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

LTO-5 Tape Drive Specifications

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

 

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

 

Many of theses drives are in our warehouse, ready to ship with warranty.

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

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

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

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

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

Nexsan NST6000 Enterprise Class Unified Hybrid Storage

Nexsan NST6000MC Unified Hybrid Metro Storage Cluster

Nexsan NST4000 Unified Hybrid Storage for the Mid-Market

Nexsan NST2000 Unified Hybrid Storage for Entry-Level

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

Key features

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

 

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

 

Integrity

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

Scalability and High Availability

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

Privacy

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

Regulatory and Corporate Compliance

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

Easy to Manage

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

Easy to Use

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

Efficient

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

Cloud-Ready

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

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

 

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

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

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

Look Beyond Backup

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

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

Add a Tape Archive Tier

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

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

Evaluate Tape Vendors Against Ease of Use

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

Use Tape for Large Files

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

Tape for Really Big Data

There is big data and then there is Big Data.

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

Use Tape to Lower Storage Costs

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

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

 

Looking to purchase 3592 Tape Media. We at Sunstar Compay can help you.
We purchase 3592 Tape Media!
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IBM  3592 Tape TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge - 300 GB

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

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

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

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

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

Part No. 23R9830 

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

IBM 3592 JC TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge – Advanced Data

Part No. 46X7452 

IBM 3592 (JC) Enterprise Tape Cartridge – Advanced Data

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

Features and Benefits

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

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

 

Unitrends Logo jan 2015

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

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

Offerings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recovery-Series family features include:

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

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

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IBM 3588-F4A-LTO4 Tape Drive

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

Looking to sell IBM Library LTO4 tape drives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

NST4000   NST4000

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

Two Platform Options; Fibre and iSCSI

NST4000 Fibre Channel Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

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

NST4000 iSCSI Unified Hybrid Storage Platforms

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

External Storage Options:

  • E18V
  • E32V
  • E48VT
  • E60VT

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

Nexsan E60

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

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

Choice of connectivity: 

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

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

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

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

Reliable High Density Storage Arrays Turbocharged for High Performance

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What is Unified Storage?

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

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

The looming questions, what about unified?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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80 Percent of data on primary storage is unstructured and never changes or changes infrequently. This data can be moved easily and transparently to a more cost-effective archive storage platform.

With the Nexsan Assureon Archive Solution from Imation, data can be moved one time and recalled as needed. With the assistance of shortcuts the original disk becomes a cache for the data that has been moved off to the Assureon, reclaiming existing disk space.

. When considering the various solutions, IT managers should assess how each of the solutions will:

The implementation of an Assureon Archive Solution enables IT managers to reduce the size of their backups and the time required for their backups. It enables the elimination of two to three storage tiers while retaining performance. Primary storage growth can also be eliminated while retaining full access to all of the data with an Assureon Archive Solution.

Features and Benefits

Integrity

Fingerprints

– Each time a file is saved, a unique fingerprint is generated using both an MD5 and SHA1 hash of its contents and metadata, so history and contents cannot be altered after the fact (WORM storage)

Serial Numbers

– Each file is assigned a serial number which is used to ensure no files are missing or inappropriately added

Secure Time

– Tampering with the system time clock is prevented by using a global, redundant, secure time source (Stratum Level I hardware time sources

Two Copies

– Each file and its fingerprint are stored twice in the Assureon. The second copy is either stored in a separate RAID disk set in the same Assureon or on a remote Assureon

Data Verification

– Files are continually verified against their fingerprints, repaired using their copies and safeguarded by RAID disk arrays for days or decades

Scalability and High Availability

Remote Replication

– Two active Assureon systems can continuously replicate to each other to protect against a site failure

Failover/failback

– Native active/active replication protects against site disasters with automatic read failover and manual write failover

Performance & Capacity

– Scale capacity up to multiple petabytes and add performance by using multiple Assureon archive storage systems together

Privacy

Separation of Data

– Assureon provides complete separation of data between departments or projects using logical and physical separation as well as separation through the use of multiple AES-256 encryption keys

