SOURCE: Stonefly, Inc.

July 08, 2008 08:45 ET

StoneFly Upgrades StoneFusion Network Storage Platform to Boost IP SAN Replication, Encryption and Server Virtualization Capabilities

Pioneering IP SAN Platform Gives Enterprise Customers More Options for Tiered Storage, Configuration Flexibility

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - StoneFly™, Inc., a leading supplier of integrated IP storage area network (SAN) systems and a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), today unveiled StoneFusion 6.1™, a new more robust release of the company's intelligent network storage platform, which is integrated into all StoneFly IP SANs to provide block-level provisioning and centralized storage management, control and monitoring of logical storage volumes.

Key Updates

--  StoneFly's entry-level Integrated Storage Concentrator (ISC) line of
    IP SANs now supports SAS
--  StoneFly Reflection™, designed for local, campus and remote
    mirroring, now offers improved asynchronous replication
--  Enhanced system management now available with SNMP, and additional
    options offered for SAN boot
--  Performance improvements for larger virtual server environments
    

Updated ISCs with SAS Support

StoneFusion 6.1 expands StoneFly's tiered IP SAN offerings to now include the ISC line. All ISCs can now utilize Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) and 10,000- and 15,000-RPM Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives in the same chassis. With SAS drives, the ISCs better support transaction-intensive as well as high-definition video streaming and other business-critical applications requiring high disk performance. At the same time, they also provide improved IP SAN options for tiered storage flexibility.

Improved StoneFly Reflection

StoneFly Reflection has undergone a number of improvements since the 6.0 release. With StoneFusion 6.1, three asynchronous mirrors are available for each volume to allow data to be copied to three separate locations on the WAN to further bolster disaster recovery initiatives.

StoneFusion 6.1 also delivers higher levels of monitoring for Reflection volumes, with a new history and status summary screen that displays all asynchronous activities. Using the "guest login" feature, remote administrators can now log in to check replication status of their volumes copied to an alternate DR site.

Enhanced System Management Features

Also, new Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) support allows customers to receive StoneFusion notifications and alerts, including availability of storage resources and volumes, through standard SNMP monitoring tools including HP OpenView and IBM's Tivoli.

This release also expands StoneFly's support for SAN Boot technologies with support for bootable iSCSI initiators from Intel, Qlogic and emBoot.

Support for Larger Virtual Server Environments

To support growing virtual server implementations, StoneFly has doubled the number of storage volumes per IP SAN to 200. Additionally, StoneFly now supports more iSCSI connections per SAN, with up to four 1Gb or 10Gb ports per SAN, depending on the configuration. Previously, only two iSCSI ports were available on each IP SAN.

About StoneFusion

StoneFusion was first introduced when StoneFly launched in 2000 as a pioneering provider of IP SANs. Since then, the company has continued to build upon the software's best-in-class capabilities, including its patented storage virtualization engine. StoneFusion also offers StoneFly Reflection for local and campus mirroring, and StoneFly Snapshot™ for fast, efficient data recovery, as well as capabilities for data migration, storage consolidation, access control, volume management, and provisioning to present SAN storage to hosts as local disks.

StoneFusion 6.1 will be standard on all new systems starting in mid-July. For existing customers, please contact StoneFly Support for upgrade information.

About StoneFly, Inc. and Dynamic Network Factory, Inc.

StoneFly, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, was founded in April 2000 to deliver upon the vision of simple and affordable storage optimization and disaster recovery protection through IP SAN solutions. StoneFly is a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), a leading maker of high-performance network attached storage, storage area networks, RAID and iSCSI systems. For more information on StoneFly, please visit www.stonefly.com or www.iscsi.com.

Founded in 1989, Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF) is a privately held company based in Silicon Valley (Hayward, Ca.). DNF started as a U.S. subsidiary of the publicly traded Japanese IT conglomerate, CSK Electronics, in 1989. In 1998, the company refined its strategy and began to focus the hardware group on storage solutions. Within a year, DNF's rapid growth resulted in its emergence as an independent, privately held spin-off. In 2006, DNF completed its acquisition of StoneFly Networks, an iSCSI storage pioneer and developer of complete, turnkey IP SAN solutions. Since its inception, DNF has designed custom solutions for organizations of all sizes and built products for many major computer manufacturers. Today, DNF consists of seven business divisions including StoneFly, DNF Security, DNF Professional Services, DNF Medical, DNF Defense, DNF Systems and DNF Storage. DNF has thousands of customers ranging from consumers and small-to-medium businesses, to government agencies, universities, hospitals, financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.DNFCorp.com.

Contact Information

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    StoneFly, Inc.
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