We all know that storage installations are never “done”, storage installations “evolve”. But once an storage infrastructure has been made slave of a proprietary technology, it will never be able to incorporate new technologies or more efficient competitor components without mothballing the previous investment.
As a difference, MISTIKA STORAGE is a Software Defined Storage solution. This means that all the storage intelligence relies on the software, and nothing is left in the hands of proprietary servers, raid controllers, expensive switches, or incompatible canisters designed to sell hard disks at triple the price. And being software defined, you can start with a local disk array, then add NAS capabilities or convert it into a hybrid NAS/SAN, and finally scale it up to a full SAN infrastructure, without discarding any component on the way..
This is also because the Mistika Storage religion is “to only use open standards and zero exclusive components”. We design your storage with the best hardware from different brands, and from that point it can be grown, maintained and repaired using standard components of the computer industry. We are fully committed to this approach, because we are convinced that it is the only way to reduce maintenance costs, permit cost efficient upgrades, and to deliver a storage solution that can freely evolve.
As an example, our clients who bought Mistika Storage several years ago were typically based on 8 Gb fibre channel, 1 Gb ethernet, and 6Gb SAS. But today they can easily upgrade to 32Gb fibre channel, 10Gb eth, and 12×4 Gb SAS by simply changing the corresponding HBA boards. Also replacing the old hard disks or adding more storage at open market prices.