Condor Storage and HPC

March 14, 2012 Leave a reply

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. The Data Direct Networks storage was selected (SFA10K) for the cluster.

See the DDN storage here: http://rc.arizona.edu/storage/home

Exciting things, 2012:

  • Solid State arrays are finally affordable. We are proud to partner with TMS whom is one of the longest on record provider of solid state and recently purchased by IBM.
  • 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 but massively scalable Qualstar XLS  tape libraries. LTO-6 is shipping!
  • 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 it is impressive. They are also the first to ship 4 Terabyte SATA drives.
  • Starboard Storage Systems  and Condor Storage have several published case studies. Unique: iSCSI, SAN and NAS and Fibre, 10GB available,High IOPS, Granular Snapshots, and more. Please allow us to showcase this technology.
  • EMC VNXe is well received by our client base and continues to rack up the industry awards.
  • Condor partners with BitSpeed, for fast file transfer. We had previously signed with Aspera as well, and continue to assist our clients with fast file transfer solutions from both manufacturers.

Thank you to all our trusted vendors and to our returning clients whom have  trusted in our abilities and service. Call us please, for any information on our products, vendors and custom solutions.

 

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The Move to JBODS is Emerging

April 22, 2010 Leave a reply

We are seeing a trend in larger data centers to move to JBODs. I wonder who invented that term? The actual definition I found when Googling is: “Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) is a term for one or more disk drives that form a single volume. However, the information on these disks is not striped in any way or protected”. While this may be true, jbods can now be enabled by fault tolerant software with failover and full file format data restoration. The IP is not residing on a raid controller which can drive up the cost for each shelf of expansion by $5-10K or more. Density is good when trying to hold down energy costs. Per end users with multiple racks, for each tier of storage in a separate cabinet with six 30-amp circuits they pay at least $1000 a month higher energy costs than if they had all three tiers in one box. It’s never been easier or more logical to explore a tiered solution that offers a solid design, all hot-swap parts, advance replacement of all parts plus three tiers enabled under one cover. We offer solid state, SAS 15K RPM and 2TB SATA all in one  4U JBOD. The software is free for proof of concept and the hardware is the easy part. I need an Apple Ipad to keep all the options in front of me as our vendor matrix is so chock full of options. Data storage is where I focused my talents back when Seagate released 20MB drives, and I still love it. I watched Oprah’s show this week on “dream jobs” from cake bakers to techno-nerds who get to test things first…and I count myself fortunate to be able to architect all kinds of storage combinations,  for all kinds of projects. The quiver has never been so powerful in the disk drive sector, in my humble opinion. :)   JMW

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April Promotions

April 17, 2009 Leave a reply

We’re inundated with promos, this is a buyers market. Something to Talk About: 2 for 1 iSCSI SAN offers-get a free iSCSI SAN appliance and replicate your data. Free, to new clients only, recieve one SATA drive free for every 2 ordered in a raid array.

Where can you get 5 TB. free? Buy an 8TB raid array and get either a free second controller for active/active failover OR choose 5 1TB. drives for FREE. Our clients like FREE. Also, free shipping in/out and free evaluation on our new SSD PCI card. Here’s another free offer, -order a 12 slot tape autoloader, get a unit with 24 slots-that’s 12 slots for FREE. Restructure any text file with our custom migration and archival software…get a free trial to move 500 files and test this, ask for a FREE download link. Here’s another zinger…get a 4TB. free license for an easy to use and administer NAS paralllel file system.

Solid State Offer: Test drive a PCI flash based card that can resolve performance problems and accelerate applications up to 2500%. See for youself how SSD can dramatically increase the number of concurrent users and simultaneous transactions in your existing environment. Save money by reducing the need for expensive new servers, software licenses, server-based RAM and monolithic RAID. We have a unique solution for NetApps clients with this product, please inquire. Talk to us for more details. 888-472-8028 or 928-284-2535

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