The technology infrastructure of a small or medium-sized business (SMB) has become a vital component of their success no matter what industry they’re in. It powers the flow of data and communication to and from all areas of a company.
If a key component of that infrastructure is slow or not performing efficiently, it can reduce productivity for an entire organization.
One of the most important pieces of the office IT infrastructure is a storage area network (SAN), which stores all of a company’s data in a centralized location and connect servers to their logical disk units with a high-speed architecture.
Some of the challenges that we hear of from FutureRange managed IT service clients when it comes to physical SANs is that they have a significant price tag and can be complicated to set up and maintain.
Yet, businesses don’t have a lot of options. Data storage and delivery is vital for a company, whether it’s storage of their key applications and communications or compliant storage of customer data.
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An option for storage that’s both affordable and simple to set up is a virtual storage area network, or VSAN. One that we’ve found to be the best in the industry is StorMagic, which simplifies storage for SMB’s and delivers performance and resilience at a much lower price point that traditional SANs.
Benefits of a StorMagic VSAN Technology for Small & Medium-Sized Business Operations
When you’re growing your business, you want to be nimble, flexible, and able to get enterprise-class features for a reasonable price that won’t be a burden on your budget. One of the key benefits of moving to StorMagic as a SAN solution is that it offers SMBs performance minus the high price tag.
How Does StorMagic Work?
The cost savings comes from the ability of StorMagic’s SvSAN to do the tasks of physical servers more efficiently. It runs as a virtual storage appliance on two or more low-cost servers.
It is designed to be lightweight and reduce your IT footprint and delivers virtual storage with high availability even over networks in more distant areas that may have long latencies and limited throughput.
- VMware vSphere
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- Linux KVM
SvSAN is typically deployed on to two servers and performs synchronous mirroring between them.
Here are some of the major benefits of moving your business to the StorMagic SvSAN.
Using StorMagic means that you don’t have to use physical SANs. It combines compute and storage into a lightweight commodity server footprint, reducing hardware and storage costs. Additional savings can come from less cooling requirement and lower electricity demand.
Using SvSAN, you won’t have to have big capital expenses to upgrade your infrastructure when you add employees, locations, or tech resources. The virtual SAN is elastic and easily scaled up or down as your needs change.
Easy to Use
Physical SANs can be time consuming to set up and maintain, but with a virtual SAN you have a simple solution that’s easy to set up and can manage one site or thousands from a centralized environment.
When you’re running physical SANs, downtime can be an issue during maintenance. When your storage area network is virtual, there is zero downtime during any IT maintenance and StorMagic includes automatic failover to ensure high availability.
In one of StorMagic’s case studies, the Security Centre of Iceland noted the increased performance after switching to StorMagic’s SvSAN. They experienced the following:
- 40-70% improvement running long, complex processes
- 50% more memory
- 25% more cores
- 40% more CPU resources
Easy Migration of Volumes
StorMagic makes it easy to migrate volumes between storage locations. Simple and mirrored volumes can be migrated between the storage pools on the same SvSAN VSA node or to another node entirely.
Centralized Administration and Monitoring
SvSAN makes administration and monitoring easy from a single location and offers the flexibility of multiple management options, including Web GUI. It also seamlessly integrates with vCenter Web Client to enable alerts being forwarded and captured on screen.
If you’re looking for a little more power from your SvSAN than the Standard Edition offers, you have the option of using their Advanced Edition which provides the following additional features:
- Predictive read ahead caching (SSD & memory)
- Write back caching (SSD)
- Data pinning
Learn More About StorMagic SvSAN Today
If you’ve been looking for a way to increase your storage area network performance without increasing the price, we’d appreciate the opportunity to show you what StorMagic has to offer. You can save money while simultaneously improving performance and capabilities for your business.
Give us a call today to find out more at +353 1 2960 560 or reach out online.