HAYWARD, Calif. -- 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 introduced StoneFlex, a new line of Windows-based, network-attached storage (NAS) gateways designed for use with all StoneFly IP SANs to provide scalable, flexible and robust file serving. Three StoneFlex models are now available, including entry level, standard and enterprise systems, with the enterprise model supporting clustering for up to eight nodes.
The diskless StoneFlex systems boot directly from the SAN, taking advantage of hardware iSCSI initiators to simplify storage administration and eliminate internal drives as a point of failure, while also providing the file server with maximum resources to support client connections and requests.
According to Bahman Jalali, director of product management for StoneFly, StoneFlex was developed for enterprise customers looking to augment their IT environments with both SAN storage and file servers. "The gateways allow end-to-end IP deployment across the LAN and the SAN," Jalali said. "In addition, because they are diskless, they eliminate points of failure for customers who boot all of their servers from the SAN."