster recovery and business continuity your way—via ourUnitrends Cloud which offers No Limits Cloud storage with strict RTO SLAs and DRaaSfor Windows and VMware. But we don’t lock you in—we offer cloud disaster recovery even via third-party cloud solutions with our CloudHook functionality supporting Amazon, Google, Dropbox and many more.
  • Granular disaster recovery via local archiving—D2D2x (Disk-to-Disk-to-Any) including rotational disk, rotational tape, fixed SAN, and fixed NAS—so that you can build WAN bandwidth-saving disaster recovery and business continuity policies.
  • Our Pledge free hardware forever policy included with any 3 or 5 year support plan.
  • Predictive analytics that monitors and predicts hardware and software failures before they occur.

Right-size your appliance to fit your exact business needs, from the remote office to the enterprise. Choose from a granular family of Recovery-Series appliances that easily scale up and scale out as your business grows.

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Backup Capacity (TB)
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256GB
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16/32

FLASH STORAGE!

All organizations would like to deploy new applications and capabilities faster and provide a more agile and a more  scalable infrastructure.

Application performance and predictability and the ability to raise operational efficiency while reducing  cost is very attractive to the administrators that work with the likes of Oracle Databases, SQL Server Databases, VDI, Server Consolidation and Big Data.

Performance is everything.

If you are considering installing a Flash Array in the near future, reach out to us here at Sunstar, online or call (800) 663-5523

Kaminario

5th Generation Scale-Up and Scale-Out All-Flash Array

Kaminario K2 All-Flash Array delivers consistently high performance combined with cost effectiveness and capacity efficiency no matter what the platform or workload.

Learn how K2 can help make all of your IT deployments perform better and at a significantly lower effective cost than other storage architectures.

With K2 all of your data center systems can consistently perform better, cost less, and scale easily and reliably.

Call (800) 663-5523 for additional information and quote!

Solving the following Solutions

Do you invest a lot for your Oracle databases, yet don’t get the performance you need? Find out how a K2 array can help you deliver consistent Oracle performance while significantly reducing storage costs. Are your SQL Server databases not performing as expected? Are you running into conflicts between production OLTP applications and OLAP business analytics? Find out how an affordable K2 array can keep SQL Server performing even with demanding mixed workloads.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Virtualizing an organization’s desktop PCs can be complex and prone to performance problems, leading to dissatisfied and unproductive users. Find out how deploying VDI on a K2 All-Flash Array can ensure that users get the responsive desktops they need.

Server Consolidation

Server consolidation can become a performance nightmare for both storage and application administrators. Find out how K2′s advanced technologies and capabilities can keep your virtual servers running at their peak.

Big Data

Big Data places significant demands on storage infrastructure, far beyond those seen from production databases or virtual servers and desktops. K2 can scale up and out meet those demands with ease, letting you use a single array infrastructure for both big data analytics and production systems.

Now available from Sunstar Company, Inc.

18 Drive Bays in just 2U, Two drawers, each supporting 9 drives, Mix and match drives

  • Choice of drives: SSD, SAS 15K, SAS 10K and NL-SAS 7.2K

Single or Dual Controller

  • Four 16Gb FC and four 1GbE iSCSI connections
  • Four 8Gb FC and four 1GbE iSCSI connections
  • Four 10GbE (SFP+) and four 1GbE iSCSI (RJ45) connections
  • Four 6Gb SAS (4 lanes per interface) and four 1Gb iSCSI connections
  • Eight 1GbE iSCSI connections

Future Expansion

  • The E18V can support up to 54 disk 3½ inch drives with the addition of two additional trays below the controller

Features Anti-Vibration Design and Cool Drive Technology and uses Active Drawer Technology and redundant hot swappable active components.The Nexsan E Series has a high performance multi RAID engine controller technology along with an energy efficiency that delivers up to 87% reduction in power while lowering your cooling needs.Easy to manage even remotely one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI.

Want to learn more about the Nexsan E18V, Call 800.663.5523 to receive a quote.

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It seems as if at some point in time we all need to purchase some SAN Storage (Block). In some cases we can make do with a NAS (File) but if you need to run a database of some significance a SAN will be required.

So what is a SAN?

A storage area network (SAN) is any high-performance network whose primary purpose is to enable storage devices to communicate with computer systems and with each other.

