Microsoft Azure: StorSimple

9 בDecember 2014

Hello All,

Today i’m going to write about the future of Storage appliances with focus on the StorSimple Products.

There is a new series of StorSimple products (Acquired by Microsoft) that could assist you in some scenarios of Capacity and performance: the StorSimple 8100 and the StorSimple 8600.

These are enterprise hybrid storage appliances that works as an auto-tiering solution – instead of being limited to only SSDs as the 1st tier and HDDs as the 2nd tier, these arrays use Azure Storage as a hybrid cloud tier for automatic capacity expansion and off-site data protection as the 3rd tier.

That means IT teams don’t have to spend so much time on Sizing assessments. Data stored on StorSimple 8000 series appliances is automatically protected off-site by cloud snapshots, which fill the enormous gap between problematic tape solutions and costly remote replication solutions.

To go with the new arrays, there is the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Appliance, which is an implementation of StorSimple technology running as an Azure virtual machine in the cloud. With a matching Azure StorSimple virtual machine, StorSimple 8000 series customers can run applications in Azure that access snapshot virtual volumes in the cloud. Customers will be able to run new applications that search and analyze historical datasets without disrupting production work in their datacenter.

The Virtual Appliance also giving us DR solution in the cloud. Virtualized applications that store their data on the StorSimple appliance in the customer’s datacenter can be restarted in VMs in Azure with access to previously uploaded data. Updates to data made during recovery operations can be downloaded later to StorSimple arrays on-premises when normal operations resume.

DR is an area of concern and dilemma for many customers and they seldom get a chance to test their abilities. Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000 Series arrays and Virtual Appliances have a feature called Instant Recovery, which presents synthetic, full images of virtual volumes in Azure to applications and end users so they can start accessing data as soon as possible after a disaster. Instant recovery accelerates restores and DR testing by only downloading data that is needed and bypassing data that isn’t needed.

Another capability in this release is the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager, which consolidates management for all of a customer’s Azure StorSimple 8000 series arrays and Virtual Appliances. Administrators use the Manager to centrally control all aspects of StorSimple storage and data management from the cloud, so they can ensure consistent operations and data protection/retention policies across the enterprise. The new StorSimple Manager also gives administrators a dashboard with up-to-the-minute status and reports so they can quickly spot storage troubles and trends and allows the IT team to spend less time on storage infrastructure management and shift resources to business applications.

Thanks for reading.

Ido Katz

Senior Infrastructure Consultant @AgileIT

 

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