Managed Storage in San Diego, Phoenix

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AIS BusinessStorage

Why buy your own storage hardware? Choose AIS BusinessStorage instead.

The cost and complexity of maintaining your own enterprise data storage infrastructure is high.

Rather than take this burden on yourself, shift those requirements to AIS Data Centers and simply order more storage capacity as needed.

Decrease capital expenses associated with buying and administrating storage systems.

Security, Features & Performance — and Your Own vFiler

Enjoy the control you want — with none of the burden.

Create shares or snapshots — even link to your own Active Directory service for authentication and logging.

With AIS BusinessStorage from AIS Data Centers, you get your own virtual NetApp (vFiler) with which you can manage your own storage configuration. Features include:

  • SnapMirror – Schedule snapshot replication to one of AIS Data Centers’ other managed storage nodes (e.g., from San Diego to Phoenix)
  • SnapClone – “Clone” a copy of your SnapMirrored data for use in business continuity testing or test/dev scenarios.

Each AIS BusinessStorage node consists of dual NetApp controllers in high availability mode. HA mode provides the highest level of redundancy as well as the best performance — because our storage devices have dual processors.

Each controller has dual 10GigE uplinks to a redundant switching infrastructure to maximize I/O and availability.

Customers have the option of 100M, 1GigE, or 10GigE connections with AIS Data Centers’ proprietary TL3 high-availability handoff that can connect their storage to a colo, cloud, or corporate site.

AIS BusinessStorage Bundles

Features “Archive” “Production” “Geo-Mirror”
Ideal Applications Long-Term Archive Exchange, Sharepoint DR, Test/Dev
HA Controllers Yes Yes Yes
Dedicated Controller Yes Yes Yes
Redundant Disk Array Yes Yes Yes
NFS / CIFS Support Yes Yes Yes
Daily Snapshots Yes Yes Yes
1GigE Port Yes Yes Yes
Snapshot Retention 2 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
Minimum Increment 500GB 500GB 500GB
Colo Cross-Connect Choose One Choose One Choose One
Cloud Cross-Connect
Remote Site Cross-Connect
iSCSI Support Yes Yes
Redundant Networking Yes Yes
SnapMirror / SnapVault Target Yes Yes
Managed Snapshot Replication Yes
Unlimited Replication Bandwidth Yes
Optional Value-Added Enhancements
Dedicated Firewall Yes Yes Included
Additional Cross-Connect No Yes Included
AIS BusinessCloud Bundle No Yes Game” Included
10GigE Port No Yes Yes
2-Week Snapshot Extension (TB) No Yes Yes
Hourly Snapshot Intervals (TB) No Yes Yes

Benefits of AIS BusinessStorage

# Feature Customer Benefit
1 HA Controllers High availability: redundant controllers (i.e., active / active)
2 Dedicated Controller Security: each customer gets own controller; no competition for address space, snapshots, etc. Also customizable
3 Redundant Disk Array Performance (speed) and HW redundancy. More disks –> faster
4 NFS / CIFS Support Wide compatibility – both Windows & Linux
5 Daily Snapshots Peace of mind
6 1GigE Port Performance (speed)
7 Snapshot Retention Peace of mind
8 Minimum Increment 500GB Shared infrastructure with similarly enterprise-class clients
9 Cross-Connect choices Ease of use, network flexibility
10 iSCSI Support Compatibility with production environments
11 Redundant Networking Redundancy, availability
12 SnapMirror / SnapVault Target Integration with existing environments (w/o CapEx)
13 Managed Snapshot Replication Ease of management, value, turnkey
14 Unlimited Replication BW Performance, no additional cost for up to 20Gbps capacity
Optional Enhancements
15 Dedicated Firewall Security, VPN access, remote access to DR site
16 Additional Cross-Connect Availability
17 AIS BusinessCloud Bundle Turnkey DR infrastructure, no physical HW required
18 10GigE Port Performance (speed)
19 2-Week Snapshot Extension Peace of mind, regulatory compliance
20 Hourly Snapshot Intervals Peace of mind, very granular restoration capability

Under The Hood

NetApp FAS3250
Maximum System Capacity 2,880TB
Maximum Drives 720
Controller Form Factor Dual enclosure HA;
2 controllers in two 3U chassis, total of 6U
Memory 40GB
Maximum Flash Cache 2TB
Maximum Flash Pool 4TB
Combined Total Flash 4TB
PCIe Expansion Slots 12
Onboard I/O: 4Gb FC 4
Onboard I/O: 6Gb SAS 4
Onboard I/O: GbE 4
Storage Networking Supported FC; FCoE; IP SAN (iSCSI); NFS; CIFS/SMB; HTTP; FTP
OS Version Data ONTAP 8.1.2 and later

Our NetApp storage infrastructure has multiple disk shelves configured with RAID-DP redundancy: it’s essentially RAID5 with two parity disks and two hot spares per storage aggregate. This (again) provides an extremely high level of availability even in the event of a disk failure. This extra level of redundancy also ensures data integrity in virtually any scenario.

From our experience, we have found that the intensive diagnostics built into the NetApp controllers are able to detect and isolate bad drives long before they actually fail. These same diagnostics prevent “bit rot” which is the deterioration of digital data over time due to cumulative bit-level failures on individual disks.

