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Much Delayed Thanks to DataCore, Star Tech and MediaSonic

by Administrator on April 23, 2014

Last June, as I reported on this blog, I had part of my roof shredded by a tropical storm that hit my area in Tampa Bay, FL.  Water dripped onto my name brand storage rigs, which I had tested over the past year, and fried them.  But the rigs were virtualized with DataCore SANsymphony-V software and the data was being mirrored to other virtualized disks created from low cost JBOD and RAID enclosures from Star Tech…

52291740…the StarTech.com 4 Bay External Hard Drive Array RAID Tower eSATA USB 3.0 Enclosure…

…the and MediaSonic…

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…or to be specific, the Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 ProBox 4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure with USB 3.0 & eSATA.

DataCore Software’s SANSymphony-V readily included this eSATA attached capacity into its storage pool together with iSCSI attached and FC-SAN storage.

In operation, I was replicating between expensive and cheap storage, providing very highly available infrastructure (active active in fact) and protecting my data elegantly and at a software-defined layer to use the silly nomenclature of the moment.

Bottom line:  the expensive storage kit failed, the cheap stuff carried the load.  While I am not telling you to do exactly what I did, I just want you to consider the point here:  in storage, disk is disk, controllers are controllers and cases are cases.  As long as I can aggregate capacity reliably and spread out the chewy goodness of value-add software, including thin provisioning, replication, mirroring, snapshotting, continuous data protection, etc. across an infinitely scalable cobble of disk (and flash), that makes all kinds of sense from the standpoint of affordable on-premise data protection.

I am thinking about adding LTFS to my DataCore Server so tape can play into my storage complex as well.

Thanks, Star Tech for your unit.  I bought the MediaSonic JBOD cases on the cheap from Newegg or Tiger Direct or something, together with a couple of Star Tech dual eSATA adapters.  Cool beans.

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