(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – StoneFly, Inc., a leading supplier of integrated IP storage area network (SAN) systems and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), today announced the second generation of their StoneFly DR365 “DR Site in a Box” total backup and disaster recovery appliance that consolidates all servers, storage appliances and backup systems into one robust appliance.
Featuring a completely new enterprise backup management engine, every backup image is now automatically converted into a Virtual Machine. In the event that a server or workstation fails, the Virtual Machine copy of that system can be quickly spun up and hosted directly on the DR365 appliance while the failed machine is repaired. This attribute is paramount for business continuity of production environments as well as non-invasive compliance testing as replica Virtual Machines of running physical or virtual systems can be spun up at any time, from any point in time.
The DR365 now supports P2P, P2V, V2P, and V2V operations (Physical-to-Physical, Physical-to-Virtual, Virtual-to-Physical, Virtual-to-Virtual) including restoring physical machines to completely different set of hardware and restoring Virtual Machines to a completely different Hypervisor. Backups and recovery can be highly granular down to the file and folder level, or extremely vigorous to include a full disk image for bare metal recovery of a system including the operating system, configurations, applications, data and more.
“DR365 is the Swiss Army knife of backup appliances. It is a must for every business, from small to enterprise,” said Mo Tahmasebi, president and CEO for StoneFly.
The StoneFly DR365 provides a total backup solution for all of an office or datacenter’s physical and virtual servers and workstations in a single box. Backup agents support a multitude of environments, including Windows servers and workstations, VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Oracle VM, as well as multiple flavors of Linux including Red Hat, Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE, Debian, CentOS and more. VMware ESX/ESXi and Hyper-V servers implement agentless backups where the agent is installed only on the Hypervisor and not the actual VMs. Specialized backup agents for Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory provide reliable recovery down to an individual email message or database table.
DR365 is the ideal hyper-converged infrastructure solution to consolidate an entire datacenter into one easy to manage appliance and manage all of the backup operations for the datacenter or office with a single central management console. StoneFly’s patented advanced storage virtualization services integrated into the DR365 gives it the flexibility to replace the “fixed hardware model” of the past with on-demand resource allocation (such as CPU, memory, storage, etc.) based on individual application needs.
Existing Windows and Linux physical or virtual machines can easily be migrated into Virtual Machines running on the StoneFly DR365 appliance, and their hardware retired to greatly reduce the datacenter’s hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware. Use of virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power and cooling costs. In addition to backup and datacenter consolidation, DR365 appliances can also be used for enterprise-class iSCSI (or optional NAS) storage for other physical and Virtual Machines.
StoneFly’s built-in advanced features on the DR365 include over 2,500 delta-based snapshots with read-write snapshot volumes per appliance, thin provisioning with space reclamation, dynamic volume management, optimized block level parallel data deduplication with a high-performance index engine, and real-time synchronous replication (campus mirroring). Optional features include multi-site/multi-appliance asynchronous replication, hardware-enabled block level AES 256 volume encryption, scale out NAS support for CIFS/SMB and NFS protocols, and VSS database agent support.
The DR365 can easily be configured to mirror in real-time to a second DR365 appliance on campus and/or replicate to a DR365 appliance at a remote site or in the cloud for the ultimate disaster recovery solution for an entire enterprise. Hot-swappable power supply modules, disk drives, RAID protection with battery backup and iSCSI port failover ensure each system’s availability. Each node ships with up to 24 storage virtualization engine cores, up to 1TB of high-speed system memory, and scales up to 256 tiered SATA, SAS or SSD drives per solution.
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About StoneFly, Inc.
StoneFly, Inc., headquartered in California, was founded to deliver upon the vision of simple and affordable storage optimization and disaster recovery protection through IP SAN solutions. StoneFly is a business division of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), a leading maker of high-performance network attached storage, storage area networks, RAID and iSCSI systems. For more information on StoneFly, please visit http://www.stonefly.com andhttp://www.iscsi.com
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