Unstructured data is growing faster than ever thanks to the proliferation of some specific things; endpoint devices that can capture data, richer file formats and the resulting larger data sets. With the explosion of data and the importance of compliance and uptime, traditional scale-up network attached storage (NAS) solutions are quickly reaching limits of capacity, redundancy and performance within dynamic IT storage environments. NAS allows businesses to store and retrieve large amounts of data at a much more affordable rate than ever before.
Scale-out NAS systems can independently scale throughput and capacity by adding nodes that work in parallel to support throughput requirements, yet are managed within a single namespace as a single system image, maintaining a single system image as new storage nodes (processor or capacity).
The SnapScale X2 from Overland Storage (News - Alert) is a clustered NAS solution that solves the problems of traditional storage by enabling organizations with rapid or unpredictable data growth to scale capacity and performance infinitely without adding management complexity. Built on Overland Storage RAINcloud OS technology, SnapScale eliminates islands of storage, enabling easy and affordable scaling without having to predict capacity in advance.
Offering user selectable levels of data redundancy, SnapScale writes data across multiple nodes and drives simultaneously for instant protection and high availability by ensuring no single point of failure ever exists. The SnapScale hardware architecture and “single pane of glass” management creates a consistent user experience while both managing the existing Global Namespace and scaling storage as needed, without additional layers of administration.
By investing in the SnapScale architecture upfront, smaller organizations can assure that their file serving infrastructure will grow to meet future needs painlessly and cost-effectively, regardless of how rapidly performance and capacity requirements increase over time.
NAS networking products are successfully providing companies running client/server networks simple and lower costs alternatives to traditional file servers. NAS systems promise users reliable operation and easy management. NAS technology should continue to evolve, as the field, only in its infancy at this point, will mature as time goes on.
Overland Storage and XS International, an IT services company that specializes in cross-platform OEM and alternative IT maintenance, data center consolidation, data center relocation, IT asset disposition and IT hardware and software sales, are hosting a webinar tomorrow, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m./12 p.m. EST, called, “Introducing the SnapScale X2: an Overland Storage and XSi Web Event.” Sign up now to find out more about SnapScale X2 and scale-out NAS systems.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo