White Paper

Unleashing The SAN In Your IP Network™

Source: StoneFly Networks

Computer storage holds the lifeblood of today's economy. From movies, music, books, and classroom materials to corporate, personal, and financial data of all sorts - everything is being stored digitally. For this reason, the information and the knowledge derived from today's Internet-reliant world have become the core elements by which our society increases its productivity.

Digital data is growing at unprecedented rates. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the demand for enterprise storage capacity is growing 75% every year. IDC projects that total storage terabytes will grow from 2 million in 2005 to 11 million in 2009.

This deluge of digital data is driving the need for reliable, high-performance storage that is easier to implement and manage. These requirements favor network-based, centrally managed storage over alternative storage solutions and infrastructures. Internet Protocol (IP) has become firmly established as the predominant general-purpose networking protocol. The IP storage concept naturally followed as a way to meet growing networked storage requirements.

The complete line of StoneFly Storage Concentrators™ provides IP Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructures that are highly scalable, intelligent, reliable, manageable, and cost effective. Storage Concentrators are IP-based storage provisioning appliances that enable mid-sized to large enterprises to manage and optimize their storage assets in real-time. As a result, they provide a rapid return on investment by delivering more efficient storage usage, improved administrative productivity, and reduced network complexities.

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