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The Nexsan Assureon is a tamper-resistant system, purpose-built with multiple layers of safeguards to prevent, even with administrator-level access to the system and detailed understanding of its technology, any attempt at file deletion or modification. In the unlikely event that an information asset archived on Assureon ever becomes corrupted, the system, when using a redundant configuration, will automatically and transparently replace the asset from one of the redundant copies.

Key features

• Automatically checks integrity of archived files
• Immutability—archived files cannot be changed
• Self healing—ensures that all files are healthy and retrievable
• Fast access to archived files and metadata
• Non-erasable, non-rewritable functionality

 

  1. Storage Optimization – offload primary storage to free up space for active data and reduce the size, time and costs of monthly full backups
  2. Regulatory & Corporate Compliance – comply with governmental regulatory requirements including HIPPA, SOX and SEC-17. Enforce company data retention, privacy and protection policies
  3. Long-Term Archive – store managed data for days or decades with unsurpassed integrity and protection in an easy to administer system that resides on-premise, in the cloud, or both.

 

Integrity

  • Fingerprints – Each time a file is saved, a unique fingerprint is generated using both an MD5 and SHA1 hash of its contents and metadata, so history and contents cannot be altered after the fact (WORM storage)
  • Serial Numbers – Each file is assigned a serial number which is used to ensure no files are missing or inappropriately added
  • Secure Time – Tampering with the system time clock is prevented by using a global, redundant, secure time source (Stratum Level I hardware time sources
  • Two Copies – Each file and its fingerprint are stored twice in the Assureon.
  • Data Verification – Files are continually verified against their fingerprints, repaired using their copies and safeguarded by RAID disk arrays for days or decades

Scalability and High Availability

  • Remote Replication – Two active Assureon systems can continuously replicate to each other to protect against a site failure
  • Failover/failback – Native active/active replication protects against site disasters with automatic read failover and manual write failover
  • Performance & Capacity – Scale capacity up to multiple petabytes and add performance by using multiple Assureon archive storage systems together
  • InfiniBand – Optional High Speed Assureon with InfiniBand connectivity provides blazingfast retrieval of data from the Assureon archive

Privacy

  • Separation of Data – Assureon provides complete separation of data between departments or projects using logical and physical separation as well as separation through the use of multiple AES-256 encryption keys
  • Encryption – Files can be AES-256 encrypted. Keys for a replicated Assureon are stored safely at 4 sites by the integrated key management system. A nominal annual key management subscription is required
  • Authentication – Users are authenticated with Active Directory or digital certificates
  • Audit Trails – Audit trails report on file access and denied access attempts

Regulatory and Corporate Compliance

  • Government Regulations – Meet regulatory mandates (e.g., Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), SOX, SEC-17, HIPAA, GLBA and PCI DSS)
  • Data Retention – Easily create retention rules and associate them with unstructured data directories or file types
  • Legal Hold – A legal hold can be easily placed on any set of files, overriding their original retention periods until the hold is removed
  • One System – Data sets can be retained for a period of time that can be extended but not shortened. Other data sets can be assigned a flexible retention period that can be lengthened or shortened to accommodate both needs in the organization
  • Data Deletion – Industry-leading single-pointdeletion deletes all copies by destroying the encryption key for the file and deleting all copies of the file. Optional DoD wipe of the drive is also available on a per-object granularity

Easy to Manage

  • Automatic Archive – Assureon Windows Client moves files from Windows Servers to the Assureon and can leave the original file in place or optionally leave a shortcut behind
  • NAS (NFS/CIFS) – Assureon Edge presents a CIFS/NFS NAS interface to users and applications and stores all files on Assureon. Both replicated and Clustered NAS configurations are available
  • Fast, Easy Deployment – The Assureon Client can be installed on Windows Server 2003 or 2008 with no reboot required. Once the archiving policies are established, files and folders are archived, completely transparent to applications and users
  • Global Management – Single pane-of-glass management of all local and remote Assureon
  • Utmost Data Protection – Protecting data with Assureon has many advantages over traditional backups including WORM, single file deletion, greater reliability and availability, and near instantaneous restores to dramatically reduced RTO
  • Authentication – Assureon uses Microsoft Active Directory for authentication in the enterprise and can preserve folderlevel NTFS permissions; it can also use certificates for authentication in Linux or Unix environments, standalone Windows servers or when it is used for a multi-tenancy cloudbased online archive
  • Reports – Standard reports keep track of storage usage for bill back of cloud services customers or within an individual customer bill back for projects or departments
  • Four levels of monitoring – Automated monitoring via system state thresholds, node events, Assureon Client and self-healing file integrity and availability audits
  • Lights-out Management – Self-managing Assureon issues alerts when something needs attention

