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StoneFly SSO™ “Super Scale Out” NAS Storage Appliances deliver unprecedented performance, redundancy, and scalability. SSO series of appliances were designed for customers requiring a powerful Storage solution that can Scale Out Storage capacity while scaling up performance.

SSO™  “Super Scale Out” NAS nodes Scale up to 90  drives and 1080 TeraBytes (over 1 PB)  of Storage per chassis, up to 12 PB per managed rack., and easily Scale Out to unlimited nodes on demand.

Perfect for managing large quantities of unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system. SSO was designed for markets that require scalable capacity and high bandwidth. Aggregated throughput or fast parallel throughput is required HPC computing media and entertainment, Backup Archive Disaster Recovery, Big Data and analytics to name a few.

Snapshot, Encryption and Geo- Replication to remote and Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS and more.

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The Scale Out NAS feature of the SSO allows you to “Scale Out” as your business grows by adding nodes. With the SSO you can expand one or more volumes across multiple nodes using no metadata database or director as 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 the SSO is Scaled Out, it adds more capacity, more throughput, and more concurrency. Installation, management and scaling is simple to achieve at any size.

Content creation, transformation, production and archive, as well as unstructured data (documents, presentations, pictures, music and video files) are best stored in large Scale Out NAS appliances like the StoneFly SSO. SSO allows you to add server nodes on the fly as well as add CPU horsepower and Storage capacity. SSO simplifies the Storage of media and is the ideal platform for consolidation onto a shared resource implementing higher utilization.

SSO is often used for ultra-fast primary Storage for visual effects and high IO-intensive media production applications that require high-concurrent sequential throughput, post-production transcode and streaming media. It drives down the overall cost of Storage while increasing performance for applications that need it when they need it, and reduces costs and floor space requirements. Capacity can be quickly provisioned, shared, and managed with fewer resources. StoneFly SSO is efficient to operate since it leverages all of its resources, maximizes utilization, and integrates nearline SAS, enterprise SAS, SSD, Microsoft Azure Blobs, Amazon S3 and Glacier allows tiering within the nodes and across On-Prem and cloud storage nodes.

StoneFly SSO NAS Appliance Hardware Overview

StoneFly Enterprise NAS Storage Available in 4 Configurations

Single Node NAS Appliance

Dual Node Shared Nothing NAS Appliance Node

Super Scale Out NAS (SSO) Appliance Node

High-Availability (HA) NAS Appliance Node

Twin Scale Out (TSO™ ) Appliances

Get unmatched performance, redundancy and scalability through our Twin Scale Out (TSO™ ) appliances:

StoneFly TSO™ “Twin Scale Out” NAS Storage Appliances deliver unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. TSO™ series of appliances were designed for customer’s requiring a powerful Storage solution that can Scale Out Storage capacity while scaling up performance.

Mirrored twin Scale Out NAS nodes scale up to 36 drives and 288 TeraBytes of Storage per chassis, up to 512 drives per twin nodes, and easily Scale Out to multiple nodes on demand. Perfect for managing large quantities of unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system. TSO 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.

StoneFly SSO™ Super Scale Out NAS Architecture

What is Scale Out NAS?

Scale Out NAS is a distributed file system that can Scale to theoretical unlimited 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.

ScaleOut NAS solves enterprise Storage requirements, including:

  • 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 & gas exploration.
  • Centralized Storage-as-a-service to enterprise applications.
  • Backup target and archive for on-site or off-site data protection.

StoneFly Enterprise Network Attached Storage Appliance Features

No Metadata – No Metadata Director – No Centralized Database

Any request can be handled by any node at any time by hashing the Read/Write request to calculate the file location across all the nodes. By automatically calculating the answer, scale-out NAS avoids bottleneck, metadata corruption and can handle wide range of file size without affecting the performance and allowing for unlimited scalability.

Future-proof Architecture - Stackable Design

The NAS appliance’s stackable design enables agile development and deployment of new features, making the storage appliance “future proof”. Customers don’t have to change the infrastructure when new feature(s) is/are released.