SAN’s connect one or many servers to storage, enabling the users to negotiate device ownership among themselves and, ideally, to share data.

By deploying multiple servers to a SAN an organization will create a central pool of data , accessible to the client.

A SAN must be highly available. A single SAN connecting all computers to all storage puts a lot of enterprise information accessibility eggs into one basket. The SAN had better be pretty indestructible or the enterprise could literally be out of business. A good SAN implementation will have built-in protection against just about any kind of failure imaginable.

So the fundamental feature of SANs is universal data storage connectivity. Universal connectivity enables a host of important benefits. Depending on the particular SAN hardware and software components chosen, additional benefits may accrue from advanced functions being built into today’s SAN devices.

When evaluating SAN implementation options, once the basic capacity, availability, and performance requirements can be met, look for advanced functionality available in the chosen architecture and consider how it might be used to further reduce cost or enhance the information services delivered to users.

To learn more, contact an account executive at Sunstar and let us be of assistance. Online or call (800) 663-5523

Sunstar Company, Inc continues to grow it’s inventory of StorageTek Tape Drives.

We have all models of both the T10000 and T9840 drives ready to ship with the appropriate tray for your Oracle / Suns / StorageTek Tape Library

T10000A   T10000B   T10000C

T9840A   T9840B   T9840C  T9840D

Looking for a replacement drive?

Call with the tray part number and we can match your requirement.

Sunstar sales: (800) 663-5523

 

 

The IBM 3590 models E1A designed for automated tape libraries, including the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Automated Tape Library 3494, IBM TotalStorage Virtual Tape Server, and StorageTek Silos.

Also available as Standalone – call Sunstar Company, Inc. (310) 330-2900 for information.

  • Model E1A supports up to 40GB per cartridge and 14MB/second data rate uncompressed.

IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape System 3590 at a glance
Model Number
3590 characteristics
LZ1 compression Standard
Number of tracks 256
Cartridge capacity, native in GB 20
Cartridge capacity, compressed in GB1 60
Extended cartridge native in GB 40
Extended cartridge compressed in GB1 120
Maximum drive rate 14MB/sec
Drive interface Dual SCSI or Dual Fiber

Flash certainly has disruptive potential in the data center, but do you really need to pay for flash-only storage, when you could realize better price-performance and capacity with the Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform?

That’s a crucial strategic question facing enterprise storage buyers today, who must support more and more performance-intensive applications and workloads – all while containing costs and complexity.

To help answer that question, Nimble is issuing an Adaptive Flash Challenge: If your organization is actively evaluating all-flash storage systems, simply run a side-by-side comparison with the Adaptive Flash platform, and we’ll send you a new Apple Watch just for participating.

How can we be so confident? It’s a question of perception versus reality. At first glance, it looks like flash-only storage is well suited to performance-intensive environments, even though it’s more expensive than solutions that leverage both flash and disk. But in real-world enterprise IT organizations, customers report that Nimble Adaptive Flash arrays consistently match or outperform flash-only systems, while offering a level of flexibility that flash-only solutions simply cannot match.

That flexibility is important:

  • You gain the speed of all-flash storage (up to 500K IOPS, with sub-millisecond latency), but still have petabytes of scalable capacity.
  • All-flash and “hybrid” workloads are consolidated on a single platform, that provides non-disruptive and independent scaling of performance and capacity.
  • All your flash storage – up to 160TBs – is available to accelerate apps, rather than being wasted on snapshots, RAID overhead, or over-provisioning.
  • Nimble’s built-in InfoSight™ analytics engine optimizes your storage resources, telling you exactly how much flash is needed to best support all your applications.

Are you willing to take on this challenge? Call (800) 663-5523 and let us guide you through this process.

Sunstar Company, Inc.

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Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today announced that its Nexsan Assureon™ secure storage solutions have been certified by audit firm KPMG.

The audit covers the use of Assureon by organizations based wholly or in part in Germany as part of their efforts to comply with German auditing processes. It also enables Imation and its partners to offer Assureon and its best-in-class storage backup and archive capabilities as part of the comprehensive IT solutions they build to store and protect high-value data for end users throughout the nation.

