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StoneFly: Products: Backup & Disaster Recovery

StoneFly DR365 - DR Site in a Box

DR365 is the ideal purpose-built hyper-converged infrastructure solution to consolidate all of your server, storage, and backup systems into one easy to manage appliance.

The StoneFly DR365 provides you with a total backup solution for all of your physical and virtual servers and workstations in a single box. Manage all of your backup operations for your datacenter or office with a single central management console.

Each DR365 appliance node can provide anywhere from a few TeraBytes all of the way up to 2 PetaBytes of backup and storage capacity for your business. Every node can accommodate any combination of SATA, SAS and SSD storage tiers as required, achieving the performance needed for your requirements.

DR365 appliances are available in integrated, high-availability modular, or scale out high-availability modular configurations. An embedded hypervisor allows backed up VMs, migrated VMs and new user-created VMs to be spun up directly on the DR365 appliance. An included Backup Agent License used exclusively for the DR365 allows for agentless backups of all Virtual Machines including Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory servers running directly on the DR365 appliance at no extra cost.

The storage controller and backup controller provide a wide range of features and functionality for backup, data management, high-availability, and mobility.

The backup engine automatically creates backup images of physical servers based on flexible user-defined policy. These images can be restored (bare metal recovery) to the same hardware, to dissimilar hardware to build a new server, or can be mounted as a drive to retrieve an earlier copy of a specific file, folder, etc.

Every backup is also automatically converted into a Virtual Machine. These Virtual Machines can then be quickly spun up and hosted on the DR365 appliance. This feature is quite useful for business continuity for your production environment if a physical server or workstation goes down and needs to be repaired. Replica Virtual Machines can also be used for any testing the user might choose including non-invasive compliance testing.

DR365 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 hardware and restoring Virtual Machines to a completely different Hypervisor.

The backup engine also includes snapshot, one-pane management, SSL-encryption, level-1 data deduplication at the source, compression, and much more.

The DR365 appliance includes a Virtual SAN Appliance (StoneFly Storage Controller Virtual Machine SCVM™), a Virtual Enterprise Backup Engine, and the ability to create additional Virtual Storage or Servers as needed. DR365 flexibility replaces the "fixed hardware model" of the past with software-defined on-demand resource allocation (such as CPU, memory, storage, etc.) based on your application needs.

StoneFly DR365 appliance's built-in advanced features include delta-based snapshots with read-write snapshot volumes, Virtual Machine and volume backups, thin provisioning with space reclamation as needed for the vault, optimized block-level parallel hardware-assisted level-2 data deduplication with high-performance index engine and real-time synchronous replication (campus mirroring).

Optional features include asynchronous replication, hardware-enabled block level AES 256 volume encryption, Fibre Channel SAN target, scale out NAS support for CIFS/SMB and NFS protocols, and VSS database agent support.

In addition to serving as a backup appliance, you can migrate your existing Windows and Linux physical servers into Virtual Machines running directly on the StoneFly DR365 appliance and greatly reduce your 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. DR365 can reduce the CapEx and OpEx of your datacenter by as much as one-third when the DR365 appliance and its capabilities are fully implemented in an operation.

DR365 appliances can also be used for independent back-end enterprise storage (iSCSI, optional Fibre Channel, optional NAS) for your physical and Virtual Machines. This back-end storage provisioned by the DR365 employs all of the same advanced StoneFly features such as snapshots, read-write snapshot volumes, thin provisioning, hardware-assisted data deduplication, synchronous replication and more.

The DR365 can easily be configured to replicate to a second DR365 appliance on campus and a DR365 appliance at a remote site or in the cloud for the ultimate disaster recovery solution for your entire enterprise.

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A look inside a single DR365 node:

Consolidate your Datacenter
  • Replace your datacenter by migrating existing Windows and Linux physical servers into Virtual Machines hosted on the StoneFly DR365.

  • Quickly spin up new Virtual Machines on the StoneFly DR365.

  • Use the StoneFly DR365 appliance's enterprise-class iSCSI storage (and/or optional Fibre Channel SAN storage or Scale Out NAS storage) for your:
    • Physical machines
    • Virtual Machines hosted on the StoneFly DR365
    • Virtual Machines hosted on third-party appliances running VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, or Citrix XenServer
    • Global shared back-end object/block/image storage for OpenStack

  • Create numerous delta-based snapshots to back up the iSCSI volumes containing your VMs and storage. Then use mountable read-write snapshot volumes for recovery.

  • Easy and flexible volume management and resource allocation with thin provisioning and space reclamation.

  • Synchronously replicate (campus mirror) all of your VMs and storage to a second on premises DR365 appliance for business continuity.

  • Asynchronously replicate all of your VMs and storage to the cloud or a StoneFly DR365 at a remote site for disaster recovery.

  • Protect your data and increase system uptime with high performance hardware RAID.

  • Optimized storage efficiency with block level parallel data deduplication with high-performance index engine.

  • Optional enterprise-level hardware-enabled block level AES 256 volume encryption.

