Sunstar Company, Inc.

800.663.5523

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Density – up to 60 drives in 4U

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Available from Sunstar Company.

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

600, 900, 1200, 1800
SAS

2.5″ 15K Drives (GB)

600 SAS

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

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

4
SAS Expansion Chassis Supported 2

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

4

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Let me get straight to the point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Nexsan Assureon supports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more contact us at Sunstar Company, Inc.

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NEXSAN NST2000 UNIFIED STORAGE WITH FIBRE OPTION  

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

Select Fibre or iSCSI Connectivity (A or B)

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

Now select Capacity Required – two options available:

  1. Performance Optimized
  2. Capacity Optimized

All systems come standard with:

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

 

 

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

 

HYBRID STORAGE MODEL

2000
ENTRY
LEVEL

4000
MID-RANGE

6000
HIGH-END

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

96 GB

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

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

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

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

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

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

NST2000 scales capacity and performance.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recovery-Series family features include:

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

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

Model
201
602
603
713S
714S
814S
823S
824S
933S
936S
943S
Raw Capacity (TB)
1
2
3
6
8
12
19
25
37
73
97
Backup Capacity (TB)
.6
1.2
1.6
3.2
5
8
13
16
20
40
50
U Height
Desktop
1U
1U
1U
1U
1U
2U
2U
3U
3U
4U
Memory
8GB
(Dual)
8GB
(Dual)
8GB
(Dual)
16GB
(Dual)
16GB
(Dual)
16GB
(Dual)
32GB
(Dual)
64GB
(Dual)
64GB
(Dual)
256GB
(Dual)
256GB
(Dual)
Cores/Threads
2/2
4/4
4/4
8/8
4/8
4/8
4/8
12/24
12/24
12/24
16/32

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

Sunstar Company, Inc

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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Manufacturers: 

3M

ABBYY

Absolute software

Acer

Acronis

Allied Telesis

Antec

APC

Apple

ASUS

Aten

Autodesk

Axiom

Axis

Belkin

Bretford

Brocade

Brother

Buffalo

CA

CablesToGo

Canon

Check Point

Check Point Software

Chief

Cisco

CMS

Comtrol

Corel

CyberPower

Dell

Dialogic

Digi

Draper

Dymo

Eaton

EMC

Emulex

Enterasys

Epson

Ergotron

Extreme Networks

Fellowes

FileMaker

Fortinet

Fujitsu

Griffin

Hitachi

HP

IBM

Imation

Infocus

Intel

iogear

iomega

Ipswitch

Kaspersky Lab

Kensington

Kingston

Kodak

Kofax

Konica Minolta

LaCie

Lantronix

Lenovo

Lexar

Lexmark

LG Electronics

Lifesize

Logitech

Maxell

McAfee

Microsoft

Mitel

Motion

NEC

Netgear

Novell

Nuance

OKI

Olympus

Open Text

Optoma

Oracle

Parallels

Peerless

Philips

Planar

Plantronics

PNY

Premier Mounts

Promise Technology

QLogic

Quantum

Raritan

Red Hat

Rhinotek

Ricoh

Samsonite

Samsung

SAP

Sharp

SIIG

Solarwinds

SonicWALL

Sony

StarTech.com

Supermicro

Symantec

Tandberg Data

Targus

Toshiba

Toshiba Tec

Transition Networks

Trend Micro

Trendnet

Tripp-Lite

US Robotics

Vasco

Verbatim

Viewsonic

Visioneer

VMWare

Wasp

WatchGuard

Western Digital

Wyse

Xerox

Zoom

ZyXEL

 


 

 

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

www.sunstarco.com

 

Unitrends Logo jan 2015

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.

 

 

 

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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.

Offered in shrink-wrapped packages based on an integrated, scalable architecture, the Unitrends Appliances offer flexible deployment options and No Limits Licensing™, giving you maximum protection at the industry’s lowest TCO.

Supporting 100+ versions of computers, storage devices, operating systems, hypervisors and applications, work alone or in tandem with Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliances, and can extend from on-premise to second site or cloud environments.

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BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance:  

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

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Sunstar Company delivers a range of services specifically designed to meet the ever changing IT support needs of modern businesses.

Through our trained field engineers and our approved service partners around the globe, Sunstar Company is able to provide the most complete range of services within the data center. From smaller server installations to the full enterprise multi-vendor environments.

One of the major components of effective on-site service delivery is to ensure the highest possible quality of parts are used at all times.  Sunstar has the ability to provide this through our in-house repair and refurbishment center and competitive maintenance rates.