“PS 880 certification enables us to bring the variety of benefits of our Nexsan Assureon solutions to the full spectrum of Imation partners and customers throughout the nation”

PS 880 procedures certify that accounting-relevant products offered for sale and used properly comply with generally accepted German accounting principles. Solutions are audited in detail to test their processing functions and rules, as well as their security aspects such as access protection and data security.

“PS 880 certification enables us to bring the variety of benefits of our Nexsan Assureon solutions to the full spectrum of Imation partners and customers throughout the nation,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and global services for Imation’s Nexsan solutions. “With Assureon, we provide our growing customer base with a simple platform to securely preserve and access their high-value data and give them absolute confidence that their files will be kept secure and contain the exact same data over time as they did when they were created.”

Imation’s Nexsan Assureon is a family of secure storage solutions that solve these problems and reduce storage cost by offloading and deduplicating data from primary storage that is infrequently used or has aged by policy. Assureon, through policy automation, can eliminate or greatly reduce the size, cost and complexity of backups for primary and infrequently accessed data. Data integrity features like file-fingerprinting and automated self-healing integrity checks ensure that high-value data is protected throughout its lifecycle. Assureon’s security features also comply with corporate and governmental regulatory requirements, making it the ideal solution for medical, financial and government organizations. Architected to be automated and hands-off, the Assureon experience allows administrators to focus resources and spending on primary storage.

For more information – call 800.663.5523, your Nexsan sales team at Sunstar Company.

OAKDALE, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 13, 2015— Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today announced it is now offering HGST’s 8TB Ultrastar® hard disk drives with its Nexsan E-Series™ family of data storage solutions. Now, with Nexsan E-Series, users can store up to 144TB of data in just two rack units and nearly 5PB in a standard rack, unlocking new levels of density and capacity customization in their data centers.

     
8TB 

3.5-inch Helium Platform Enterprise Hard Drive

 

“Users in media and entertainment, high performance computing and many other industries struggle today with how to deliver adequate storage for the exponential data growth in their organizations using limited budgets and resources,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and global services for Imation’s Nexsan solutions. “They also are challenged by how to properly archive and protect their high-value data through both primary and backup storage. With HGST’s 8TB drives, we can deliver more capacity to users and lower their operating expenses – but even more, we offer them new flexibility and options for architecting their data centers and deliver new levels of value.”

“Our HelioSeal™ platform is quickly becoming the de facto standard in enterprise capacity drives for data centers,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. “Boasting today’s lowest total cost of ownership, our helium-filled disk drives combine industry leading capacity and power efficiency to enable the highest capacity per rack while staying within the stringent power consumption and cooling requirements of today’s data centers.”

Imation’s Nexsan E-Series is a family of high-density, high-performance and highly reliable storage solutions that can be directly attached or networked to workstations and servers. E-Series delivers the density and efficiency that organizations need to scale their capacity while lowering their overall space requirements and operating costs. All E-Series systems take the extra step to reduce power and cooling requirements through their multi-level, power-reducing AutoMAID™ capabilities. They also include an easy-to-use management interface that simplifies deployment and management for the resource-constrained IT administrator.

The E-Series family is just one part of Imation’s Nexsan deep portfolio of purpose-built storage solutions, enabling users to deploy the right storage products for the right application. The other Nexsan product lines are:

Imation’s Nexsan NST is a set of flexible hybrid storage appliances that scale to meet mid-sized organization application and storage needs with unified NAS and SAN access capabilities in a single solution.

Imation’s Nexsan Assureon is a set of secure storage solutions that reduce storage cost by offloading and deduplicating data from primary storage that is infrequently used or has aged by policy

For more information – call 800.663.5523

Your Nexsan sales team at Sunstar Company.

Can you guarantee the integrity of your data in the backup or archive?

  1. How do you know if all your files are in the backup or archive?
  2. How do you know if there is a copy of all your files at your remote site?
  3. What is the health (integrity) of your files at each site?
  4. If they are different which one is correct?

There are very few solutions in the market-place that can say with certainty that the integrity of your data is indeed there.

