Lower storage cost
This solution is powerful enough to allocate storage only when is needed, based on company and system requirements.
To reduce the necessary space, content can be compresses. In this way the space used to store data is reduces drastically.
In enterprise, all the data is versioned. Because of this the size of the storage can increase drastically. StorSimple is smart enough to detect data duplication between different versions of the same data. In this way the size of the storage is decrease drastically.
Integration with MMC (Microsoft Management Console) and iSCSI
It is fully integrated with different management applications and APIs like MMC.
Same interface for different storage environment
All storage environments, from on-premises, to remote servers and clouds one can be managed using only one interface and management console. In this way the storage administration becomes a simple think.
Azure Stor Simple it is smart enough to create backups based on predefined rules.
One of the most important feature is disaster recovery, that is trigger automatically by the system. Different rules and policies can be configured.
StorSimple contains a special adapter that can be used to manage the storage used by a SharePoint farm. All the configuration can be made directly from SharePoint administration portal.
Access to all the content can be managed and controlled. In this way we can control who access the data and what kind of operations can be done over it.
Like any other system, Azure Stor Simple has some limitations, like:
- Maxim size of a volume is 64TB
- Maxim number of iSCSI connections is 512
- Maximum number of snapshots per devices 10K
- Restore time processing time per TB is ~5 minutes
- Maximum number of volumes is 256
Applicable Use Cases
Below you can find some uses cases when I would use Azure Stor Simple
Pharma and Life Care
Because of the laws, all the pharma and life care companies needs to store their audit data for 5+ year more (each country has different laws). Because of this, they need a mechanism to store large amount of data not only in a secure and reliable way, but also in way to reduce costs. For use cases like this Azure Stor Simple can be a great options, especially because of compressing and deduplication functionality.
There are different businesses where you data needs to be available all the time. For uses cases like this you need a system that is able to trigger a disaster recovery plan automatically. For example in car industry, where you need different documentation and manuals to be accessible all the time.
Pros and Cons
- It is a Stor Simple solution, not only Azure
- Has support for standards protocols
Some people could see the Stor Simple hardware device like a dependency. But in this industry it is normal to have hardware devices that can manage large amount of data and storages types.
When you want to calculate the cost of Azure StorSimple you should take into account:
- Storage size on cloud
- Storage size on-premises
- Ingest level
- Annual subscriptions