Services offered:
  • Volume server roll-outs
  • SAN installations
  • System Health-checks
  • De-commissioning
  • Re-commissioning
  • Moves and Disposal
  • Upgrades
  • Asset Management.

Contact us at (800) 663-5523 or online to discuss the options available to you.

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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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Imation’s Nexsan NST6000 along with NestOS 3.0 is highly scalable unified storage solution in a compact footprint that uses a caching technology called FASTier® to accelerate reads and writes I/O requests. FASTier intelligently and automatically moves data through solid-state and spinning disk to speed your virtual and cloud environments.

Built with the time-constrained IT administrator in mind, a revolutionary GUI streamlines setup and management to ease the pain of mid-sized organizations challenged by storage complexity.

Key Features Include:

  • 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)

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 NST6000 unified storage system offers 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.

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

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Data is exploding across the digital universe faster than ever before. While new information may need to be preserved for 2 or 20 years, data always needs to be accessible and accurate.

StrongBox solves data storage and protection challenges at a low cost while keeping your files fully accessible and simplifying long-term preservation.

StrongBox Key Benefits:
  • Reduces TCO and controls storage costs
  • Provides an always-online file system as an easy-to-use NAS solution
  • Ensures the long-term protection of business-critical data
  • Delivers tunable performance for data accessibility
  • Closes the gap between data growth and budget availability

StrongBox is a NAS appliance built to simplify data access and provide the most cost-effective storage for unstructured data.

StrongBox ensures complete data protection for all of your online, nearline and archive storage needs.

Combining flexible, policy-driven disk storage with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers you to control storage costs without sacrificing data availability, limiting scalability or adding complexity.

Strongbox LTFS Storage Solution

Access data online, all the time

When you need access to your data, you don’t want to wait. StrongBox provides an always online file system that supports multiple, simultaneous requests. Data is never offline and users have a persistent view of all files in the archive, improving efficiency and maximizing the IT investment. Access is as simple as point and click from a standard file system. With unique performance tuning, you can customize data availability to meet specific business needs.

Reduce storage TCO

Minimize data center costs by leveraging low-power, low-cost LTFS media for long-term assets. StrongBox keeps data center power requirements low, reducing operational costs by up to 95 percent. As a protected archive for fixed data, StrongBox helps reduce additional storage investments while optimizing your infrastructure with policy-driven, automated tiering that matches performance and accessibility with business need.

Grow your archive with low-cost scalability

Data grows exponentially – budgets don’t. With StrongBox and LTO/LTFS storage, you can scale storage as needed. StrongBox XpanDisk allows users to increase the online disk storage capacity with the StrongBox NAS.

Simplify storage infrastructure with an easy-to-use solution

Unlike complex storage systems that require hours of configuration and training, StrongBox is a plug-and-play appliance that is simple to deploy. Seamlessly connecting to the network via GbE or 10GbE, StrongBox presents stored data just like a standard network share.

Stay in control of your data with LTFS and LTO – no vendor lock-in

You stay in control of your data with StrongBox. By leveraging the open standard LTFS technology, StrongBox writes data in a non-proprietary format and makes no modifications to files or metadata. A StrongBox system is not required to read data written by StrongBox – tapes can be exported and read by any LTFS drive.

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.

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

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  

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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.

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 

 

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

Active Archive Is the Lifeboat

We all need to protect our data. Businesses typically have to back it up, and there are hundreds of backup solutions out there. Why then, do so many storage administrators say that managing backup data is their biggest challenge? As data continues to grow, content is lodged in backup cycles, increasing backup windows and spurring the need for more storage and data protection investments. A significant percentage of enterprise data likely won’t be accessed again after it is first created.   

The solution? An active archive with built-in data protection, offload data from primary storage and reduce backup!

Facts:

  1. Backup – Copies of current, changing data saved in case of emergency
  2. Archive – Copies of fixed content stored for long-term retention or compliance
  3. Active Archive – Seamless tiered storage which gives access to data across a virtualized file system and migrates data between multiple storage systems and media types as appropriate

Backup and archive are not synonymous, but active archiving can have a huge impact on your backup, leaving a much smaller amount of data that requires routine backups.

There is not magic formula for reducing data center costs; it takes a strategic implementation of the right tools with continual optimization of the infrastructure. By moving infrequently accessed data into a protected archive, users can reduce the volume of data stored on expensive primary storage, thus reducing the amount of data that has to be protected during full backup windows.

