WD NVMe Self Encrypting Drives SEDs

Self Encrypting Drives Fips 140-2 (User Guide)

Western Digital offers the highest density, fastest dual-port Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD drives. It offers maximum capacity in TBs and sets the records with 440,000 random read operations per second and up to 320,000 random write operations per second.

In most critical data warehouse and cloud applications, data centers can have a breakthrough performance by opting for self-encrypted data center drives. With the set parameters of NVME SSDs having a sustained read-write speed of 2000MB per second, way faster than the SATA SSD III limited to 600MB per second., the new SAS SSDs implement new NAND technology/ The rapidly advancing technology is likely to help to introduce Solid state drives with seeing higher speeds with NVMe.

In our previous post, we discussed about the WD Black sn750 SSD’s, which has emerged as an unparalleled SSD option at an affordable price. But Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD’s demand increase due to high storage capacity and high read & write speed.

Checkout our Western Digital Showcase Page for more related information about WD products. Before learning more about the WD data center TCG-FIPS compliant drives, let’s get to know what people ask about these drives:

  • Which type of SSD is worth buying for my gaming PC?
  • NVMe vs SATA: What’s the difference and which is faster?
  • Is it worth buying FIPS compliant drives?
  • Which WD drive for a data center server?
  • Which WD drive for a server?
  • Which brand of HDD is most reliable?

Searching for FIPS 140-2 NVMe or SSD Drives

Without any break, Let’s start with answer to your questions.

What Is NVMe and Why Is It Important to Use FIPS Compliant?

When we talk about the new generation SSDs, we come across this term often. NVME (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is a new protocol for accessing high-speed storage media that brings many advantages compared to legacy protocols. But what is NVMe and why is it important for data-driven businesses? Well, we talk of drives handling huge data, its preservation, capturing, accessing and transforming, performance and endurance are the two major factors.

If you see, people are more interested to know what’s the difference between an SSD and NVMe?

To meet the next-generation data requirements, NVMe is launched. It is a high-performance, NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) optimized, and highly scalable storage protocol, that connects the host to the memory subsystem. The protocol is relatively new, feature-rich, and designed to provide high speed, better performance, greater power efficiency, and compatibility.

Note: Western Digital’s NVMe SSDs, platforms, and fully-featured flash storage systems for everything from IoT Edge applications to personal gaming. WD data center TCG-FIPS compliant drives follow NVMe protocol continuing the legacy of SATA/SAS SSDs

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Is NVMe SSD worth it?

Yes, this is rather the protocol set for the SSDs used for advanced-level data applications.

Which type of SSD is fastest?

NVMe SSDs are much faster as their red-write capacity is much bigger than SATA and other SSDs.

NVMe vs SATA: What’s the difference and which is faster?

These NVMe PCIe drives are connected in an M.2 PCIe slot in the motherboard or using a PCIe slot in a desktop (using an adapter for M2 or an SSD NVMe drive in card).

SSD in SATA is connected to the hard drive SATA 3 ports or an M2 SSD SATA port in the motherboard. Having an M.2 port in the motherboard is not enough, your PC should support PCIe or SATA before you purchase an M2 type SSD.

NVMe vs. M.2 vs. SATA What’s the Difference?

As discussed above NVMe drives need not be following M.2 as M.2 is just the form factor. M.2 drives also come in SATA versions. The NVMe SSDs are much faster in speed as compared with SATA. As in this post, we are talking about NVMe enabled WD data center TCG-FIPS compliant drives which come in TBs (12 Tb, 16 Tb, 18 Tb).

What is a self-encrypting drive (SED)?

A self-encrypting drive (SED) is a hard disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD) designed to automatically encrypt and decrypt drive data without the need for user input or disk encryption software.

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) maintains the most widely used SED encryption specifications. TCG Opal 2.0 and Enterprise are commonly used in large-scale data centers. TCG specified SED encryption does not affect system applications or OS operations.

