Top Ten Benefits of Microsoft Azure StorSimple

By May 3, 2018Cloud Computing

What are the consequences of your enterprise experiencing exponential data growth?   

Equipment sprawl, expensive storage costs, and no Disaster Recovery in sight. How do you bring this storage sprawl back onto one platform? 

Microsoft Azure StorSimple is an integrated storage solution that manages storage tasks between on-premises devices and Microsoft Azure cloud storage. StorSimple is an efficient, cost-effective, and easily manageable storage area network (SAN) solution that eliminates many of the issues and expenses associated with enterprise storage and data protection.

How does it work?

It’s simple really. By using the proprietary StorSimple 8000 series device, it integrates with cloud services to provides a set of management tools for a seamless view of all enterprise storage, including cloud storage.

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StorSimple uses storage tiering to manage stored data. The current working set is stored on-premises on solid state drives (SSDs). Your data that is used less frequently is stored on hard disk drives (HDDs), and archival data is pushed to the cloud.

StorSimple also utilises deduplication and compression to reduce the amount of storage that your data consumes.

In addition to storage management, StorSimple data protection features enable you to create on-demand and scheduled backups to then store them locally or in the cloud. Backups are taken in the form of incremental snapshots, which means that they can be created and restored quickly.

TIP: Cloud snapshots can be critically important in disaster recovery scenarios because they replace secondary storage systems (such as tape backup) and allow you to restore data to your data centre or to alternate sites if necessary.

Here are the top 10 key benefits that Microsoft Azure StorSimple:

1. Transparent integration

Uses the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface) protocol to invisibly link data storage facilities.

2. Reduced storage costs

Allocates sufficient local or cloud storage to meet current demands and extends cloud storage only when necessary.

3. Simplified storage management

Provides system administration tools to configure and manage data stored on-premises, on a remote server, and in the cloud.

4. Improved disaster recovery and compliance

Does not require extended recovery time. Instead, it restores data as it is needed.

5. Data mobility   

Data uploaded to Microsoft Azure cloud services can be accessed from other sites for recovery and migration purposes.

6. Business continuity 

Allows StorSimple 5000-7000 series users to migrate their data to a StorSimple 8000 series device.

7. Availability in the Azure Government Portal    

8. Data protection and availability

Supports Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS), in addition to Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) and Geo-redundant storage (GRS).

9. Support for critical applications

Identifies appropriate volumes as locally pinned which in turn ensures that data required by critical applications is not tiered to the cloud and not subject to cloud latencies or connectivity issues

10. Low latency and high performance

You can create cloud appliances that take advantage of the high performance, low latency features of Azure premium storage.

Are you ready to implement your Hybrid Storage Solution with Azure? Email your Evros Account Manager for your free Microsoft Azure StorSimple consultation today.