Easy to Use

  • Non-disruptive– Users and applications do not need to change to work with Assureon. An application running on a Windows 2003 or 2008 server can have its data securely archived, freeing up primary storage while the application is in production
  • Prior Versions – Prior versions of files are easily retrieved by administrators
  • Assureon Explorer – A web-based GUI makes it easy to search the entire archive with role-based restrictions for instant access. Metadata search is included with all Assureon systems. Optional file content indexing and searching is available as an Assureon Content Index Search node for typical files such as office, textual PDF files, text files, html files, xml files, etc.

Efficient

  • Free Primary Storage – Files moved to Assureon free up primary storage
  • Reduce Backups – Archived folders can be removed from the backup stream, significantly reducing the size of full backups. The result is a very fast return on investment based on savings of labor, hardware, media and time
  • Fast Restores – Hyper speed restores replace small shortcuts rather than the actual file contents to meet even the toughest Recovery Time Objectives (RTO)
  • Power Savings – AutoMAID energy saving technology reduces power consumption by up to 60% while maintaining fast response
  • Less Space Needed – Single-instance storage technology eliminates duplicate files, saving 20-60% on typical mid-sized organization’s Assureon capacity requirements

Cloud-Ready

  • Multi-tenancy – Multi-tenancy features enable service providers to offer highly secure Archive-as-a-Service with logical, physical and encryption data separation
  • Online Archive – An on-premise Assureon can replicate to a cloud-based Assureon powered archive service. Assureon supports one-to-one and manyto- one replication

To learn more – call and ask for Sunstar’s Archive Specialist at (800) 663-5523 

 

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

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

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

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

Call  (800) 663-5523 or Contact us online

 

 

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

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

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

Look Beyond Backup

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

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

Add a Tape Archive Tier

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

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

Evaluate Tape Vendors Against Ease of Use

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

Use Tape for Large Files

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

Tape for Really Big Data

There is big data and then there is Big Data.

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

Use Tape to Lower Storage Costs

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

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

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

Automated Replication and Synchronization, Compatible with Your Backup Infrastructure

The Cloud Experience Employees Want

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

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

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

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

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

NST4000side

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

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

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

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

NST2000 Fibre Channel Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

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

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

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

NST2000 iSCSI Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

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

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

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

NST4000 Fibre Channel Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

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

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

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

NST4000 iSCSI Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

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

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

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

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

www.sunstarco.com

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

E60 open Excellent quality, performance and cost.

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

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

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

E48VT with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **

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

Expand with E48X (Max 2)

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

 

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

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

E60VT with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **

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

Expand with E60X (Max 2)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many Thanks

Gavin

 

 

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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

 

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

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 

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.

www.sunstarco.com

 

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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Unitrends Unveils Next-Generation Physical Backup and Recovery Appliances with Tiered Flash Storage

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Unitrends today unveiled the next generation of its Recovery-Series family of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs). With its new portfolio, which includes 11 models that scale from 1 terabyte (TB) to 97 TB of raw storage, Unitrends sets a new standard in backup and recovery performance with tiered flash storage and makes cloud adoption much more affordable for companies of all sizes.

Tiered Flash Storage Boosts Performance
With the release of the next-generation Recovery-Series family, Unitrends becomes the data protection industry’s price/performance leader. The company is bringing the value of flash storage, at new unprecedented price points, to its Recovery-Series appliances ranging from 1U and above. Tiered flash storage delivers improved backup performance, faster restore and disaster recovery processes, and greater scalability and flexibility. Additionally, customers now have the ability to implement policies around flash cache usage to optimize performance as data grows and prevent performance degradation, even as appliances age.