For True Data integrity take advantage of the features of the Nexsan Assureon

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  1. Protect your high-value data and fulfill all corporate governance and government regulatory needs with constant data verification.
  2. Users are authenticated with Active Directory or with digital certificates to ensure they can only get to files for which they are authorized, and audit trails report on user’s activities such as file accesses and denials. Legal holds can be easily placed on any set of files, overriding their original retention periods.
  3. Two copies of all files, along with their fingerprints, are stored on separate RAID disk sets.
  4. Two Nexsan Assureon systems can be replicated to each other to protect against a site failure.
  5. Files are continually verified against their fingerprint, automatically repaired by their copies, and safeguarded by RAID disk arrays to ensure the utmost file protection and integrity.
  6. Native active/active replication protects against site disasters with automatic failover, while delivering increased performance over active/passive systems.

For more information – call (800) 663-5523 or contact sales at Sunstar Company, inc.

IBM 3588-F4A-LTO4 Tape Drive

.Please call (800) 663-5523 for a price and more information 

Looking to sell IBM Library LTO4 tape drives.

Sunstar Company just received a shipment of a couple of hundred of these drives – all full height, to be sold with warranty. Yes we are in the process of testing and based on pre4milimary results (35%) it looks as if this batch is very clean.

The IBM System Storage™ TS1040 (machine type 3588, Model F4A) is designed to be installed in an IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library (machine type 3584) to offer high capacity and performance for the midrange open systems environment.

This model incorporates the new Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drive, with enhanced maximum tape drive throughput over the IBM LTO generation 3 Tape Drive (Ultrium 3).

It has a native data transfer of up to 120 MB/sec., and supports a 800 GB Data Cartridge.

The TS1040 doubles the maximum tape cartridge capacity providing up to 800 GB native physical capacity (1,600 GB with 2:1 compression).

IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges.

Lastly the TS1040 has a 4-Gbps Fibre Channel interface for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers.

 

IBM 3592 Tape Cartridges are designed to work with the first-generation IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 Model J1A (3592 J1A tape drive) and the second-generation IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive (TS1120 Tape Drive).

Cartridges are available in three lengths and in either re-writeable or Write Once, Read Many (WORM) formats.

The short length 3592 JJ/JR cartridges provide rapid access to data and the standard length 3592 JA/JW cartridges provide high capacity.

The 3592 Extended Data JB and Extended WORM JX 700GB high capacity cartridges support TS1120 tape drives only.

Rewritable cartridges The first-generation 3592 J1A tape drive can initialize short length JJ cartridges to 60GB and initialize

Services Available:

Secure Data Eradication

Media Degaussing

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Degaussing is a process that reverses the polarity of the magnetic particles. This process erases data and servo tracks, in the event the tapes being erased use servo track technology. Media products such as 3480, 3490e, DLT, SDLT can be degaussed and the media reused. However, 3590, LTO, 9840 and 9940 cartridges cannot be degaussed without destroying the servo track(s). For these media types Recertification requires data destruction using modern methods which do not destroy the servo tracks.

Sunstar Company can help with the movement of your data!

At some point in time a business will choose to take advantage of more efficient storage technologies. The result; move physical blocks of data from one tape or disk to another, often using virtualization techniques.

The data format and content itself will not usually be changed in the process and can normally be achieved with minimal or no impact to the layers above.

Database migration

It may be necessary to move from one database vendor to another, or to upgrade the version of database software being used. The latter case is less likely to require a physical data migration, but this can happen with major upgrades. In these cases a physical transformation process may be required since the underlying data format can change significantly. This may or may not affect behavior in the applications layer, depending largely on whether the data manipulation language or protocol has changed – but modern applications are written to be agnostic to the database technology so that a change from Sybase, MySQL, DB2 or SQL Server to Oracle should only require a testing cycle to be confident that both functional and non-functional performance has not been adversely affected.

Application migration

Changing application vendor – for instance a new CRM or ERP platform – will inevitably involve substantial transformation as almost every application or suite operates on its own specific data model. Further, to allow the application to be sold to the widest possible market, commercial off-the-shelf packages are generally configured for each customer using metadata. Application programming interfaces (APIs) are supplied to protect the integrity of the data they have to handle. Use of the API is normally a condition of the software warranty, although a waiver may be allowed if the vendor’s own or certified partner professional services and all tools are used.

Call Sunstar Company professional services to learn more: (800) 663-5523

  • Too much data and not enough primary storage to retain all the data?
  • Unstructured data, seldom reviewed?
  • Tired of backing up the same data (unchanged) time and time again. Reduce backup
  • Secure your data in more than one location,
  • Need to retain data for a many years

Consider archiving your data to either LFT media or less expensive storage with the assistance of the StrongBox from Crossroads.

