Sunstar Company, Inc.

800.663.5523

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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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.

 

 

 

 

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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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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

 

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.

Sunstar Company, Inc

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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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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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6TB Raw Storage, ~3.2TB Max Backup
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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

 

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

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

 

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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

 

 

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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 

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

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.

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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

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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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

Sunstar Company’s Web Site Has Been Refreshed!

Today we added additional content for our customers that have a need for additional hardware and or software that traditionally would be purchased at a higher cost.

PURCHASE ONLINE

Sometimes there is no need to engage with your Sunstar representative when you know exactly what you want and your cost is displayed immediately.

Simply, find what you need, add the item(s) to the shopping cart and in no time you will receive an email stating that your purchase order has shipped!

This go-to source for our customers should save time and certainly dollars for all our clients.

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Do you need fast, reliable storage that can support vast quantity of capacity?

The Nexsan E48VT can do just that and more. Add two expansion shelves, now 864TB in 12U. Using active drawer technology the disk drives are easily accessible as are the Dual Active-Active Controllers, Power Supplies and Fans. (We are told that 8TB drives will be qualified rather soon).

Nexsan E48VT

Redundancy is built into this storage array, the likelihood of loss of data is very small.

Controller: Dual Active – Active, Choice of connectivity, Fibre Channel (8GB and 16GB), 10GbE, iSCSI, SAS

Drives: SSD, SAS 15K, SAS 10K and NL-SAS 7.2K

Warranty: Three Years Advance Exchange and we can certainly arrange uplifts to 7 x 24 x 4 should you wish.

  • Reliability: featuring Anti-vibration design and Cool Drive Technology.
  • Availability: using Active Drawer Technology™ and redundant hot swappable active components.
  • Density: up to 48 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 managingone or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI
The Nexsan E48VT 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. The Nexsan E48VT system consumes less than one-third of the power in one-third of the rack space of typical arrays and now offers 400% more memory and 50% increased CPU speed over the E-Series
The most popular models:
E48VT 16x6TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E48VT2J96N/6
E48VT 32x6TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E48VT2J192N/6
E48VT 48x6TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E48VT2J288N/6

To receive a quote: Call 800.663.5523 or contact us online

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Nexsan’s 18 and 32 drive bay storage arrays have a reputation as being super reliable, fast and easy to expand storage arrays.

The Nexsan E18V supports 3½” disk drives whilst the Nexsan E32V supports 2½” disk drives. maximum capacity at this time, 324TB behind a single controller.

E-Series V features an advanced active/active controller design, including use of a dedicated hardware engine, which accelerates RAID parity generation. The turbocharged E-Series V is ideal for continuous data streaming bulk storage and back-up and recovery applications.

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.

Flexible connectivity options for Nexsan E18V, (2U in height housing 18 bays, note these controllers are truly Active-Active)

  • 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

Flexible connectivity options for Nexsan E32V, (2U in height housing 32 bays, note these controllers are truly Active-Active)

  • 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

With up to 16GB of battery-backed and flash-protected cache per controller, the E-Series V solution mirrors cache between controllers in a dual controller configuration

An added feature where Fibre and 10GbE are present along with 1GbE iSCSI, should the former connection be lost the system will default to the latter.

Drives Utilized:

Organizations deploying E-Series V SAN Storage Arrays can mix and match capacity-optimized HDDs and performance-optimized HDDs and SSDs to meet performance and capacity needs. E-Series V arrays consume less than one-third of the power in one-third of the rack space of typical arrays.

  • E18V: NL-SAS 7.2K, SAS 10K, SAS 15K and SSD
  • E32V: SAS 10K and SSD

Future Expansion

  • The E18V can support up to 54 disk 3½ inch drives with the addition of two additional trays below the controller
  • The E32V can support up to 96 2½ inch disk drives with the addition of two additional trays below the controller

Warranty

  • Standard warranty is three years advance exchange, uplifts available.

Please call us at Sunstar Company, Inc at (800) 663-5523 for a quote or additional information about Nexsan Storage 

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Unitrends is making waves again.

Yesterday they announced the release of the 3rd generation, all-in-one integrated appliance models

New to these models:

  1. Faster CPU clock speeds
  2. AES-NI hardware encryption
  3. Increased I/O bandwidth
  4. Scales from 1TB to 97TB of raw storage
  5. 8GB to 256GB Memory in an appliance
  6. 2 to 16 CPU Cores in an appliance.

Solid State Drives (SSD) have been integrated into many of the appliances. These solid-state drives (SSDs) perform as a 2nd-layer of read cache.

When more backups are processed and replicated, data is cached in SSD cache, speeding up read requests and increasing data I/O.