In addition to tiered flash storage, Unitrends has made a number of product enhancements that drive superior performance, including upgrades to the hardware’s central processing unit (CPU), advancements in its memory and RAID, and improvements in compression capabilities. The result is unrivaled backup and disaster recovery performance both locally and in the cloud, including:

  • A 300 percent improvement in backup processing time
  • A 300 percent improvement in recovery point objectives (RPOs)
  • A 125 percent improvement in recovery time objectives (RTOs)
  • A 200 percent improvement in local archiving

The Unitrends Recovery-Series family now caters to organizations of all sizes – from small businesses and remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations to large enterprises. The product line features three new low-cost physical appliances for small businesses and two new 3U form factor appliances, along with a 4U model, for enterprises with high-volume storage needs. Small businesses with a modest IT budget can purchase the Recovery-201 desktop appliance, which is priced at approximately $1,200, or the Recovery-602 or Recovery-603 1U half-height rack appliances, which start around $4,000. Companies with large storage requirements can choose from two new 3U appliances – the Recovery-933S, which includes 37 TB of raw storage, or the Recovery-936S, featuring 73 TB of raw storage – or the 4U 943S appliance with 97 TB of raw storage.

Additionally, Unitrends is making hybrid cloud adoption more affordable than ever by offering its No Limits Cloud™ service to Recovery-Series customers at price points suitable for entry-level companies. The No Limits Cloud replication service, along with the company’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering, comprise the Unitrends Cloud, which is augmented with Recovery Assurance for vSphere™ and Hyper-V® environments.

Unitrends next-generation Recovery-Series appliances are available now and can be purchased from Sunstar Company, Inc.

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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Ensuring continuity is an important consideration for maintaining a healthy and prosperous business. If recovery is ever required by your organization, you would  expect a simple, fast, and ultra-reliable data disaster recovery solutions. more

The process, policies and procedures that are related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure which are vital to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster.  Disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems that support business functions, as opposed to business continuity, which involves planning for keeping all aspects of a business functioning in the midst of disruptive events.

Prior to selecting a disaster recovery strategy, a disaster recovery planner first refers to their organization’s business continuity plan which should indicate the key metrics of recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) for various business processes. 

  • Unitrends Recovery Appliance : BareMetal data protection: BareMetal is a technology designed to dramatically decrease the time and effort required to restore a computer to its original state in the event of a system failure.  BareMetal protects not only the typical files and data of the user but also the operating system and applications.
  • Nexsan Assureon: Two copies of all files, along with their fingerprints, are stored on separate RAID disk sets. Two Assureon systems can be replicated to each other to protect against a site failure. Files are continually verified against their fingerprint, automatically repaired by their copies, and safeguarded by RAID disk arrays to ensure the utmost file protection and integrity. Native active/active replication protects against site disasters with automatic failover, while delivering increased performance over active/passive systems.
  • Nimble Storage systems can efficiently replicate volumes to another array at a recovery site by transferring changed blocks of compressed snapshot data without additional hardware or software licenses. This means disaster recovery is fast, affordable, and easy to manage. Nimble Storage InfoSight not only helps you make sure that replication is operating as expected across sites, but also helps you plan for replication bandwidth as well.
  • Nexsan NST series, there is no performance penalty for taking snapshots. Up to 2048 snapshots are supported. Storage does not need to be reserved to hold snapshot data. The management GUI makes it easy to setup and manage snapshot creation and deletion schedules. Snapshots are mountable for testing or other purposes. Granularity is per pool, per share, or LUN.
  • Spectra Logic : Spectra Logic’s large-scale, long-term storage and archive solutions utilizing automated tape libraries and disk systems will protect your data efficiently and securely.

In many cases, an organization may elect to use an outsourced disaster recovery provider to provide a stand-by site and systems rather than using their own remote facilities, increasingly via cloud computing.

  • Some of the most common strategies for data protection include:
  • backups made to tape and sent off-site at regular intervals
  • backups made to disk on-site and automatically copied to off-site disk, or made directly to off-site disk
  • replication of data to an off-site location, which overcomes the need to restore the data (only the systems then need to be restored or synchronized), often making use of storage area network (SAN) technology
  • Hybrid Cloud solutions that replicate both on-site and to off-site data centers. These solutions provide the ability to instantly fail-over to local on-site hardware, but in the event of a physical disaster, servers can be brought up in the cloud data centers as well. 
  • the use of high availability systems which keep both the data and system replicated off-site, enabling continuous access to systems and data, even after a disaster 

To learn more about the different Disaster Recovery Solutions are available to you, please contact sales @ Sunstar Company, Inc. (800) 663-5523

The data you create, maintain and destroy will have different use cases.