Many active archives are constructed with hybrid storage technologies, such as flash, disk and tape.  While disk or flash provides the “active” data access, tape delivers low-cost, ultra-scalable storage. LTO tape is one of the most reliable storage mediums available, lasting 6 times longer than typical disk life spans. With an active archive, you could essentially have data stored on disk for fast access, while a copy always remains on a protected tape layer. Additional system policies or features like hash coding, media integrity checks and restricted access all bolster tape-enabled archiving’s appeal for data protection and longevity.

Additionally, storing files in an active archive can dramatically improve recovery times. Unlike offline backups, active archive data is available all the time. With client-level connectivity, there is no need for a storage administrator to manually retrieve offline data or recall physical media from offsite.

Plain and simple: Stop backing up fixed content. Store and protect it in an active archive instead.

While every data center has different needs, we can all agree that shorter, simpler backups would cause even the most organized IT director to breathe a little easier. Watch your total costs for data storage and protection decrease as your environment operates without the latencies and complexities of overburdened backups.

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

The Nexsan Assureon line of products is specifically designed for long-term retention and adherence to compliance requirements.

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Archive File Shares

Offload File shares and reduce storage overhead. Take advantage of de-duplication and advanced federated search across File and Exchange servers. Full support for hybrid and dedicated cloud infrastructures to improve cost-efficiency and accessibility.

  • Offload File Servers

  • Apply Federated Search

  • Improve Storage Efficiency

  • Deploy On-Premises or Cloud

Systems like these provide fingerprinting of data so that each time a file is saved a unique ID is assigned to it. This enables the system to confirm that data has not degraded and that it  has not been altered. The system continuously monitors for data corruption or alteration and provides alerts as well as self-healing functionality to ensure no data falls out of compliance or is lost!

The Assureon provide long term data durability. First, a fully audited copy can be protected at both the primary and secondary sites. Optional additional audited copies may be added to one or both sites. Files can also be individually encrypted with their own AES-256 encryption key for maximum security. Data can be set as unalterable and unerasable for complete adherence to compliance standards. Assureon offers all of these capabilities at a price and footprint in the
datacenter that is far less than using a secondary NetApp Filer or Isilon..

One challenge remains in the use case of the NetApp Filer: how to get data to the Assureon Archive.

Assureon is a cost-and-energy-efficient archive system that provides complete tamper-proof security for compliance while reducing the cost and footprint of primary storage.

Metalogix builds the bridge for seamless migration and transparent access of attachments and database information from Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint to NetApp Filers. Nexsan and Metalogix  together offer compliance, easy management and efficiency.

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Metalogix Builds The Bridge 
Metalogix offers easily deployed and managed solutions for SharePoint and Exchange, which provide the bridge for attachments, file data and database information to be archived out of these application structures and into a
dedicated archive solution like Nexsan’s Assureon.

The Exchange and SharePoint environments are indexed and analyzed. Qualified attachments in both environments are moved to the archive storage system and shortcuts are left in their place, preserving the user’s file access structure. Whenever the user needs to access one of these older attachments the shortcut triggers it to be returned to primary storage transparently to the user. This process provides significant business benefit by securely archiving data on cost-effective, energy-efficient storage.

Metalogix also adds a single instancing capability to further reduce the data footprint. Metalogix and Nexsan together make the NetApp environment perform better and delay the need to upgrade to a more powerful Filer
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User Transparency

Authorized users can administer their own file system by manually archiving and restoring documents. Ordinary users are not affected by the file archiving process; they remain completely unaware of the Archive Manager Files Edition installation. The user interface is unchanged and the users’ daily file processes are unaffected.

Automatic Versioning

If an archived document is accessed and edited, Archive Manager Files Edition recognizes the amendments and automatically stores the revised document as a new version. Authorized users can then view the different instances, new or original, of that document. This prerequisite archiving is central to compliant storage management and retrieving files for e-Discovery.

Compliance Management

The IT Administrator can set retention times on documents for complete control of the file lifecycle with regards to litigation. After designating a file with a deletion time, the admin can assign a “keep-alive period” that issues a warning when the retention time is reached and the file is about to be deleted from the archive. Compliant storage media can be installed to ensure the files are not tampered with while stored.

Global File Management

Manage multiple domains of File Server environments in different locations around the world. Create file archiving jobs from remote servers and replace stored files using HTML shortcuts. Network flexibility and offsite systems improve the adaptability of file archiving infrastructures. Archived files are easily accessible via the web portal from worldwide locations.