Incredible Read/Write Speed – 3GB/Sec per node

StoneFly’s NAS storage appliance when properly configured and at full network bandwidth is capable of delivering aggregate read and write speed of up to 3GB/sec per node. This performance continues to increase as the number of nodes increase in the NAS system.

Self-Heal – Ensuring Data Sync and Preventing Data Loss

If any segment in a replicated volume is down and users modify the data within this segment, the automatic self-heal feature will make sure that the changes are not lost. Once the downed segment is restored, the self-heal feature will sync the changes made during the downtime.

Distributed File System – Simplified Accessibility

StoneFly NAS appliances use distributed file system; this file system spreads data over different nodes while the user can access it in the same way as it is stored in local storage. The user does not have to figure out the location or address of the file.

Vendor Independency - Standard File Format

StoneFly’s NAS storage appliance delivers full compatibility and guarantees accessibility to data with standard Operating System (OS); without any vendor dependency.

Each server client can access their data from any node. One single IP is used for all the nodes within the NAS system. Exclusive access protocols can be configured by dedicating another IP node for multiple clients or one specific client.

Protocol Support – Mainstream Protocols

StoneFly’s NAS storage comes equipped with support for CIFS and NFS protocols.

Auto Re-balance for Distributed Volume within a Single Segment

StoneFly’s NAS storage appliances also uses auto re-balance services that enable distributed volumes with a single segment. For instance, we have 500GB of data on a single segment. After the addition of another segment, instead of balancing the data manually; the device automatically distributed it across the NAS system.

Enterprise Level Data Services of StoneFly NAS Storage Appliance

Encryption – before, during and after transit

StoneFly NAS storage device deliver Network encryption using TLS/SSL for authentication and authorization; I/O encryption by I/O connections encryption between clients and NA; Management encryption by encrypting Management connections within volumes.

The nodes and volumes of the NAS system can be fully dispersed between on-premises and clouds.

The NAS system also supports AES-256 bit encryption at rest and during transit.

Data Protection Powered by Machine Learning

The storage disks in the NAS appliance use machine learning and heuristic analysis to automatically detect suspicious activities like malware, unauthorized access etc. To protect the data, these storage disks connect or disconnect automatically in the event of suspicious activity detection.

Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX)

StoneFly NAS systems are equipped with POSIX. POSIX is the family of standards defined by IEEE as a solution to the compatibility between Unix-variants in the form of an Application Programmable Interface (API).

Cloud Cache – Secure Front-end Cache

StoneFly’s NAS appliances come with a built in flash cache feature that enables some volumes to be used as a front-end cache for public cloud storage such as Microsoft Azure Blobs or AWS S3 or AWS Glacier.

Snapshot – Flexibility in Data Backups

StoneFly NAS appliances use snapshots to facilitate data backup and recoverability. Snapshots are ready-only files that assist in data recovery and data protection from ransomware.

Dispersed Volumes using Erasure Coding

StoneFly’s NAS storage appliances offer optional erasure coding. With erasure coding, you can create dispersed volumes and store them on more than one segment. You can also configure the priority of each data segment, differentiating between mission critical segments and non-critical segments.

Dispersed volumes consume less storage space as compared to mirrored volume. A single dispersed volume is equal to a mirrored pool of size two; the dispersed volume requires 1.5 TB while mirrored volume uses 2 TB to store 1 TB of data when the redundancy level is set to 2.

In a dispersed volume, each segment stores some portions of data and parity or redundancy. Pre-defined redundancy configuration decides whether or not a segment permits data loss. StoneFly’s NAS storage appliance allows redundancy levels from 1 to 5; that can be set in the dispersed volume.

Distributed Dispersed Volumes – Combining Distributed File System with Erasure Coding

The distributed dispersed volume is a combination of erasure coding and the NAS appliance’s distributed file system. In this volume, there are multiple sets of segments (sub-volumes) that store data using erasure coding.

The data is distributed over these sets of erasure coded segments. In this scenario, even if a redundant number of segments are lost from every dispersed sub-volume, there is no data loss.

Protocol Support – Mainstream Protocols

StoneFly’s NAS storage comes equipped with support for CIFS and NFS protocols.

