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

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

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

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

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

Key Innovations from CASL

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

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

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

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

Key Features Include:

  • Block: Fibre Channel, iSCSI
  • File: NFS, CIFS, SMB and FTP
  • NestOS storage operating system
  • FASTier Acceleration Technology
  • Multi-Core Xeon CPUs
  • 32 GB Fault-Tolerant FASTier Write Cache
  • Enterprise-class eMLC SSD or SLC SSD
  • Scalable up to 48 SSDs or 19.2 TB
  • 2.5″ 10K SAS HDD
  • 3.5″ 15K SAS, 7200 NL-SAS HDD
  • Scalable up to 5 PB (using NL-SAS drives)
  • Scalable up to 756 TB (using Performance SAS drives)

A fully unified, enterprise-class, unified hybrid storage solution that simultaneously supports block and file traffic eliminating the need for organizations to invest in separate SAN and NAS storage systems. The NST6000 unified storage system offers high performance controllers and an expanded front-end FASTier™ caching engine connected to efficient E-Series storage arrays of NL-SAS / Performance SAS drives or to compact NST224X storage enclosures of 2.5″ Performance SAS drives.

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

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

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

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

And then there is their products:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online or (800) 663-5523 

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

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

Imation’s Nexsan NST is a set of flexible hybrid storage appliances that scale to meet mid-sized organization application and storage needs with unified NAS and SAN access capabilities in a single solution. NST combines high performance, high capacity and Imation’s innovative FASTier™ caching technology to provide scaling performance for backup, virtualized environments and mixed application workloads. FASTier is NST’s hybrid caching layer that uses intelligent algorithms over DRAM and SSD cache tiers to grow performance cost-effectively when it is required. NST enables businesses to right size their initial acquisition and increase performance as their applications demand it. Also, NST’s data compression capabilities reduce storage system footprint in the data center and improve write efficiency and performance to SSDs and HDDs.

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

  • Imation’s Nexsan E-Series™ is a family of high-density, high-performance and highly reliable storage solutions that can be directly attached or networked to workstations and servers. E-Series delivers the density and efficiency that mid-sized organizations need to scale their capacity while lowering their overall space requirements and operating costs.
  • Imation’s Nexsan Assureon™ is a set of secure storage solutions that reduce storage cost by offloading and deduplicating data from primary storage that is infrequently used or has aged by policy. Assureon, through policy automation, can eliminate or greatly reduce the size, cost and complexity of backups for primary and infrequently accessed data.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enterprise Classs Unified Hybrid Storage- fully unified, enterprise-class, unified hybrid storage solution that simultaneously supports block and file traffic eliminating the need for organizations to invest in separate SAN and NAS storage systems. The Nexsan NST6000 unified storage system is the newest member of the NST family, offering new high performance controllers and an expanded front-end FASTier™ caching engine connected to efficient E-Series storage arrays of NL-SAS / Performance SAS drives or to compact NST224X storage enclosures of 2.5″ Performance SAS drives.

  • Block: Fibre Channel, iSCSI

  • File: NFS, CIFS, SMB and FTP

  • NestOS storage operating system

  • FASTier Acceleration Technology

  • Multi-Core Xeon CPUs

  • 32 GB Fault-Tolerant FASTier Write Cache

  • Enterprise-class eMLC SSD or SLC SSD

  • Scalable up to 48 SSDs or 19.2 TB

  • 2.5″ 10K SAS HDD

  • 3.5″ 15K SAS, 7200 NL-SAS HDD

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

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

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