Word is that the SSDs yield a 300% improvement in backup RPO.by allowing more data to be protected per day, all while improving recovery times by 125%

Now we at Sunstar Company, Inc. have sold a bunch of the previous generation of appliances. My clients testimonials says it true. The Recovery Appliances work and have saved some of my clients major headaches.

I suspect that the new Recovery Series will be even a greater hit, better performance coupled with larger capacity will certainly bring about more sales.

Please do reach out to us by calling (800) 663-5523 or receive a quote or learn more about Unitrend’s new 3rd generation of recovery appliances.

 

 

 

Imation’s Nexsan portfolio features solid-state optimized unified hybrid storage systems, secure automated archive solutions and high-density enterprise storage arrays.

Nexsan solutions are ideal for mission-critical IT applications such as virtualization, cloud, databases, and collaboration; and energy efficient, high-density storage for backup and archiving

By Application


Data Protection
Protecting your company’s data is as important to Imation as it is to you. We partner with top vendors from around the world to develop all-encompassing, enterprise-class data protection solutions to help your organization efficiently protect, archive and recover data.

Virtualization
Imation solutions accelerate efficient data protection in virtualized environments by partnering up with leading virtualization vendors and offering high-capacity, high-performance, enterprise class storage systems that are ideal for virtualized environments.

Archive
Imation solutions protect and store files for long-term retention while reducing the size and cost of primary storage and the complexity of backups. Stringent data integrity features like file-fingerprinting ensure the file you save is the file you will retrieve, time after time.

By Industry


Healthcare
Managing and securing massive amounts of sensitive patient data presents a unique challenge to healthcare IT. Imation offers innovative solutions that secure, protect and recover crucial healthcare data.

Media & Entertainment
Successful Media & Entertainment production starts with reliable access to digital data throughout the workflow process. But it doesn’t end there. To stay competitive, your company needs the high-density, flexible storage that Imation excels in: cost-effective, efficient, fast.

Digital Video Surveillance Storage (DVS)
Increased surveillance doesn’t have to mean higher cost. Provide more peace of mind for less with Digital Video Surveillance solutions from Imation: performance, capacity and efficiency that can scale with your needs.

By Technology


NAS
Increasingly popular for both primary storage and scalable backup protection, NAS solutions from Imation deliver scalable, cost-effective, and manageable storage that handles your organization’s ever-growing unstructured data requirements.

SAN
Imation’s Nexsan® SAN storage arrays provide scalable storage and hybrid systems that scale in capacity and performance. Get enterprise-class reliability, performance and high-density for traditional and virtual environments; achieve efficiency in data protection and archiving.

Hybrid
Hybrid storage solutions from Imation are efficient, flexible and intelligent. NST®, with FASTier® scalable caching technologies, lets you meet your organization’s demand for additional applications while freeing you from the task of planning capacity and performance.

To learn more about Nexsan and their offerings (SAN, NAS, Unified, Cloud and archive) and solutions, please contact us: Online or (800) 663-5523 

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Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform is the first storage solution to eliminate the flash performance and capacity tradeoff.

The Adaptive Flash platform is based on Nimble’sCASL™ architecture, and InfoSight™, the company’s data sciences-based approach to the storage lifecycle.

  • Flexible scaling of storage resources to satisfy the changing demands of business-critical applications
  • Five times greater performance and capacity density than legacy storage systems
  • Up to a 75% reduction in data footprint, and a 10x reduction in datacenter rack space
  • Non-disruptive and independent scaling of performance and capacity, within a single array or a cluster
  • As many as 90 days of hourly snapshots on a single array
  • WAN-efficient replication of snapshot data for disaster recovery
  • Peak storage health driven by powerful data sciences
  • Greater than five nines system uptime

Nimble Storage solutions are built on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture. CASL leverages the unique properties of flash and disk to deliver high performance and capacity – all within a dramatically small footprint.

CASL and InfoSight™ form the foundation of the Adaptive Flash platform, which allows for the dynamic and intelligent deployment of storage resources to meet the growing demands of business-critical applications.

