Microsoft is taking the wraps off two new StorSimple 8000 series arrays: The 8100 and the 8600. These arrays are branded as “Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000” and integrate with two new Azure services, the Azure StorSimple Manager and the Azure StorSimple Virtual Appliance. Microsoft plans to make the new Azure StorSimple arrays available as of August 1. This new offering builds on the success of previous StorSimple offerings that automate and eliminate one of the biggest problems facing IT organizations – double digit data growth and the storage capacity and data protection complexities that come with it.
StorSimple 8000 series hybrid storage arrays excel at managing data growth and stopping the endless cycle of buying storage. Some of the key features of the StorSimple 8000 Series are:
- Performance & Scalability – Massively scalable hybrid cloud storage with larger on-premises capacity for SSD and HDD
- Data Mobility – Access to enterprise data in Microsoft Azure through the StorSimple Virtual Appliance
- Consolidated Management – Azure portal to manage geographically dispersed physical arrays and virtual appliances, data protection policies, and data mobility
The new StorSimple 8000 series arrays come in two flavors to meet a variety of capacity and performance needs: the StorSimple 8100 and the StorSimple 8600. These are enterprise hybrid storage arrays with a twist – instead of being limited to only SSDs and HDDs, these arrays use Azure Storage as a hybrid cloud tier for automatic capacity expansion and off-site data protection. That means IT teams don’t have to spend so much time and effort working on the next inevitable storage capacity upgrade or managing the complex details of data protection. Data stored on StorSimple 8000 series arrays is automatically protected off-site by cloud snapshots, which fill the enormous gap between problematic tape solutions and costly remote replication solutions.
To go with the new arrays, there is the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Appliance, which is an implementation of StorSimple technology running as an Azure virtual machine in the cloud. With a matching Azure StorSimple virtual machine, StorSimple 8000 series customers can run applications in Azure that access snapshot virtual volumes in the cloud. Customers will be able to run new applications that search and analyze historical datasets without disrupting production work in their datacenter. This new StorSimple Virtual Appliance not only works for data from Windows Server and Hyper-V, but on-premises Linux and VMware servers, as well, providing hybrid cloud capabilities for the most common server platforms today.
The Virtual Appliance also enables disaster recovery (DR) in the cloud. Virtualized applications that store their data on an Azure StorSimple array in a customer’s datacenter can be restarted in VMs in Azure with access to previously uploaded data. Updates to data made during recovery operations can be downloaded later to StorSimple arrays on-premises when normal operations resume.
DR is an area of concern for many customers and they seldom get a chance to test their abilities. Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000 Series arrays and Virtual Appliances have a feature called Instant Recovery, which presents synthetic, full images of virtual volumes in Azure to applications and end users so they can start accessing data as soon as possible after a disaster. Instant recovery accelerates restores and DR testing by only downloading data that is needed and bypassing data that isn’t needed.
Another groundbreaking capability in this release is the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager, which consolidates management for all of a customer’s Azure StorSimple 8000 series arrays and Virtual Appliances. Administrators use the Manager to centrally control all aspects of StorSimple storage and data management from the cloud, so they can ensure consistent operations and data protection/retention policies across the enterprise. The new StorSimple Manager also gives administrators a dashboard with up-to-the-minute status and reports so they can quickly spot storage troubles and trends and allows the IT team to spend less time on storage infrastructure management and shift resources to business applications.
The new StorSimple 8000 series hybrid storage arrays are the most powerful StorSimple systems ever and have even tighter integration with Azure. These new solutions demonstrate how Microsoft is bringing the best of on-premises storage together with the cloud in order to deliver bottom line savings to customers by cutting storage costs from 40 to 60% and helping IT teams focus more on business strategies than infrastructure management.
StorSimple 5000/7000 series
StorSimple continues to offer its popular industry-leading hybrid cloud storage appliances, the StorSimple 5000/7000 series. Customers get the same data growth management and cloud economics benefits as the 8000 series in a smaller capacity configuration, and with the exception that the 5000/7000 series does not support the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager and the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Appliance.