Follow this link to learn more and please call to get a quote and more information. (800) 663.5523

 

 

Imations’s Nexsan Assureon Archive

Assureon

  • Assureon is an archive storage solution from Nexsan that is suitable for primary storage optimization, regulatory and corporate compliance, and the secure, long-term retention of files.
  • The Assureon offloads data from primary storage, freeing up capacity for active data and greatly reduces the size, cost and complexity of backups.
  • Security features comply with corporate and governmental regulatory requirements including HIPAA, SOX and SEC-17.
  • Data integrity features such as file-fingerprinting, encryption, serialization and keeping a second copy on a second Assureon ensures that your files can not be changed.

The Assureon is rather easy to administer and operates transparently without disruption to users or applications and can reside on-premise, in the cloud, or both.

To learn more about the Nexsan Assureon and other Nexsan Storage Solutions (SAN, NAS and Unified), please call (800) 663-5523 or contact us online.

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Unified Storage is RAID storage device that provides consolidated BLOCK and FILE SERVICES services to system clients, physical and virtual servers shared network.

Unified storage uses standard file protocols such as CIFS, NFS, FC and iSCSI to allow users and applications to access the data on the common platform.

Managing numerous storage systems and platforms can be rather challenging, be it SAN, NAS, external and internal RAID arrays from numerous manufacturers. Deploying unified storage can be cost effective along with simplifying the structure of the network.
Often these unified storage arrays are configured with performance in mind. It is not uncommon for some Solid State Drives (SSD) to be found within Unified storage arrays.

Consider the Nexsan NST4000 when you require a Unified Storage Solution.

Please call (800) 663-5523 or (310) 330-2900 for additional information.

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Hybrid Storage  is defined as a combination of solid-state disk (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD) in a single storage system.

Two approaches; the first being the more common method of placing SSD drives behind the controller as a capacity tier within the storage system.In the case of Nexsan, their E Series, fits this option should the system be configured with a mix of SSD and spinning disk such as the SAS and Near-line SAS drives.

This  second approach is to use SSD to increase the cache memory pool so that I/Os are accelerated before they go through the controller to the back-end disk drives. The larger the cache memory pool, the greater the likelihood of getting a cache hit without having to access the back-end disks—which results in greater application performance.

NST4000   NST4000

The Nexsan NST4000 by Imation expands the availability of fault-tolerant FASTier™ DRAM caching and Fibre Channel SAN connectivity, and puts them in reach of mid-range businesses

Two Platform Options; Fibre and iSCSI

NST4000 Fibre Channel Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

  • NST4000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and four Fibre Channel ports for host connectivity per system.
  • Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses. Supports up to two external storage head units

NST4000 iSCSI Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

  • NST4000 unified (NAS, SAN) storage systems all contain dual controllers, four quad-core processors, 96GB RAM, and optional four 10GgE or eight 1GbE ports for host connectivity.
  • Includes core operating system, Data Protection Package and E-Centre management platform software licenses. Supports up to two external storage head units.

External Storage Options:

  • E18V
  • E32V
  • E48VT
  • E60VT

To learn more about Imations’ Nexsan NST offerings, please call us at Sunstar Company at (800) 663-5523 or contact us online

3592 Library and standalone and dektop TS1140 drives available for shipment today.

New and Refurbished Drives are sold with warranty.

IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive Model E07 (machine type 3592) is the fourth generation of the highly successful IBM 3592 Enterprise Tape Drive.

The IBM 3592 TS1140 Model E07 has a native cartridge capacity of 1.6 TB and 4.8 TB extended. 

  1.  Native data rate performance of up to 250 MB/sec (up to 650 MB/sec compressed)
  2. Uncompressed cartridge formatting of up to 4.0 TB (12.0 TB with 3:1 compression) with the use of IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Advanced Data (Type C)Dual Fibre Channel interface at 8 Gbps designed to enhance attachment flexibility
  3. Effective media reuse with capacity to read and write up to N-1 generation media
  4. Encryption capabilities designed to work with the IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager
  5.  Small form factor to help improve space efficiency of tape infrastructure
  6.  High availability design
  7. The high reliability of the 3592 tape drive and media is maintained and improved with these features:

 The TS1140 is designed to provide up to 4.0 TB uncompressed capacity with the IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Advanced Data (Type C) media. 