Key Innovations from CASL

  • Flexible Flash Scaling 
    Flexibly scale flash to satisfy the changing performance demands of today’s business-critical applications.
  • Dynamic Flash-Based Read Caching 
    CASL caches “hot” active data onto SSD in real time—without the need to set complex policies. This way it can instantly respond to read requests—as much as 10X faster than traditional bolt-on or tiered approach to flash.
  • Write-Optimized Data Layout: 
    CASL collects or coalesces random writes, compresses them, and writes them sequentially to disks. This results in write operations that are as much as 100x faster than traditional disk-based storage.
  • Inline Compression 
    CASL compresses data as it is written to the array with no performance impact. It takes advantage of efficient variable block compression and multicore processors. A recent measurement of our installed base shows average compression rates from 30 to 75 percent for a variety of workloads.
  • Scale-to-Fit Flexibility 
    CASL allows for the non-disruptive and independent scaling of performance and capacity. This is accomplished by either upgrading the storage controller (compute) for higher throughput, moving to larger flash SSD (cache) to accommodate more active data, or by adding storage shelves to boost capacity. This flexible scaling eliminates the need for disruptive forklift upgrades.
  • Scale Out 
    Scale capacity and performance beyond the physical limitations of a single array by seamlessly clustering any combination of Nimble Storage hybrid arrays. Eliminate capacity silos and performance hotspots, and easily manage all hardware resources across the cluster as a single storage entity.
  • Snapshots and Integrated Data Protection 
    CASL can take thousands of point-in-time instant snapshots of volumes by creating a copy of the volumes’ indices. Any updates to existing data or new data written to a volume are redirected to free space (optimized by CASL’s unique data layout). This means there is no performance impact due to snapshots and snapshots take little incremental space as only changes are maintained. This also simplifies restoring snapshots, as no data needs to be copied.
  • Efficient Replication 
    Nimble Storage efficiently replicates data to another array by transferring compressed, block-level changes only. These remote copies can be made active if the primary array becomes unavailable. This makes deploying disaster data recovery easy and affordable – especially over a WAN to a remote array where bandwidth is limited.
  • Zero-Copy Clones 
    Nimble Storage arrays can create snapshot-based read/writeable clones of existing volumes instantly. These clones benefit from fast read and write performance, making them ideal for demanding applications such as VDI or test/development.

To learn more about the Nimble offerings, please reach out to sales at Sunstar Company, Inc or call 310.330.2900 or Toll Free 800.663.5523

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If your company’s IT needs have outgrown your current data storage systems, ISC can help you upgrade your equipment. We can also assist you in reconfiguring and re-deploying your old data storage equipment to be used in another company area or location if you’re not ready to decommission it just yet.

We can also assist with simple data storage equipment software, firmware and patch upgrades and installation. In this case, you must acquire the actual firmware and patches directly with the manufacturer or their authorized commercial channels.

Contact us for more information about our data storage equipment reconditioning, call 800.663.5523D.

Nexsan E48

The Nexsan E48VT SAN storage solutions deliver efficiency and ease-of-use to help mid-market organizations add more capacity while lowering overall power, space and cost requirements. Innovative ease-of-use functionality makes deploying and managing storage as simple as possible for the resource constrained IT administrator.

The E48VT delivers density and power efficiency for the smallest storage footprint by consuming less than one third the power in one third the rack space as typical storage arrays. 

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 360 terabytes of capacity in just 4U and now offers 400% more memory and 50% increased CPU speed over the E-SeriesTM.

The  E48VT (288 TB in 4U) can be easily expanded with additional capacity by adding E48XV

Drives: SSD, SAS and NL-SAS

E-Series V Key Benefits

  • Reliability – features Anti-Vibration Design and Cool Drive TechnologyTM.
  • Availability – uses Active Drawer TechnologyTM and redundant hot swappable active components.
  • Density – 48 drives in 4U., 96 drives in 8U and 144 drives in 12U
  • High Performance – utilizes Imation’s latest multi RAID engine controller technology.
  • Energy Efficient – delivers up to 87% reduction in power while lowering your cooling needs through the use of AutoMAID®.
  • Flexible Connectivity – connects via SAS, Fibre Channel or iSCSI.
  • Easy to Manage – remotely manage one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI.

To learn more about Nexsan and their offerings (SAN, NAS, Unified, Cloud and archive) and solutions, please contact us:

Online or (800) 663-5523 

Imation’s Nexsan® NST® combines high performance, high capacity and Imation’s innovative FASTier® caching technology to provide scalable performance for mixed application workloads and virtualized environments. NST fulfills changing application and storage needs with unified NAS and SAN access capabilities in a single hybrid solution. This lets you right-size your initial acquisition by scaling storage, performance, or both as your company grows. NST’s data compression reduces its storage system footprint and improves write efficiency to cache and storage.

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 
  • Ideal for mixed workloads, critical applications
  • SAN: FC and iSCSI protocols
  • NAS: CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols
    Entry & Mid-range: NST5000 Hybrid Storage Appliance

Imation’s Nexsan NST5000 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 1.4 PB
  • Ideal for mixed workloads, critical applications
  • SAN: iSCSI protocol
  • NAS: CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols
       
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
  • Ideal for larger data sets, mixed workloads, critical applications
  • iSCSI, NAS, FC protocol
  • SAN: FC and iSCSI protocols
  • NAS: CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols
     
       

SSD technology is currently the star of the storage world, dazzling the marketplace with its astonishingly high performance. For the majority of storage environments, the cost/benefit profile of SSD solutions just does not make economic sense.