Archive Manager for Files

Archive Manager for Exchange

Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about the Nexsan Assureon and alternative archiving technologies, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online

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The Nexsan E60VT 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 360TB of capacity in just 4U and now offers 400% more memory and 50% increased CPU speed over the discontinued E60

Nexsan E48

 E60VT 360 TB in 4U  can be easily expanded with additional capacity by adding the E60VX expansion unit.

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 – up to 60 drives in 4U.
  • 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 (choice of 16Gb Fibre or 8Gb Fibre) or iSCSI.
  • Easy to Manage – remotely manage one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI.

Optimize Your Capacity Needs Now & Expand In The Future

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

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

Turbocharge Your Performance For Ultra-Fast Write Speed

E-Series V features an advanced active/active controller design, including use of a dedicated hardware engine, or “turbocharger”, which accelerates RAID parity generation and doubles the sequential write performance over the prior version of E-Series. The turbocharged E-Series V is ideal for back-up and recovery applications and continuous data streaming bulk storage applications.

Achieve More Efficiency In Higher Density Than Typical Arrays

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, with up to 360 terabytes of capacity in just one 4U, and up to a total of 866TB in a fully-scaled, 12U configuration.

With E-Series V systems, you can engage Nexsan AutoMAID® disk management capabilities to reduce power consumption by up to 87%, lowering operating expenses and extending the overall life of the system.

Ensure Your Data Is Protected With Qualified, Reliable Design

The E-Series V storage array exceeds the most stringent reliability demands, leveraging an innovative hardware design including Cool Drive TechnologyTM and anti-vibration design that significantly reduces heat and vibration while improving system reliability and performance. The reliability of E-Series V is qualified through extensive stress testing before shipment. Array-based snaps and asynchronous replication extend E-Series V data protection capabilities. 

Access Your Data Continuously

The E-Series V features multipathing support and dual redundant, hot-swappable active components. As an administrator, you will receive SNMP alerts or email notifications of component failures. Upon drive failure, a spare drive is automatically rebuilt into the RAID set for complete business continuity.

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. Active Drawer TechnologyTM overcomes the challenges of competitive arrays by allowing a technician to service a drawer of drives easily while keeping your data available

Features

Active Drawer TechnologyTM
 
  • No system downtime. Allows for easy, hot-swappable drive management.
  • Drives remain active when drawer is open.
  • Increased reliability and reduced external wire management.
Cool Drive TechnologyTM
 
  • Optimizes air flow and component cooling.
  • Increases product reliability by reducing component temperatures.
  • System redundancy ensures adequate cooling even if a fan fails.
  • Variable speed fans with temperature sensors.
Anti-Vibration Design
 
  • Reduces vibration to improve system performance and reliability.
  • Drives mounted counter-rotating.
  • Thick plates in chassis eliminate vibrations.
  • Anti-vibration fan mounts.
AutoMAID®
 
  • Up to 87% energy savings and lowers your cooling needs.
  • Ideal for backup to disk or bulk storage scenarios.
  • Configurable on a per-disk set basis.
  • Easy to set up and maintain via GUI.
  • Can improve drive reliability by reducing power-on-hours.
Advanced Controller*
 
  • Dedicated hardware engine accelerates RAID parity generation.
  • Up to 2x the sequential write performance over the prior generation E-Series systems.
  • Data protection maintained even through power outage via onboard flash-based emergency backup storage.
  • Power-controlled riser card enables data offload from DIMM to controller flash.

Most commonly purchased models

   
E60VT 40x4TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E60VT2J160N/4
E60VT 60x4TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E60VT2J240N/4
   
   
E60VT 40x6TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E60VT2J240N/6
E60VT 60x6TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E60VT2J360N/6

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

The Nexsan E32V 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 38.4TB of capacity in just 2U utilizing 2½ inch disk drives, 10K SAN and SSD..

Nexsan E18

 E32V (38.4 TB in 2U, all 2.5″ drives)  can be easily expanded with additional capacity by adding the E32X expansion unit.

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 – up to 32 drives in 2U.
  • 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 Fibre Channel –  16Gb Fibre
  • Easy to Manage – remotely manage one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI.

