VSAs provide shared storage cost effectively
Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) are a very cost-effective solution – not only from a point of sale aspect, but also from the perspective of daily operations. It’s easy to see where a VSA saves you money on initial purchase, especially when compared to a physical SAN, but a VSA continues to to provide great ‘bang for your buck’ far beyond this.
A VSA does not depreciate in value like physical hardware, and is not prone to expensive routine maintenance and upgrades commonly seen in physical storage solutions; supported SVA customers can simply keep with the times with a few clicks of the mouse
A physical SAN or NAS is essentially a single point of failure. If it fails, your data is unavailable until it is brought back online – which depending on the ability of your available staff may take hours and often days in multi-site retail environments.
As a VSA (such as SvSAN) mirrors data over 2 servers, any of the VSAs or servers can fail without the business losing access to the critical data. SvSAN can be managed centrally, enabling IT administrators to get any downed server/VSA back online quickly.
Leverage the benefits of High Availability
Shared storage unlocks the real benefits of true business continuity. High Availability ensures that your business critical information is always available, and that you get the most out of your environments.
Scale performance and capacity as needs grow
VSAs leverage existing server capacity and resources for mirroring, and can be extended to include additional servers as you require. To get more out of your VSA simply update some of the server hardware, add more discs, replace servers etc
Share datastores across clustered servers
Datastores can be made readily available to any servers in the cluster making data even more readily available to users.
Doesn’t require specialized training
VSAs are simple. They do not require any specialist training or staff, meaning that existing staff would be able to get to grips with the technology quickly and easily.
As a result edge/remote office/branch office environments and SMBs no longer need additional to hire IT staff unnecessarily.