Other than WD, several other companies are manufacturing hardware encryption supporting SEDs including Samsung, Seagate, and Toshiba.Usually, these drives are used for military purposes but Western Digital has come up with models like 0F38354 – HGS 18TB SAS 72 512MB 0F38354 3.5″512M 512E TCG-FIPS DCHC550, 0F29563 – HGS 12TB SAS 72 256M 0F29563 3.5″12Gb/s ULTRA 4KN TCG FIPS that can be used for enterprises especially large data centers.

Note: A description of the TCG-FIPS DCHC550 model is discussed later in the post.

How do I know if my drive is self-encrypting?

Important Consideration: Normally, the question people ask is,” Are self-encrypting drives secure?”

Well, SEDs are considered a secure form of data at rest protection, but here is a clutch: users need to set a unique password on their SEDs to have them lock during the power off of the system.

As far as the enabling of a self encrypted drive is concerned, you can check with the user manual about the details of HDD and SSD used in the system. Also, you can research on the internet about the SSD model or contact the manufacturer directly. They will also be able to provide the details.

As with the self-encrypting WD data center TCG-FIPS compliant drives,( 0F38354 or 0F29563 WD TCG-FIPS DTC550), the self-encryption capability is listed in the product description.

Note: Western Digital Purple pro HDD is used for surveillance video storage and design for handle the workloads with optimized storage performance.

What Is FIPS-compliant Encryption?

FIPS stands for “Federal Information Processing Standards.” it is a standard set for using specific encryption methods. Standards are set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology or NIST.

The setting in Windows complies with the US government FIPS 140 standard. When it’s enabled, it forces Windows to only use FIPS-validated encryption schemes and advises applications to do so, as well.


It is a myth that “FIPS mode” makes the OS (Windows) more secure. It just blocks access to newer cryptography schemes that haven’t been FIPS-validated.

TCG- FIPS compliance drives only ensure secure and approved encryption methods that can be used for SEDs.FIPS mode doesn’t block or support any other application.

FAQ’s About Fips Hard Drive

What is a FIPS hard drive?

FDE/FIPS is a standard set for self-encrypting drives that can surpass the capacity of SATA in terms of reading/ write operations. The 140 series of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are U.S. government computer security standards that specify requirements for cryptography modules that have approved FIPS drives for secure encrypted enterprise use.

What is TCG encryption?

Trusted Computing Group,- TCG opal defines standards (formatting, bit values, and commands) for creating and managing interoperable self-encrypting drives. It is supported by multiple hard drive vendors, and the basic components are put on the drive during manufacturing.
Opal handles the encryption/decryption of information within the device without requiring a host, enabling fast encryption/ decryption and minimizing the risk of data leakage without undermining system performance.

What is TCG in SSD?

TCG is the international industry standards group that provides secure encrypted solutions for storage drives. The TCG Enterprise-enabled SSDs use hardware-level encryption to provide superior protection against data breaches, loss, and theft. Whereas Opal is a workgroup for Policy Controlled Storage Device Architecture. It is a standard for managing self-encrypting drives.

Who needs FIPS compliance?

Earlier hardware security was implemented for the military and government sector to encrypt . decrypt the data in a secure way. But as the data usage and dependability have increased FIPS 140-2 standards are required and used for public and private sectors.

Because of the robust level of protection offered under FIPS 140-2, many enterprises in the energy, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services sectors, depend on FIPS 140-2 as their go-to cryptography module standard.

WD Data Center TCG-FIPS Compliant Drives

Western Digital Sets New Standard With Latest Generation In Popular HGST-Brand Ultrastar SAS SSD Family are becoming popular. Here is a brief description of the product.

Western Digital Ultrastar DC HC550 Enterprise Hard Drive (7200 RPM/ 3.5 Inch Internal/ SATA 6Gb/S)

The DC HC500 series is designed for public and private cloud environments where storage density and cost-efficient infrastructure are critical. The 12TB/16 TB/18 TB Ultrastar DC HC550 HDDs are using the Energy-Assisted Magnetic Recording technology and utilize the industry’s first Triple Stage Actuator. These technologies, integrated with HelioSeal on a 9-disk platform.

