New StorTrends 3600i All-Flash Storage Array

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AC&NC is pleased to announce that it is a value-added dealer for the terrific, new StorTrends 3600i all-flash storage array. The 16-bay solution uniquely leverages the strengths of solid-state drives (SSDs) by utilizing drives optimized for write I/O on a write tier and drives optimized for read I/O on a read tier. The result is maximum performance, even by ultra-fast SSD standards, for the most demanding applications, as well as far longer drive life than other all-flash arrays.

You can tailor each 3600i array for your specific environment. StorTrends offers a free performance analysis tool that gathers metrics across your IT infrastructure, such as IOPS, throughput, capacity memory, CPU usage, and projected capacity growth. With this information, you can obtain a 3600i solution that precisely meets your IT and business needs.

Even better, the StorTrends 3600i array is affordable, being priced for small and medium-sized organizations.

Adding to its compelling value, the solution offers such enterprise-class functionality as: state-of-the-art inline deduplication and compression with ratios up to 35:1; advanced snapshots; WAN optimization for unmatched replication speeds; automated tiering; encryption options; thin and exact provisioning; zero downtime maintenance; and more.

Call or email at sales@acnc.com our Sales Department at 1-800-213-2667, Ext. 122 for pricing and configuration information.

SSD Caching with JetStor® SAS 724iFD Arrays

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Capitalize on the best of both SSDs and hard-drive disks (HDDs) with the versatile, function-rich JetStor SAS 724iFD arrays. SSDs are much faster than HDDs whereas spinning disks are more capacious and economical per gigabyte (although SSD costs continue to drop). The 24-bay AC&NC solution supports both storage media as well as SSD caching in a single chassis.

With this functionality, you can store your data on HDDs and allocate SSDs to serve as a cache. Frequently accessed data will be saved in the cache and available at SSD I/O speeds. Any data in the cache is a copy of what’s already on the HDDs. One chassis allows a cache with up to 8 SSDs and 2.4 TB in size. By deploying the JetStor SAS 724iFD array with SSD caching, you can support demanding enterprise applications like web commerce and virtualization very cost effectively.

Learn more about the JetStor SAS 724iFD array at www.acnc.com/p/JetStor_SAS_724iFD_FC_SAN.

Download our white paper about SSD caching.

JetStor: Using SSD Caching to Improve System Performance

As the capacity of HDDs (Hard Disk Drives) continues to expand, the response speed of this traditional storage technology hasn’t kept up with the times.  In recent years, random input/output (I/O) technology has only experienced marginal advancement in the HDD realm, causing this old school storage solution to really weigh down computing systems when data needs to be recalled quickly.

For businesses using major applications like enterprise web with database, cloud and virtualization, slow speeds just don’t cut it.  HDDs may have superior capacity, but they simply can’t handle the job alone.  So as the demands of the virtual world keep growing, where can you turn to get your traditional storage devices some much needed help?

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SSD Caching for Mission Critical Apps

SSDs (Solid-State Drives) have become HDDs best friend for mission critical applications.  This hardware operates at exceptionally high speeds, and can be configured with HDDs to act as a secondary caching unit that enables far better performance.  With their cost effectiveness and ease of configuration, SSD caching is a viable option for Fortune 500 companies to small and medium sized businesses.

Think of SSD caching as a backpack.  The Solid-State Drive attaches to your HDD and acts as an extended cache.  Instead of your computers digging around in the Hard Drive to recall the data it needs, often-used enterprise applications are stored in the SSD so the computer can effectively gather data at a much faster rate. The SSD becomes the go-to source for high-demand information on the computer, increasing speeds and providing the system with one more resource of data.

Performance Benefits of SSD Caching

Professional testing shows that SSD caching is better than traditional HDD caching time and time again. SSDs outperform their antiquated counterparts in a range of tasks, including:

  • Operating System Boot Times
  • Application Loading
  • Reboot Times
  • Performances at Enhanced and Maximum Caching

As a whole, SSD configuration allows a computer to boot faster, run faster, and stay fast for a long stretch of time. Its low cost and easy configuration make this option a no-brainer for avid computer users.

When SSD Caching Does Not Improve Performance

While there are a number of benefits to SSD caching, the fact is that it will not create a system-wide performance improvement. Data that is too large for the SSD to read will have to be read in the hard drive, and some data may be removed from the cache over time to make room for new data. If you primarily use your computer to read and save large files, SSD caching may not do you any good. If you use several programs at once without the need for large cache storage, you would see enhanced performance from SSD technology.

With proper configuration under the right circumstances, SSD caching can do wonders for your computer. Explore your options today and improve your experiences in the future.

[case study] Flash Storage – SSDs to a Broad Audience

JetStor® storage arrays offer  real-world solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), large enterprises, state and local governments, schools  and universities, and military units. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Advanced Computer and Network Corp (AC&NC)—which designs  and manufactures the JetStor product line—offers a portfolio of self-contained storage solutions that are built  on industry-standard platforms and major  software releases from independent software vendors (ISVs).

The Organization

AC&NC brings reliable, customized, high- performance storage systems to a wide variety of businesses—offering intelligent storage solutions with embedded RAID controllers that provide redundancy and reliability to protect customer data. The company’s solid-state drive  (SSD)-based solutions provide high-performance storage capacity—scaling up to 480TB when used with JBODs—and  are housed in a single rack.

For more  than 25 years, SanDisk has been transforming digital storage with breakthrough products and ideas. SanDisk’s flash memory technologies are used by many of the world’s largest data centers,  and are trusted by enterprises and end users around the world. From handheld devices  to hyper-scale data centers, SanDisk is expanding the possibilities of flash storage.