Optimize Your Capacity Needs Now & Expand In The Future

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

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

Turbocharge Your Performance For Ultra-Fast Write Speed

E-Series V features an advanced active/active controller design, including use of a dedicated hardware engine, or “turbocharger”, which accelerates RAID parity generation and doubles the sequential write performance over the prior version of E-Series. The turbocharged E-Series V is ideal for back-up and recovery applications and continuous data streaming bulk storage applications.

Achieve More Efficiency In Higher Density Than Typical Arrays

Organizations deploying E-32V san storage arrays can mix and match capacity-optimized HDDs. E-Series V arrays consume less than one-third of the power in one-third of the rack space of typical arrays, with up to 115TB of capacity in just 6U.(2½” disk drives)

With E-Series V systems, you can engage Nexsan AutoMAID® disk management capabilities to reduce power consumption by up to 87%, lowering operating expenses and extending the overall life of the system.

Ensure Your Data Is Protected With Qualified, Reliable Design

The E-Series V storage array exceeds the most stringent reliability demands, leveraging an innovative hardware design including Cool Drive TechnologyTM and anti-vibration design that significantly reduces heat and vibration while improving system reliability and performance. The reliability of E-Series V is qualified through extensive stress testing before shipment. Array-based snaps and asynchronous replication extend E-Series V data protection capabilities. 

Access Your Data Continuously

The E-Series V features multipathing support and dual redundant, hot-swappable active components. As an administrator, you will receive SNMP alerts or email notifications of component failures. Upon drive failure, a spare drive is automatically rebuilt into the RAID set for complete business continuity.

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. Active Drawer TechnologyTM overcomes the challenges of competitive arrays by allowing a technician to service a drawer of drives easily while keeping your data available

Features

Active Drawer TechnologyTM
 
  • No system downtime. Allows for easy, hot-swappable drive management.
  • Drives remain active when drawer is open.
  • Increased reliability and reduced external wire management.
Cool Drive TechnologyTM
 
  • Optimizes air flow and component cooling.
  • Increases product reliability by reducing component temperatures.
  • System redundancy ensures adequate cooling even if a fan fails.
  • Variable speed fans with temperature sensors.
Anti-Vibration Design
 
  • Reduces vibration to improve system performance and reliability.
  • Drives mounted counter-rotating.
  • Thick plates in chassis eliminate vibrations.
  • Anti-vibration fan mounts.
AutoMAID®
 
  • Up to 87% energy savings and lowers your cooling needs.
  • Ideal for backup to disk or bulk storage scenarios.
  • Configurable on a per-disk set basis.
  • Easy to set up and maintain via GUI.
  • Can improve drive reliability by reducing power-on-hours.
Advanced Controller*
 
  • Dedicated hardware engine accelerates RAID parity generation.
  • Up to 2x the sequential write performance over the prior generation E-Series systems.
  • Data protection maintained even through power outage via onboard flash-based emergency backup storage.
  • Power-controlled riser card enables data offload from DIMM to controller flash.

Most commonly purchased models

NEXSAN E32V Part Number
E32V 8x600GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K4J8/600
E32V 16x600GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K9J6/600
E32V 24x600GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K14J4/600
E32V 32x600GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K19J2/600
   
E32V 8x900GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K7J2/900
E32V 16x900GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K14J4/900
E32V 24x900GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K21J6/900
E32V 32x900GB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K28J8/900
   
E32V 8×1.2TB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K9J6/1P2
E32V 16×1.2TB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K19J2/1P2
E32V 24×1.2TB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K28J8/1P2
E32V 32×1.2TB 10K, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K38J4/1P2
   
E32V 4x200GB SSD, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K0Q8/200
E32V 4x400GB SSD, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K1Q6/400
E32V 4x800GB SSD, dual controller 16Gb FC E32VH2K3Q2/800

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

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. 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 288TB of capacity in just 4U and now offers 400% more memory and 50% increased CPU speed over the discontinued E48.

Nexsan E48

 E48VT 288 TB in 4U  can be easily expanded with additional capacity by adding the E48VX expansion unit.

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 – up to 48 drives in 4U.
  • 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 (choice of 16Gb Fibre or 8Gb Fibre) or iSCSI.
  • Easy to Manage – remotely manage one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI.

Optimize Your Capacity Needs Now & Expand In The Future

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

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

Turbocharge Your Performance For Ultra-Fast Write Speed

E-Series V features an advanced active/active controller design, including use of a dedicated hardware engine, or “turbocharger”, which accelerates RAID parity generation and doubles the sequential write performance over the prior version of E-Series. The turbocharged E-Series V is ideal for back-up and recovery applications and continuous data streaming bulk storage applications.

