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StoneFly Unified Scale Out (USO™) Converged Storage Appliance

Setup NAS + SAN + Object Storage in a Single, Easy-to-Manage, and Highly Scalable Converged Unified Storage Platform.

StoneFly USO™: The Scalability of Enterprise NAS, Powered by the Performance of SAN, and Supported by the Economy of Cloud Object Storage.

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StoneFly USO: Unified Storage Platform with iSCSI Capable NAS & Cloud Object Storage

Manage, control and store file-level, block-level and object-level business data with a single unified storage platform. StoneFly USO provides on-premises storage for common NAS and iSCSI protocols and facilitates integration with cloud storage tiers for object storage.

Instead of configuring dedicated hardware infrastructure for different business data, businesses can leverage StoneFly USO’s unified storage platform and setup one box for a variable range of storage requirements.

StoneFly USO’s flexible and adaptable architecture makes it the best fit for mid-range and large organizations for a variety of applications and use-cases. 

Integrated Enterprise Features of Our Hyperscale Converged Storage

Infrastructure

 

StoneFly USO delivers optimized data storage experience to the enterprise user. Users can integrate a number of enterprise features and data services with our converged storage infrastructure to facilitate high availability, business continuity, storage efficiency and overall cost effectiveness.

Here’s a list of the integrated enterprise features of our hyperscale converged storage infrastructure: 

Encryption – AES 256-bit & SSL/TLS Tunneling

Secure data at rest with AES 256-bit encryption and data at transit with SSL/TLS tunneling.

Data Deduplication

Reduce copies of data, optimize data storage utilization rates and enhance cost effectiveness of converged storage infrastructure with data deduplication.

Synchronous & Asynchronous Replication

Configure real-time or scheduled replication jobs to create redundant copies of enterprise data for high availability and business continuity.

Image-based Snapshot

Prevent data loss, data corruption, and protect mission-critical applications from ransomware with point-in-time image-based snapshots; configurable on-premises and in the cloud..

Thin Provisioning

Speed-up storage provisioning for applications and make the most of your unused storage resources.

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Erasure Coding

Enhance appliance fault tolerance by fractioning data and creating dispersed volumes across storage media.

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Automated Storage Tiering

Define policies and automate data transfers between on-premises, offsite and cloud storage repositories for efficient and error-free data storage management.

Flash Cache™

 

Enhance read and write speeds and data accessibility by configuring flash drives as front-end cache with our unique Flash Cache technology.

StoneFly USO Converged Storage Hardware Configurations

StoneFly USO appliances are available in the following hardware configurations:

  • Integrated Converged Storage Appliance
  • High Availability (USO-HA™) Disaggregated Converged Storage Appliance
  • Dual Node Shared Nothing Converged Storage Appliance
  • Scale Out Converged Storage Appliance

StoneFly USO – Integrated Converged Storage Appliance

The integrated appliance configuration is a single, easy-to-manage, simple-to-use storage box with SAN, NAS, and object storage.

The integrated USO appliance has the storage controller, RAID controller, and the storage drives consolidated into a single appliance. The appliance is highly scalable, and is pre-configured with StoneFusion™ software.

It can be integrated with cloud storage tiers as a hybrid appliance and can be scaled with expansion units.

StoneFly USO integrated appliance configuration provides storage capacities from TeraBytes to PetaBytes.

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Highly Scalable Integrated Unified Storage Platform

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The integrated hardware configuration can scale out to virtually unlimited number of nodes. The StoneFly USO is a dually scalable infrastructure. Users can scale out StoneFly USO by adding appliance nodes.

Each appliance node adds performance and storage capacity. The total workload volume is aggregated over the total number of appliance nodes, enhancing performance and making the system fault-tolerant.

Add More Storage Capacity to Your Integrated Unified Storage Platform

StoneFly USO integrated hardware supports storage expansion units. Users can add TeraBytes of storage capacity comprising of enterprise SAS, SSD, or combinations of both.

The expansion process is disruption-free and our StoneFusion software takes care of the integration process.

Here’s a list of available expansion units:

  • 12-bay 3.5” 2U 12Gb SAS Expansion Unit.
  • 16-bay 3.5” 3U 12Gb SAS Expansion Unit.
  • 24-bay 3.5” 4U 12Gb SAS Expansion Unit.
  • 24-bay 2.5” 2U 12Gb SAS Expansion Unit.

Interested in StoneFly USO Integrated Appliance Hardware Specifications?

StoneFly USO-HA – High Availability (HA) Disaggregated Converged Storage  Appliance

StoneFly converged storage appliance is available as USO-HA and USO-FC high availability cluster appliances.

  • USO-HA uses 12Gb SAS-attached high availability RAID subsystems.
  • USO-FC uses Fibre Channel (FC) – attached high availability RAID subsystems.

