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Overview of Enterprise Storage Configurations

Enterprise Storage Overview

Data within the organization is compiled into an enterprise storage system, a centralized repository for information. Enterprise storage provides common data management, data protection, and data sharing capabilities within an organization. The enterprise storage systems should be scalable without needing extensive cabling or the creation of subsystems. When choosing their enterprise storage system configuration, IT departments are especially interested in systems which boast unlimited connectivity and support for multiple platforms. Within the category of enterprise storage, there are a few common configurations to choose ranging from storage area network to cloud storage.

Enterprise Storage Overview
Storage area network (SAN):

It is a high-performance dedicated network or subnetwork which is separate from the common user network. Within this network various pools of disk and solid-state storage are joined. Multiple servers access the data as if each server was directly connected to the storage. The advantages for a storage area network include high availability, disaster recovery, data sharing, powerful backup and restoration functions, plus remote support and centralized administration capabilities. One of the biggest drawbacks to the SAN configuration is the cost. One of the bigger differences between SAN and a NAS is that SAN can use both Ethernet and Fibre Channel while NAS is Ethernet based only. As a result, SAN is the better solution for many larger IT infrastructures. If an IT department needs a faster return on investment (ROI) than SAN may not be the best option.

Enterprise Storage Overview
Network-attached storage (NAS):

NAS is a good solution for mid to small companies and allows multiple users to access data from a central pool of disk storage. When accessing the shared storage of NAS, it will appear as a node with its own Internet Protocol (IP) address on the local area network (LAN). A few benefits of NAS include, physical security, simplified architecture, a wider availability of information, higher scalability and lower downtime than DAS, and perhaps one of the most appealing benefit is its affordable price. Many IT personnel will want to consider their bandwidth before using a NAS configuration. NAS hardware is bandwidth intensive and depends on the amount of bandwidth available at the location. Due to the wider availability of information to system users, IT managers will have additional security concerns than with other network storage configurations.

Enterprise Storage Overview
Direct attached storage (DAS):

DAS is composed of hard disk or solid-state drives which are connected inside or outside the storage enclosure to one computer or server. A DAS cannot be accessed by any other computers or servers that are not directly connected to the storage array. One distinction of DAS versus SAN and NAS is that it is not networked with Ethernet or FC switches which allows DAS better performance for the one device connected. Data in a DAS is contained within the system and cannot be shared between servers which provides greater data security. The scalability of DAS is finite compared to SAN and NAS devices. Whenever additional storage units are added, the system must be shut down reducing uptime. In a business environment that requires strict uptime or escalating data storage, direct attached storage architecture is not the preferred choice.

Enterprise Storage Overview
Cloud Storage:

Cloud storage offers ease of scalability, low costs, disaster recovery backup options, and storage immortality. IT departments will want to consider a few things before using a cloud storage service. The first consideration is bandwidth because of bandwidth bottlenecks. The bandwidth caps can either severely hinder or stop operations. Bandwidth is costly which hinders many larger operations from finding cloud storage a viable option compared to on premise storage. Another consideration is security because storage is handled and controlled by a third-party. If you represent a small company, cloud storage might be a good temporary option.

Getting it right:

Your data is important, thus your decision for which data storage configurations to use is also important. As many industries, departments, and companies are fueled with data, data must be protected and effectively stored so that it can be retrieved later. Is the choice difficult? Yes, it is. Are you busy? Yes, at least we assume you are. Do you want help? We will need to let you answer that yourself, but what we can say is that we are here to help. At thomastech we empower IT professionals by providing them both the enterprise hardware and support needed to keep data moving within their organizations. You can schedule a free consultation with a thomastech partner today to start planning your storage solutions.

Hitachi VSP 5600

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The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 series is a data storage solution for enterprises that supports block, file, and mainframe applications. It includes the Hitachi Ops Center management software suite for efficiency, data security, enhanced analytics, and centralised administration. The VSP series 5000 have Max. Number of drivers, including spares- 33 NVMe SCM, 96 NVMe and 768 SFF SSD. To accommodate up to 33 million IOPS and 69PB of data, Hitachi Accelerated Fabric can scale from twin controllers with quad CPUs to 12 controllers with 24 CPUs. It has a lightning-fast 39μs Minimum Response Time. Due to the controller architecture, scaling up the system results in a more resilient solution and provides 99.999999 per cent data availability. Additionally, the platform supports various media types combined on the same storage platform, including SAS FMD, SSD, HDD to NVMe SSD, and SCM media.

Hitachi VSP 5200

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The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 series is a data storage solution for enterprises that supports block, file, and mainframe applications. It includes the Hitachi Ops Center management software suite for efficiency, data security, enhanced analytics, and centralised administration. The VSP series 5000 have Max. Number of drivers, including spares- 33 NVMe SCM, 96 NVMe and 768 SFF SSD. To accommodate up to 33 million IOPS and 69PB of data, Hitachi Accelerated Fabric can scale from twin controllers with quad CPUs to 12 controllers with 24 CPUs. It has a lightning-fast 39μs Minimum Response Time. Due to the controller architecture, scaling up the system results in a more resilient solution and provides 99.999999 per cent data availability. Additionally, the platform supports various media types combined on the same storage platform, including SAS FMD, SSD, HDD to NVMe SSD, and SCM media.

Hitachi DS7160

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With a maximum of 16 Intel Xeon 8276L CPUs and up to 12TB of memory, the Hitachi Advanced Server DS7160 is a powerful server. Mother Board Revision: 12001509-006 BIOS/uEFI: UEFI: BIOS_PUR043.37.14.121 (06/02/2020) CPU: 16 Intel Xeon® Platinum 8276L Processor 2.20 GHz RAM: 12 TB Ports and Bus Types: 3 USB Ports 40 PCI Express X8 8 PCI Express X16 Video Adapter: Matrox Graphics Inc. G200 SE A (PCI) Host Bus Adapter: Emulex Corporation LPe31004 FC (Quad Port) , FibreChannel LSI Logic SAS 9300-8i , Serial SCSI (SAS) Emulex Corporation LPe31002 FC (Dual-Port) , FibreChannel LSI Logic MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i , Serial SCSI (SAS) Broadcom® SAS 9300-8E Host Bus Adapter , Serial SCSI (SAS) Emulex Corporation LightPulse LPe12002 8Gb/s Fibre Channel PCI Express , FibreChannel Intel X99 Chipset (DHX99 PCH) , Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Disk Drive: 2 SanDisk SDLF1DAM-400G , Serial ATA (SATA) 6 HGST Ultrastar SS300 (HUSMM3240ASS204) , Serial SCSI (SAS) Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 SAS, 4TB (ST4000NM0034) , Serial SCSI (SAS) Storage Area Network (SAN) Device: Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V

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