What are hosting server storage solutions?
This is the internet age and data have moved from papers to e-documents, pictures are uploaded on social media platforms, postal mails are now emails, and conversations are now chats; so there is a huge heap of data which is available via the internet worldwide. Some of these data are personal while other are professional and confidential too. To store these data, managed dedicated server storage solutions are required.
Understanding Different Server Storage Types
Storage types fall into three main categories….
Direct attached storage – DAS
Storage area network – SAN
Network attached storage – NAS
These disks are connected directly (locally) and used in both servers and workstations. Directly attached storage connects multiple disks in arrays or single disks of following types :
PATA: Parallel ATA, or ATAPI. 150MBps. (Megabytes Per Second)
These disks use IDE connectors to connect one or two drives on a cable, usually DVD drives and hard disk drives. PATA is old technology now.
SATA: Serial ATA. 6Gbps currently for SATA III (That’s 600MBps)
These disks have their own fast channel on the controller and use much narrower cables than PATA.
The SSD (Solid State Disk) assortment of SATA can accomplish higher read/compose comes about than standard SATA plates; 1,100 MBPs reads and near 700 MBps composes. They have no moving parts as they only contain chips.
Ultra320: SCSI drives. 320MBps
This SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) drives were the standard for servers in the past. The shared bus connectors could hold up to 14 disks but contention would increase the more disks were added. The maximum disk size is 300GB.
SAS: Serial Attached SCSI. 3GBps/8gbps currently.
A standard 3.5” SAS runs at 15,000 RPM, and a 2.5” runs at 10,000RPM but with smaller storage. However, the advantage of smaller disks is that more can be squeezed in giving an over all increase in capacity and access speed. A NLSAS (Near Line SAS) combines a SAS interface with a SATA drive. These can be up to 2TB in size currently. They provide larger volume but with the lower performance of an SATA drive at 7500RPM.
A NAS has multiple disks usually in a RAID array and appears on the network as a single node of shared storage. NAS storage does not appear to your hosting server or computer as a disk drive, rather as a network location which can be added as a mapped drive. They are popular because they are much cheaper than SANs and allow the creation of user access permissions, and certain software can be run from them. They are often used to back up servers or to provide access to shared files to many computers.
They use shared file system protocols like SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFS and GFS. These protocols enable various users to get to a similar file at the same point of time, in any case, this overhead programming makes transmission somewhat slower than SANs.
Unlike a NAS, a SAN presents a drive for the server to connect to, which appears in disk management like a normal drive would. SANs incorporate multiple network devices on a separate self-contained network, which appear as one drive, which can be divided up. These drives are then available to multiple servers and computers. They often use higher end switches to create a VLAN, which joins the two networks together and provides security. They utilize SAS or SATA in numerous RAID exhibits associated together. There are two sorts of SAN; iSCSI and Fiber Channel (FC), both utilize SCSI summons, with the exception of that FC bundles SCSI commands into Fibre Channel frames, and iSCSI uses Internet Protocol.
iSCSI is the first protocol that uses native SCSI commands end-to-end over IP, (although fibre Channel can be made to do this.) Its speed is limited by the speed of the LAN as it uses ordinary network cards. iSCSI SANs can be bought ready-made but can also be put together with standard hardware.
The iSCSI device is referred to as the ‘target’ and any computer or server can be used as an ‘initiator’ as long as it has initiator software installed. (This includes Apple Mac). The initiator scans the target looking for an LUN (Logical Unit Number) Each Logical Unit can be made up of many configurations, for example, a whole RAID set, or a group of partitions or disks, but is seen by the LUN as one drive. There are two versions of Microsoft iSCSI Initiator installed on a Microsoft server; one version is to allow booting from the SAN when the OS is installed on it, the other is for use as normal storage.
Fibre Channel SANs:
Fiber channel is really more established than iSCSI and utilizations devoted equipment rather than just NICs and switches; it utilizes uncommon controllers called HBAs (Host Bus Adaptor) on the customer PCs, and special fibre channel cables and switches to interconnect the components. Traditionally the cables were fibre optic, but twisted pair and coaxial copper cables also exist. FC is more expensive but it is reliable and secure, which is why it is widely used. An HBA card is needed for each server, which connects to a port on the Fibre Channel switch. The switch usually has four ports for redundancy and speed, in case one pathway fails, another takes over. Once LUNs are created on the Target, they can be zoned and masked to ensure that they are only accessible to the proper servers or applications. The maximum length of Fibre Optic cable depends on the quality of the cable, for example, 50/125 multimode fiber can reach up to 500 meters.
Why your business needs high online Server storage solutions?
A website alone consumes up to 200 GB of hard drive space. In addition to this, organizations have documents, applications, email system, videos and whatnot, which also keeps growing. So the storage amount is never enough for the operations of the organization & you need high online server storage solutions for efficient business operations.
Space required by different types of files and data:
HTML: 120KB approx.
Scripts: 330KB approx.
Image: 1.3MB average
A document: 1.5MB average
Webpage: 2.1MB average
Audio/song: 3.5 MB (generally)
1 hour long Video = 1 GB
We need not mention the rate of data growth around the world. This is why never say no to the storage space. The need for managed hosting server storage service is going to increase day by day with the increasing operations in the organization. Moreover, space is also required to create a backup of the data and server. So at least, 1 TB of data storage space is a must for any organization today.
When the disk is full, applications will start running at a slow speed
More storage space means better scalability
More storage means the ability to store more documents, photos, videos web pages etc.
So when you are looking for best dedicated server hosting solutions for your business, do not ignore the storage space offered by the web hosts. Many times, the cheap hosting providers offer hard drive space lesser than 1 TB. So be careful while choosing your dedicated server hosting host.
Unisecure offers affordable dedicated server hosting with 1 TB storage and enough RAM to help you in taking your business to greater heights.
Some benefits of having high storage dedicated servers are :
It avoids need to have a colocation server
Privacy can be maintained.
Additional costs incurred as a result of buying additional storage can be minimized.
No need to worry about scalability issues.
Performance, scalability, management and overall data protection can be assured as data is stored & managed locally.
Easy access to storage solutions
Highly available basis with dual controller and redundant power supply
Regional server hosting services at one of our locations
Quality hardware from branded manufacturers.
Independence & security
Full integration in existing environment possible ( VLAN )
Reliable hosting & connectivity services.