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Title: Network Attached Storage Appliance

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Network Attached Storage (NAS) Appliance
Practicality and Usage
Network attached storage provides a scalable,
flexible and dynamically upgradeable
infrastructure which meets the needs of the fast
growing businesses which require exponential
growth in the capacity of storing and managing
the mission critical unstructured big data.
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What is a Network Attached Storage Device? If
youre confused about What is NAS storage
heres a brief explanation A network attached
storage device is a file level data storage
infrastructure which offers virtually unlimited
scalability. It consists of appliance nodes which
are not just the storage drives but a lot more
than that. These are servers which have the
ability to store and manage the data along with
the ability to provide data services and features
in order to assure data protection and
security. Its a network attached file level data
storage. You can store, access and share data in
the network attached storage appliance via a
configured network using NAS storage protocols
NFS/CIFS and SMB. The network attached storage
device is the best option for simplified and
effective storage of unstructured big data.
Downtime Cost How to Calculate and Minimize it
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) or
On-Site DR Appliance?
What is Network Attached Storage Used
for? Wondering what is NAS storage used for? To
summarize it, a NAS network storage is used for
unstructured data storage. This can be
surveillance videos, files, backups, snapshots,
emails, etc. The network attached storage is
very handy for HPC (High Performance Computing)
requirements. NAS appliances can be effectively
used for requirements like video data editing
and retention in broadcasting environments, video
data storage for law enforcement agencies,
record maintenance and data analytics for Finance
industry, secure and cost effective storage for
Healthcare industry etc. Network attached storage
can also be very useful in managing the video
surveillance data, media and entertainment
industry and also hi tech data coming from body
worn cameras which are generating may be more
than any other form of video data. These are
some of the leading use cases of network attached
FC SAN vs iSCSI SAN Whats the Di?erence?
What is BCDR A Guide to Business Continuity
and Disaster Recovery
NAS Security What to Expect and How to Secure
your NAS
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Cloud Storage vs NAS Storage Cloud based
solutions are mostly preferred because of three
reasons Scalability, Data Accessibility and
Cost Effectiveness. When comparing cloud storage
solutions with enterprise network attached
storage solution the first question that comes
to mind is Why should I purchase an appliance
instead of setting up storage in a cloud? The
main benefit is the speed that comes with the
network attached storage device and the lack of
a third party. StoneFlys SSO (Super Scale-out)
network attached storage delivers scale-out
capabilities that enhance performance along with
the increased storage space. The SSO network
attached storage device also supports scale-up
for simplified storage environments. As far as
accessibility is concerned, the data stored in
the storage appliance can be accessed remotely
as long as the appliance is kept on. In order to
do so, the IT teams can configure a VPN (Virtual
Private Network) / RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)
to enable access to stored data. This delivers
the same kind of data accessibility and device
independency as cloud based services.
NAS vs RAID Not an Either/Or Decision Redundant
Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a hardware
configuration used to improve disk performance,
and setting up fault-tolerance. Storage expansion
units that come with a built-in hardware RAID
controller are often referred to as RAID storage
arrays or RAID arrays. RAID leverages data
redundancy across multiple drives, depending on
the RAID level, to prevent data loss even if a
drive or drives fail. For more about RAID, read
What is RAID? As mentioned above, NAS storage
provides scalable file storage to devices
connected to the network. While both NAS and
RAID are storage technologies, you shouldnt have
to choose between them. A reliable NAS storage
infrastructure should have integrated RAID
controller to ensure high availability and
business continuity. RAID levels are denoted by a
number and determine the performance and
redundancy of the NAS RAID storage. High end
systems for larger organizations offer a plethora
of RAID options that storage administrators can
use to meet their file storage capacity,
performance and data protection requirements.
For example, StoneFly SSO NAS storage, depending
on the appliance series and model, are
configured with high-performance 12Gb SAS
hardware RAID controller with RAID Cache Battery
backup that supports RAID Levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6,
10, 30, 50 and 60. The Role of Network Attached
Storage Device in Work Environment Network
attached storage technology fits perfectly in an
office environment that depends on effective
data sharing between different workstations
and/or departments. Data mobility empowers all
processes and slowly contributes to the
productivity of the team and the company. For
instance, consider a broadcasting environment.
There are multiple sources of image and video
data. With a network attached storage device, all
of this data can be easily channeled into the
desired storage location. Itll be easier for the
resource management department to collect and
manage this data. Then, when it comes to the
editing part, the video editor wont have to
wait for the data theyll access the same
storage location and start working. Evidently,
the appliance plays a central role in such an
environment. This role of network attached
storage technology in inter- and intra-team
collaboration makes it very attractive for
companies focused on leveraging teamwork for
productivity and profitability. Advantages of
NAS Storage Centralized File Storage Management
Consolidate and simplify file storage and sharing
with a centralized NAS storage. By setting up
access protocols, you can make sure that all
departments and teams have access to important
data seamlessly. Complete Control of
Infrastructure With an on-prem NAS storage, you
maintain complete control of your digital assets
as opposed to cloud storage where you rely on the
CSP and dont know exactly where the data is
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Customize Your Private Cloud Customize the CPU,
system memory, network, and storage capacity of
your NAS storage to build a private cloud as per
your needs and budget. Hybrid and Multi-Cloud
Storage Leverage cloud connect services to
combine the performance of on-prem NAS storage
with the scalability of the cloud to set up a
hybrid and multi-cloud storage environment.
