More branches, more problems?
Large organization operations are more complex than the average business, and one of the main factors that compounds this complexity is the management of multiple sites. When it comes to choosing and deploying an enterprise storage solution, this is especially true.
Imagine the workload required of central IT administrators when it comes to maintaining uptime, as well as deploying and resolving the issues of 100+ branch offices. This is why achieving high availability (HA) at these locations is imperative to these organizations as it ensures availability of business critical applications.
But often achieving high availability can do more damage to both the central office and the branch as the prehistoric yet traditional methods of achieving HA aren’t well suited to the needs of the edge – i.e. remote and branch offices/sites.
When the term ‘HA’ starts being thrown around most IT professionals immediately think of storage, and storage is often associated with the traditional SAN – the expensive, large, complex, physical and VERY EXPENSIVE storage solution that requires more time from your IT administrators than if there was no HA there at all.
It is understandable then why so many branch offices don’t strive to achieve HA.
Then there are Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) like StorMagic SvSAN, which leverage the existing server’s internal disks to create shared storage to keep your business critical application protected against hardware failures.
StorMagic SvSAN is fast becoming the number 1 choice for large organizations for achieving high availability at the branch, because it:
- Provides shared storage cost effectively Dedicated hardware is not required
- Turns internal disk drives into a virtual SAN
- Enables a highly available environment without external shared storage
- Mirrors datastores between servers over iSCSI, overcoming the single point of failure of SAN solutions
- Leverages the processing power of the server
- Scale performance and capacity as needs grow
- Doesn’t require specialized training
SAN storage solution deliver high performance where it needed (typically the central office datacenter) but at the edge SvSAN delivers everything a SAN cannot.
If you’d like to dive deeper, check out this article from our archive about simplifying storage in complex environments. If you’re ready to find out more about SvSAN, check out our overview.