Drive your organisation's data strategy with secure on-premises or cloud storage solutions

Reliable on site and cloud storage to suit your organisation's needs

As data increasingly informs decision making, product development and strategy, determining the best data storage method can be complex.

Whilst it is critical to protect data from cyberattacks or system failures, it also needs to be available to the appropriate users in accordance with data regulations.

How can C>Ways help with data storage?

At C>Ways we offer on-premises, off-premises and cloud-based storage options to align with your organisation’s network and needs. Our on-premises options are ideal if you’re looking for a refresh or overhaul. We can scope, install, configure and manage the equipment to suit your budget, removing a lot of the complexities and assuring intrusion protection, automatic failover and availability. You can also opt to co-locate data storage to be managed off-site, including accountability, predictable pricing and full technical support add-ons.

Speak with one of our experts to book a free storage audit today. Let us explore the opportunity to assess the health of your environment and potentially look at cost savings.

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Why customers choose us

  • Over 23 years’ experience in supporting enterprise and education
  • Comprehensive portfolio of IT services to meet your needs
  • Support from UK based team
  • Experience across many different sectors
  • 24/7/365 support across the UK and Europe
  • ISO 27001/9001 and Cyber Essentials
  • Certified custom solutions to remove your challenges and pains

Benefits of our storage solutions

For versatility and scalability, migration to the public cloud is the answer to cater for an increasingly mobile and remote workforce. One step beyond that is the private cloud. Offering high availability and zero downtime, virtualised private cloud deployments include encryption, full support and control (no sharing of hardware) to boost operational efficiency. With ISO 27001 accreditation, this level of security is the choice of government and police forces.

Frequently asked questions

SAN’s make up about two-thirds of the networked storage market and they are used by enterprises for business-critical applications that need to provide low latency and high I/O operations. Storage Area networks can come in a range of spectrums scaling from purely SATA storage, all the way up to All Flash solutions with cloud intergration and smart technologies such as deduplication, compression and compaction to provide higher effective capacities.

SAN’s are block-based storage, and can utilize FC, iSCSI or FCoE to connect to the host clients, the storage is presented to the clients in the form of an object call a logical disk unit (LUNs). Multiple vendors might call this object by a different but the underlying technology remains the same. A LUN is a selection of blocks provided from a aggregated shared storage and presented back to the client, the client then can write it’s own file system on this and use as needed.

As there is a huge range of SAN’s available, you can in essence find one to suit most business needs;

 

* Databases – Often databases are what hold the highly business critical applications and data, they also normally require low latenccy and high performance

* Virutalzation Deployments (VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer) – SAN’s can be the backbone of the storage infrastructure for your virtualization environments with many SAN’s creating plugins to intergrate into the virtualization technology the intergration

* VDI Environments – VDI solutions can scale from as little as 100 desktops and easily up to tens of thousands of virtual desktops, by creating a central storage location the SAN VDI platform can easily scale to fit the needs of the business.

* Backup/Replication – You might you just need a simple SAN to become a backup repository, this can attach to your exisiting network meaning the installation and configuration is seamless. In addition to backups you could 2 SAN’s, 1 at each site and replicate between the two using the native SAN replication technology.

NAS stands for network-attach storage, and is certainly can be viable in certain situations however NAS is only ethernet-based where as SAN is Ethernet and Fibre Channel allow for easier design when thinking about the entirity of the infrastructure. In addition NAS is mainly for ease of use, manageablity, scalablity and lower TCO but does normally fall of when we compare the performance of a NAS to a SAN array. That said some SAN array’s are intelligent enough to operate in a NAS fashion, allowing you to have both SAN & NAS from one single platform.

* Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP). The most widely used SAN or block protocol, deployed in 70% to 80% of the total SAN market. FCP uses Fibre Channel transport protocols with embedded SCSI commands.

 

* Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI). The next largest SAN or block protocol, with approximately 10% to 15% of the market. iSCSI encapsulates SCSI commands inside an Ethernet frame and then uses an IP Ethernet network for transport.

 

*Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). FCoE is less than 5% of the SAN market place. It is similar to iSCSI, since it encapsulates an FC frame inside an Ethernet datagram. Then like iSCSI, it uses an IP Ethernet network for transport.

 

* Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe). NVMe is an interface protocol for accessing flash storage via a PCI Express (PCIe) bus. Unlike traditional all-flash architectures, which are limited to a single, serial command queue, NVMe supports tens of thousands of parallel queues, each with the ability to support tens of thousands of concurrent commands.

SAN vs. NAS

When we talk about datacenter this is where we host all of the IT infrastructure which makes up the foundations of any IT solution, you generally host all your storage arrays, core switches, servers, firewalls to name few within a datacenter. You need to them consider the power, cooling and racking of the equipment.

 

A few datacenter options:

 

* This is all depending on your needs, if you have the space and adequate environment you can host the infrastructure however there is normal a capex charge associated to this method but is best if you want own the equipment and upcycle when needed.

* You buy all of the equipment on capex, but have hosted it in a datacenter hosting provider such as AQL

* Software defined datacenter, this is where you don’t own the physical hardware but pay an opex amount to build your own solution an example would be a VMware private cloud from OVH. OVH will install, configure and maintain the physical hardware but the software aspects will be out of there scope.

Sometimes known as “colo” is the process of obtaining space for your infrastructure at a third party providers data center facility, normally colo agreements will include access to the building, networking, physical security, power and cooling. This is used if you don’t have space for the equipment or the environmentals to host all the servers, or if you want a redundant / DR site but don’t have a suitable office to host this in. It’s important that unless you purchase a completely managed service you will be responsible for the hardware and software.

It all depends on what your requirements are, if you need just one server or one application more often than not it’s more cost effective to have this provided as a host service and purchase additional bolt ons such as security, backups. On the other hand if you are looking to host a business which relies on multiple services and applications owning your own datacenter and equipment could be the more cost efficient approach.

This can be widely different, it all depends where the infrastructure is being hosted i.e is it local is it at colo environment. You can look to use technology such as fabric, SD-WAN, VPN to name a few, C>Ways can help with any design / recommendations when it comes to connectivity requirements.

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Case studies & testimonials

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Sector expertise

With sector expertise in schools, higher education, transport and logistics, healthcare, hospitality and leisure, retail and office space, we will find the most appropriate network solution for your current and future needs.

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