Some of these use cases will involve the near daily access of this data, but in most cases the data is never accessed again until some event triggers its restoration need. 

Structured and Unstructured Data.

For the most part, structured data refers to information with a high degree of organization, such that inclusion in a relational database is seamless and readily searchable by simple, straightforward search engine algorithms or other search operations.

Unstructured data, the lack of structure makes compilation a time and energy-consuming task. It would be beneficial to a company across all business strata to find a mechanism of data analysis to reduce the costs unstructured data adds to the organization. 

IDC estimates the volume of digital data will grow 40% to 50% per year. By 2020, IDC predicts the number will have reached 40,000 EB, or 40 zettabytes (ZB). The world’s information is doubling every two years. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of information containers. Computer World states that unstructured information might account for more than 70%–80% of all data in organizations.

Protect your data

Offload your unstructured data to the Nexsan Assureon:

Free up capacity on primary storage.

Reduce your daily backup

This is all possible because the Nexsan Assureon:

  • Do you know if all your files are in the “backup” or archive?  ASSUREON √
  • Is there a copy of all your flies at your remote site?  ASSUREON √
  • What is the health (integrity) of your files at each site?   ASSUREON √
  • If they are different which one is correct?   ASSUREON √
  • The  ASSUREON √ will allow your Data Center Manager to state with confidence that “your archived data is safe and has integrity”.

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

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Government, healthcare and financial organizations in particular are challenged daily with managing rapid, unpredictable growth in digital content and data, while ensuring compliance with industry and government regulations. The Nexsan Assureon solution brings advanced, secure automated archiving to mid-sized organizations and enterprises to optimize storage infrastructures and manage regulatory compliance. By deploying the Nexsan Assureon solution, organizations can automate storage policies to encrypt, self-authenticate, self-manage, self-heal and self-configure storage for all unstructured files and content.

New feature: Multiple synchronizations can now be executed at the same time, providing better archiving strategies to ensure data is being protected in a timely manner.

To learn more – please contact an archive specialist here at Sunstar, call 800.663.5523self-heal 

As archives grow, storage performance must keep pace so that valuable files are accessible at all times.

The exponential growth of digital imaging is driving up demand for storage capacity:

  • High definition (HD) cameras produce denser images
  • Data retention polices require longer term storage of images and video
  • Data replication multiplies images as business seek to protect valuable archives. 

The following solutions are available from Sunstar Company, Inc.

Contact us online or call (800) 663-5523

Archive Solutions     SAN Storage     NAS Storage      Unified Storage

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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 

 

StrongBox is the ultimate storage solution for unstructured data. StrongBox® is a NAS appliance that provides online, near-line & archive storage for unstructured data while simplifying data management and protection.

Combining flexible, policy-driven disk storage with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers users to control storage expenses without sacrificing performance or adding complexity.

StrongBox looks and behaves like any other NAS file system but delivers a cost savings.

Problems Solved

  • Data storage is too expensive and exceeds current budget
  • Fixed content is still being backed up
  • Archival data requires online file access
  • Unstructured data management is too complex
  • Disaster Recovery (DR) – second copy and/or off-site copy, compliance/regulatory requirements

Yes the StrongBox is a NAS appliance designed for unstructured data, in addition it can be used for primary storage with built-in data protection or an active archive that maximizes ROI

Online/Near-line – Data is online and available, always protected on tape, no 3rd party applications or backup required

Archive Mode –  Disk performance with the economics of tape; data is protected and always accessible

  • StrongBox’s intelligent storage management delivers performance while balancing storage costs to ensure the maximum ROI
  • Supports any external SAS/FC disk for expanded capacity
  • Supports all major library vendors (LTO 5/6 and plus IBM 1140/1150 drives)
  • Non-proprietary: tapes can be read with any LTFS-ready drive, no vendor lock-in

Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about archiving technology, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online

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

The Nexsan NST5000 is a modern hybrid storage appliance, a more efficient, agile and intelligent alternative to traditional storage arrays , filers, and all-flash arrays.