Both USO-HA and USO-FC cluster appliances have at least 2 x 1U storage controllers and 1 x RAID subsystem. The converged storage cluster appliance infrastructure is highly redundant and dually scalable. Enterprise users can choose to add performance by adding compute units or storage controllers or add storage capacity by adding expansion units or they can also choose to add appliance nodes which increase both performance and storage capacity.

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StoneFly USO-HA & USO-FC: High Availability Architecture

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Dually Scalable Unified Storage Platform

The USO-HA unified converged storage systems are highly scalable. Enterprise users can choose to add more storage capacity, performance or both.

To add more performance, users can add storage controllers.

For more storage capacity, users can add expansion arrays and expansion units.

To add both performance and storage capacity, users can add appliance nodes.

StoneFly unified converged platforms are capable of scaling out to virtually unlimited number of appliance nodes, making them the best fit for enterprise use-cases such as genome research environments, local governments, HPC (High Performance Compute) environments, and many more.

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Supported Storage Expansion Arrays and Units

USO-HA and USO-FC converged storage appliances support a range of expansion arrays / RAID subsystems:

  • 12 x 3.5” 2U High IOPS HA RAID Expansion Array – 12Gb SAS or 16Gb FC
  • 16 x 3.5” 3U High IOPS HA RAID Expansion Array – 12Gb SAS or 16 Gb FC
  • 24 x 3.5” 4U High IOPS HA RAID Expansion Array – 12Gb SAS or 16Gb FC
  • 24 x 2.5” 2U High IOPS HA RAID Expansion Array – 12Gb SAS or 16 Gb FC

Supported expansion units for the converged storage HA cluster appliances include:

  • 12 x 3.5” 2U HA Expansion Unit – 12Gb SAS
  • 16 x 3.5” 3U HA Expansion Unit – 12Gb SAS
  • 24 x 2.5” 2U HA Expansion Unit – 12Gb SAS
  • 60 x 3.5” 4U HA Expansion Unit – 12Gb SAS, Single Drawer
  • 60 x 3.5” 4U HA Expansion Unit – 12Gb SAS, Three Drawer
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12 Bay

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16 Bay

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12 Bay

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16 Bay

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24 Bay (3.5″ drives)

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24 Bay (2.5″ drives)

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24 Bay (2.5″ drives)

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60 Bay

Interested in StoneFly USO-HA / USO-FC Hardware Specifications?

StoneFly USO – Dual Node Shared Nothing Converged Storage  Appliance

StoneFly Dual Node Shared Nothing converged storage appliances are suitable for enterprises with high availability requirements. 

The Dual Shared Nothing hardware configuration comprises of two mirrored integrated converged storage appliances. These appliances leverage replication technology to deliver redundancy and high availability. 

Each appliance has hardware independent components and storage drives. This makes sure that even in the event of complete hardware failure, the user does not experience disruption, downtime, and data loss. 

The primary appliance is setup on-premises whereas the secondary or mirrored converged storoage appliance can be setup on-site or at a remote offsite location. 

This storage setup is built for organizations with sensitive and confidential data with the need to comply to industry regulations. Examples of such data include insurance data, patient data, surveillance footage, etc. 

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Dual Node Shared Nothing Appliance Architecture

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Each appliance node in the Dual Node Shared Nothing architecture has their own Storage Controller (SC), RAID controller, storage drives, power supplies, CPUs, etc. This makes the Dual Node Shared Nothing hardware reliable, redundant, and fault-tolerant.

Even if a SC fails, a RAID controller fails, or a drive or a bunch of drives fails, the user does not experience downtime or data loss because the secondary appliance continues to operate.

The Dual Node Shared Nothing hardware configuration is most suitable for organizations that need the assurance that their data will always be available.

Dual Node Shared Nothing Converged Storage Appliance Scalability

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When fully populated, the Dual Node Shared Nothing converged storage appliances can store up to petabytes of enterprise data. 

StoneFly’s state of the art technology enables the Dual Node Shared Nothing appliances to scale up (increase storage capacity) and scale out (increase storage capacity and performance) without limits. 

  • To scale up users can add expansion units. Expansion units are available from 12-bay to 108-bay with support for enterprise SAS and SSDs. 
  • To scale out users can add virtually unlimited number of integrated converged storage appliance nodes. Each appliance node has their own processors and storage drives. Therefore, with each appliance node, the compute capabilities and storage capacities of the storage system increase and the workload is aggregated across the total number of nodes in the system. 

Each USO integrated appliance node is capable of supporting a maximum of 256 drives with expansion units. 

Interested in StoneFly USO Dual Node Shared Nothing Hardware Specifications?