Product Highlights

  • Up to 16TB capacity in a standard 3.5-inch form factor with 7200 RPM.
  • CMR technology works with high scale environments.
  • Designates as the industry’s first Energy-Assisted Magnetic Recording technology.
  • Equipped with Industry’s first Triple Stage Actuator.
  • Using leading HelioSeal technology.
  • Reliable, field-proven design across five generations.
  • HelioSeal design delivers outstanding power efficiency (Watts/TB).
  • 2.5 million hours MTBF rating and a 5-year limited warranty.

The Ultrastar DC HC550 HDD is delivering industry-leading capacity for the data center through a combination of new and proven technologies. Western Digital is the first to manufacture such high-end SSDs for enterprises.

WD TCG- FIPS compliant drives offer the optimum balance of performance, capacity, and cost for the most demanding workloads.

Saitech Inc. is a reseller for PCs, laptops, and computer hardware/software in the USA. We believe in delivering the fastest and reliable service to our customers. Some of the TCG- FIPS WD drives available at our store are:

WD Ultrastar 14TB DC Hc530 Sata HDD


fips 140-2 certified self-encrypting drivesThe WD Ultrastar DC HC530 WUH721414ALE6L4 – 14 TB – SATA 6Gb/s drive is designed to achieve higher capacity with HelioSeal technology implemented. The technology also helps in delivering extreme power efficiency. Field-proven, reliable design is available with a 5-year warranty for $436.15. The enterprise TCG- FIPS WD datacenter drive with 14 TB can solve next-generation data center challenges

Western Digital 10TB Ultrastar Data Center Drive


fips 140-2 compliant external hard drives10TB capacity in a standard 3.5-inch form factor works with all capacity enterprise applications & environments. The data center drive is reliable, field-proven, 3rd generation design and comes with a superior power efficiency (Watts/TB). The is available with 5 years warranty for $ 376.45. The self-encrypting drive is secure to be used for PCs and laptops.

Cisco DC SN640 3.80 TB Solid State Drive

fips 140-2 compliant ssdThis product (Cisco DC SN640 3.80 TB Solid State Drive – 2.5″ – U.2 (SFF-8639) NVMe – Server Device Supported – TAA Compliance) is in high demand and most suitable for enterprise data center usage. The cost of the drive is $ 4611.77 and it is worth spending. The Ultrastar DC SN640 NVMe SSD is a mainstream NVMe™ SSD targeting broad deployment as boot, caching, or primary storage in data center IT and cloud environments. The DC SN640 NVMe SSD is ideal for replacing SATA SSDs by delivering 6x improvement in sequential read performance and 3x improvement in random mixed read/write performance.

HGST Ultrastar He10 HUH721008ALE600 8 TB Internal Hard Drive


Self-encrypting drive (SSD)The drive (HGST Ultrastar He10 HUH721008ALE600 8 TB Internal Hard Drive – SATA – 7200 – 256 MB Buffer) is designed to handle workloads up to 550TB per year by making use of the PMR technology. Based on field-proven, third-generation HelioSeal technology, it offers one of the lowest power profiles in the industry to help data center architects meet eco-environmental goals and requirements. The price of the drive is $363.07

Defender Hdd300 Fips 140-2 Hardware Encrypted External Hard Drive

Western Digital self-encrypting drive(The Defender HDD300 FIPS 140-2 Certified, Hardware Encrypted Secure Hard Drive, 4TB – FIPS 140-2 Certified, Hardware Encrypted, SuperSpeed USB3.0, Remotely Manageable) secure external hard drive provides enterprise organizations with military-grade data protection. With FIPS 140-2 Certified, highly secure 256-AES hardware encryption (XTS mode), high-speed USB 3.0 data transfer rates, is now available for $443.16 with a capacity of 5TB.