  • Scale out storage and VMs across multiple DR365 nodes.

Centralized Backup & Recovery Solution

In addition to the Virtual Machines running directly on the DR365 appliance, the DR365 can back up any of your physical workstations, servers, and their attached storage devices. Bare-metal image backups of physical servers can be instantly recovered on the DR365 and run as Virtual Machines while you repair the physical server or workstation (Physical to Virtual - P2V).

The many backup features of the DR365 include:

  • Back up all of your virtual and physical machines with disk-level snapshots including operating system, applications, and data.

  • Compression and deduplication optimize utilization of the network and storage. The volume of backup data can be reduced by up to 90% and maximizes backup speed.

  • Manage the backup operations of all of your physical and virtual machines from a single centralized backup management console.

  • Capability to create sector-by-sector backups for an exact copy of your disk or volume including unused space.

  • Granular and file-level backups allow you to selectively back up specific files and folders, or even network shares.

  • Manually exclude non-essential files or folders from your backups.

  • Flexible scheduling options including hourly, daily, weekly, event-based backups and wake-on-LAN support.

  • Manual or scheduled automatic backup validation.

  • Balance all backups with bandwidth and disk-write speed throttling.

  • SSL-encrypted data transmissions over the network and 256-bit AES encryption of backups protect your data.

  • Change Block Tracking (CBT) of Virtual Machine backups reduces the volume of the backup data.

  • Virtual Application (vApp) support to capture and recover entire vApps and their configurations.

  • Pre/post commands.

  • Remote installation and configuration of agents and updates across physical servers as well as remote restore.

  • Perform agentless backups on all Virtual Machines running on DR365, VMware, and Hyper-V appliances.

  • No additional licenses required to back up any Virtual Machines running on the DR365 including Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory VMs.

  • Migrate your physical servers into virtual servers that are hosted on the DR365. Spin up new VMs as needed.

  • Synchronously replicate an entire DR365 to a second on premises DR365 for extra data protection and business continuity.

  • For optimal disaster recovery, asynchronously replicate your Virtual Machines, backups, and data storage to a DR365 appliance at a remote site or in the cloud.

The many data recovery features of the DR365 include:
  • Easily restore a backup from any point in time as a Virtual Machine (P2V). Spin up that VM on the DR365 and use it while the failed system is being repaired.

  • Restore individual files, folders, volumes, or an entire system from any point in time.

  • Optional specialized backup agents for Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory provide reliable recovery of configurations, databases, or individual items such as an email message, table, document, or domain controller. This feature is automatically included with VMware and Hyper-V Backup Agent Licenses.

  • Recover a file or system from any point in time using incremental or differential backups. Backup images and point-in-time delta-based snapshots of the iSCSI volumes used for back end IP storage can be mounted as local read-only or read-write volumes.

  • Mount snapshots, backup images or spin up replica Virtual Machines at the remote site for non-invasive compliance or development testing at the system level, point in time, or real-time.

  • With Bare Metal Recovery an entire system can be completely restored to the same hardware, or even to a brand new system with dissimilar hardware by injecting drivers to support the new hardware (Physical to Physical - P2P).

  • Fast bare-metal restore and active restore works to recover blocks pertinent to booting the system and applications long before restore is complete to minimize downtime.

  • Backups of Virtual Machines can even be restored to a completely different Hypervisor platform (Virtual to Virtual - V2V).

  • Easily migrate a server between any physical and virtual platform (P2P, P2V, V2V, V2P). Any backup can be recovered to any server in any location.

  • Full support for BIOS and UEFI firmware interfaces to ensure complete Linux server recovery.

Dual Data Deduplication Engines

Of the available data optimization technologies, data deduplication offers the greatest potential to deliver substantial and recurring impact on the cost and manageability of data growth. By reducing storage capacity, organizations will enjoy related cost reductions in areas including storage licensing, storage management, power, cooling, and data center floor space. Data deduplication makes it much more affordable to store, analyze, manage and house your data.

StoneFly's DR365 is the first appliance on the market to offer dual Data Deduplication Engines. StoneFly's dual load-balancing engines deduplicates data in parallel at both the source and the target to optimize deduplication at both locations.

Data Deduplication Engine Level 1 - Source

The first Data Deduplication Engine is used solely for deduplicating the data from your backups. This deduplication is performed directly on the server or workstation as it is being backed up to reduce network load as duplicate data is not transferred over the network.


Data Deduplication Engine Level 2 - Hardware-Assisted/Target

The second Data Deduplication Engine is used for optimized data deduplication for increased storage efficiency on all iSCSI volumes provisioned by the DR365 including backup volumes. This means that Virtual Machines hosted on the DR365, back-end iSCSI storage for your physical and virtual servers, and backup files for multiple machines can all be deduplicated.

StoneFly's data deduplication capability allows users to fit 5x to 137x more data (depending on the data mix) within the same storage footprint with minimal impacts to overall performance. Block segmentation optimizes efficiency based on data type.

