The massive volumes of data generated and stored by online applications can put significant pressure on your disk-storage system.

Managing capacity by incrementally adding disks to your servers can be problematic and disruptive. It can also affect uptime and, in severe instances, result in disk failures, which you certainly want to avoid.

Our Managed SAN (storage area network) service is a hosted storage solution available to clients that host their business applications in any of our data centres. It enables fast access to storage and the ability to quickly scale up disk storage when your computer network needs it.

Support your long-term strategic storage goals

Unlock the benefits of Managed SAN

Leverage our expertise and infrastructure

Managed SAN is a service especially for customers who need the highest levels of redundancy and the ability to scale disk-storage demands on-the-fly. Designing and setting up a storage area network that is responsive, secure and fast is a complex task that requires a high level of skill. With Managed SAN, you benefit from our expertise in implementing these networks, as well as from using our infrastructure. And the capital-intensive costs of purchasing and managing an equivalent IT infrastructure in our data centre or on your local area network are no longer a factor.

As one of the leading storage area network vendors, Internet Solutions also manages and supports the service and monitors the storage area network 24/7 to ensure availability and maintain high levels of performance.

Save on costs and still ensure maximum uptime

Hardware is shared among clients that use Managed SAN, making it more cost-effective, but without compromising on the benefits or security of the solution. Thanks to fully managed disk-quotas, you enjoy easy scaling to adapt your storage capacity to your growing business needs. Bearing in mind how unforgiving the digital business world is, disk failures can be a massive disaster when it comes to adding disk space to your servers. By using Managed SAN you can increase your disk-space quotas at relatively short notice (and at an affordable rate) without disrupting users or networks.

Your risk of downtime is close to zero, as Managed SAN storage infrastructure is extremely resilient. This makes it ideal for mission-critical applications.

A flexible and efficient data storage solution

Disk utilisation and storage capacity at your fingertips

Block storage that benefits your business

A storage area network is technically the network that provides access to data stored in volumes, or blocks.

With block-level storage, data volumes are “blocked” together and these blocks are treated as individual hard drives, as opposed to file-level storage, which simply stores files in bulk. This enables you to manage everything as one entity, which is much more efficient. It also improves disk utilisation, so you can avoid the problem of wasted space. Block storage is more flexible and efficient, and offers better speed and performance.

Managed SAN from Internet Solutions comprises all the infrastructure needed to improve disk utilisation and storage capacity, simplify storage management, and provide fast access to stored data from multiple servers. Our solution includes:

  • A fully configured fibre channel array and fabric switches for seamless capacity expansion
  • A storage system for each server that connects to the SAN (you decide how much disk space you need)
  • Dual fibre channel connectivity to separate fabric switches for full redundancy
  • Storage arrays with built-in resiliency
  • All cabling and ports

We install and configure the server agent and fibre channel backbone, and assign disk arrays.

Better security, improved failover recovery

Storage area network solutions are only as strong as their data security protocols. Without the proper measures in place, your information assets could be vulnerable to cyber-attacks, or data can be corrupted on unsecure servers. Our shared SAN infrastructure imposes no security risks on your data. Each client is connected to the SAN and can only view their own data. Private data cannot be seen by anyone else unless requested by the client.

Access to the hosted environment is gained over a secure, high-speed fibre channel or iSCSI, eliminating network bottlenecks to enable rapid access to your stored data. Dual RAID controllers, fibre switches, power supplies and fail-over software loaded onto each server ensure automatic re-routing of connectivity to the next available switch should one fail.

Greater flexibility and storage capacity

Fast access to stored data, when you need it

A range of features to boost your storage

Our Managed SAN Solution is a cost-effective and highly scalable disk-storage system, designed for business applications residing in the IS Data Centres. In addition to cost savings, enhanced security and quick failover recovery, Managed SAN also offers:

Increase storage capacity

We maintain a calculated percentage of free block space on the storage arrays to ensure there is always room for growth.

No data migrations

We never have to migrate your data from an older storage array to a new one. Storage arrays are upgraded in real time, with no impact on your connectivity. We use a modular storage strategy to ensure there are no forklift migrations, ever.

No “noisy neighbour”

Because we can guarantee performance, we eliminate the “noisy neighbour” effect of traditional arrays. Your throughput will not be impacted by other hosts requiring more throughput than you.

All-flash arrays

Take advantage of the benefits of solid state storage disks with reduced latency and lightning-fast response times.

Guaranteed quality of service

With our arrays we can guarantee minimum, maximum and burst input/output operations per second (IOPS). We eliminate the bottlenecks of traditional arrays and can guarantee minimum IOPS, limit the IOPS, or allow a burst of IOPS for a certain period.

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