Sophistication of hybrid storage technology allows organizations to leverage the speed of SSD that would never merit the daunting cost of an all-SSD solution…or even the premium prices commanded by some primary HDD storage.

For more information on Imation’s Nexsan storage contact sales at Sunstar Companyor call 800.663.5523 

 

 

 
 
 

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NEXSAN NST4000 UNIFIED STORAGE WITH FIBRE OPTION  

NST4000

If you prefer Fibre Channel to other SAN protocols, this scalable storage is built for you. 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

The introduction of NST4000 and NestOS 3.1 brings our NST6000 fault tolerant FASTier DRAM caching and Fibre Channel SAN connectivity features to the mid-range. The addition of Fibre Channel to NST4000 expands NST’s availability for those organizations that need a mid-range storage system but prefer Fibre Channel over other SAN protocols. Fibre Channel adds to NST’s unified storage capability that already includes 10Gb and 1Gb Ethernet for NAS and iSCSI connectivity. NST’s NAS includes support for CIFS/SMB, NFS and FTP.

Scalability – NST4000 offers non-disruptive scaling options that allow you to scale up to 2.1PB in capacity and to scale performance with FASTier™ and offloaded RAID processing. This level of flexibility enables businesses to right size their initial acquisition and grow as application performance or capacity requirements change.

  • Performance Agility:
    Compared with traditional caching techniques, cost effective FASTier™ technology accelerates performance for mixed application workload environments.
  • Unified Flexibility:
    Provides a mix of CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols for enterprise NAS file sharing as well as iSCSI and Fibre Channel SAN block storage protocols for server volume sharing, with inline data compression that shrinks capacity requirements and improves performance.
  • Hybrid Scalability:
    Scalable storage with options that let you right-size capacity up to 2.1PB and fine-tune performance with FASTier and RAID offload to meet your business’s changing needs.

For more information on Imation’s Nexsan storage contact sales at Sunstar Companyor call 800.663.5523

The Nimble platform has been adopted by cloud service providers, and mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. These customers rely on a mix of applications, and run a variety of workloads and then there is their superior customer experience.

Nimble believes flash will upend traditional disk-based architectures, and that cloud-based storage management will eventually replace current approaches to storage management. 

  • Flexible scaling of storage resources to satisfy the changing demands of business-critical applications
  • Five times greater performance and capacity density than legacy storage systems
  • Up to a 75% reduction in data footprint, and a 10x reduction in datacenter rack space
  • Non-disruptive and independent scaling of performance and capacity, within a single array or a cluster
  • As many as 90 days of hourly snapshots on a single array
  • WAN-efficient replication of snapshot data for disaster recovery
  • Peak storage health driven by powerful data sciences
  • Greater than five nines system uptime

And then there is their products:

Nimble Storage CS-Series arrays are the building blocks of the Adaptive Flash platform. Nimble arrays deliver performance and capacity efficiency, seamless scalability and clustering, and feature integrated data protection, data sciences-based management, and support.

  • The CS210 and CS215 provide value and performance for small to medium-sized IT organizations or remote offices, for workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and VDI.
  • The CS300 is ideal for midsize IT organizations or distributed sites of larger organizations. It offers the best capacity per $ for workloads like Microsoft applications, VDI, or virtual server consolidation. The CS300 delivers 1.6x more IOPS than the CS215.
  • The CS500 offers advanced performance for larger-scale deployments or IO-intensive workloads, like larger-scale VDI, and Oracle or SQL Server databases, and provides the best performance and IOPS per $. The CS500 achieves 5x the performance of the CS215.
  • The CS700 is designed for consolidating multiple large-scale critical applications with aggressive performance demands. It delivers approximately 7x the IOPS of the CS215.

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Video production and distribution is evolving at a faster pace than ever before.

Post-production activities require massive amounts of storage. Editors cut and coordinate raw content from multiple feeds.

Staying on top is all about asset management and the ability to scale storage on the fly.

To learn more about the storage offerings available to you please contact sales at Sunstar Company, Inc.

Online or (800) 663-5523 

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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
  • 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 
    • Ideal for mixed workloads, critical applications
    • SAN: FC and iSCSI protocols
    • NAS: CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols

  • Entry & Mid-range: NST5000 Hybrid Storage Appliance

    Imation’s Nexsan NST5000 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 1.4 PB
    • Ideal for mixed workloads, critical applications
    • SAN: iSCSI protocol
    • NAS: CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols

  • 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
    • Ideal for larger data sets, mixed workloads, critical applications
    • iSCSI, NAS, FC protocol
    • SAN: FC and iSCSI protocols
    • NAS: CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols

  • High-Availability: Metro Storage Cluster Hybrid Appliance

    In the event of failure or disaster, Imation’s Nexsan Metro Storage Cluster with FASTier hybrid caching enables your storage to keep serving applications and clients, both on and off campus, with no downtime and zero loss of data.

