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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many Thanks

Gavin

 

 

It seems as if at some point in time we all need to purchase some SAN Storage (Block). In some cases we can make do with a NAS (File) but if you need to run a database of some significance a SAN will be required.

So what is a SAN?

A storage area network (SAN) is any high-performance network whose primary purpose is to enable storage devices to communicate with computer systems and with each other.

SAN’s connect one or many servers to storage, enabling the users to negotiate device ownership among themselves and, ideally, to share data.

By deploying multiple servers to a SAN an organization will create a central pool of data , accessible to the client.

A SAN must be highly available. A single SAN connecting all computers to all storage puts a lot of enterprise information accessibility eggs into one basket. The SAN had better be pretty indestructible or the enterprise could literally be out of business. A good SAN implementation will have built-in protection against just about any kind of failure imaginable.

So the fundamental feature of SANs is universal data storage connectivity. Universal connectivity enables a host of important benefits. Depending on the particular SAN hardware and software components chosen, additional benefits may accrue from advanced functions being built into today’s SAN devices.

When evaluating SAN implementation options, once the basic capacity, availability, and performance requirements can be met, look for advanced functionality available in the chosen architecture and consider how it might be used to further reduce cost or enhance the information services delivered to users.

To learn more, contact an account executive at Sunstar and let us be of assistance. Online or call (800) 663-5523

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

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

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

Features Anti-Vibration Design and Cool Drive Technology and uses Active Drawer Technology and redundant hot swappable active components.The Nexsan E Series has a high performance multi RAID engine controller technology along with an energy efficiency that delivers up to 87% reduction in power while lowering your cooling needs.Easy to manage even remotely one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI.

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

  • Four 16Gb FC and four 1GbE iSCSI connections
  • Four 8Gb FC and four 1GbE iSCSI connections
  • Four 10GbE (SFP+) and four 1GbE iSCSI (RJ45) connections
  • Four 6Gb SAS (4 lanes per interface) and four 1Gb iSCSI connections
  • Eight 1GbE iSCSI connections

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

  • Four 16Gb FC and four 1GbE iSCSI connections
  • Four 8Gb FC and four 1GbE iSCSI connections
  • Four 10GbE (SFP+) and four 1GbE iSCSI (RJ45) connections
  • Four 6Gb SAS (4 lanes per interface) and four 1Gb iSCSI connections

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

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

Drives Utilized:

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

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

Future Expansion

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

Warranty

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

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

The Nexsan E-Series V is an ultra-reliable, high-density, high performance, efficient storage array that enables lower storage costs, maximum storage uptime, and data storage ROI boosts for your organization. E-Series V systems consume less than one-third of the power in one-third of the rack space of typical arrays, with up to 240 terabytes of capacity in just 4U and now offers 400% more memory and 50% increased CPU speed over the E-SeriesTM.

The E-Series V is offered in four core configurations: E60VT (240 TB in 4U), E48VT (192 TB in 4U), E32V (38.4 TB in 2U, all 2.5″ drives), and E18V (72 TB in 2U). Each can be easily expanded with additional capacity by adding the corresponding expansion unit: E60XV, E48XV, E32XV, or E18XV.

Available from Sunstar Company, Inc.