JetStor includes SanDisk’s SSDs in JetStor storage arrays due to their  ability to store more  data in a smaller footprint than for HDD-based solutions. When data center space is at a premium, using high-density SanDisk SSDs supports IT efficiency and delivers higher performance for most workloads.

The Challenge 

Organizations today are coping with the data demands from big data, cloud computing, social media, and mobility workloads. As more IT systems are updated to support these industry megatrends, it is more vital than ever to have storage systems that keep pace with the data tsunami that is flooding many organizations. Importantly, these storage devices  must manage—and protect—data throughout the data lifecycle.

The Solution 

Data is at the core of the JetStor storage systems—from initial  storage, to support for storage-centric workloads, to backup/restore capabilities to ensure that all data is always protected. Placing data in secure, high-performance storage systems—and managing the data throughout the entire  data path—are absolutely essential to the specifications of JetStor RAID arrays.

JetStor storage solutions address  a wide range of industry- and company- specific workloads, including: Business Processing (OLTP, ERP, CRM); Decision Support; and High-Performance Computing (HPC). Among the biggest workloads addressed by JetStor systems are: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for centrally managed and secure virtual desktops; video  production and video surveillance systems; databases; and enterprise applications.

Customized RAID-based Storage Systems: A Key Differentiator Customized storage solutions that support industry-specific or organization-specific requirements differentiate JetStor products from competitors in the marketplace. Every JetStor solution is custom-designed to meet the customer’s specific application requirements, including mean time between failure (MTTF),  mean time to repair (MTTR), quality of service  (QoS) and high availability (HA) specifications.

Flexibility in deployment styles is also supported: JetStor storage systems offer a selection of connectivity standards, including SAN (Fibre Channel or iSCSI); SATA; SAS; or NAS connectivity with multiple host ports for parallel-path performance or clustered environments. JetStor systems engineers pre-certify the industry’s best-of-class SAS, SATA and SSD drives  to ensure outstanding reliability. The customization provided by JetStor supports the IT requirements of organizations that are looking for high-performance business systems at competitive prices.

“Our customers seek the capacity of SanDisk’s SSDs in our JetStor arrays because they’ll store more  data in less space than was possible before,” said Gene Leyzarovich, president of AC&NC. “Where data center space is limited, the high-density SanDisk SSDs inside our storage products support IT efficiency and deliver high performance for the most important applications and databases. For SMBs, universities, and public-service agencies, the ability to pack more  data into less space is an efficient approach to IT that provides very real business value.”

A case in point is the JetStor 1600S storage solution. The 16-drive capacity of the JetStor 1600S, along with additional JBODs, allows  it to store a maximum of 384TB, making it suitable for enterprise-level usage. The interface that the 1600S provides allows  users to easily create storage shares, to set permissions, and to check the status  of RAID, the CPU (central processing unit), and to check the system temperature at a glance. The 1600S, equipped with SanDisk SSDs, saw significant performance gains when outfitted with the Optimus Eco, Optimus Ascend, and Optimus Extreme SSDs—and when configured in RAID10 or RAID50 iSCSI.

Solution Focus

  • JetStor 1600S
  • Optimus Eco™, Optimus Ascend™, and Optimus Extreme™ SSDs

Benefits 

  • Customized high-performance storage systems
  • Rapid ROI
  • Faster IOPS
  • Increased performance

SanDisk Products

The following is a partial list of JetStor storage solutions that deploy leading SATA SSD drives from SanDisk:

  • JetStor NAS 1600S unified storage system stores up to 96TB per 3U unit and 384TB with three JBODs
  • JetStor 716iS/iSD iSCSI IP SAN RAID array  stores up to 96TB per 3U unit and 384TB with three JBODs
  • JetStor 764F/FD V2 single/dual controllers 64-bay Fibre Channel RAID array supplies up to 384TB in a 4U unit
  • JetStor SAS 760iS/iSD single/dual controllers 60-bay high  density storage array stores up to 360TB per 4U unit

Why SanDisk?

JetStor selected SanDisk SSDs for their versatility, capacity, and support for a broad range of industry-standard interfaces. All of these characteristics make it easier for JetStor to quickly configure a storage array with flash and to support multi-system computer rooms filled  with servers from many different vendors.

Equally  important is the range of software features that JetStor supplies for its flash storage solutions. AC&NC touts the ability of the new JetStor arrays to support data compression and deduplication, snapshots, thin provisioning, and unified authentication. The units are compatible with environments using VMware, Citrix Systems Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V, Unix, Windows, and Apple OS.

The Result

Scalability, reliability, and cost- effectiveness are all central to JetStor- designed storage arrays. Today’s organizations have rising expectations regarding the quality of performance, availability, and reliability that are required for today’s business processes. Deploying SanDisk SSDs has provided customers with more  rapid  return on investment (ROI), faster IOPS (I/O operations per second), better reliability, and increased performance and speed.

Based on its long years of experience, AC&NC understands that customers’ storage-based solutions must process and maintain the business-  and mission-critical data that support business operations. JetStor products are guaranteed for up to five years of constant use, addressing any concerns about reliability and endurance of flash- based storage.

JetStor’s selection of SanDisk as an SSD partner exemplifies its commitment to customize powerful storage systems for ever-changing data requirements. This approach to providing storage systems ensures that customers will gain the advantages of the JetStor product line’s evolving functionality, as new demands for better and faster systems emerge.


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