Achieve More Efficiency In Higher Density Than Typical Arrays

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, with up to 360 terabytes of capacity in just one 4U, and up to a total of 866TB in a fully-scaled, 12U configuration.

With E-Series V systems, you can engage Nexsan AutoMAID® disk management capabilities to reduce power consumption by up to 87%, lowering operating expenses and extending the overall life of the system.

Ensure Your Data Is Protected With Qualified, Reliable Design

The E-Series V storage array exceeds the most stringent reliability demands, leveraging an innovative hardware design including Cool Drive TechnologyTM and anti-vibration design that significantly reduces heat and vibration while improving system reliability and performance. The reliability of E-Series V is qualified through extensive stress testing before shipment. Array-based snaps and asynchronous replication extend E-Series V data protection capabilities. 

Access Your Data Continuously

The E-Series V features multipathing support and dual redundant, hot-swappable active components. As an administrator, you will receive SNMP alerts or email notifications of component failures. Upon drive failure, a spare drive is automatically rebuilt into the RAID set for complete business continuity.

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. Active Drawer TechnologyTM overcomes the challenges of competitive arrays by allowing a technician to service a drawer of drives easily while keeping your data available

Features

Active Drawer TechnologyTM
 
  • No system downtime. Allows for easy, hot-swappable drive management.
  • Drives remain active when drawer is open.
  • Increased reliability and reduced external wire management.
Cool Drive TechnologyTM
 
  • Optimizes air flow and component cooling.
  • Increases product reliability by reducing component temperatures.
  • System redundancy ensures adequate cooling even if a fan fails.
  • Variable speed fans with temperature sensors.
Anti-Vibration Design
 
  • Reduces vibration to improve system performance and reliability.
  • Drives mounted counter-rotating.
  • Thick plates in chassis eliminate vibrations.
  • Anti-vibration fan mounts.
AutoMAID®
 
  • Up to 87% energy savings and lowers your cooling needs.
  • Ideal for backup to disk or bulk storage scenarios.
  • Configurable on a per-disk set basis.
  • Easy to set up and maintain via GUI.
  • Can improve drive reliability by reducing power-on-hours.
Advanced Controller*
 
  • Dedicated hardware engine accelerates RAID parity generation.
  • Up to 2x the sequential write performance over the prior generation E-Series systems.
  • Data protection maintained even through power outage via onboard flash-based emergency backup storage.
  • Power-controlled riser card enables data offload from DIMM to controller flash.

Most commonly purchased models

E48V 48x3TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E48VH2J144N/3
   
E48V 48x4TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E48VH2J192N/4
   
E48V 48x6TB 7.2K, dual controller 8Gb FC E48VH2J288N/6

 

E48VT 48x3TB 7.2K, dual controller 10GbE iSCSI E48VT2G144N/3
   
E48VT 48x4TB 7.2K, dual controller 10GbE iSCSI E48VT2G192N/4
   
E48VT 48x6TB 7.2K, dual controller 10GbE iSCSI E48VT2G288N/6

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

Additional services offered by Sunstar Company, Inc.

  • Asset Buybacks
  • Asset Redeployment
  • Data Eradication
  • Secure Data Destruction
  • End of Life Asset Disposition
  • Compliance IT Recyling

To learn more, please contact us online, call 310.330.2900 or 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

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Spectra Logic develops deep storage solutions that solve the problem of long term storage for business and technology professionals dealing with exponential data growth.

Dedicated solely to storage innovation for more than 35 years, Spectra Logic’s uncompromising product and customer focus is proven by the largest information users in multiple vertical markets globally.

Spectra enables affordable, multi-decade data storage and access by creating new methods of managing information in all forms of deep storage — including archive, backup, cold storage, cloud and private cloud.

Spectra T-Finity Tape Library

Spectra® T-Finity’s modern design provides a tape archive and backup solution to fully meet the needs of the Enterprise IT, federal government, high performance computing, and media and entertainment markets, offering industry-leading scalability with the speed necessary to meet the requirements of the most data-intensive environments in the world.

T-Finity’s advantages reach far beyond the necessary high performance and high capacity requirements of data-intensive storage. With unmatched features and significant CapEx and OpEx savings, T-Finity redefines what customers should expect from modern tape archive and backup solutions. The modern design saves customers up to 30% on the initial capital investment and 15-20% on annual recurring operational expenses 

Spectra T950 Tape Library

The Spectra® T950 library is designed and built to meet the stringent requirements of the enterprise for data integrity, data security and high reliability. The T950 library reduces staff involvement significantly, affordably scales in throughput and capacity, and supports multiple generations of current and future tape formats.    

