AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 Tiered Storage

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/01/2013 - 16:12 in Data Management Software, 10GbE, DotHill, Storage Consolidation, DAS, SAN, iSCSI, SAS/SATA
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SKU: Pro5000
'Real-time' automated tiered storage

Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series adds automated tiered storage capabilities to our smart, simple, SAN storage line-up. Using the Pro 5000 Series with integrated RealStor™ management software, IT managers can improve data responsiveness, remove provisioning and allocation guesswork, and simplify storage management and expansion. RealStor, Dot Hill’s unique, patent pending software takes tiered storage to a more advanced level -beyond batch data migration to Real-Time automated tiered storage, that continuously responds to user data demands by moving 'hot' data to a high-speed SSD tier.


The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series is seriously smart storage, with built-in intelligence that responds to data access needs autonomically, or without human intervention or policy setting. The AssuredSAN Pro Series, with RealStor software takes tiered storage to a new level – beyond other automated tiered storage solutions using off-hours batch migration, and into a new era of autonomic, real-time data tiering.

The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series is a high-performance, highly available and reliable integrated storage solution that delivers consistently faster access to current data with built-in, real-time autonomic tiered storage and virtualization. The AssuredSAN Pro Series detects priorities for data access immediately to optimize the delivery of priority/high demand data in real time. Faster I/O is achieved in part through real-time, automated data tiering, which prioritizes data files, volumes or blocks between tiered storage using built-in analysis and data scoring.

Dot Hill RealStor technology includes many other innovative patent pending storage capabilities that both improve the system performance and user experience, and translate into return on investment.

Auto-tiering with RealTier

RealTier™, a key component of the 5000 Series, allows you to easily implement Automated Tiered Storage that continuously responds to user data demands by moving ‘hot’ data to an SSD tier. RealTier algorithms continuously and dynamically identify data ‘hot’ spots, moving them to faster media to increase and leverage the capabilities of SSD drives and high-performance SAS drives. Data analysis and movement happen in real-time, as the system responds minute by minute to workload demands, delivering a highly responsive storage infrastructure.

The 5000 Series automated tiered storage solutions takes advantage of small page size, ‘real time’ data movement, and automated management of storage tiers to provide levels of responsiveness that surpass competitive offerings. Using specifically configured tiers comprised of SSDs, SAS drives and Nearline SAS, IT managers are able to build storage systems that fully support the data needs of their virtualized environments.

Virtualization and Data Demands

Consolidating and virtualizing servers and applications can increase demands on storage creating contention and slowing response times for data queries. Queries for specific data can heat up quickly in many applications, and go cold just as quickly. By using a storage solution that easily identifies user trends, ‘hot data’ can be moved to the SSD Tier making it much quicker to access. Some common applications where data heats up and cools quickly can be email, current news, online ticket sales, class registrations, web retail, airline ticketing – and there are many others.

Technology Overview

  • RealTier™, Autonomic Tiered Storage software
  • RealThin™, Thin provisioning solution
  • AssuredRemote™, remote replication software combined with vSphere’s SRM provides a complete site failover solution
  • RealPool™, automated pooling dramatically simplifies storage setup
  • RealQuick™, method for rapidly rebuilding sectors in record time
  • Preset RAID levels
  • ‘Add Storage’ function easily maps new storage
  • Simple, intuitive GUI for management and performance monitoring
  • Microsoft, VMware, Citrix certifications pending.

Reliability You Can Trust

The 5000 Series is based on the highly reliable AssuredSAN™ architecture which is able to achieve 99.999% availability which is essential to virtual server environments. AssuredSAN products all includes dual controllers, fans, power, and hot swappable drives as standard. Patented EcoStor™ batteryless cache backup eliminates the need for battery maintenance, boosting availability.

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