Organizations have different needs for performance, capacity and connectivity when managing and protecting the data that drives your business. The NST5000 blends solid-state technology, a highly scalable back-end storage infrastructure, multiple NAS/iSCSI front-end connections, and enterprise-class data management  services in a single system. It gives you the convenience and control to meet the needs of one or more workloads in one dedicated easy-to-use appliance. For organizations struggling to meet both high performance and high capacity NAS or iSCSI application requirements, the NST5000 makes that easy with a hybrid of solid-state accelerated hard drives. For applications with the most stringent workload requirements like server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), databases and cloud computing, the NST5000 delivers unparalleled performance to ensure application demands never outpace available I/O again. Your applications will have never performed faster on a system operating at the economics of spinning disk storage. 

The NST5000 is fully featured with snapshots, replication, thin provisioning, replication, compression, and much more. A revolutionary GUI and scriptable CLI streamline setup and management for the time-constrained IT administrator. As with all Imation storage, the Nexsan NST5000 with E-Series disk arrays offers industry-leading density and power management for the smallest footprint with up to 60 disks in 4U, while consuming 85% less power when idle via AutoMAID® power saving technology. A no single point-of-failure architecture ensures the ultimate in reliability. The net of all this performance and functionality is a true enterprise-class solution without the enterprise-class price.

The proprietary Nexsan FASTier acceleration technology uses multiple types of solid-state memory, including DRAM and SSD to optimize block and file operations in a fault tolerant architecture. FASTier can scale from 100GB to 4.4TB – large enough to hold entire working sets for unprecedented application acceleration. Automatic caching algorithms remove the need for manual intervention or application-specific tuning. Whereas traditional disk storage is hard pressed to meet high I/O requirements and SSD-only arrays have a very high cost with limited capacity, Imation’s NST5000 Hybrid Storage Appliance realigns the trade-off between performance, capacity and cost so IT administrators can do more than ever before.

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All NST5000 storage systems utilize SSD, NL-SAS or SAS drives; two redundant, high performance, multi-core Xeon-based storage controllers; high speed I/O subsystems and a fully redundant architecture. All active components are hot-swappable, including power supplies, disks and controllers. FASTier read and write cache complements up to 96GB DRAM per controller to significantly accelerate IOPS and throughput.

The NST5000 features up to 24 Xeon CPU cores and 192GB per dual-controller, up to 14 dedicated RAID engines, up to 5PB of capacity and up to 4.4TB of SSD in FASTier cache. The NST5100 delivers up to 15 drives and FASTier SSDs in a 3U chassis, and up to 16 more drives in a 3U drive expansion chassis, for a total raw capacity of up to 124TB.

The NST5300 houses up to 16 FASTier SSDs in a 3U chassis while leveraging Nexsan E-Series™ disk arrays on the backend, which deliver up to 360 drives in just 24U, while the NST5500 delivers up to 1,260 drives in just 84U. The NST5000 provides CIFS and NFS shared folders as well as iSCSI volumes. Snapshots do not require the pre-reservation of storage capacity, and they may be scheduled and managed easily from the management GUI or initiated from Windows VSS requestors.Individual shares, LUNs, or entire storage pools may be replicated asynchronously to a second NST5000 storage system, with snapshots intact for use on the target side for backups, testing or data mining. Synchronous replication utilizes two separate E-Series storage systems connected via Fibre Channel to the NST5000 head and written to simultaneously for business continuity. Active Directory and LDAP integration make it easy to manage user identities and access rights on the NST5000 shares, while CHAP, iSNS and LUN masking protect iSCSI traffic. Quotas limit storage consumption by share, and oversubscription is permitted for thin provisioning storage, along with alarms which notify when additional storage is needed. Capacity can be expanded by adding additional storage to a running system, so future needs can be met without incurring downtime. Moreover, link aggregation combines Ethernet ports for faster throughput.

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

Sunstar Company, Inc. partners with the best hardware and software vendors in the industry. Our extensive experience means we can identify and assess products as they come onto the market, and select the leading technologies for integration onto existing or upgraded storage solutions.

We constantly review new products to provide our customers with the best price performance solutions available. And because our solutions are designed to be vendor-independent, you can be sure you are getting the optimal data management solution for your organisation.