    • System capacities up to 5PB
    • Cluster using direct/switched connections to distances up to 10 KM
    • SAN: iSCSI protocol
    • NAS: CIFS, NFS, and FTP protoc

To learn more about Nexsan and their offerings (SAN, NAS, Unified/Hybrid, Cloud and archive) and solutions, please contact sales at Sunstar Company, Inc.

Online or (800) 663-5523 

 

Nexsan 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
Specifications E18V E32V E48VT E60VT
Disk bays / Rack U 18 / 2U 32* / 2U 48 / 4U 60 / 4U
Expansion Unit E18XV E32XV E48XV E60XV
Maximum Drives with Expansion 54 96 144 180
Maximum Capacity (chassis/total) 108TB / 324TB 38.4TB/115.2TB 288TB / 864TB 360TB / 1.08PB
Mix 7.2K, 10K, 15K and SSD Y
SSD (GB) 200 / 400 / 800
3.5″ 15K Drives (GB) 450/600 450/600
2.5″ 10K Drives (GB) 600 / 900 / 1200
3.5″ 7.2K Drives (TB) 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6
RAID Levels 0, 1, 1+0, 4, 5, 6
Max Cache per Controller 4GB 16GB

AutoMAID

Flexible power management allows you to configure each RAID set to progress into deeper levels of sleep when they have not been accessed for a specified period of time. There are five levels of power management to balance power savings and responsiveness for varying applications. No changes need to be made to applications to benefit from AutoMAID. E-Series delivers up to 87% reduction in power and cooling, which lowers operating expenses and extend the overall life of the system. 
 

Anti-Vibration Design

State-of-the-art vibration dampening improves system performance and reliability.  Hard drives are arranged in couplets and counter-rotated creating a mechanical design that eliminates vibrations between drives and naturally provides a cooling channel to the hottest part of the drives, both of which maximize drive lifetime.

Cool Drive Technology

Uses both push and pull fans to ensure there is always air flowing front to back over the drives, even if a fan should fail. A designed air channel combined with the counter rotating of the hard drives maximizes airflow leading to improved reliability and performance.

Active Drawer Technology

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.
 

Snapshots

Ideally used as part of a backup plan, for restoring to a known good configuration, and for testing new software/configurations without affecting the original data.  An E-Series snapshot also includes the option to do snapshot cloning.  This allows for internal volume migration or the ability to create a new volume from a snapshot. 
 

Replication

Provides a means of backing up volume data on another E-Series storage unit, either locally or at another geographically dispersed site. If a source volume fails, the replica of that source can be “promoted” to full volume status, allowing the data to be accessed. Although the replica always reflects the state of the volume at the last replication, a snapshot taken prior to the last replication can be mounted to view previous states. Replication can be used as part of an overall backup or disaster recovery solution.

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

To learn more about Nexsan and their offerings (SAN, NAS, Unified, Cloud and archive) and solutions, please contact us:

Online or (800) 663-5523 

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Sales team and Sunstar.

Digital Images are electronic snapshots taken of a scene or scanned from documents, such as photographs, manuscripts, printed texts, and artwork. The digital image is sampled and mapped as a grid of dots or picture elements (pixels). Each pixel is assigned a tonal value (black, white, shades of gray or color), which is represented in binary code (zeros and ones).

The binary digits (“bits”) for each pixel are stored in a sequence by a computer and often reduced to a mathematical representation (compressed). The bits are then interpreted and read by the computer to produce an analog version for display or printing.

As digital imaging grows, it is driving up demand for storage capacity for three reasons: high definition (HD) cameras produce denser images, data retention polices require longer term storage of images and video, and data replication multiplies images as business seek to protect valuable archives. As archives grow, storage performance must keep pace so that valuable files are accessible at all times.

Faster Retrieval of Images and Video Files

Customer Benefits

  • Multiple streams of HD content
  • 99.999% availability
  • Windows, Linux support

Features

  • Both Direct-attached or Networked storage (SAN) available
  • Interoperability with Linux and Windows
  • SSD and HDD options meet a range speed and capacity requirements

To learn more – contact sales at Sunstar Company (online) or call 800.663.5523

The Dot Hill Ultra48 SAN storage arrays provide high-density SAN storage options for HPC, Cloud, and Big Data applications.

Taking advantage of high-performance SAS and SSD drives and ultra computing power to deliver 6.4 Gibabytes/second performance, the Ultra48 can house up to 48 drives, increasing storage performance density by 200 percent within a 2-rackunit space.

