This month, we will be introducing several solid state array options to our clients, as prices are as low as commodity disk. $.60-$3/GB!

Congratulations to Seagate, on shipping their 2 billionth disk drive. 29 years to ship the first billion, 4 years for the second! (brag: I used to sell ST-225’s!)

Nexsan’s front loading drawer design accelerates sales of their SATAbeast replacement, the 60 bay, 4U,E60. Also available in 18 bay, with the same great design and HA options.

The Marriage of Tape plus Disk: Our Backup software vendor Arkeia was purchased by Western Digital and WD just invested in Skyera, a MLC flash raid startup. A pattern: Seagate owns EVault. Quantum now OEMs’ Object based storage from AmpliData. Tape library manufacturer Qualstar plans to add disk in 2013. Nexsan is bought by Imation, known for tape and media. Tape is not dead, and disk to disk to tape is not dead, just sayin’. DeDupe is not going away anytime soon either, as Quantum rolls out their fastest model yet, the DXi6802 w/self-encrypted disks. We love all this darn backup for yuppies excitement as backup architecting finally gets en vogue again.

Some Sizzle from DDN as they release an 84 bay, 4U array (OMG, more exciting than a Milan fashion show) with their SFA12K. We like it ALOT as with just “two” raid controllers, it can scale to petabytes and expand with JBOD after JBOD.

Check back soon, we’ll be here writing newsletters for our readership and whipping out proposals and quotes.🙂

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Dinosaurs Dilemma

We just completed another AZ Tech Summit conference on 9/19/1, and this year we featured Qualstar’s XLS [Big robotic tape library] and RLS 8500 [SMB] tape libraries,  Starboard Storage Unified [high IOPS] iSCSI disk arrays and Arista 10GbE switches.  Startup disk vendors are coming out of the woodwork, and it’s tough to choose one for your budget that is trustworthy of critical data such as a company database. Starboard is currently on CRN’s Top Hot Startup List-http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/9/prweb9888269.htm. Many clients we talked to want to purchase new SAN/NAS hardware after years of waiting for a chunk of budget, but they need some help establishing true priorities: is it name brand first, then cost/service contracts/technical features/high IOPS/expansion options/or other custom needs that drive the purchase? If all [which brand do I buy?] decisions were based on the number of mouse clicks to install a SAN, EMCs’ VNX systems would win hands down. However, some clients cannot afford their support hours and outside the wizard driven GUI, as EMC support hours can cost $150/hr. Many of our storage vendors offer unconditional support hours wrapped into a very affordable annual contract. As we head into the final stretch of the year, there is certainly alot of planned upgrades which is good to see. Many of the best “priced” deals are negotiated in Q4!

Condor Storage was the storage and backup vendor to University of Arizona Tucson in 2011 and worked in close technical liason with Data Direct Networks and Qualstar on this HPC project.

We are proud to be a trusted partner to our university clients and the result is a state of the art new data center on campus in Tucson.

Download the brochure here: http://rc.arizona.edu/.

Exciting things so far about 2012:

  • Solid State arrays are finally affordable.
  • Our President, Jeanne Wilson, spoke at CreateASphere 2012 on how to restore data when the “DAM” breaks. As it turns out, many Digital Asset Mngt. plans include archival to our very affordable tape libraries. Cloud can store the content, but there is no guarantee you can get your data back exactly when you want it. Private cloud on tape will continue to grow in 2012.
  • Object Based Storage which avoids RAIDed disks, starts to spread it’s wings w/AmpliData and DDN WOS. We are there.
  • Nexsan, late to the Unified Storage arena, releases unified SAN/NAS and has plenty of 3TB drives as we post this entry.
  • Starboard Storage Systems exits stealth mode, Condor Storage has an installed use case already. Unique: iSCSI, SAN and NAS and Fibre-plus executive team that came from Lefthand.
  • EMC VNX is well received by our client base, our first batch of case studies will roll out in Q2.
  • Condor signs with BitSpeed, for fast file transfer. This is an exciting time to sell software and to have a product that delivers an immediate ROI vs. buying more bandwidth.

Thank you to all our trusted vendors and clients who trust in our advice. Call us please, for any information on our products, vendors and custom solutions.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Condor Storage is an authorized PresSTORE Reseller. Their Backup and Sync software for Windows, MAC, Linux and Solaris is really well liked in the IT community. (Archiware is the manufacturer, and we represent them here in the US and Canada) Please contact us for superior customer service in obtaining price quotes, technical specifications and 30 day trials.