Facilitate diverse workloads with a unified file
storage solution. Automate Data Management With
data services such as automated hot/cool tiering,
automate data transfers between hot-tier storage
hosted on SSDs, to cold tier storage using
SAS/SATA so that you can ensure effective NAS
storage with minimum IT staff intervention and
no human error. Data Protection with Network
Attached Storage Device Immutable
Snapshots Immutable storage snapshots make sure
that the snapshots taken once, cannot be edited,
deleted or changed. Once a snapshot is taken, it
cannot be overridden and it assures data
protection. Write-Once Read-Many (WORM)
Volumes WORM stands for Write Once Read Many. It
means once data has been written to WORM
volumes, it cannot be edited or modified for the
defined retention period. However, it can be
read as many times as required. These immutable
WORM storage volumes makes sure that even if a
ransomware gains access to the corporate network,
the critical data stored in them is protected
and secure. Built-in Anti-Malware and
Anti-Ransomware StoneFlys network attached
storage is equipped with anti-malware and
anti-ransomware features to make sure that the
mission critical data is safe and secure from the
cyber-attacks which have become a very common
phenomenon today. Built-in Veeam Agent for
Network Attached Storage StoneFlys network
attached storage comes with a built-in Veeam
agent which allows the Veeam users to set up NAS
in the cloud. Network Attached Storage Platform
Scales Across All Resources Each StoneFly scale
out network attached storage node supports up-to
256 drives or 2.5 Petabytes (2,560 Terabytes).
This can be scaled out to 100s or 1000s of nodes
based on- demand. The StoneFly Scale-Out NAS
Storage nodes are perfect for managing large
quantities of unstructured Object or File
Storage within a single global-namespace. StoneFly
s scale-out network attached storage appliances
are designed for markets that require parallel
throughput and high bandwidth such as High
Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data,
Persistent Storage, Oil and Gas, Media and
Entertainment, Education Institutions,
Manufacturing Companies and Life Sciences. Note
Supported drives may vary depending on appliance
series and model. For details, contact StoneFly
pre-sales engineers. When it comes to
scalability, StoneFly Network Attached Storage
cannot only dynamically scale out but also scale
Scale Out StoneFly network attached storage can
be scaled out by adding at least 3 nodes to start
with, and it has the ability to add n number
of nodes as per the requirements of the user. It
involves adding extra storage drives,
performance and more computing capabilities to
the infrastructure dynamically, without any
disruption. Scale Up It allows the users to add
256 EBODs with the support of SAS and SSDs. It
can take storage capacity up to petabytes.
Enterprise-Grade Features of StoneFly Network
Attached Storage
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StoneFly network attached storage is equipped
with a number of a data services and enterprise
grade features. Network Attached Storage
Operating System Features Automated
Tiering StoneFly NAS allows business to define
policies that move data between storage
repositories, automating simplifying data
management. This automation compliments storage
efficiency reduces the possibility of
human-error. Learn more about Automated Data
Tiering. Built-in Cloud Connect Our NAS has
built-in cloud connect which enables users to
have access to cloud storage repositories. Globa
l Namespace It has global namespace which makes
the storage as accessible and convenient as the
local drives on a computer. Synchronous and
Asynchronous Replication This allows the user to
get the real time and scheduled replication of
data so that the data security, availability and
accessibility is enhanced. Learn more about
Storage Replication Techniques. Auto
Rebalance This helps in managing the large
volumes of data in an effective and efficient
manner. The distribution of data across the
infrastructure makes it more effective and usable
for all the users. Parallel Throughput Parallel
throughput allows multiple I/O operations to be
carried out at the same time. It enhances the
productivity of the infrastructure. Hardware
Features of Network Attached Storage RAID
Controller The NAS appliance has built-in 12GB
SAS hardware RAID controller capable of
0,1,3,5,6,10,30,50, and 60 RAID levels. This
makes the data storage fault tolerant and
reliable. Redundant Power Supplies Another
fascinating hardware feature to ensure data
protection is the redundant power supplies which
are hot swappable. It makes sure that even if one
power supply of the appliance fails, the other
one takes its place and keeps the data available
while you fix it. To know more about StoneFlys
network attached storage, you can go to
Enterprise NAS Storage. Conclusion StoneFly,
through its scale-out network attached storage,
offers a solution which requires the least
commitment from customers. The network attached
storage solution provides the customers with all
the freedom in choosing the amount of storage
they need and paying only for the amount of
storage used. Contact Us Today! Email Phone 1 510 265
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