These high-density SANs are ideal for IT managers in the Media and Entertainment, Oil & Gas, Research, Cloud Computing, and Telecommunications industries.

The Ultra48 AssuredSAN models are built on Dot Hill’s reliable, field tested, modular platform that makes these models the easiest SAN storage or direct-attach storage arrays to service and maintain.

The three extensible drive trays support a mix of 2.5-inch drives or SSDs allowing you to achieve ultra productivity.

For the energy conscious, Ultra48 High-Density SAN storage includes Dot Hill’s patented EcoStor, battery-free cache backup technology as well as energy saving drive spin-down.

Optional software features include a full complement of data protection software including snapshots, volume copy and remote replication.

To learn more about Dot Hill, please conntact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 800.663.5523

Nexsan™ NST™ hybrid storage appliances combine high performance, high capacity and innovative caching technology to meet mid-sized enterprise application and storage needs

OAKDALE, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 10, 2014– Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today announced that it will feature its innovative Nexsan™ storage appliances – including the new NST4000 – at next week’s VMworld® 2014 Europe conference in Barcelona. VMworld Europe is a perfect venue for exhibiting Imation’s flexible portfolio of Nexsan storage solutions, because supporting mixed application workloads, data protection and virtualized environments with the right balance of capacity, performance, cache and scale remains a critical challenge for IT administrators everywhere.

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. NST combines high performance, high capacity and Imation’s innovative FASTier™ caching technology to provide scaling performance for backup, virtualized environments and mixed application workloads. FASTier is NST’s hybrid caching layer that uses intelligent algorithms over DRAM and SSD cache tiers to grow performance cost-effectively when it is required. NST enables businesses to right size their initial acquisition and increase performance as their applications demand it. Also, NST’s data compression capabilities reduce storage system footprint in the data center and improve write efficiency and performance to SSDs and HDDs.

The NST family is just one part of Imation’s Nexsan portfolio of purpose-built storage solutions, enabling users to deploy the right storage products for the right application. Imation’s Nexsan portfolio includes:

  • 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 mid-sized organizations need to scale their capacity while lowering their overall space requirements and operating costs.
  • 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. Assureon, through policy automation, can eliminate or greatly reduce the size, cost and complexity of backups for primary and infrequently accessed data.

For more information on Imation’s Nexsan storage contact sales at Sunstar Company or call 800.663.5523 or 310.330.2900

Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today at VMworld® 2014 introduced the NST4000 – a new ultra-efficient hybrid storage appliance purpose-built for media and entertainment and data protection workloads that will deliver Fibre Channel connectivity and new levels of capacity and performance to the mid-range enterprise. The NST4000, the latest addition to Imation’s Nexsan NST™ family of storage solutions, will be at Imation’s booth, #2505, through the end of the show and will be available for delivery in the fourth quarter.

The NST4000 delivers genuine, efficient hybrid storage with tremendous efficiency and processing power using the latest high-performance technologies as well as the flexibility to meet the needs of organizations that continue to rapidly add new applications to their environments. With an intelligent hybrid caching layer, NST4000 is especially well-suited for mid-sized data centers, mixed application workloads, data protection strategies and media and entertainment industry workflows.

Specifically, NST4000 offers significant new user benefits, including:

  • Fibre Channel Support – NST4000 expands the Nexsan NST family’s unified block and file sharing capabilities by adding Fibre Channel connectivity for those mid-range enterprises 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.
  • Higher Capacity Scalability – A single NST4000 array can non-disruptively scale to 2.1PB. This represents 50 percent more storage capacity scale and 45 percent more FASTier™ cache scale than preceding NST arrays could offer, delivering much more flexibility to IT administrators.
  • Increased Performance – The NST4000 can deliver three times as many IOPs as preceding NST storage solutions. This is accomplished by combining optimizations in NestOS 3.1 with Imation’s fault-tolerant FASTier™ DRAM caching technology, solid-state disks (SSDs) and the latest processor technology.
  • Enhanced Data Reduction – The NST4000 delivers faster and smarter inline compression. Compressible data can be processed 50 percent faster, and intelligence removes the penalty of trying to act upon noncompressible data.

“It’s hard to properly allocate storage capacity to support existing needs and plan for future data growth, because new applications with varying workloads are being introduced and integrated all the time,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and technical support for Imation’s Nexsan solutions. “It’s also hard to ensure there’s enough storage performance to support application and user demands – and even harder to build an infrastructure that delivers the right balance of capacity, performance, efficiency and ROI for the organization given all of these variables. The new NST4000 combines our experience designing the best in high-capacity, high-reliability storage with our proprietary, self-tuning hybrid cache system to create the ultimate solution for efficient mid-range storage.”

