SANStart Service – Storage Area Network Design and Implementation
In today’s business environment information becomes the most valuable asset of any enterprise. Optimizing data storage and ensuring continuous data access require resilient, convenient and intelligent solutions.
Storage Area Network (SAN) successfully addresses the objectives. SAN is a data storage network enabling connectivity between any server and data storage device.
The solution allows intelligent load distribution across storage network devices, taking the load off the network and overloaded servers. It enables creation of unified resource storage pool contributing to data manageability and control, while eliminating time loss and application outages on data backup.
SAN’s advantages have already made the solution an integral part of modern data centers. As compared to the client/server architecture, SAN is a leading edge technology of tomorrow. Thus, on building new data storage system, the only question to answer is whether you implement SAN and keep up-to-date, or invest in the obsolete technologies to lag behind your competitors tomorrow.
CBOSS Corporation offers a new service of data storage network design and implementation.
CBOSS Corporation's main objective in implementing Storage Area Network is, rather than to connect isolated servers in a single network, to integrate the whole SAN solution into the Client's enterprise technology.
All SANStart-based offers are proposed by the results of the Client’s hardware analysis. It allows avoiding design and implementation errors and optimizing information system infrastructure.
All enterprises operate on various hardware different in state and load. That is why CBOSS Corporation provides an individual approach, unique and special SAN to each customer.
SAN implementation comprises a wide range of works from analyzing existing situation to customer staff training. The service can be divided into two stages: “SAN design” and “SUN implementation”.
Before offering a customized project, CBOSS specialists study the existing hardware/software complex (HSC) on site. Analysis of customer information systems comprises:
- HSC constituents, i.e. hardware type and configuration, software versions, etc.
- Information processing and storage technologies.
- Customer needs for expanded memory and improved storage information.
Basing on collected information, we design a scalable SAN architecture and develop specifications for SAN hardware and software to be installed at the customer enterprise. SAN architecture is designed to support the required solutions depending on the problems it should handle.
Pre-implementation SAN design phase allows improving customer data storage systems and the existing technologies. We create centralized data backup, integrate isolated components and data libraries into a single system, and add data replication technologies. Automated system analysis helps avoiding potentially dangerous consequences of all corrections, modifications and upgrades.
SAN dramatically changes the HSC structure. At the same time it’s necessary to eliminate the risk of data loss and minimize the system outages. These important requirements affect the SAN implementation plan.
A complete project documentation package is also prepared.
Basing on CBOSS design, our specialists install and test all the necessary hardware, i.e. we check the declared SAN functionality and test it for performance. The detected component errors, if any, are eliminated.
Up to commissioning our best specialists accurately supervise SAN implementation works according to the plan. We install software to monitor SAN and route data to low-load links. CBOSS specialists enable short time-to-launch, thus reducing customer losses due to HSC outage.
Simultaneously with SAN launch, we prepare a complete documentation package describing SAN operation and administration peculiarities. Moreover, CBOSS specialists train the customer staff to operate the network.
We implement unique and customized SAN for every client. However, every SAN possesses the following universal characteristics:
High-performance resilient infrastructure. Any vendor’s servers easily integrate into the single system regardless of their number and technical characteristics. Each server can be connected to any network storage device (NDS), enabling common access to storage system. Servers formerly providing data access can now run applications and services.
Easy scalability. As demand grows, new servers and disk arrays can be connected online. New methods of device connection enable to automatically recognize and disconnect devices and reconfigure the network.
Even load distribution across network devices. Software operation is protected against hardware failures, as the system distributes load over the network. Data is routed to bypass damaged or overloaded links, enabling advanced data access irrelevant of component or link failure.
Fewer resources for data management and protection. Improved system reliability facilitates administration and data management. Disk space management and reallocation requires less time. Centralized network structure enables data management, disk space allocation, backup and recovery from a single workplace.
Improved data backup and recovery. High SAN bandwidth allows fast data replication using both software and hardware tools. Tape libraries connected to servers via SAN enable faster data backup and recovery. Upon a server failure, tape library will remain accessible to all other servers. SAN server transmits the backup data directly to its allocated tape drive, thus enabling faster replication.
Always-on continuous data access. Upon main server failure, the system automatically switches to standby server not waiting for the storage network to switch to the secondary platform. System performance remains high even when data is backed up and recovered, as data transmission is distributed among low-load links. Thus data backup and recovery may be run anytime, even during working hours.
Expanded data storage volume and better disk space allocation. SAN provides more disk space for all servers enabling their access directly to the disk array. It’s no longer a problem, when one server lacks disk resources, while other has them in abundance unable to share it with the first server, as its disks are local.