Encryption

– Files can be AES-256 encrypted. Keys for a replicated Assureon are stored safely at 4 sites by the integrated key management system. A nominal annual key management subscription is required

Authentication

– Users are authenticated with Active Directory or digital certificates

Audit Trails

– Audit trails report on file access and denied access attempts

Compliance

Data Retention

– Easily create retention rules and associate them with unstructured data directories or file types

Legal Hold

– A legal hold can be easily placed on any set of files, overriding their original retention periods until the hold is removed

One System

– Data sets can be retained for a period of time that can be extended but not shortened. Other data sets can be assigned a flexible retention period that can be lengthened or shortened to accommodate both needs in the organization

Sunstar Company’s Web Site Has Been Refreshed!

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

PURCHASE ONLINE

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

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

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

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Unitrends 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.

RC833 To learn more, call 800.663.5523 or contact us online at Sunstar Company, Inc

 
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► IBM 3588-F3B Library LTO3 Tape Drive

 

► IBM 3588-F4A Library LTO4 Tape Drive

 

► IBM 3588-F5A Library LTO5 Tape Drive

 

► IBM 3588-F6A Library LTO6 Tape Drive

  Generation
 

LTO-1

LTO-2

LTO-3

LTO-4

LTO-5

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Native data capacity 100 GB     200 GB     400 GB     800 GB     1.5 TB     2.5 TB    
Max uncompressed speed (MB/s)         ] 20 40 80 120 140 160

Refurbished and some new IBM LTO Tape Drives are available from Sunstar Company, Inc.

Call 800.663.5523

We also repair defective tape drives!

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

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

By Application


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

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

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

By Industry


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

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

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

By Technology


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

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

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

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

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Available from Sunstar Company, Inc.

Reconditioned Tandberg Data LTO4 tape drives.

Models:

7202, 7200 and 7203

3501, 3503, 35304 and 3505

Call us for a quote: 800.663.5523

Drives ship with warranty!

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

 The Solution

  • StrongBox is a NAS appliance designed for unstructured data
  • StrongBox is primary storage with built-in data protection or an active archive that maximizes ROI
  •           Storage Mode: Online/Near-line – Data is online and available, always protected on tape, no 3rd party applications or backup required
  •           Archive Mode: Disk performance with the economics of tape; data is protected and always accessible
  • StrongBox’s intelligent storage management delivers performance while balancing storage costs to ensure the maximum ROI
  • Supports any external SAS/FC disk for expanded capacity
  • Supports all major library vendors (LTO 5/6 and plus IBM 1140/1150 drives)
  • Non-proprietary: tapes can be read with any LTFS-ready drive, no vendor lock-in

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

Digital Imaging continues to drive up demand for storage capacity.

Three reasons:

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.

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

Contact us at Sunstar Company, Inc. to learn more. (800) 663-5523 or (310) 330-2900

LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is a file system specification that allows Linear Tape-Open (LTO) storage technology to be indexed.

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  • Easy and fast access to large files: 2.5 TB native capacity for a single LTO-6 tape
  • Drag and drop functionality
  • Appears as storage device to operating system
  • Enables standard applications to write and read to LTFS formatted tapes
  • Non-proprietary format provides investment protection for archive/long term storage

LTFS partitions LTO-5 or LTO-6 tapes into two segments called partitions. Partition 0 holds directory structures and pointers that let the tape drive quickly seek specific data from the tape; the data itself is stored in Partition 1. Applying a file system to a tape allows users to organize and search the contents of tape as they would on hard disk, improving access time for data stored on tape. LTFS makes it possible to drag and drop files to tape in the same way that files might be dragged and dropped to disk.

After a cartridge is loaded, the drive quickly reads the index and metadata partition on the tape without having to scan the entire tape. This allows for faster and more efficient access to the data stored on the tape.

 
Users can download software that enables the operating system to recognize LTFS.
 