StoneFly's deduplication takes place at the block level. It operates mostly outside the data path of the storage application software as a duplicate advisory service. StoneFly uses parallel deduplication, which greatly reduces the high-write latencies commonly seen with in-line deduplication systems. Featuring a high performance index engine, StoneFly's deduplication handles heavy workloads and can rapidly identify duplicate data across TeraBytes of data. For more information on StoneFly's data deduplication, click here.

Delta-Based Snapshots

Virtual Machines installed on the StoneFly DR365 along with their hyper-converged storage are protected by StoneFly's advanced delta-based snapshot technology, which allow you to recover a VM, file or volume from up to 63 points in time.

This is in addition to the full, incremental or differential backup images created by the Backup Management Engine.

Easily restore files that have been accidentally deleted, incorrectly modified, corrupted, or infected by a virus. Snapshot volumes are fully mountable and feature read and write capability if needed.

Optional VSS agents ensure that your databases are properly quiesced for accurate snapshots.

Synchronous Replication (Campus Mirroring)

StoneFly's real-time Synchronous Mirroring of your Virtual Machines, backups, and iSCSI storage to a secondary DR365 appliance (campus mirroring) on your premises over the Local Area Network (LAN) allows you to have a full and identical copy of everything on your primary DR365. Delta-based snapshots on the secondary appliance maintain point in time recovery.

To ensure that your recovery measures are fully-effective, you can easily spin up replica VMs on the mirror appliance for DR testing or compliance.

This secondary DR365 appliance not only allows you to do everything that you could already do on the primary appliance, but also allows you to spin up one or all of your VMs on the mirror appliance in the event that a VM on the primary appliance has failed or if the entire primary appliance is down. When the primary appliance is repaired, a bare metal recovery of the primary appliance can be performed from the secondary appliance to restore the mirror.

Asynchronous Replication

For complete business continuity and disaster recovery, StoneFly's optional Asynchronous Replication to a remote site or to the cloud allows your Virtual Machines, backups and data to be stored and protected off-site in case of disaster at the local site.

As with the mirror appliance, you can spin up your Virtual Machines, replicate data back to the primary DR365 appliance (failback), or perform bare metal recoveries on replacements of the destroyed appliances.

Offsite Vaulting

The DR365 can be configured to automatically replicate backups to additional locations including tapes or portable hard drives for an additional level of disaster recovery.

Those tapes or external hard drives can then be transported off of the premises to be safely stored in offsite vaulting.

If a catastrophe strikes, those offsite backups can then be used to restore your data on a new machine.

Optional Super Scale Out Across Multiple DR365 Nodes

All DR365 appliances can be scaled up to 256 drives per node to achieve up to 1.5 PetaBytes of raw storage capacity for your storage and backups.

However, StoneFly's optional Super Scale Out Storage upgrade allows the DR365 to be scaled out to a nearly unlimited storage capacity while increasing performance across multiple nodes for aggregation of throughput. The Backup Controller can be run on a single node or across all of the DR365 nodes.

Adding Super Scale Out Storage to the DR365 enables it to deliver unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. DR365 appliances with StoneFly's Super Scale Out were designed for customers requiring a powerful storage solution that can scale out storage capacity while scaling up performance. Perfect for managing large quantities of backups and unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system. StoneFly's Super Scale Out was designed for markets that require vast quantities of high bandwidth throughput or fast parallel throughput for very large files required by high performance computing in media and entertainment.

DR365 appliances with StoneFly's Super Scale Out feature allows you to "scale out" as your business grows by adding nodes without losing performance. You can expand one or more volumes across multiple nodes using no metadata and a single namespace. Usable bandwidth increases as new nodes are added. Best of all, you can manage multiple nodes with just a single user interface. Each time DR365 nodes are scaled out, it adds more capacity, more throughput, and more concurrency. Installation, management and scaling is simple to achieve at any size.

Additional DR365 nodes can be added on the fly while adding CPU horsepower and storage capacity. This linear scalability provides predictable performance and allows users to pay as you grow and to only buy what you need.

What is Super Scale Out Storage?

Super Scale Out Storage is a distributed file system that can scale to several petabytes all while handling thousands of clients. It functions as a distributed data overlay, polling together storage building blocks over TCP/IP, aggregating disk resources and managing data in a single global namespace. The unified platform handles blocks, files, objects and big data.

Super Scale Out solves enterprise storage requirements, including:

  • Backup target and archive for on-site or off-site data protection.
  • Enterprise-wide file sharing with a single access point across data storage locations.
  • Nearline storage for infrequently accessed data that needs to be online.
  • Rich media (audio and video) content distribution with petabyte-scale storage and high-read performance requirements.
  • High-performance storage for bandwidth-intensive applications like weather prediction and oil and gas exploration.
  • Centralized storage-as-a-service to enterprise applications.

For additional performance and twice the redundancy, DR365 with Super Scale Out can also be configured as mirrored twin appliance nodes using a single name space volume. The Backup Controller can be run on a single set of twin nodes or across all of the DR365 twin nodes.

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