“The new NST4000 is an Imation proof point that they are executing their strategy around its Nexsan product portfolio, including bringing new storage value and productivity to the market,” said Greg Schulz, principal at StorageIO. “Their NST4000 is a hybrid mid-range storage solution including software defined storage management that provides scalability of performance and capacity, along with the reliability associated with the Imation brand. Being a hybrid also means the NST4000 has the flexibility to connect to your applications using multi-protocol block (SAN) or file (NAS) as well as support SSD caching and various types of disk drives. It’s time to ask not what you can do for your storage system, rather what can your hybrid storage system do for you and your applications.”

“We and our customers have had great success with Nexsan NST hybrid storage appliances from Imation, so we’re really looking forward to integrating the new Nexsan NST4000 into our offerings,” said Mark Tuggle of USI Corporation. “Nexsan NST solutions are fast, flexible, dense, scalable and value-packed – all at a very reasonable price point.”

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. NST combines high performance, high capacity and Imation’s innovative FASTier™ caching technology to provide scaling performance for backup, virtualized environments and mixed application workloads. FASTier is NST’s hybrid caching layer that combines intelligent algorithms with high-performance DRAM and SSD technologies to grow performance cost-effectively when it is required. NST enables businesses to right size their initial acquisition and increase performance as their applications demand it. Also, NST’s data compression capabilities reduce storage system footprint in the data center and improve write efficiencies and performance to SSDs and HDDs.

The NST family is just one part of Imation’s deep Nexsan 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 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 mid-sized 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.
  • 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. Assureon, through policy automation, can eliminate or greatly reduce the size, cost and complexity of backups for primary and infrequently accessed data. Assureon includes multi-tenancy – with secure copy creation, data movement and long term storage – and chargeback capabilities for public and private cloud deployments. Data integrity features like file-fingerprinting and automated self-healing integrity checks ensure that your high-value data is protected. Assureon’s security features comply with corporate and governmental regulatory requirements and make it well suited for medical, financial and government organizations.

For more information on Imation’s Nexsan storage solutions, visit www.sunstarco.com or call 800.663.5523

Imation debuted the Nexsan E32V – an expansion of our E-Series V storage array family. The E32V is a 32-bay enclosure for 2.5″ hard drives and solid state drives that requires just 2U of rack space, bringing new value to datacenter professionals that require the very highest storage performance within a small footprint. 
 
The E32V is a perfect fit for entry-level storage consolidation that requires high availability, high performance and business continuity without sacrificing ease of use and reliability. It also is ideal for small-block transactional workloads like SQL Server, Oracle, Exchange, SharePoint and more. With configurations available using 600GB, 900GB and 1.2TB 2.5″ 10K drives and 200GB and 400GB SSDs, users can mix and match drives within a single E32V to handle different application needs in true hybrid storage fashion, just as they can with any other E-Series V solution.
 
The E32V is the latest offering in Imation’s Nexsan E-Series V family of storage arrays and expansion units, which are known for offering mid-size organizations affordable, enterprise-level Fibre Channel, SAS and/or iSCSI SAN storage for a variety of capacity-optimized and performance-driven applications. E-Series V solutions have proven themselves to be ultra-reliable, high-density, high performance and efficient, enabling organizations to lower their content storage costs, maximize storage uptime and boost data storage ROI. E-Series V systems can be deployed as either a versatile SAN or DAS solution to stay ahead of enormous data growth, demanding workloads and high resiliency requirements, such as those found in sectors like media and entertainment, government, health care, HPC, financial services, surveillance and others.

The Nexsan E-Series E32V is a dense, highly reliable and efficient storage array – offering array-based snapshots, asynchronous replication and many features including Active Drawer Technology with hot swappable drives, and an Anti Vibration design to maximise disk lifespan and reliability. The E32V has up to 4GB of cache per controller and supports:

  • 8Gb Fibre Channel
  • 16Gb Fibre Channel
  • 6Gb SAS
  • 10Gb SCSI
  • 1Gb iSCSI.

The E32V can support up to 32 x 2½” drives of mixed type and capacity in 2U of rack space, offering up to 38.4TB of raw capacity per chassis. It can also be expanded with up to two expansion chassis (E32X**) providing up to 115.2TB of raw capacity in 6U.

To learn more about the Nexsan E Series V and other Nexsan storage offerings, please contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

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Nimble Storage has released two new hybrid storage arrays, the CS300 and CS500.

The new units refresh Nimble’s lower and mid-range offerings, boasting a 50% increase in performance over the CS200 and CS400 models they’re replacing.

Like the high-end CS700, the new systems leverage Nimble’s Adaptive Flash technology which allows for independent scaling of capacity and performance.

The CS300 and CS500 use a 3U form factor and offer 10Gbase-T, GbE, and GbE SFP+ connectivity.

