A centralised storage or Storage Area Network solution places the majority of the disk storage in a central subsystem instead of in each individual server. This approach decouples the data space requirements from the processor requirements allowing servers to be replaced or upgraded without affecting the data and vice versa. This makes the IT infrastructure more nimble and agile and able to respond to changing business circumstances.
The centralised storage is connected to servers using a dedicated FibreChannel network or using iSCSI. In general, these storage systems are designed for maximum performance, dependability and flexibility, and are therefore appropriate for Enterprise Class applications. The addition of advanced storage features further enhance the environment and include; Snapshots, Replication, Dynamic expansion, Load Balancing and Virtualisation. The most significant savings from this approach comes from the reduction in management cost when data from sufficient servers have been migrated into a centralised storage subsystem.
Ultima has extensive experience with the planning, design, deployment and management of backup solutions for both Wintel and Unix environments. Ultima also has the expertise to design and develop backup solutions in conjunction with other related technologies and solutions such as; Storage, Archiving, Networking, Disaster Recovery and Virtualisation
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