Our NetApp storage infrastructure comes with the NetApp Data ONTAP operating system and advanced data management and data protection tools. This includes a standard set of software products that deliver storage efficiency, simple data management, and high performance.

AIS Data Centers also offers NetApp’s extended-value software products which provide advanced capabilities including instant data recovery, instant cloning, data replication, disk-to-disk backup, and application-aware backup and recovery.

Included Software Data ONTAP Essentials:
Efficiency: FlexVol, deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning
Availability: Multipath I/O, MultiStore, MetroCluster (7-mode environments only)
Data protection: RAID-DP, Snapshot, NearStore, and Open Systems SnapVault
Performance: FlexShare, FlexCache
Management: OnCommand System Manager, OnCommand Unified Manager, Workflow Automation
Data Protocols: One SAN or NAS protocol of your choice (iSCSI, FC, NFS, CIFS) is included with your system.
Software Description SnapRestore: Fast restore of Snapshot copies in seconds
SnapMirror: Simple, efficient, and flexible disaster recovery
SnapVault: Disk-to-disk backup software for complete backups and online archives to primary or secondary storage in minutes instead of hours or days
FlexClone: Instant virtual copies of databases or virtual machines
SnapManagerSuite: Application and virtual machine-aware backup, recovery, and cloning
Premium Bundle: Includes all of the Extended Value software above in a single convenient bundle for both 7-mode and clustered Data ONTAP environments. (excludes OnCommand Balance for NetApp)
OnCommand Balance for NetApp: Advanced analytics for physical and virtual environments (Note: not included in Premium Bundle)
Storage Protocols: Native support for all key SAN/NAS protocols (iSCSI, FC, NFS, CIFS). One protocol of your choice is included standard with your system; others can be added as desired.

All data in this table applies to active-active dual controller configurations.

Maximum System Capacity 2,880TB
Maximum Drives 720
Controller Form Factor Dual enclosure HA; 2 controllers in two 3U chassis, total of 6U
Memory 40GB
Maximum Flash Cache 2TB
Maximum Flash Pool 4TB
Maximum Total Flash 4TB
PCIe Expansion Slots 12
Onboard I/O: 4Gb FC 4
Onboard I/O: 6Gb SAS 4
Onboard I/O: GbE 4
Storage Networking Supported FC; FCoE; IP SAN (iSCSI); NFS; CIFS/SMB; HTTP; FTP
OS Version Data ONTAP 8.1.2 and later
High-Availability Features Alternate Control Path (ACP);
Ethernet-based service processor and Data ONTAP management interface; redundant hot-swappable controllers, cooling fans, power supplies, and optics
Supported Configurations Highly available controller configurations
Active-active controller with controller failover and multipath HA storage
Active-active controller with stretch (nonswitch) and fabric-attached MetroCluster
Disk Shelves Supported DS2246 (2U; 24 drives, 2.5″ SFF)
DS4246 (4U; 24 drives, 3.5″ LFF)
DS4486 (4U; 48 drives, 3.5″ LFF)
DS4243 (4U; 24 drives, 3.5″ LFF)
Maximum RAID Group Sizes RAID 6 (RAID-DP)
SAS and FC: 28 (26 data disks plus 2 parity disks)
SATA: 20 (18 data disks plus 2 parity disks)
FC: 14 (13 data disks plus 1 parity disk),
SATA: 7 (6 data disks plus 1 parity disk)
RAID 6 + RAID 1 or RAID 4 + RAID 1 (SyncMirror)
Operating Systems Supported Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows XP, Linux, Sun Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Mac OS, VMware, ESX
Max. Number of LUNs 4,096
Number of Supported SAN Hosts Up to 512 hosts per HA pair
Up to 24 directly connected servers per HA pair
FlexVol Volumes Up to 500 per controller
Snapshot Copies Up to 127,000 per controller
Maximum Aggregate Size 105TB
Maximum Volume Size 70TB
Maximum port count includes integrated ports and PCIe expansion slots
FC Target Ports (8Gb/4Gb) (max.) 24
10GbE/FCoE Target Ports (max.) 24
GbE (max.) 52
6Gb SAS (max.) 52
FC Initiator (max.) 52
Maximum Adapters
Dual 10GbE (optical or copper) 12
Quad GbE (copper) 12
Dual 10GbE FCoE SAN Unified Target Adapter (optical or copper) 12
8Gb FC Target (optical) 12
Dual 8Gb VI for SnapMirror over Fibre Channel (SMoFC) 2
Flash Cache Performance Acceleration Module (1TB) 2
Flash Cache Performance Acceleration Module (512GB) 4
Quad 6Gb SAS Storage HBA 12
Quad 4Gb FC Storage/Tape HBA 12
Dual SCSI Tape HBA 12
Storage protocols FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, pNFS, CIFS/SMB

Our managed storage experts have broad experience in storage management, design, systems architecture, implementation, utilization planning, and optimization. We provide solutions to meet your unique requirements pertaining to storage type, performance, retention time, file size, backup time, price, and recovery time.

AIS BusinessStorage Service Benefits

  • Avoid capital expense for incremental storage
  • Pay for only what you need
  • Decrease the operational costs of storing and managing your data
  • Eliminate routine data management tasks in order to focus on your core business
  • Safeguard data from both external threats and internal problems
  • Recover data quickly and easily

Contact Us Nowto learn more about AIS BusinessStorage.

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