StoneFly Unwraps Twin Scale Out NAS Appliances

Posted on January 13, 2014 By Pedro Hernandez

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StoneFly is doubling down on network-attached storage (NAS) for video producers and hoarders of Big Data.

The Hayward, Calif.-based provider of data storage systems unveiled a new line of storage systems for media production houses and other businesses that require fast access to outsized files. StoneFly's Twin Scale Out (TSO) NAS appliances feature a mirrored, twin Scale Out NAS node architecture that is "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," claimed the company in a statement.

StoneFly TSO appliances are engineered to provide enterprise-wide file sharing, rich media content distribution services and serve as a backup target or archive. The systems can also serve as storage for bandwidth-intensive applications, including oil and gas exploration and as a centralized storage-as-a-service resource for enterprise applications, said StoneFly.

The TSO line includes the starter, dual 1U TSO-800X model with up to 9.6 TB of capacity when outfitted with 10K RPM 6 Gb SAS drives. The range-topping TSO-3600 features two 4U units and delivers up to 144 TB of storage (6 Gb SAS 7200 RPM).

TSO appliances support 1 Gb copper, 10 Gb copper and 10 Gb optical connections. RAID options abound (0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and 50) and include a cache battery backup component. The hardware supports SAS, SATA and SSD, along with hot-swappable drives and power supplies.

Stonefly's StoneFusion 7.0 Base NAS Management software serves as the TSO's underlying storage OS. In addition to providing CIFS and NFS support, logical volume creation and storage virtualization services, it enables tiered storage capabilities. The platform also features Active Directory integration, NAS port teaming and failover, and automated online volume and storage expansion.

StoneFly's storage tech enables organizations to seamlessly scale their NAS environment in terms of both capacity and performance, according to the company. IT departments can "expand one or more volumes across multiple nodes using no metadata and a single namespace."

"Each time the TSO is scaled out, it adds more capacity, more throughput, and more concurrency," said StoneFly in press remarks. Mo Tahmasebi, president and CEO for StoneFly, said in a statement that the hardware meets some of today's most demanding storage requirements.

"TSO is the most scalable and resilient NAS in the market, utilizing the latest technology of no metadata, and establishing new storage standards in big data, media, and cloud markets," said Tahmasebi.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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