Storage Solutions

Today, access, management, administration, fault tolerance, recovery and overall control and resilience of “organizational data” is a key success factor for any business utilizing IT resources. Thanks to the advancement of storage technologies and strategies, this can be achieved today in a much reliable way than was ever possible in past.

Sysmoth storage experts propose, design, deploy, test, manage and secure any storage solution surrounding any of the following storage technologies


GlusterFS

GlusterFS is an open source, scalable, distributed file system capable of handling thousands of clients developed by Gluster, Inc and later acquired by Red Hat Inc. GlusterFS combines storage servers over Infiniband RDMA or Ehternet into one parallel network file system with a single global namespace. Based on a stackable user space design, ability to scale out efficiently, has provided it justification for widely adapted usage in cloud computing, stream media services and content delivery networks.

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Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)

Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is the storage web service offered by Amazon in its AWS suite of services. It provides data to be stored and accessed anywhere from the web using web services interfaces. Amazon S3 supports REST, SOAP, and BitTorrent web services interfaces. S3 uses include web hosting, image hosting, and storage for backup systems. S3 comes with a 99.9% monthly uptime guarantee and claims to provide the same scalable, reliable, secure, fast and inexpensive infrastructure that amazon uses for it own websites.

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RAID

RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) is a famous storage or storage virtualization technology combining multiple disk drive components into a single logical unit. Depending on performance and redundancy data is distributed across the drives in different ways known as “RAID levels”. Raid offers different schemes which are named using the convention that the word RAID is followed by a number ex: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID2. RAID schemes are targeted and differentiated using three key objectives: resiliency, performance, and capacity.

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Network Attached Storage(NAS)

NAS is a network appliance which contains one or more hard drives arranged into logical, redundant storage providing data access to a heterogeneous group of clients. NAS operates as a file server and has specific hardware, software or configuration dedicated to this task. NAS normally supports file sharing protocols such as NFS, SMB/CIFS, or AFP.

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Storage Area Network (SAN)

A storage area network (SAN) is a dedicated network providing access to consolidated data storage with support for only block level operations. Different storage devices appear to be locally attached to the operating system in a typical SAN implementation. Storage devices are normally dedicated to SAN and are not accessible via Ethernet by other devices. Abstraction can be achieved by file system built on top of a SAN.

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Google File System (GFS or GoogleFS)

Google File System (GFS or GoogleFS) is a proprietary distributed file system developed by Google Inc. for its own use. It is designed to provide efficient, reliable access to data using large clusters of commodity hardware. A new version of the Google File System is codenamed Colossus.

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NFS

Network File System (NFS) is a distributed file system. NFS was developed by Sun Microsystems and is build on the Open Network Computing Remote Procedure Call (ONC RPC) system. The Network File System has evolved as an open standard defined in RFCs. There are different versions and variations available for NFS namely NFS, NFSv2, NFSv3, NFSv4 and WebNFS.

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Samba

Samba is the revamped version of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol providing standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix (file and print services). Samba is available for Unix-like systems, such as Linux, Solaris, AIX, BSD and Apple’s Mac OS X Server. Samba is the Linux standard in providing file and print services for various Microsoft Windows clients. Samba is free and is released under the GNU General Public License.

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AppleShare

The Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) is a network or protocol by Apple that offers file services for Mac OS X. Mac OS X supports the AFP file service including others like Server Message Block (SMB), Network File System (NFS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and WebDAV. Apple’s file server product “Apple Share” used AFP as the primary protocol while providing print and file sharing services.

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Server Message Block (SMB)

Server Message Block (SMB) or Common Internet File System (CIFS) is an application-layer network protocol primarily used for providing shared access to files, printers, serial ports and communications between computers running Windows. It was also known as “Microsoft Windows Network” before the advent of Active Directory providing an authentication based process for communication between nodes.

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Whether you are looking for an in-house dedicated and centralized redundant storage with scalable capacity, fault tolerance, high availability, and easy management or you need a cloud based storage solution for your offsite backups. Whether you need someone to implement an available solution on your existing hardware resources or want to design a custom one catering your custom needs, our storage experts help you meet your storage objectives.