Utilize the StrongBox from Crossroads, a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to lower the costs of long-term storage and protection for unstructured, fixed content that works with tape libraries utilizing LTFS drives.
To learn more about LTFS, Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900; 800.663.5523

 

Need to read IBM Enterprise 3592 Media outside of your tape Library?

Traditionally these drives have been installed in either IBM or Spectra Logic tape libraries. Most commonly these IBM drives are installed in the IBM TS3500 and TS4500 tape libraries.

Working on a project – possibly reading or writing data offsite, small projects that require your data on this media and later to be injested into the library.

For LTFS users – The Dual Drive Rackmount configuration enables your data to be written to or read outside the datacenter for the first time.

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TS1150 – 3592-E08 – tape drive available in a dual drive rackmount enclosure with display

TS1140   – 3592-E07  tape drive available in a dual drive rackmount enclosure with display

TS1130   – 3592-E06 tape drive available in a dual drive rackmount enclosure with display

TS1120   – 3592-E05  tape drive available in a dual drive rackmount enclosure with display

3592-J1A  tape drive available in a dual drive rackmount enclosure with display

To learn more, contact sales at Sunstar Co. or call 800.663.5523

Nexsan E48

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

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

The Nexsan E-Series V is an ultra-reliable, high-density, high performance, efficient storage array that enables lower storage costs, maximum storage uptime, and data storage ROI boosts for your organization. E-Series V systems consume less than one-third of the power in one-third of the rack space of typical arrays, with up to 360 terabytes of capacity in just 4U and now offers 400% more memory and 50% increased CPU speed over the E-SeriesTM.

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

Drives: SSD, SAS and NL-SAS

E-Series V Key Benefits

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

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

Online or (800) 663-5523 

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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.

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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 

 

 

 
 
 

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Problems Solved

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

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

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

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

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

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

StorageTek Library Drives are now available in either a standalone desktop enclosure or a dual rackmount enclosure

T9840 Tape drive available in a standalone desktop enclosure or dual rackmount enclosure

T9940 Tape drive available in a standalone desktop enclosure or dual rackmount enclosure

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

 

 

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LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is a file system specification that allows Linear Tape-Open (LTO) storage technology to be indexed.

LTFS partitions LTO-5 or LTO-6 tapes into two segments called partitions. Partition 0 holds directory structures and pointers that let the tape drive quickly seek specific data from the tape; the data itself is stored in Partition 1. Applying a file system to a tape allows users to organize and search the contents of tape as they would on hard disk, improving access time for data stored on tape. LTFS makes it possible to drag and drop files to tape in the same way that files might be dragged and dropped to disk.

 
Users can download software that enables the operating system to recognize LTFS.
 
Utilize the StrongBox from Crossroads, a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to lower the costs of long-term storage and protection for unstructured, fixed content that works with tape libraries utilizing LTFS drives.
 
Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about archiving technology, 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

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 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 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.

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 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

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Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C enterprise tape drive blends the highest capacity, performance, reliability, and data security to support demanding, 24/7 data center operations. The eco-efficient StorageTek T10000C tape drive also
ensures the lowest total cost of ownership, and proven reliability with ongoing compatibility with StorageTek enterprise libraries as well as third-party hardware and software.

T10000C

Support the Most Demanding Data Center Operations
The StorageTek T10000C tape drive delivers superior value and performance for any data  storage and retrieval:
 Lowest total cost of ownership. Fewer drives, libraries and media do the same job with T10000C’s highest capacity and fastest throughput
 Unprecedented performance. StorageTek Accelerator features maximize data center efficiency
 Best in class data availability. Enterprise design and data integrity validation ensure reliable access to data
 Simplified management. A host of new data management tools, and compatibility with Oracle enterprise tape products make it simple to manage extreme amounts of data
 Protect your data and your business. Choose encryption and WORM technology—to meet evolving requirements for data security and compliance

Backup windows will shrink with 240 megabytes per second full file throughput, twice as fast as the previous generation tape drive, while StorageTek tape accelerator features maximize tape performance.
Starts and stops are unavoidable in an enterprise data center, but can be minimized with the StorageTek T10000C. Starts, stops and back-hitching are nearly eliminated with a 2 gigabyte buffer to maximize streaming, StorageTek File Sync Accelerator to write small blocks more efficiently and StorageTek Tape Application Accelerator to buffer tape marks.
The StorageTek Search Accelerator improves HSM audit times 400% over other similar search technologies. Increased speed means shorter backup windows and fewer drives to do the work.

