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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 E48™/E48V™/E48VT™  and the Nexsan E60™/E60V™/E60VT™ are:

4U , rack-mountable RAID storage systems which can hold up to 48 or 60 SATA, SAS, or SSD data disks.

The base models of the Nexsan E60™ and Nexsan E48™ use:

3Gb/s SAS for internal communication between the RAID Controllers and hard disks.

The V and VT variants use 6Gb/s SAS for internal communication.

The VT variants also have a turbo card installed in each RAID Controller which optimizes sequential writes in parity-based RAIDs.

There is no upgrade path between the base models and either the V or VT variants.

Aside from the difference in internal communication speed and the presence of the turbo card in the VT units,

there is no operational difference between the base models and either the V or VT variants.

Nexsan E48VT and Nexsan E60VT are available for purchase from Sunstar Company.

For addition information please call (800) 663-5523 or contact us online

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Density – up to 60 drives in 4U

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

So you have the software selected and you now need to choose the right storage platform and manufacturer to implement in your data center.

Yes there are many choices but we at Sunstar Company are partial to Nexsan, and Imation Company.

Nexsan has a number of offering:

How much data do you have to backup?

Daily, weekly, monthly changes (growth) we can anticipate?

Retention period?

Density required?

Connectivity?

Are you planning to share the storage with other departments?

This is just a few of the questions that you would be expected to answer.

Nexsan has a number of possible candidates:

Nexsan SAN Storage – E Series V  (Choice of 18V**, 32V, V48VT** and E60VT**) – **now with 8TB NL-SAS Drives

Nexsan NST (Unified Option) with Flash – NST2000, NST4000 and NST6000 Series.

To learn more please call us at (310) 330-2900 or online to learn more.

NST2000  Nexsan E48

 

Consider the Nexsan line of Reliable High Density Storage Arrays Turbocharged for High Performance

E60 open Excellent quality, performance and cost.

Call (800) 663-5523 for a quote or contact us on-line

Nexsan E48VT, 48 Drives in 4U, Single or Dual Controller SAN, Active / Active Controllers

E48VT with 8 x  16GB Fibre, Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **

E48VT with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **

**  Includes 4 x 1GbE per controller, (Single Controller 4 +4)

Expand with E48X (Max 2)

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

 

Nexsan E60VT, 60 Drives in 4U, Single or Dual Controller SAN, Active / Active Controllers

E60VT with 8 x  16GB Fibre, Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x  8GB Fibre Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x 10GbE iSCSI Dual Controllers **

E60VT with 8 x  6GB SAS Dual Controllers **

**  Includes 4 x 1GbE per controller, (Single Controller 4 +4)

Expand with E60X (Max 2)

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

 

Specifications E48VT / E48XVT E60VT / E60XVT
Chassis and Controllers
Chassis 3.5” disk bays / rack U 48 / 4U 60 / 4U
Up to 2 expansion chassis of type E48XV E60XV
Maximum number disks 144 180
Maximum raw TB per chassis / total 288TB / 864TB 360TB / 1.08PB
Number of active drawers 3 3
Max active/active controllers 2 2
Max RAID engines per system 12 12
Max cache per system (GB) 32 32
Standard 1Gb iSCSI ports per system 4 4
Optional 10Gb iSCSI ports per system 4 4
Optional 8Gb FC ports per system 4 4
Optional 6Gb SAS(x4) ports per system 4 4

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Can you guarantee the integrity of your data in the backup or archive?

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

There are very few solutions in the market-place that can say with certainty that the integrity of your data is indeed there.

For True Data integrity take advantage of the features of the Nexsan Assureon

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  1. Protect your high-value data and fulfill all corporate governance and government regulatory needs with constant data verification.
  2. Users are authenticated with Active Directory or with digital certificates to ensure they can only get to files for which they are authorized, and audit trails report on user’s activities such as file accesses and denials. Legal holds can be easily placed on any set of files, overriding their original retention periods.
  3. Two copies of all files, along with their fingerprints, are stored on separate RAID disk sets.
  4. Two Nexsan Assureon systems can be replicated to each other to protect against a site failure.
  5. 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.
  6. Native active/active replication protects against site disasters with automatic failover, while delivering increased performance over active/passive systems.