Geo-replication for Additional Redundancy

StoneFly NAS systems enable replication of data to geographically separated servers. The storage appliances regularly sync the on-premises data with their replicated copies. These copies of data can be used to recover from data loss.

Global Scale Out Storage for OpenStack – Cinder, Swift, Glance

StoneFly’s SSO “Super Scale Out” NAS Storage Appliances fully support OpenStack. StoneFly NAS can be used as global Scale Out Storage for OpenStack Block or Volume Storage (Cinder), OpenStack Container or Object Storage (Swift), as well as Storage for the OpenStack Image service (Glance).

StoneFly SSO can be used for a single type of OpenStack Storage (e.g. Cinder), or it can be used for any combination of Cinder, Swift and Glance. This is in addition to using the StoneFly SSO’s Scale Out NAS Storage for your regular physical and virtual servers or workstations.

A common limitation when using Cinder is that although volumes can be added to increase Storage, those volumes cannot be expanded. With StoneFly Scale Out NAS, volumes for Cinder Block Storage can easily be expanded by adding either bricks (drives) or additional Scale Out NAS nodes. Since volumes can be easily expanded across multiple SSO Scale Out NAS appliance nodes, the volume for OpenStack will expand readily and expansion is nearly limitless.

Key advantages of using StoneFly SSO for OpenStack shared storage:

  • Cost-effective alternative to using local Storage.
  • Increased reliability since all StoneFly Scale Out NAS nodes feature redundant hot-swappable power supply modules, and you do not lose access to your data if a compute node goes down (in OpenStack environments running multiple compute nodes).
  • Makes it possible to share Storage for other purposes beyond OpenStack (NAS Storage for regular physical and virtual servers in your datacenter).
  • Ability to scale/expand and increase the performance of a particular volume since you are not limited by the number of disks in a single physical machine.
  • Management and recovery of compute nodes running Nova is much easier because you do not have to maintain their state. Since Storage is not tied to another node, compute nodes can just be restarted as a new instance.

StoneFly StoneFusion 8.0 Base NAS Management 64-Bit Operating System

  • Logical Volume Creation and Patented Advanced Storage Virtualization Services
  • NAS Port Teaming and Failover
  • Volume-Level Access Control and Dynamic Volume Management
  • Supports NAS Protocols CIFS/SMB and NFS
  • Compatible with OpenStack – Cinder (Block), Swift (Object) & Glance (Image)
  • Easy Active Directory Integration
  • Support for SNMP Traps, UPS, Nagios, RAID Monitoring, Call Home
  • System-Wide Graphical Performance and Utilization Reporting
  • Advanced Report Management
  • Automated Online Volume / Storage Expansion
  • Scale Out NAS using a Single Name Space to Scale Capacity and Performance
  • Multi-Appliance Campus Mirroring, Spanning and Central Management System
  • Tiered Storage Architecture with Hardware and Software Support

SSO Series Hardware Features (per node)

  • Dual Octa-Core Storage Virtualization Engines
  • 32GB Data Packet and Command Queuing Cache for SSPP®
  • Data Protected with Erasure Coding
  • 12Gb SAS Technology
  • 8 to 36 Hot-Swappable Disk Drives per Chassis
  • Choice of SAS, SSD or Tiered Storage
  • Supports 10Gb RJ-45/CX4 Copper, SFP+, SR/LR Optical
  • One Gigabit Management Port
  • Redundant 80-PLUS® Certified Hot-Swappable Power Supplies
  • Dynamic Storage Expansion
  • Operating Temperature: 10° to 35°C (50°F to 95°F)
  • Relative Humidity: 8 to 90%, Non-Condensing

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StoneFly SSO Super Scale-out Network Attached Storage High Performance and unlimited Scalability at Affordable Prices

The award-winning StoneFusion® Network Storage Platform (NSP), StoneFly’s patented storage networking operating system architecture, brings in block level storage intelligence to the IP network core. Featuring iSCSI, Fibre Channel and Scale Out NAS technologies, StoneFly delivers all the benefits of enterprise managed SANs.

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