We have covered Western Digital Ultrastar Data Center Drives


WD data center  TCG-FIPS compliant drives operate on energy-saving mode and can efficiently run huge data-based applications used in big data and AI applications. TheSSDs are supported by next-generation hardware/ software providing high-performance.

In the end, one of the fascinating fact is that withese TCG-FIPS 140.2 compliance, you have inbuilt SED installed in your system that can provide high end encrypted data without getting into the complex process. If you deal with sensitive data, you must go for the above mentioned SSDs.

wd black ssd sn750 gaming

WD Black Sn750 SSDs Review (GUIDE)

As the trend of relatively inexpensive yet high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) grows, the western digital wd black sn750 has emerged as an unparalleled SSD option at an affordable price.

One of the greatest advantages it offers is an easy install of the WD black sn750 that requires an available M.2 slot on your PC’s motherboard supporting the PCI Express bus.

WD Purple PRO Video Surveillance Solution

WD Surveillance storage solutions

As a worldwide storage leader, WD strives to design drives to exceed the demanding requirements of digital video surveillance.

With design, development, manufacturing and industry-leading customer support services, WD’s surveillance partners receive best-in-class products with innovative feature sets, ensuring that digital video surveillance systems equipped with WD drives are optimized for maximum performance.

Whether you’re protecting your personal assets and loved ones or monitoring the business you worked hard to build, you can rely on surveillance storage built by one of the largest hard drive manufacturers in the world. WD surveillance hard drives are designed for high temperature, always-on, surveillance security systems to ensure reliability and quality video playback when you need it most.

WD security Surveillance and Datacenter Drives

Saitech Inc. is an Authorized Western Digital Silver Partner Reseller. We offer wide selection of HDD Drives & components for high end data centers.

Global Surveillance Camera Market Size to Grow in 2022

western digital video surveillance hard drivesThe worldwide video surveillance cameras market is estimated to grow to $44 billion by 2025, up from $23.6 billion in 2019, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Emerging smart video architectures that capture, store and analyze massive amounts of video data, and perform heavy deep-learning video analytics, are putting an unprecedented level of stress on storage subsystems.

The new WD Purple Pro line is designed to handle these workloads with optimized storage performance, capacity, workload capability and reliability for a myriad of devices, including AI-enabled network video recorders (NVRs), video analytics appliances, video analytics servers, storage arrays, and storage/server solutions, including those that perform deep-learning analytics.

“With the addition of WD Purple Pro, our full portfolio of smart video products covers customers’ needs from dedicated WD Purple microSD cards for cameras to WD Purple hard drives for mainstream NVRs and the new generation of smart video architectures, where the ‘smart’ of the solution starts with the brains at the backend – the servers that perform video analytics and heavy computational deep learning,” said Brian Mallari, director of marketing for Smart Video, Western Digital. “WD Purple Pro is the ideal solution to enable original equipment manufacturers and integrators to evolve their systems for emerging AI workloads.”

Also Read –  Enterprise Solid State Drives(SSD) – A Complete Guide 2021

What’s New & Trending?

On May 18, 2021, Western Digital Corp announced the expansion of the WD Purple family with the WD Purple Pro, a Smart Video Surveillance Solutions for Growing AI-Enabled Workloads from Endpoint to Cloud product line for a new generation of advanced AI-enabled recorders and backend servers.

New WD Purple Pro product line brings elevated performance, workload capability and reliability to advanced AI-enabled recorders and video analytics server applications

Empowering the world’s essential data infrastructure, western digital corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced the expansion of the WD Purple family with the WD Purple™ Pro product line for a new generation of advanced AI-enabled recorders and backend servers.

Choosing the right storage solution for advanced video surveillance

WD offers a complete line of surveillance-class storage designed for home, small to medium business or mission critical security systems.

These hard drives are engineered to support the rigorous 24/7, always-on, high-definition video requirement set unique to surveillance security systems.