When writing large volumes of data to tape, be sure that the file transferred correctly, the first time. StorageTek Data Integrity Validation reads CRC checksum files (based on the T10 ANSI standard) to verify that data was not corrupted en-route to the tape drive.The StorageTek T10000C tape drive is engineered to support demanding 24/7 high-duty cycle operations. The StorageTek SafeGuide tape path, which is the tape guiding system of the StorageTek T10000C tape drive, provides long-term data and drive reliability:
 The buckler mechanism securely attaches the cartridge leader to the drive leader
 The long tape path guides the media more accurately and reduces tape tension, which also reduces stress on the drive and media
 The tape guides contact only the backside of the media.

New data management tools facilitate the management of 5 terabytes of data on a single cartridge. With StorageTek Tape Tiering Accelerator and StorageTek In-Drive Reclaim Accelerator, tape is partitioned into more manageable segments. This facilitates faster data recall and the most efficient use of tape space.

Choose one or both—encryption and WORM technology—to meet evolving requirements for data security and compliance.
The StorageTek T10000C tape drive has built-in encryption that works in conjunction with Oracle Key Manager, an appliance that provides a simple, centralized, scalable solution for managing the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data written by the StorageTek T10000C tape drive. The encryption capability is the same proven technology that is used in the previous generation StorageTek T10000A and StorageTek T10000B tape drives, StorageTek LTO-5 tape drives, and the StorageTek T9840D tape drive. Use encryption to ensure that only the right people have access to the data, and avoid potential legal and financial problems caused by loss or theft of unencrypted data. StorageTek VolSafe secure media technology for the StorageTek T10000C tape drive helps you meet stringent electronic storage regulatory and legal requirements with WORM capability. Store data securely on non-erasable, non-rewritable tape and recall data quickly when you need it.

When you want to organize and optimize media to reduce downtime, risk, and maintenance, turn to Oracle for expert assistance. Media conversion services help you move data in optical, tape, and disk formats to new or different technology that offers higher capacity, lower cost, and lower risk. For example, it may be time to convert WORM optical to WORM VolSafe tape. And when optimizing data center facilities, tape relocation services expedite data center relocation and rack relocation activities.

Basic Specifications

Capacity – 5TB (1TB sport cartridge)
Native capacity (uncompressed) – Up to 5.5TB with StorageTek Maximum Capacity
Performance – (uncompressed) 252 MB/sec
Native sustained data rate – (uncompressed) 240 MB/sec (includes wrap turnarounds)

For use in SL8500 and L3000, we will provide the appropriate tray

We repair all Oracle tape drives, including T10000 models

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The Nexsan Assureon™ is an archive system that is ideal for primary storage optimization 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. 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.

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Some features and benefits:

Compliance

General-purpose NAS does not always meet demands for corporate compliance or government regulatory compliance. Data archiving storage is more secure than NAS because all files stored on the system are fingerprinted, optionally encrypted, stored in WORM (write once read many times) format, and protected with a lifetime policy, all in a security-hardened storage system with built-in, multi-site key management and full audit logs.

Offload NAS

Data such as photographs, video, medical records, scanned documents, court evidence, reports, experimental results and email messages do not change. Rather than fill expensive primary NAS with this data, and then wasting time and media backing it up repeatedly, it is best offloaded onto a data archiving storage system where it will be better protected yet fully available to users and applications.

Cloud

General-purpose NAS does not meet demands storing or sharing sensitive data in a cloud. Assureon has built-in multi-tenancy that allows a cloud storage provider to service several customers securely off of one Assureon system. Customer’s data can be kept safe with the built-in encryption and multi-site key management of Assureon.