Models Native cartridge capacity (native/compressed) Extended
TS1120 Model E05 800GB 2.1 TB
TS1130 Model E06 1 TB 3 TB
TS1140 Model E07 1.6 TB 4.8 TB

To receive a quote, call us at 800.663.5523 or contact us online.

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Nexsan E60

Nexsan E60VT is a super dense RAID array that supports 60 Drives in 4U, choice of controllers, single or dual.

Ideal for unstructured data, backup ballooning data growth. Designed with energy conservation in mind.

Choice of connectivity: 

  • 8GB Fibre
  • 16GB Fibre
  • 10GbE iSCSI
  • 6GB SAS

Expansion: Easy with the E60X (Max 2), Supporting a total of 180 Drives in under 12U.

Choice of Drives: SSD, SAS 15K, SAS 10K, NL-SAS 7.2K

Call (800) 663-5523 for a Quote or Additional Information

Reliable High Density Storage Arrays Turbocharged for High Performance

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Can you afford to loose your data?

None of us wish to loose data, and hopefully we backup our data on a regular basis. For many of us we find that we tend to be backing up the same data time and time again,

Ask yourself the following. How much of your Corporate Data changes be it on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? For many of us not that much?

Surely if we archive this data, data that has not changed in a long time, we should be able to achieve the following:

  1. Know that we can retrieve this “stagnant” data at any time should we need to review it.
  2. Free up capacity on our primary storage.
  3. Reduce the backup.

This applies if you need to archive unstructured data, or just old data that is never looked at, or those “old” emails.

There are a number of offerings to consider from Sunstar Company.

  1. Archive to disk – a truce archive such as the Nexsan Assureon.
  2. Archive to disk or tape – Crossroads StrongBox
  3. Archive email to Barracuda’s Message Archiver (physical appliance) or take advantage of Archive One (software), now a Barracuda Company.

We have experience with all these solutions. Please reach out to us here at Sunstar Company to learn more: Call (800) 663-5523

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Can we really afford to keep all our data on spinning disk? Offload data from primary storage, consider the Dternity Archive from Fujifim.

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Dternity is Fujifilm’s data protection and archival solution for organizations seeking to preserve and protect their critical data. Combining cost-effective data tape with seamless onsite and online content protection, Dternity’s holistic approach to archiving is easy to use, reliable and scalable for future data growth.

Dternity, combining innovative tape media, onsite network storage appliances, and online vaulting to streamline and simplify the data archive process, is comprised of the following:

Dternity Archive Media

Based on Fujifilm’s NANOCUBIC technology that incorporates Barium Ferrite (BaFe) particles to offer superior performance and longer archival life compared to conventional metal particle (MP) tape.  Dternity Archive Media is used to enable seamless movement of content between the Dternity NAS and the Dternity Media Cloud.

Dternity NAS

On-site network attached storage (NAS) appliance built to provide online data access, low-cost scalability and data protection for unstructured, fixed content. Using linear tape file system (LTFS) tape technology, Dternity NAS delivers the performance of disk with the economics of tape in one simple and massively scalable solution.

Dternity Media Cloud

Complete online storage solution for the preservation and protection of digital data archives. Features include multiple connection methods, fully customizable SLAs, regulatory-compliant security, auto-migration, and archive verification.

Available from Sunstar Company: (310) 330-2900

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Oracle Corp

Oracle has released the StorageTek T10000D enterprise tape drive with 8.5 TB of native capacity and a data transfer rate of 252 MB/s. It is backward read compatible for the three previous generations of this product.

It has 54 percent more capacity per cartridge compared to the previous generation. The company touts it as the first tape drive with support for both 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC) and 10 Gb/s Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Users can drag-and-drop multiple tape volumes onto a single StorageTek T10000D cartridge.

“Oracle’s new StorageTek T10000D tape drive is the fastest and highest capacity drive available,” said James Cates, Vice President, Hardware Development, Oracle. “Customers can use it to accelerate massive consolidation of long-term archives, improve data center efficiency, and lower TCO.”

