Choosing the Right Storage Technology for Your Organisation
Data is the lifeblood of today’s business organisation. Data storage solutions remain a top priority in IT budgets precisely because the integrity, availability and protection of data are vital to business productivity and success.
The role of information storage far exceeds day to day functions. Enterprises are also operating in an era of increased uncertainty. A backup and disaster recovery plan is essential, and information storage solutions provide the foundation on which it will be built.
Although the need for storage is evident, it is not always clear which solution is right for your organisation. Choosing the right storage solution for your busines requires understanding of your needs, company goals, the technology available and future trends.
Key criteria to consider include:
- Capacity – the amount and type of data that needs to be stored and shared
- Performance – throughput requirements
- Scalability – Long-term data trends
- Availability and Reliability – how mission critical are your applications?
- Data protection – Backup and recovery requirements
- IT resources available
The Hewlett Packard Family of SAN arrays
MSA arrays with the latest 8 Gb Fibre Channel, 6 Gb SAS, and 10GbE iSCSI connected models.
The Hewlett Packard Family of SAN arrays are designed for entry-level customers and feature the latest in functionality and host-connect technology while offering excellent price/performance. They are ideal for those with small budgets or limited IT expertise, and larger companies with departmental or remote requirements.
MSA arrays ship standard with 64 Snapshots and Volume Copy enabled for increased data protection. The FC or Combo FC/iSCSI controllers allow replication with optional Remote Snap software. The arrays allow departments and small to medium businesses to grow capacity as needed up to 149 drives. Mixing of LFF and SFF enterprise-class SAS and archival-class SATA drives is supported. Configure with a single controller for low initial cost, or dual controllers for high availability for the most demanding entry-level customers.
IBM DS Series – Mid-range disk storage products for an on-demand world
IBM DS Series storage options delivers options across a wide range of data storage requirements.
The IBM System Storage™ DS series disk storage system supports a high-performance 4 Gbps Fibre Channel interface.
Increased host connectivity delivers the necessary bandwidth for high-throughput applications.
Designed for data-intensive applications that demand increased connectivity, eight 4 Gbps host channels can help provide up to 1724 MBps of sustained bandwidth, allowing for high&45;throughput applications through eight channels directly attached to the host servers or connected to a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN).
In a continuing effort to provide storage solutions that are designed to provide low total cost of ownership, high performance, robust functionality, and unparalleled ease of use, IBM offers the IBM System Storage.
AssuredSAN™ Solutions – iSCSI and Fibre Channel SANS
Store, Backup, Restore in an Instant
Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN™ product and solutions combine high performance and capacity storage arrays with innovative and comprehensive storage management allowing for instant Store, Back up and Restore. The AssuredSAN family of products is targeted at storage administrator looking for features and benefits that can ease the IT workload.
3000 Family 10Gb iSCSI Systems
Advanced iSCSI SAN storage systems deliver performance for demanding applications like server virtualization, complete with DR software, at affordable price points.
2002 Family 4Gb FC, 1Gb iSCSl Systems
The 2002 models are easy to set up storage SAN systems designed to provide maximum data protection through AssuredSnap™ and AssuredCopy™ data protection software. Each system comes with up to 256 snapshots.
3700 Family 8Gb Fibre Channel Systems
Data protection storage appliances with 8Gb Fibre Channel connectivity and integrated data protection software, for a fast, scalable SAN.
3900 Family 8GB FC and iSCSI Multiprotocol Systems
8-port RAID storage, 8Gb Fibre Channel/iSCSI, remote replication, and Ethernet connectivity – ideal for DR, and centralized backup.
Whether you are responsible for a remote or branch office, a department, or a midsized enterprise, your business is challenged more than ever before by shrinking budgets, overextended staff, and the need to do more with less. These challenges, coupled with the increasing complexity of your Windows® environment, can quickly eat into your budget and affect your productivity.
NetApp® FAS2000 systems provide a powerful range of technologies and features based on Data ONTAP® to help increase storage utilization and the efficiency of your system and storage administrators.
With new powerful FAS2040 systems and our preconfigured FAS2020 systems that include high-capacity drives at attractive prices, you can pick the perfect balance of price, performance, and features that best fits your needs.
Our common end-to-end unified storage architecture and breadth of optional software available via easy to deploy software packs makes it possible for you to add functionality to our systems quickly. Our new system manager based on Windows can cut setup time to under one hour.
Managing server and application sprawl on a shoestring budget is now a lot easier with the NetApp FAS2000 series.
iSCSI SANs from Dell
Fundamentally changing the way enterprises think about purchasing and managing storage.
Built on a virtualized peer storage architecture, the EqualLogic PS Series simplifies the deployment and administration of consolidated storage environments, enabling:
Perpetual self-optimization with automated load balancing across disks, RAID sets, connections, cache and controllers
Efficient enterprise scalability for both performance and capacity with no fork-lift upgrades
Powerful, intelligent and simplified management that is easy to set up
What’s more, the EqualLogic PS Series includes a comprehensive software portfolio with easy-to-use host integration tools and no add-on licenses necessary.
The EqualLogic PS Series is your simple path to rapid SAN deployment, comprehensive data protection, enterprise-class performance and reliability and seamless pay-as-you grow expansion. All EqualLogic PS Series arrays are completely interoperable and can be mixed and matched to build tiered storage within a single SAN or across SAN groups.
For more information on how Complete IT Systems can help your business select the right storage for your business call 01274 396 213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.