Data 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.

Longevitry

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 three 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.

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

We have heard it before, tape is dead and that the next generation of disk drives will eliminate the need for tape. The explosion of data re-assures all of us that we must rely on tape. The good news, tape technology has improved significantly, the tape drive of yester year is not at all like the tape drive today.

Tape is expected to continue to have a role in archival storage and back-up for many years. This opinion is held by many industry analysts and supported through continued investments by major manufacturers.

Information Technology managers understand that tape is a cost effective method for archive and off-site backup requirements, both in terms of price per gigabyte of storage and power consumption. Tape is an important part of their overall storage strategy, working in cooperation with hard disk systems. But IT managers can find it difficult to get quality service for their installed tape devices as computer suppliers and systems integrators move too quickly towards hard disk storage.

We at Sunstar provide direct support for some of the largest manufacturers of the technology and take pride in our expertise. 

Tape drive repair by format: 
  • LTO, LTO2, LTO3, LTO4. LTO5 and LTO6  (Full height & ½ height drives, standalone or for library, all manufacturers)
  • StorageTek T10000, T9940 and T9840
  • IBM Enterprise Drives, 3592, T1120, T1130 and T1140
  • IBM 3590
  • 3480, 3490 and 3490E
  • DLT and SDLT 
  • Sony AIT and SAIT 
  • 9 Track, 18 track and 36 Track
  • 4mm and 8MM
Tape Drive Repair By Manufacturer:
  • IBM
  • HP
  • StorageTek (all)
  • SpectraLogic
  • ADIC
  • Quantum
  • Exabyte
  • Dell
  • Tandberg Data
  • Sony
  • Sun
  • Oracle

Contact us (800) 663-5523 or online to make the appropriate arrangements

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

StorageTek Enterprise available to ship from Sunstar Company, Inc.

Also: Sunstar Company repairs most tape drives, however our speciality is LTO, StorageTek and IBM Enterprise Tape drives.

StorageTek Tape Drives

StorageTek speed- and capacity-optimized tape storage drives enable robust data protection, energy efficiency, and fast data transfer.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

IBM System Storage® LTO tape drives have the solution for your storage needs.

IBM System Storage TS2360 Tape Drive Express

The IBM System Storage TS2360 Tape Drive Express is an external drive incorporating the sixth generation of IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium technology in a full-height form factor. This external stand-alone or rack-mountable unit is the entry point for the family of LTO Ultrium tape products. It is designed to provide greater capacity and an improved data transfer rate with the capability of data encryption and media partitioning with a 6 Gbps SAS interface connection. In addition, the TS2360 can read and write LTO Ultrium 5 data cartridges and can read LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges.

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Max. drive data rate

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Interface

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IBM System Storage TS2260 Tape Drive Express


The IBM System Storage TS2260 Tape Drive Express is an external drive, incorporating the sixth generation of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology in a half-height form factor. This external standalone or rack-mountable unit is the entry point for the IBM family of LTO Ultrium tape products. It is designed to provide greater capacity and an improved data transfer rate with the capability for data encryption and media partitioning with a 6 Gbps SAS interface connection. In addition, the TS2260 can read and write LTO Ultrium 5 data cartridges and can read LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges.

Cartridge capacity 2.5 TB native
Max. drive data rate 160 MBps
Interface SAS 6 Gb

 

IBM System Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express

The IBM System Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express is an external drive, incorporating the 5th generation of IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology in a full height form factor. This external stand-alone or rack-mountable unit, is the entry point for the family of IBM Ultrium tape products. It is designed to provide greater capacity and improved data transfer rate with the capability of data encryption and media partitioning with a 6 Gbps SAS interface connection. In addition, the TS2350 can read and write LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 3 data cartridges.

