Sunstar Company, Inc.

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Data storage compliance and corporate governance regulations are having a tremendous impact on the storage organization, as well as the management practices employed to retain, search, certify and destroy data.

It’s not just the major regulations, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which influence storage — there are well over 10,000 regulations that affect data storage,…

Tested Backup and Archive Solutions are imperative in the world we live in.

Sunstar Company, Inc

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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

  • 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 storage 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.
  • 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.
  • Cloud: General-purpose NAS does not meet demands storing or sharing sensitive data in a cloud. Multi-tenancy storage that allows a cloud storage provider to service several customers securely. more

For more about archiving contact sales at Sunstar Company: CALL 800.663.5523

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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