For data archive, backup and recovery, this elite library leads the field in innovation—from the greatest storage density to proactive media management always protecting your data.Economical, Enterprise-Caliber Storage
The award-winning Spectra T950 library leads the field in cost-effective innovation—from the greatest storage density and feature set to integrated encryption with key management in an automated library. T950 also offers comprehensive media and hardware health monitoring inside an easy-to-use single management interface, giving you a simple and secure solution that eliminates the element of surprise.

T-Series Mid-Range Tape Libraries (T200/T380/T680)

Data growth is endless, and cost-effectively scaling storage is becoming a top priority for businesses and operations worldwide. Keeping up with unpredictable data growth is a daunting task. Organizations want to avoid making capital investments in storage that are far beyond their short-term capacity requirements, yet they must be prepared for the unexpected.   

Designed with your growth in mind, the Spectra T-Series Mid-Range libraries have been developed to preserve your initial investment in storage by providing a solution that addresses both your short-term and long-term storage needs.

Designed for Growth and Scalability
The Spectra Mid-Range libraries are engineered to preserve your initial investment in storage. Investment protection is realized by utilizing components which are interchangeable among the T200, T380, T680, T950 and T-Finity libraries, allowing you to seamlessly transfer and scale (TranScale) library components between libraries as your organization grows. Spectra’s industry-first TranScalable architecture is designed with your growth in mind and meets your future capacity, management and data protection needs.

Spectra T120 Tape Library

Designed to meet the performance backup and archive requirements of the most demanding small and medium-sized businesses, the Spectra T120 library is easy to use, manage, and maintain. Configuring and managing your T120 is quick and simple, and component redundancy ensures the highest quality of reliability.   

Highly flexible, the T120 allows you to start with the Enterprise-level features that you need now and scale from 30 slots up to 120, providing a storage capacity of 750TB of compressed data. With the ability to install up to 10 half-height LTO-6 tape drives, the T120 offers compressed data transfer rates up to 14.4 TB per hour. The T120 allows you to hit the bull’s-eye every time with this exceptionally high-performance tape storage solution.

To learn more about Spectra Logic offerings, please contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

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 (240 TB in 4U), E48VT (192 TB in 4U), E32V (38.4 TB in 2U, all 2.5″ drives), and E18V (72 TB in 2U).

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

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 – up to 60 drives in 4U.
  • 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.

Optimize Your Capacity Needs Now & Expand In The Future

The E-Series V storage arrays and expansion units offer mid-size organizations affordable enterprise-level Fibre Channel, SAS and/or iSCSI SAN storage used for a variety of capacity-optimized and performance-driven applications. For larger organizations, E-Series V is a versatile SAN or DAS solution to stay ahead of the enormous data growth, demanding workloads, and high resiliency requirements in media & entertainment, government, healthcare, HPC, financial, surveillance and service provider sectors.

Turbocharge Your Performance For Ultra-Fast Write Speed

E-Series V features an advanced active/active controller design, including use of a dedicated hardware engine, or “turbocharger”, which accelerates RAID parity generation and doubles the sequential write performance over the prior version of E-Series. The turbocharged E-Series V is ideal for back-up and recovery applications and continuous data streaming bulk storage applications.

Achieve More Efficiency In Higher Density Than Typical Arrays

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, with up to 240 terabytes of capacity in just one 4U, and up to a total of 720 TB in a fully-scaled, 12U configuration. With E-Series V systems, you can engage Nexsan AutoMAID® disk management capabilities to reduce power consumption by up to 87%, lowering operating expenses and extending the overall life of the system.

Ensure Your Data Is Protected With Qualified, Reliable Design

The E-Series V storage array exceeds the most stringent reliability demands, leveraging an innovative hardware design including Cool Drive TechnologyTM and anti-vibration design that significantly reduces heat and vibration while improving system reliability and performance. The reliability of E-Series V is qualified through extensive stress testing before shipment. Array-based snaps and asynchronous replication extend E-Series V data protection capabilities.

Access Your Data Continuously

The E-Series V features multipathing support and dual redundant, hot-swappable active components. As an administrator, you will receive SNMP alerts or email notifications of component failures. Upon drive failure, a spare drive is automatically rebuilt into the RAID set for complete business continuity. 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. Active Drawer TechnologyTM overcomes the challenges of competitive arrays by allowing a technician to service a drawer of drives easily while keeping your data available.