Storage Growth per IDC is at 100,000 Terabytes Per Year! Unstructured data continues to sprawl, and remains 80% of most of the online data that is stored in today’s data centers. We’ve partnered with Nasuni for a NAS Gateway to Amazon’s cloud. There are no API’s required, and we like this solution because Nasuni compensates for the shortcomings that have kept cloud providers from being able to deliver primary storage. While the cloud offers unlimited protected storage at a lower cost than businesses can provision on their own, it lacks performance, Local Area Network protocols, such as CIFS or NFS, and the ability to roll back unwanted changes. The Nasuni Filer was designed to address all of these issues with its high-performance cache, full support for CIFS and NFS, Active Directory support, and its snapshot technology. Contact Us for a download link and introductory pricing model.

  • Nexsan recently released two new SAN solutions at surprisingly affordable pricepoints, the E18 and E60.  These both feature a new active drawer chassis design with field replaceable parts exchange, 3 YR Warranty/Support inclusive and SAS/SATA mixed shelf drives.  Known for ease of use, a self-install GUI Wizard and density of design-this brand is ultra-reliable. Condor Storage has clients under Year 6 warranty renewals.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Over 10TB of high performance SAS in 2U OR over 54TB of high capacity SATA in 2U
  • 18-disk RAID system with two active drawers
  • Single or dual redundant active/active controllers
  • High speed cache with both battery and flash backup
  • 8Gb Fibre Channel and 1Gb iSCSI host-side ports
  • Utilizes multi-path IO for Windows, Linux, VMware, Xen and Hyper-V
  • No single-point-of-failure design
  • Anti-Vibration Design™ maximizes disk reliability
  • Nexsan’s exclusive AutoMAID® level 4 technology reduces energy consumption by 85%
  • Nexsan’s Cool Drive Technology™ utilizes redundant push and pull fans
  • Expand with up to 60 additional drives with Nexsan E60X
  • Optional 10Gbit iSCSI replaces 8Gb Fibre Channel ports

EMC’s VNXe and VNX iSCSI SAN offers our clients CIFS/NFS, DeDupe, Unified Storage management with Snapshots, Provisioning and Replication. How affordable…many may wonder? Condor is running client promotions for under $15K incl. support.

See these exciting new products on our marketing microsite: http://www.diskvaults.com 

PROMOTION NEWS:

Q3 Promotion: BlueArc, Break the Myth Promotion. We have a bold mission, to break the myth that Enterprise, Clustered NAS  must cost at least $100K.  We are an Authorized BlueArc Reseller.  Our primary client focus is to arrange webinars, coordinate site visits and negotiate discounted prices with BlueArc sales agents. We have all the tools to solve today’s Big Data needs at prices you may thought were out of reach. Please give us a chance to cost illustrate this product before your spend money on another NAS solution.

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Dec. 2010 was one of the strangest year ends I have seen in 25 years. Everyone popped up needing budget numbers in a sure fire hurry, and we had to churn out quotes 24/7 to appease.  ‘Since we custom architect for each client, this is alot of note taking…but that’s why Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing!  Business ended on the plus side, PO’s were actually cut instead of a holiday dead zone. Thank you to all those clients whom trust in our services.

Now, 2011 is alive and vibrant. Renewed spending is being seen or planned in Q1, and the doom and gloom uttered by many about their budgets and freezes in 2010, is not being talked about yet. EMC is bringing out a well priced line of unified storage arrays which we will be featuring in the months ahead. I know a good allegiance when I see one, and we already have a local reference using the product. There are many manufacturers we represent with gusto and we are adding EMC’s new VNXe and VNX to our list. Look for a new website we are launching before the end of this month profiling our top storage vendors and their strongest product offerings, including why we think they rule and edited [but beefy] technical specifications. Please be sure  to watch for our launch and/or visit our newletter signup page for upcoming promotions, white papers, and technical data we send bi-monthly. Our newsletter is designed for informing our IT clients, based on seasoned industry experience. We network with hundreds of mass storage storage professionals and 50% of our time is spent on vendor selection.  Here’s to a pleasant year ahead for all. If you care to email us, you can use the form below or visit our Contact US page. http://www.condorstorage.com/contact_info.htm






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