Improved Performance and Density for Enterprise Storage

As data is shared more broadly, security and backup become more important.



I had the opportunity to speak with Surya Varanasi, CTO at StorCentric about the roll-out of their Nexsan Unity Third-Generation Platform for mixed workloads.


The platform offers a range of features including “unbreakable backup,” which protects backups in the event of a ransomware attack. The data migration and cloud connector modules enable enterprise users to move data as needed for tiered storage and optimized hybrid cloud infrastructures.


Unity is a high-availability solution offering flexible hybrid and all-flash configurations for simplified expansion, delivering core enterprise features in a single platform. The new platform meets the needs of critical business applications by providing significant capacity increases in both HDD and SSD configurations and up to a 50% performance increase over the previous platform.


Unity storage is deployed in demanding SAN and NAS enterprise environments in financial institutions, television, movie production companies, hospitals, and national research labs. Use cases include applications ranging from backup, virtualization and databases, to file sharing, and video editing.


The Unity architecture operates with Assureon active data vault to ensure data is protected for regulatory compliance and from security breaches, including ransomware. According to Surya, ransomware attacks are up 150% since March during COVID-19.


With malware now also targeting backups, Unity with Assureon delivers an immutable unbreakable backup solution so enterprises do not have to worry about the ability to recover. Unity is certified as a Veeam Ready Repository v10 and has been used in numerous other backup environments, including Commvault.


The new storage platform with the Cloud Connector module has the ability to connect to 18 public clouds, including Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage. This enables organizations to move data as needed for tiering storage and optimizing hybrid cloud infrastructures. The Data Migration capability makes implementation easier by replicating files from any legacy system. This allows for ingestion with fine-grained filtering and continuous incremental updates available to ensure the new Unity is ready for use quickly.


With even greater interest in sharing data throughout the enterprise since COVID-19, it’s critical for enterprises to have a safe and effective backup to ensure business continuity and success.


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