For more information – call (800) 663-5523 or contact sales at Sunstar Company, inc.

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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 

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Optimizing data storage requires moving infrequently accessed data from expensive, high-performance primary storage to lower-cost secondary storage. This secondary tier of storage functions as an archive, so IT administrators must ensure that their storage optimization strategy provides the same level of data protection (if not more) that they would expect from their primary storage.

Assureon, through policy automation, can eliminate or greatly reduce the size, cost and complexity of backups for primary and infrequently accessed data. Data integrity features like file- fingerprinting and automated self-healing integrity checks ensure that high-value data is protected throughout its lifecycle.

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

Online or (800) 663-5523 

The data you create, maintain and destroy will have different use cases.

Some of these use cases will involve the near daily access of this data, but in most cases the data is never accessed again until some event triggers its restoration need. 

Structured and Unstructured Data.

For the most part, structured data refers to information with a high degree of organization, such that inclusion in a relational database is seamless and readily searchable by simple, straightforward search engine algorithms or other search operations.

Unstructured data, the lack of structure makes compilation a time and energy-consuming task. It would be beneficial to a company across all business strata to find a mechanism of data analysis to reduce the costs unstructured data adds to the organization. 

IDC estimates the volume of digital data will grow 40% to 50% per year. By 2020, IDC predicts the number will have reached 40,000 EB, or 40 zettabytes (ZB). The world’s information is doubling every two years. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of information containers. Computer World states that unstructured information might account for more than 70%–80% of all data in organizations.

Protect your data

Offload your unstructured data to the Nexsan Assureon:

Free up capacity on primary storage.

Reduce your daily backup

This is all possible because the Nexsan Assureon:

  • Do you know if all your files are in the “backup” or archive?  ASSUREON √
  • Is there a copy of all your flies at your remote site?  ASSUREON √
  • What is the health (integrity) of your files at each site?   ASSUREON √
  • If they are different which one is correct?   ASSUREON √
  • The  ASSUREON √ will allow your Data Center Manager to state with confidence that “your archived data is safe and has integrity”.

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

OAKDALE, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 9, 2014– Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today announced that it has introduced a way for IT administrators to better ensure data security in their archive storage. The new Nexsan Assureon™ 8.0 secure archive storage system, which is now generally available to the market, contains features and functionality that significantly boost system simplicity and take users’ data protection strategies to new heights.

In detail, the enhancements in Assureon 8.0 are:

  • Faster access to data – Enhanced search options significantly speed file and data recall making recovery near instantaneous.
  • Call home functionality – New automated system reports are directly sent to Assureon Customer Support so users can proactively troubleshoot and protect their Assureon systems.
  • Concurrent synchronizations – Multiple synchronizations can now be executed at the same time, providing better archiving strategies to ensure data is being protected in a timely manner.
  • Virtual shortcuts and failover using TCP on Infiniband – Support for Assureon over TCP adds failover to a second site using Infiniband™, thus protecting data even further.
  • New user interface – Assureon’s new management interface introduces a new level of simplicity by bringing all the benefits together under one management console. Users can do even more from one simple interface.

“IT administrators must have absolute confidence that their files will be kept secure and contain the exact same data over time as they did when they were created,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and technical support for Imation’s Nexsan solutions. “With the Assureon 8, we provide our growing customer base with an even simpler platform to securely preserve and access their high value data. At the same time, new functionality provides our customers and partners even more data protection and ROI.”

Optimizing data storage requires moving infrequently accessed data from expensive, high-performance primary storage to lower-cost secondary storage. This secondary tier of storage functions as an archive, so IT administrators must ensure that their storage optimization strategy provides the same level of data protection (if not more) that they would expect from their primary storage. One fundamental problem with conventional archive or backup solutions has been that administrators discover there’s a problem with data loss only when they go to access a file and it doesn’t open, or it isn’t there at all. If a backup was done after the corruption or data loss, it does nothing to repair or restore a file to its undamaged, original state. In addition, conventional solutions do not have the capability to monitor the availability and health of each file, and manually verifying the existence and integrity of all of the potentially millions of files by opening each of them is a practical impossibility. Administrators are busy enough managing their primary storage and hardly have the time or resources to manage another.