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

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

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

EASY TO MANAGE

Imation’s Nexsan Assureon archive system is a complete, turn-key archiving solution for fixed content data like document archiving, email archiving, medical/PACS archiving and the general archiving of all unstructured data. All local and remote Assureon online archive systems can be managed from a web browser within a single-pane-of-glass. The web-based GUI makes it easy to create retention rules and associate them with files and folders. Once installed onto the Windows Servers and configured, the Assureon Windows Client copies or moves files onto Assureon leaving a small shortcut file behind, so user access to the file remains the same. Hyper-speed restores are available by using the shortcuts for immediate access as files are restored in the background. Users are authenticated with Active Directory or with digital certificates to ensure they can only get to files for which they are authorized. Audit trails report on user’s activities such as file accesses and denials. Legal holds can be easily placed on any set of files, overriding their original retention periods. Individual users do not change how they work as the archiving is transparent to them. Files and folders, though offloaded, appear to be in the same familiar locations thanks to the shortcut files that are left behind. Once archived, prior versions of files are available with the right click of the user’s mouse in Windows Explorer. A web-based GUI makes it easy to search the entire archive with role-based restrictions. All existing applications work unaltered with Assureon because there are no special APIs required.

INTEGRITY

Each time a file is saved, it is fingerprinted so its history and contents cannot be altered after the fact. This write-once, read many time (WORM) storage architecture is part of how Assureon meets even the strictest regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, SOX and SEC17.

LONGEVITY

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. The Assureon data archive system supports both compliant and non-compliant policies simultaneously while competitors require two systems to be purchased in order to provide both. All files can optionally be encrypted with AES-256. The built-in key manager ensures that all keys are safely stored in 3 locations worldwide. Industry-leading single point deletion technology permits Assureon to effectively delete all copies of a file worldwide by destroying the file’s encryption key.

CLOUD-READY

Multi-tenancy features enable service providers to offer archive-as-a-service. This also allows large organizations to achieve strict separation of departments or projects. An on-premise Assureon disk archive can replicate to a cloud-based archive service, which is powered by Assureon

To learn more about Nexsan and in particular about the Assureon Archive, Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

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Imation’s Nexsan Assureon archive system, available from Sunstar Company, Inc. is a complete, turn-key archiving solution for fixed content data like document archiving, email archiving, medical/PACS archiving and the general archiving of all unstructured data.

All local and remote Assureon online archive systems can be managed from a web browser within a single-pane-of-glass. The web-based GUI makes it easy to create retention rules and associate them with files and folders. Once installed onto the Windows Servers and configured, the Assureon Windows Client copies or moves files onto Assureon leaving a small shortcut file behind, so user access to the file remains the same. Hyper-speed restores are available by using the shortcuts for immediate access as files are restored in the background.

Users are authenticated with Active Directory or with digital certificates to ensure they can only get to files for which they are authorized. Audit trails report on user’s activities such as file accesses and denials. Legal holds can be easily placed on any set of files, overriding their original retention periods.

Individual users do not change how they work as the archiving is transparent to them. Files and folders, though offloaded, appear to be in the same familiar locations thanks to the shortcut files that are left behind. Once archived, prior versions of files are available with the right click of the user’s mouse in Windows Explorer. A web-based GUI makes it easy to search the entire archive with role-based restrictions. All existing applications work unaltered with Assureon because there are no special APIs required.

INTEGRITY

Each time a file is saved, it is fingerprinted so its history and contents cannot be altered after the fact. This write-once, read many time (WORM) storage architecture is part of how Assureon meets even the strictest regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, SOX and SEC17.

LONGEVITY

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.

The Assureon data archive system supports both compliant and non-compliant policies simultaneously while competitors require two systems to be purchased in order to provide both. All files can optionally be encrypted with AES-256. The built-in key manager ensures that all keys are safely stored in 3 locations worldwide. Industry-leading single point deletion technology permits Assureon to effectively delete all copies of a file worldwide by destroying the file’s encryption key.

CLOUD-READY

Multi-tenancy features enable service providers to offer archive-as-a-service. This also allows large organizations to achieve strict separation of departments or projects. An on-premise Assureon disk archive can replicate to a cloud-based archive service, which is powered by Assureon.

To learn more please contact Sunstar sales online: Phone: 800.663.5523 or 310.330.2900