The IBM SAN File System (SFS) enables businesses to consolidate all of their UNIX, Linux and Windows storage onto a unified platform. Creating a single point of control and administration greatly simplifies management. With the IBM SFS software, sharing and collaboration among heterogeneous servers is enabled by assigning a single global namespace to your storage pool.
The autonomic features of the SFS allow managers to automate routine tasks via policy-based management system. Administrative tasks such as provisioning and data maintenance can be managed by the software, which can perform these tasks without disrupting systems.
With the IBM SAN File System, other routine tasks, such as adjusting file system capacity, can be done without downtime, and you can enable proactive management of file system capacities based on quotas and policies, further simplifying management.
IBM SFS software enables IT departments to even share files between disparate applications and server platforms, eliminating the unnecessary duplication of data.
Consolidating storage across numerous operating system platforms, not only ease management tasks, it also allows for the maximization of storage utilization, preserving original IT investments and minimizing TCO of your storage hardware.
With the IBM SAN File System, you can centralize your point-in-time copy services, and further reduce file-based backup downtime with FlashCopy. You can also improve data integrity by creating multiple, space-efficient online recovery points.
The IBM SFS is the perfect platform for developing and maintaining your tier-based storage infrastructure, moving data across heterogeneous operating platforms across devices and virtual LUNs as needed.
The metadata management is what really sets the IBM SFS apart from the competition. Traditional SANs place metadata on the individual servers, limiting sharing across servers and various file systems. The SAN File System puts the metadata into the storage pool, so it can be available to any application server in your IT infrastructure.
North American Systems is uniquely qualified to help you plan, configure, test, stage, and upgrade your networked storage solution for SAN or NAS. North American Systems can help you build a system that ensures you maximize ROI, minimize TCO, and optimize efficiencies by selecting a solution or upgrade that fits your business needs.