StoneFly USO – Scale Out Converged Storage  Appliance

The USO scale out hardware configuration starts with at least three integrated appliance nodes. When fully populated, the converged storage system is capable of storing petabytes of NFS, CIFS/SMB, and iSCSI workloads. 

Each appliance node in the scale out configuration has built-in storage controller, RAID controller, and storage drives. This implies that the scale out configuration starts with 3x compute and storage capacity than the USO integrated converged storage. 

The overall workload volume is aggregated over the total number of nodes in the system. With features like RAID and erasure coding, users can also setup high levels of software and hardware fault-tolerance. 

Our USO scale out configuration is purpose-built for enterprise environments that process high density volumes of continuously growing data. Example use-cases include IoT, AI, machine learning, DNA analysis, data analytics, and more. 

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Scale Out Converged Storage Appliance Scalability

The USO scale out configuration is purpose-built to scale on-demand. It’s capable of scale up (increased storage capacity) and scale out (increased storage capacity and performance).

Add Storage Capacity

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To add storage capacity, users can add expansion units. Expansion units are available from 12-bay to 108-bay with support for enterprise SAS, SSDs, or combination of both. Each integrated converged appliance is capable of supporting 256 drives with expansion units.

 

Add Performance & Storage Capacity

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To scale out users can add converged storage appliance nodes to the system. Each appliance node has built-in processors and storage drives. With the addition of each appliace node the ability to compute data and store increases many folds. The total enterprise workload is aggregated across the total number of appliance nodes in the system. 

This means, that unlike traditional storage systems, StoneFly’s scale out configurations deliver more compute and performance as the system grows. 

Interested in StoneFly USO Scale Out Hardware Specifications?

Configure Hybrid Converged NAS with iSCSI Support (HDDs & SSDs)

StoneFly USO can be configured as a hybrid NAS with iSCSI storage solution. Users can add enterprise hard drives for long term and high capacity data storage and Flash / SSDs for high performance frequently accessed business data.

Integrated automated storage tiering will enhance storage utilization rates, compliment data management, and improve the cost effectiveness of the enterprise data storage solution.

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Cloud-Enabled NAS with iSCSI Storage Solution

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Users can leverage the pre-installed StoneFusion software to setup a virtual cloud gateway to Azure, AWS, StoneFly and other S3 compatible public clouds. The integration of cloud technology facilitates greater scalability, redundancy, data mobility, and cost effectiveness.

Businesses can setup backup repositories in the cloud, configure replication for additional redundancy or integrate cloud archive tiers for long term data retention with the built-in cloud gateway features of StoneFly USO appliances. 

Single Centralized Interface for NAS, iSCSI, and Object Storage Management

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StoneFly USO appliances are pre-configured with StoneFusion software-defined storage solution. Businesses can manage, control and monitor their NAS, iSCSI, and object storage resources using a user-friendly and easy-to-use GUI. Businesses can integrate enterprise-level data services, monitor storage space consumption, and configure email reports with StoneFly StoneFusion software. 

Redundant & Fault Tolerant Converged Storage Infrastructure

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StoneFly USO appliances are highly redundant, hot-swappable, efficient and modular hardware. Dynamically add or remove drives or power supplies by leveraging the modular and hot-swappable infrastructure in a disruption-free process with minimum time delay.   

The redundant architecture ensures business continuity for enterprise environments and high end enterprise workloads and applications.

Configure Reliable & Fault Tolerant Hyperscale Converged NAS with iSCSI and Object Storage for Your Enterprise Workloads Today

Recommended StoneFly Converged Storage Models

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USO-FC i9009n-D

  • Choice of 10/25/40/100 Gb SFP+ or six bonded 10/25/40/100 Gb per cluster
  • Supports up to 1776 SAS drives or SSD (or more when using FC switch)
  • Dual 16Gb Fibre Channel ports on each cluster node for connection to expansion array(s) or FC switch
  • Optional upgrade to quad 16Gb Fibre Channel ports on each cluster node
  • 2 x 1U Rackmount form factor
  • Redundant Platinum certified high-efficiency hot-swappable power supply
  • Supported RAID subsystems range from 12-bay 2U to 60-bay 4U.
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USO-2404

  • Dual bonded 10/25/40/100 Gb RJ-45 (Backwards compatible with 1Gb)
  • Optional upgrade up to 4 x 10/25/40/100 Gb RJ-45, SFP+, CX4, SR, LR Optical network ports.
  • 16 x 3.5” drives: 7200RPM SAS, 10k SAS, 15k SAS, and 12GB SSDs
  • Supported RAID levels: 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, and 60 with RAID Cache battery backup.
  • Redundant Titanium certified high-efficiency hot-swappable power supply.

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