is an all too common problem in IT: Servers and NAS filers
proliferate to accommodate growing data storage needs. In
response, performance and capacity utilization rates plummet.
In other words, storage sprawls and data crawls.
the concept and the practice of consolidation have come to
many segments of the enterprise, but some have yet to fully
adopt it. For example, most businesses have at this point
centralized their block-based, SAN-attached storage. However,
file-based NAS systems remain largely distributed or, at best,
collocated but still not rationalized or integrated in any
Several business drivers are making it
more necessary for enterprises to centralize NAS storage.
First, regulatory requirements such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
apply to all data in the enterprise—including the data stored
on NAS systems. Centralization makes that data more searchable
Second, many new applications such as
archiving systems, electronic discovery applications, Internet
services applications, and entertainment systems are
file-based and require large file sizes and high-performance
I/O. Add to this virtual server proliferation and internal
departmental requirements for more efficient data sharing, and
the impetus behind consolidation becomes clear.
As ready as the business side is for NAS consolidation,
several technical challenges may still stand in the way. NAS
devices tend not to be readily scalable, which mean that any
consolidation effort would have to integrate large numbers of
smaller NAS systems with different networked file types.
Performance can present another challenge: the more
the enterprise depends on file-based applications, the more
necessary it becomes for performance to remain at a level that
can support the smooth functioning of other business
processes. Virtualization offers a final challenge. A
consolidated NAS platform has to offer a virtualization
framework to accommodate not only the enterprise's current
needs but those it will have in the future.
Data Systems now offers a NAS solution that satisfies the
business and technical demands of the modern enterprise. It
offers unparalleled scalability, superior performance, and an
advanced virtualization framework.
High-performance NAS Platform, powered by BlueArc®, is the
first NAS solution that consolidates and manages up to 512
terabytes of data in a single storage pool. Technically
speaking, it also supports a Cluster Name Space for a unified
directory structure and global access to data for Common
Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS)
clients through any node within the cluster. Built on
hardware-accelerated architecture, the High-performance NAS
Platform offers enterprise-class management tools for data
migration, replication, and anti-virus support.
Enterprises benefit from consolidation with the
High-performance NAS Platform by realizing a lower total cost
of ownership, reduced management complexity, and faster data
replication and backup, which improves productivity.
Total cost of ownership (TCO) is reduced through
lowering the costs of hardware, labor and service, and greater
scalability reduces the cost of growth. Management complexity
is simplified because there are fewer devices to manage,
security is enhanced, and administration and policies are
centralized. Last, streamlined provisioning, improved
application performance, and integrated analytics and
reporting all help to improve productivity.
Platform, powered by BlueArc, lets organizations consolidate
solutions from any vendor and reduce the number of units they
need to reach desired performance or capacity levels. It
reduces potential outlays in acquisition, management, heating,
and cooling, while simplifying management and infrastructure.
In other words, it's a solution that will only become more
relevant—and more necessary—as enterprises continue to
centralize and rationalize their storage.
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