Nimble systems can be configured to order, giving customers the opportunity to select networking, disk and flash capacity that meets their workload needs. 

Like the CS700, the new CS300 and CS500 support 36TB raw capacity, with the ability to scale to 256TB via shelves. 

To learn more about Nimble and its technology, Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the flash storage solutions company, is redefining the storage market by enabling enterprises to meet performance and capacity requirements for any workload in virtualized datacenters and cloud environments. Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform provides the performance of flash-only arrays and the capacity of hybrid arrays with the introduction of the CS700 Series arrays and All-Flash Shelf delivering up to 500,000 IOPS, 64 terabytes (TBs) of flash, and a petabyte of capacity. By minimizing performance and capacity tradeoffs, Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform enables the consolidation of all workloads and eliminates storage silos.

CIOs have struggled to accommodate storage infrastructure quickly and cost effectively to handle unpredictable data growth and to meet changing requirements. As such, they have been forced to create storage silos to meet service level agreements for various types of applications that require different levels of performance and capacity. Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform dynamically and intelligently allocates storage resources to meet diverse and stringent application demands on a single platform.

Adaptive Flash is based on CASL™, Nimble’s patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout architecture, and InfoSight™, the company’s automated cloud-based management and support system. The platform is engineered to provide organizations with the highest levels of performance efficiently. Along with integrated data protection and predictive support, enterprise customers can deploy confidently and seamlessly scale their storage infrastructure as their business grows.

The new CS700 Series array can handle a variety of performance-intensive enterprise workloads, such as large-scale VDI deployments and high transaction-volume databases, as well as other performance intensive server virtualization workloads such as Microsoft Exchange. The new All-Flash Shelf provides the flexibility to scale flash gradually up to 16 TBs per node, or 64 TBs in a 4-node scale-out cluster, delivering industry leading flash densities. These new products are able to deliver leading performance by leveraging CASL, a CPU-driven architecture that eliminates the dependence on disk spindles.

Meeting Enterprise Demands: Intelligent Cloud-based Analytics & High Availability

Organizations are forced to overprovision flash for performance-centric applications, incurring significant costs with overprovisioning and other overheads. Though performance-intensive applications benefit from residing on flash, enterprises are burdened with overheads associated with maintaining the entire working sets within a flash-only environment. Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform leverages InfoSight to recommend the exact amount of resources required as application demands change within an enterprise, while Nimble’s scale-to-fit approach allows non-disruptive addition of resources, thus avoiding over provisioning, under-utilization, and increased costs.

Nimble provides greater than ‘Five-Nines’ (99.999 percent) level of system availability. Taking a ground-up approach, Nimble built its software architecture, CASL, with design elements such as fully redundant hardware, no single points of failure, and fully non-disruptive upgrades – all of which address today’s availability challenges. Furthermore, Nimble’s unique approach to storage lifecycle management, InfoSight, leverages data sciences to deliver excellent storage health and operational efficiency

To learn more about Nimble and its technology, Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

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Enterprise Classs Unified Hybrid Storage- 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 Nexsan NST6000 unified storage system is the newest member of the NST family, offering new high performance controllers and an expanded front-end FASTier™ caching engine connected to efficient E-Series storage arrays of NL-SAS / Performance SAS drives or to compact NST224X storage enclosures of 2.5″ Performance SAS drives.

  • Block: Fibre Channel, iSCSI

  • File: NFS, CIFS, SMB and FTP

  • NestOS storage operating system

  • FASTier Acceleration Technology

  • Multi-Core Xeon CPUs

  • 32 GB Fault-Tolerant FASTier Write Cache

  • Enterprise-class eMLC SSD or SLC SSD

  • Scalable up to 48 SSDs or 19.2 TB

  • 2.5″ 10K SAS HDD

  • 3.5″ 15K SAS, 7200 NL-SAS HDD

  • Scalable up to 5 PB (using NL-SAS drives)

  • Scalable up to 756 TB (using Performance SAS drives)

To learn more: Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

Nimble took a fundamentally different approach to other vendors.

Nimbles CASL architecture leverages multi-core processors and a new data layout that converts random writes into sequential writes. This allows dense, low-cost 7200 RPM disks to consistently perform at SSD speeds, eliminating the need to depend on disk spindles for performance.

CASL’s SSD read cache is much more efficient and responsive than tiered flash.

Nimble typically requires only one-third to one-fifth of the hardware of to that of the competitors to deliver the same or better performance and capacity.

Add on highly efficient snapshots and replication, plus the ability to independently (and non-disruptively) scale performance and capacity, and you start to see why Nimble have gained such momentum in the market.

To learn more about the Nimble offerings, please reach out to sales at Sunstar Company, Inc or call 310.330.2900