Imation’s Nexsan Assureon is a family of secure storage solutions that solve these problems and 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. Data integrity features like file-fingerprinting and automated self-healing integrity checks ensure that high-value data is protected throughout its lifecycle. Assureon’s security features also comply with corporate and governmental regulatory requirements, making it the ideal solution for medical, financial and government organizations. Architected to be automated and hands-off, the Assureon experience allows administrators to focus resources and spending on primary storage.

Assureon 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 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.
  • 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.

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

Nexsan, an Imation company announced it is now offering 6TB hard disk drives with its Nexsan E-Series family of data storage solutions. Through E-Series, users now can pack more than 1PB of storage capacity into 12 rack units and more than 3.5PB into a standard rack, achieving a new level of density and capacity customization in their data storage.

“The ability to pack 1PB of storage into 12U unlocks tremendous new levels of storage scalability in the data center,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and technical support for Imation’s Nexsan solutions.  “But it doesn’t stop there – it also means users can realize significant savings on operational expenses through less floor space, cooling, power and related items. This is just the latest example of our commitment to always give our partners an edge in the market, and deliver cutting-edge efficient storage solutions that help their customers grow their bottom lines.”

In addition to the new capacity capabilities, Imation has added more forward-thinking features and functionality to the E-Series family, including:

  • Support for 16Gb Fibre Channel to enable increased throughput performance;
  • An E32XV expansion unit to add more system performance and capacity to the Nexsan E32V storage array and deliver more value to database applications;
  • Support for Microsoft’s Offload Data Transfer (ODX) to minimize the host resources required for data transfers and eliminate the SAN as a bottleneck for files such as databases and video;
  • Snapshot cloning to enable volumes to be created and internal data migration to be done from snapshots. This makes it possible for users to move production data to test environments without disrupting their production environments.

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.

For more information on Imation’s Nexsan storage solutions, visit www.sunstarco.com or call 800.663.5523

 Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today announced it is now offering 6TB hard disk drives with its Nexsan E-Series™ family of data storage solutions.

Through E-Series, users now can pack more than 1PB of storage capacity into 12 rack units and more than 3.5PB into a standard rack, achieving a new level of density and capacity customization in their data storage.

“The ability to pack 1PB of storage into 12U unlocks tremendous new levels of storage scalability in the data center,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and technical support for Imation’s Nexsan solutions. “But it doesn’t stop there – it also means users can realize significant savings on operational expenses through less floor space, cooling, power and related items. This is just the latest example of our commitment to always give our partners an edge in the market, and deliver cutting-edge efficient storage solutions that help their customers grow their bottom lines.”

In addition to the new capacity capabilities, Imation has added more forward-thinking features and functionality to the E-Series family, including:

  • Support for 16Gb Fibre Channel to enable increased throughput performance;
  • An E32XV expansion unit to add more system performance and capacity to the Nexsan E32V storage array and deliver more value to database applications;
  • Support for Microsoft’s Offload Data Transfer (ODX) to minimize the host resources required for data transfers and eliminate the SAN as a bottleneck for files such as databases and video;
  • Snapshot cloning to enable volumes to be created and internal data migration to be done from snapshots. This makes it possible for users to move production data to test environments without disrupting their production environments.

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.

The E-Series family is just one part of Imation’s Nexsan deep 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 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 mixed application workloads and virtualized environments. 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.
  • Imation’s Nexsan Assureon™ is a set of secure storage solutions that reduce storage cost by offloading and deduplicating data that is infrequently used or has aged by policy from primary storage. 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 contact sales at Sunstar Company or call 800.663.5523

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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

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.

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

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

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

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

INTEGRITY

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

LONGEVITY

Two copies of all files, along with their fingerprints, are stored on separate RAID disk sets. Two Assureon systems can be replicated to each other to protect against a site failure. Files are continually verified against their fingerprint, automatically repaired by their copies, and safeguarded by RAID disk arrays to ensure the utmost file protection and integrity. Native active/active replication protects against site disasters with automatic failover, while delivering increased performance over active/passive systems.

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

CLOUD-READY

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

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