We have broad experience in delivering storage and data management solutions across all the leading technology types including:

We have solutions that are scaleable and felxible ensuring that there is no under utilised or wasted disk resource or disk pools. Our solution set is also flexible enough to deliver value from the small to medium enterprise through to some of the largest enterprise organisations throughout Europe.

As a technically focused company, we continuously review the storage industry, selecting the best of breed partners on technology (rather than just market position alone). To that end we are able to offer a wide range of technologies from disk (SSD, SAS, NL-SAS & SATA) through to innovative functionality such as Quality of Service and storage tiering.

To learn more about our products and solutions please contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call (800) 663-5523

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

Backup is usually a routine part of the operation of large businesses, the retrieval of files backed up is called restore. Backup to disk, tape, other media or cloud.

The process of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe. 

  • Unitrends : Fast, reliable back up and restoration of files and folders. All Unitrends appliances use disk-to-disk technology to provide greater speed and reliability than tape-based systems.
  • SpectraLogic : Large-scale, long-term storage and archive solutions utilizing automated tape libraries and disk systems will protect your data efficiently and securely.
  • Overland Storage : Long term backup and archiving solutions; tape libraries and VTL offerings.
  • Oracle – StorageTek : Oracle’s proven StorageTek tape and library solutions help you manage complexity, control costs, and deliver on service-level agreements
  • IBM : The IBM portfolio includes tape drives and libraries that take advantage of LTF along with numerous disk solutions.
  • Duracell Cloud Storage: Unlimted backup to the cloud. Duracell cost can cost less than cloud services that offer just a fraction of our 3 in 1 cloud service.

To learn more about Backup, please contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call (800) 663-5523

StrongBox is a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to lower the costs of long-term storage and protection for unstructured, fixed content.

By pairing a flexible, policy-driven disk cache with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers you to control storage costs without sacrificing data availability.

The StrongBox® DataManager is a complementary software enhancement to the StrongBox archive appliance that provides transparent file movement (migration or copying) from primary storage systems, such as NetApp, Linux, Windows, Novell, and other CIFS/NFS file servers, into the StrongBox archive.

Protect and preserve data with long-term reliability

Storage is fundamental, but ensuring that data can be retrieved is key to a successful IT infrastructure. StrongBox protects data on multiple fronts so that you can be confident that data written to the archive is recoverable in time of need.

Build a sustainable active archive

StrongBox is the turnkey solution component for active archive architectures in which your archival data remains available without high operating costs or bogging down network resources. StrongBox is energy efficient to help you meet Green IT initiatives, not to mention reduces your cost for power by up to 95 percent.

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To learn more about the StrongBoxContact 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

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Hybrid Storage for NAS & iSCSI

The NST5000 is Nexsan’s line of Hybrid Storage systems offering NAS, iSCSI or both (Fibre soon). The NST5000 uses Nexsan’s FASTier® technology to provide the speed of solid-state at the price of spinning disk. FASTier intelligently and automatically moves data through solid-state and spinning disk in-concert for up to 10X performance over traditional disk storage. The net result is a radical new cost-per-I/O to speed your virtual and cloud environments.

For high performance and high capacity NAS or iSCSI application requirements, Nexsan’s hybrid of solid-state accelerated SATA provides high IOPS with high capacity for file services and more. For applications with the heaviest I/O requirements, Nexsan’s hybrid of solid-state accelerated SAS provides paradigm-shifting levels of storage price performance for server and desktop virtualization, databases and cloud computing. Your applications will run faster than ever on a system operating at the price of spinning disk.

FASTier™ acceleration technology: DRAM + Solid State + Spinning Disk = Superior Price/Performance

Nexsan has addressed the SSD vs. spinning disk dilemma by combining the best of both for a high-performance, high capacity platform. The NST5000 is highly flexible and delivers block and file system interfaces in a variety of configurations. The Hybrid Storage system leverages a mixture of DRAM, NVRAM and SSD to optimize both read and write performance. By using these memory technologies in a sophisticated caching architecture, the NST5000 is able to deliver high performance, over 54,000 IOPS, for as low as $.65 / GB, with overall capacities of over a petabyte.

