Flash-Optimized Hybrid Storage Arrays
Nimble Storage flash-optimized hybrid storage arrays are engineered from the ground up for maximum efficiency. Nimble Storage products integrate the exceptional performance of flash with the favorable economics of high-capacity hard disk drives—making it ideal for storing and protecting data for all of your critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, server virtualization, and VDI.
Any data center manager can tell you that his or her company's data stores are growing at staggering and exponential levels. In fact, analysts say the total amount of digital information in the world is now measured in zettabytes (one million petabytes)! As if that were not enough, we live and work in a global environment across time zones and geographies.
The Impact Of Server Virtualization
The impact of server virtualization on storage is often masked, Toigo said. For instance, IDC last year estimated that there were 11 exabytes of storage worldwide, and that it would grow 30 percent to 40 percent annually to reach 46 exabytes by 2014.
However, IDC this year revised the estimation, saying growth would be about 300 percent in companies with heavily virtualized environments, bringing the total to 168 exabytes in 2014. That was followed by Gartner, which estimated that storage in virtualized environments would lead to a 650 percent growth in storage to 202 exabytes by 2014. Toigo said the storage industry has adopted a "Disk Everywhere" dogma, with businesses adopting disk-to-disk backups and a penchant for storing more and more data as files rather than as blocks, both of which unnecessarily increase the amount of data stored on hard disks.
Shrink Enterprise Application Projects With Delphix By 50%
Applications support business process, and for digital business, applications are the business process. Because of the importance of applications to modern business, many CIOs include application creation, modernization, or consolidation as key IT initiatives. Application delivery organizations must support the business through timely and quality app releases.
What is Nasuni?
Nasuni offers a storage solution for remote and branch offices of distributed enterprise companies. It is a new breed of storage that combines on-premises hardware with cloud storage to deliver consolidated storage.
The FlashArray employs high-performance inline data reduction techniques including deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning to dramatically reduce the data footprint, allowing the logical size of the FlashArray to be 5-10X larger than its actual raw physical size, thereby driving down the $/GB usable.
Storage virtualization can keep enterprises immune to vendor lock-in and associated costs. Because virtualized storage is agnostic with respect to vendors and technology, IT administrators have the freedom to choose the best solution for their organization. This also encourages healthy competition in the storage appliance industry, bringing added benefits over time in the form of technological advances and fine-tunings.
Storage Virtualization Defined
Storage virtualization is the aggregation of multiple physical storage devices (such as RAID arrays, SATA/SAN disks, high speed disks, and tape drives) of various interface protocols (such as SCSI, iSCSI, Fibre Channel [FC], and FC over Ethernet [FCoE]) into a single pool from which virtual storage volumes can be centrally created and provisioned, appearing as locally attached logical devices to their host server.
When storage from the virtual pool is allocated to an application server within a centralized console, the server is forced into thinking that an actual SCSI storage device has been plugged into it. This might appear as a new drive or a newly mountable physical device. Virtualization is like a shield that protects application servers from being affected by heterogeneous storage components such as arrays, disks, controllers, NICs, HBAs, and tape drives running behind the scenes.
The Value of Storage Virtualization
Virtualization is valuable because it simplifies and streamlines operations, minimizing costs at every level of an organization. For C-level executives storage virtualization can substantially increase return on investment (ROI) and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). For systems operators, the benefit is the light at the end of their workload tunnel. For end users, the boon is the ability to remain blissfully unaware of what's going on behind the scenes while reliably having someplace to dump their data.
Without virtualization, the long-term cost of managing and maintaining a traditional data storage infrastructure outweigh the cost of acquiring and installing storage. Analysts calculate that the available pool of qualified personnel is insufficient to address the anticipated massive surge in data growth. The sheer volume of storage will continue to grow at a rate that organizations will have difficulty keeping up without virtualization.
Gartner Research reports that without virtualization, one person can only manage up to 300GB of data. In an optimal virtualized environment, that amount jumps to more than 2TB. Virtualization makes it much easier for IT administrators to manage storage, including adding and maintaining storage devices. Instead of expending huge chunks of time on hardware modifications — physically attaching, moving around, and configuring devices — they can effortlessly assign, un-assign, or reassign virtual volumes from a central location. Dynamic modifications of access permissions to virtual volumes can be made on the fly. Online and transparent migration of storage devices enables easy maintenance and upgrades without shutting down applications. This gives the IT staff more time to do all of the other tasks on their plates, optimizing efficiency.
Once your storage is virtualized, protection becomes much easier. Storage virtualization can enhance tape backup reliability, accelerate backup operations, and streamline and consolidate tape management operations. Seamless integration into any storage environment allows organizations to smoothly transition to disk-based backup with no major disruptions or changes to storage infrastructures or policies. Hardware independence provides freedom from expensive vendor lock-in and the ability to seamlessly transition between physical and virtual environments. This allows organizations to make the most of their investments while scaling back-up operations, improving data protection and recovery, and reducing costs.
Call your XIOSS account manager today to see how a storage virtualization solution might help drive down costs and create efficiencies for your organization!
As corporations require more information to remain competitive and to operate, issues continue to arise as to how and where information will be stored. The need for fast, secure, and reliable access to mission critical applications and data is critical as well as the ability to scale quickly to the unprecedented growth.
Each organization has unique challenges in managing and maintaining its storage infrastructure. XIOSS is diligent in understanding your goals and challenges. The XIOSS solution is one that integrates in "best practice" methodologies while leveraging your existing storage assets along with emerging technologies.
The explosive growth of digital data has significantly expanded server backup requirements to the point where completing backups on time has become increasingly difficult. In addition, online services, such as e-commerce and support service operations, have shrunk the backup window considerably, complicating tape backup and media management. XIOSS works with you to determine your service level objective (SLO) on a per application basis and design a comprehensive data protection solution to achieve your desired service levels. We also address your recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) in the same manner.
Once these objectives are understood, XIOSS designs a solution that includes the below solutions or an integration of the following technologies:
- Tape Backup
- Array Based Snapshots
- File / Directory / Disk Synchronization
- File System Snapshots
- Continuous Data Protection
- Active Archiving
- Object and CAS Based File Mirroring and Replication
- Hybrid Cloud Backup
Call your XIOSS account manager today to learn more!