From high density virtualization to software-defined infrastructures, changes in technology are coming fast. And keeping up with these changes is pushing IT staffs in the real world data center to the breaking point. This means detailed storage design and planning often give way to fire fighting as administrators respond to immediate application and user-created performance hot spots. Storage networks and storage systems need to evolve to help the IT staff adapt to that ever changing world. At Storage Networking World Europe, Dot Hill will be discussing two of its technologies that can provide IT professionals with the flexibility they need to address these challenges.
Dot Hill is a Longmont, Colorado based company that has been manufacturing storage solutions for over twenty years and has more than 500,000 systems deployed worldwide. They provide unique solutions based on three pillars of innovation: software, platforms and systems. Dot Hill will be discussing two examples of this innovation and SNW Europe, their RealStor technology and their forthcoming 9th generation storage platform. Both of these technologies will help IT professionals to design storage infrastructures that are more responsive to the ever changing demands of the data center.
The first is an advanced data services technology called “RealStor” that provides five key data services to help storage managers do their jobs better. These are: automatic real-time tiering, thin provisioning, rapid rebuilds, flash enhanced caching and a simple user interface. Dot Hill’s data tiering technology differentiates itself from others on the market with granular (4MB) data movement and real-time data scanning, enabling the system to respond almost instantly to performance spikes. Other systems can take hours to fully respond to an application that suddenly needs additional storage performance.
The second technology is Dot Hill’s upcoming 9th generation platform which provides the IT planner with unprecedented flexibility in storage infrastructure design. Leveraging QLogic’s FlexSuite™ dual-personality adapter technology, Dot Hill is delivering a storage system that is backward compatible to existing 1Gb iSCSI, and 4Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel (FC) devices while supporting newer 16Gb FC and 10Gb iSCSI as needed. The platforms will even be able to support a combination of FC and iSCSI from a single storage system.
This flexibility gives IT planners a way to accommodate future demand and to design mixed architectures for specific needs. High performance applications and densely packed virtual servers can be placed on 16Gb FC while more mainstream applications are stored on 10Gb iSCSI. The result is an ideal balance of performance and cost efficiency from a single system.
At SNW Europe, Dot Hill will be at both #74, with experts on hand to discuss their innovative software and platforms.
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