IBM

IBM has released the TS1150 enterprise drive with a native data rate of 360 MB/sec, up about 50% from the previous version (TS1140). It has a capacity of 10 TB per cartridge.

The company has also been busy with the release of LTFS LE version 2.1.4 (Linear Tape File System) which now supports non-IBM tape libraries. And IBM has been working with Quantum and HP on the future of tape with a roadmap they plan to extend to Linear Tape Open (LTO) generations 9, 10 and beyond.

The guidelines these companies have come up with plan to achieve compressed capacities of 62.5 TB for LTO-9 and 120 TB for generation LTO-10. They also plan to push the envelope with compressed transfer rates reaching as high as 2,750 MB/second for LTO-10.

HP

HP has released StoreOpen Automation to simplify the process of using Linear Tape File System (LTFS). LTFS makes tape file-based and easier to use. In addition, it lets users use standard file operations on tape media for actions such as accessing, managing and sharing files. This is done using an interface that behaves similarly to a hard disk. The latest release extends its support to Windows. Previously it was available for Mac and Linux.  This extends LTFS functionality by presenting a tape library and its cartridges as a collection of folders.

Fujifilm Recording Media USA

Fujifilm may not be the first name on anyone’s lips when they think of storage media. Yet the company had made over 100 million Linear Tape Open (LTO) Ultrium data cartridges (53 exabytes) since they were released at the turn of the millennium.

Fujifilm also demonstrated data density levels of 85.9 Gb/in2 on linear magnetic tape using Fujifilm’s NanoCubic and Barium Ferrite particle technologies. This is part of the overall tape roadmap to continue to make it possible to product bigger and bigger LTO cartridges.

“This equates to a standard LTO cartridge capable of storing 154 terabytes of uncompressed data,” said Peter Faulhaber, President of FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A. “Together with IBM, we have been able to create the basis for extraordinary data density on tape that is fast, cost effective and energy efficient.”

Crossroads 

Crossroads partners with FujiFilm to provide the StrongBox, which has the aim of making tape as simple to use as disk. StrongBox is said to provide the economics of tape with speed and simplicity of disk.

“We call this Capacity Defined Storage, using the right amount of disk/SSD with the right amount of tape,” said David Cerf, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, Crossroads. “StrongBox has user defined policies to intelligently deliver capacity optimized storage for unstructured data to ensure optimized performance at the lowest cost per gigabyte.

Quantum

Quantum has introduced StorNext PRO Production. It delivers production, review, archive and LTFS sharing in one system, and is said to offer high capacity and performance.

“This solution integrates Quantum tape technology as part of customer workflows for video content production and archiving,” said Eric Bassier, Senior Director, Product Management, Quantum. “This is a great example of a market where the use of tape is not declining – in fact it is growing.”

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Technology’s given us some amazing tools to tinker with, but sometimes those tools fail. Maybe your car won’t start while trying to leave for work or your game console freezes after spending two hours reaching that final boss – it happens.

As reliable as your hard drive may be, it can fail. In fact, 140,000 hard drives fail every week.

“Human error accounts for 29% of all data loss.”

The infographic below gives some interesting stats of top causes behind a hard drive failure. Like with most technology, failure can be in an instant or something that happens over time. As you would with any piece of machinery or equipment, you need to take the right measures to protect your gear to keep it working properly. Fortunately hard drives don’t require heavy maintenance but as the graphic states, “Failure may be total, progressive, or limited.” Knowing this, it’s a good idea to have a solid backup plan.

Contact Sunstar, we will help you with your backup plan

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What is Unified Storage?

Often we at Sunstar Company are asked by prospective clients questions such as, “can you tell me the difference between SAN, NAS and Unified Storage?”

A simple explanation about Block and File Storage and the different connectivity options often suffice.

The looming questions, what about unified?”

Unified Storage is a storage system that makes it possible to run and manage files and applications from a single device.

Also unified storage system consolidates file-based and block-based access in a single storage platform.

Connectivity: Ideally Fibre Channel SAN, Ethernet and IP-based SAN (iSCSI) is supported. .

End Result: Block and File Storage, SAN and NAS in a single chassis.

To learn more and see some of the manufacturers that we recommend when you have a need for Unified Storage, please visit our Web Site at www.sunstarco.com

or call (310) 330-2900  (800) 663-5523