Cartridge capacity 1.5 TB
Max. drive data rate 140 MBps
Interface SAS 6 Gbps
 

IBM System Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express

 

The IBM System Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express is an external drive, incorporating the 5th generation of IBM Linear Tape-Open® (LTO) technology in a half height form factor. This external stand-alone or rack-mountable unit, is the entry point for the family of IBM Ultrium tape products. It is designed to provide greater capacity and improved data transfer rate with the capability of data encryption and media partitioning with a 6 Gbps SAS interface connection. In addition, the TS2250 can read and write LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 3 data cartridges.

Cartridge capacity 1.5 TB
Max. drive data rate 140 MBps
Interface SAS 6 Gbps

 

IBM System Storage TS2340 Tape Drive Express Model


The IBM System Storage TS2340 Tape Drive Express Model is an external drive incorporating the 4 th generation of IBM LTO technology. This is an external stand-alone or rack-mountable unit, similar to previous models of the IBM 3580 and is the entry point for the family of IBM Ultrium tape products. The TS2340 supports encryption of data and offers a 3 Gbps SAS connection. In addition, the TS2340 can read and write LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges.
Cartridge capacity 800 GB native physical capacity
Interface 3 Gbps SAS
Max. drive data rate Up to 120 MB/sec native
 

IBM System Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model


The IBM System Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model is an external drive incorporating the 4th generation of IBM LTO technology in a half-high form factor. This is an external stand-alone or rack-mountable unit, similar to previous models of the TS2230 and is the entry point for the family of IBM Ultrium tape products. The TS2240 supports encryption of data with a 6 Gbps SAS connection. In addition, the TS2240 can read and write LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges. The TS2240 Tape Drive provides an excellent migration path from digital linear tape (DLT or SDLT), 1/4-in., 4 mm, or 8 mm tape drives.

Cartridge capacity 800 GB native physical capacity
Interface 6 Gbps SAS
Max. drive data rate Up to 120 MB/sec native

Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900 to get additional information about LTO tape drives including LTFS 

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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

LTFS has impacted tape’s modern role in data storage. But, what is LTFS? And more importantly, why does it matter? LTFS Facts

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) refers to both the format of data recorded on magnetic tape media and the implementation of specific software that uses this data format to provide a file system interface to data stored on magnetic tape.

The Linear Tape File System format is a self-describing tape format developed by IBM to address tape archive requirements. The LTFS Format specification, which was adopted by the LTO Technology Provider Companies, defines the organization of data and metadata on tape – files stored in hierarchical directory structure.

Most important: Data tapes written in the LTFS Format can be used independently of any external database or storage system allowing direct access to file content data and file metadata. This format makes it possible to implement software that presents a standard file system view of the data stored in the tape media. This file system view makes accessing files stored on the LTFS formatted media similar to accessing files stored on other forms of storage media such as disk or removable flash drives.

The Linear Tape File System format is an open description of the layout of data-structures stored on a sequential-access media. These data-structures hold the file content data and associated file metadata.

Data media, such as LTO data tape, written using this format can be exchanged between systems that understand the Linear Tape File System format. Software systems that understand the format can provide users with a file system view of the media. Software systems may alternatively understand the format only to the degree that allows the system to read data from the media, or produce a tape that can be accepted by other systems that implement the Linear Tape File System format.

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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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Unitrends Backup & Disaster Recovery solution for virtual, physical and cloud is a leader in enterprise-level data protection.

It is used by IT professionals for backup of their virtual and physical servers and for performing disaster recovery to remote locations, private and public clouds.

Unitrends Backup & Recovery solution provides US-based support that boasts a 99% customer satisfaction rate, reinforcing its reputation for quality.

Features include: No Limits Licensing, Heterogeneous Protection for 100+ versions of Operating Systems, Continuous Data Protection & Point-in-Time Protection, Global Deduplication, Encryption, Ease of Use, Simply Scalable, Instant Recovery with Failover Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Archiving and Replication.

See how other Data Protection offerings stack up against Unitrends Backup, Recovery and Replication Solutions!

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To learn more about UnitrendsContact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

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.Brochure

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.   Brochure

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.

To learn more about Spectra LogicContact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900