To learn more about the NexSAN NST Hybrid Storage Solution(s) please do reach out to us here at Sunstar Company: (800) 663-5523   (310) 330-2900  request information

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Ideal for business, the Duracell Cloud is perfect for small to mid-sized businesses. That needs to back up, share files and folders across their network using a variety of PCs and mobile devices.

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Back up of critical data that is secure, seamless, durable and flexible.

Extremely low cost for unlimited Cloud storage.

The Duracell Cloud acts as NAS file server and back-up appliance all in one. The budget friendly, Duracell Cloud appliance provides 256-bit encryption, privacy, fast dependable and reliable data assurance. The Duracell, Cloud is supported by our USA based technical support engineers available by our 1 800 number or Email. 24/7/365.

Redundancy is achieved both locally and in the cloud. In Duracell’s Hybrid system. Security is assured from top of the industry 256-bit encryption on files and 128-bit encryption on transport.

Our aim is to help your business perform at its best. Never worry about losing critical data ever again.

Greater workforce efficiency. Duracell Cloud enables more effective Data Access, Sharing, Syncing on-site and remotely. Helps address your companies security and control concerns, but also enables existing on-premises storage infrastructure.

Predictable Costs. Duracell Cloud’s fixed monthly cost with unlimited cloud storage brings a new model to market for business customers, enabling you to scale your business with confidence and predictability at a fixed cost with no hidden charges. Duracell Cloud consolidates all major cloud services into a highly usable and cost effective solution giving you and your business control and flexibility of your IT needs.

Duracell Cloud Two Tier Benefits.

Fast Back up, sync, and share, your data is backed up to the first tier, the local Duracell appliance immediately. On your command, your selected data will be ported from the appliance to the Duracell data center (cloud). Within your local area network, files can be shared using standard Network Attached Storage (NAS) protocols. Microsoft Exchange can be backed up and restored, including the ability to recover individual mailboxes.

Fast restore, simple and reliable disaster recovery, When an element of your IT infrastructure fails and data is lost reconfiguration is fast, and easy at LAN speeds, Using your onsite Duracell Cloud tier 1 appliance. Remote restore is possible directly from your tier 2 cloud space, ensuring that every member of your workforce’s computers and digital storage is protected and easily restored.

Complete disaster security, as your data is stored onto tier 1 cloud appliance it is encrypted using 256-bit AES Encryption before being sent to your Duracell Cloud Space with a TLS (transport Level Security) Connection.

Greater workforce efficiency, Duracell Cloud enables more effective data access, sharing and syncing both onsite and remotely. Helps address your company’s security and control concerns, but also enables existing on-premises storage infrastructure.

Predictable costs, Duracell Clouds’ fixed monthly cost with unlimited cloud storage brings a new model to market, enabling you to scale your business with confidence and predictability at a fixed cost with no hidden charges. Duracell consolidates all the major cloud services into one highly usable and cost effective solution, giving you flexibility and control if your IT needs.

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

Supported by a “crazy-committed” customer service model based on engagement, experience and excellence, the company consistently achieves a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and helps everyone play IT safe by delivering the best cost-to-value ratio in the data protection and disaster recovery industry.

To learn more about this offering – please do reach us at Sunstar Company, by calling (800) 663-5523 or you can reach us online.

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  • Imation’s Nexsan SAN storage arrays deliver the smallest footprint with up to 60 disks in 4U of rack space while consuming 85% less power when idle. Enterprise-class reliability and leading cost-per-terabyte optimize the SAN storage infrastructure for backup and recovery, bulk storage and much more for traditional, virtual and cloud environments. 
  • The Nexsan NST-Series delivers a hybrid of solid-state and spinning disk for iSCSI and NAS to meet the most intensive application requirements like server and desktop virtualization, databases and more. The radical new cost-per-I/O of Nexsan’s Hybrid Storage allows organizations to do more than ever before.
  • The Nexsan Assureon™ is an archive system that is ideal for primary storage optimization, regulatory and corporate compliance, and the secure, long-term retention of files. Assureon offloads data from primary storage to free up space for active data and greatly reduces the size, cost and complexity of backups. Security features comply with corporate and governmental regulatory requirements including HIPAA, SOX and SEC-17. Stringent data integrity features like file-fingerprinting ensure the file you save is the file you will retrieve regardless of time.

To learn more please reach out to us at Sunstar Company, Inc. :

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