Choose a hard drive that is designed and engineered for surveillance systems and enjoy the peace-of-mind you can only get from surveillance-class storage

Western Digital Purple Pro Hard Drive Benefits

Western Digital Purple Pro Hard Drive BenefitsWD Purple Pro hard drive benefits include:

  • Enhanced AllFrame™ AI technology enabling video streams from up to 64 HD cameras to be recorded concurrently1, while simultaneously handling up to an additional 32 AI streams for AI functions, whether cameras are directly connected to advanced recorders or to cloud-based servers.
  • High performance and workload capability, supporting up to 550TB a year workload rating2, provides for the additional demands of AI functionality, including pattern matching and object/event recognition, while writing a multitude of video streams.
  • High reliability and capacity solutions help retain and feed thousands of hours of training video to enable effective deep-learning and AI algorithm development. Capacities range from 8TB to 18TB3 with a five-year limited warranty.
  • Enterprise-class durability to work seamlessly in large-scale, high-density video analytics servers and cloud solutions. Offers ongoing HDD health monitoring incompatible systems with Western Digital Device Analytics™ support.

“Western Digital’s new WD Purple Pro, AI-ready high-capacity solutions offer the performance needed for data-heavy workloads and provide the reliability our customers need to store their critical data,” said Dave Nieweg, community manager, at APS CCTV monitoring toronto. “Whether providing more secure access to a building or school, monitoring patients, or capturing and analyzing smart city parking and transportation data for safety and efficiency, offering users a trusted storage solution from the cameras at the endpoints to the cloud is essential.”

Also Read – List Of 5 Best Enterprise SAN Storage Solutions in 2021

Full Family of WD Purple video surveillance hard drives

Western Digital’s full family of WD Purple solutions includes

  • 1TB3 WD Purple microSD cards for cameras and edge devices
  • 1TB-8TB3 WD Purple HDDs for NVRs;
  • WD Purple Pro drives from 8TB to 18TB3

To support a range of systems for AI-heavy workloads, including backend enterprise servers. WD Purple Pro solutions will be available this quarter from Western Digital resellers.

About Western Digital

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

Single stream per camera @ 3.2Mbps (1080p, H.265, 25 fps). Results may vary depending on camera resolution, file format, frames per second, software, system settings, video quality, and other factors.

Workload Rate is defined as the amount of user data transferred to or from the hard drive. Workload Rate is annualized (TB transferred ✕ (8760 / recorded power-on hours)). Workload Rate will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations

As used for storage capacity, 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = one trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less due to operating environment.

Saitech Inc. is an Authorized Western Digital Silver Partner Reseller. We offer wide selection of HDD Drives & components for high end data centers.


SAN Data Storage Solutions for Enterprises

Enterprises are always looking for robust, advanced, and cost-effective storage devices. An advanced storage setup increases storage utilization rates (i.e. multiple hosts accessing the storage devices), improves application performance and availability, and heightens security and data protection capabilities.

Tech companies cling to knowledge regarding storage devices. These are few questions that are considered on regular basis:

  • Which types of data storage devices are most suitable for their organization?
  • How SAN will work for their organization?
  • Which is better: NAS or SAN?
  • Which is the best SAN available in the market in 2021?
  • How will it benefit and replace the old storage network?

In this post, we will dig the answers to these questions and provide you the best enterprise san storage solutions

What is SAN storage solution?

A Storage Area Network (SAN) is a high-speed network that provides multiple servers access to consolidated pools of shared, block-level storage. Organizations of all sizes use Storage Area Networks (SANs)

In recent years, SAN storage solutions market has been invigorated, ready to run on industry-standard x86_64 servers. Software-defined SAN storage solutions free organizations to work with their hardware provider of choice.

Saitech – a Leading Custom Server & Storage Solution Provider

Saitech, a government California-based contractor is a leading custom server and storage solution provider. The company offers ready-made SAN storage solutions that pair our state-of-art hardware systems with proven SAN software from industry trailblazers. Let’s get to know the details:

How Does San Storage Works?

As defined above, Storage area networks (SANs) are the most common storage networking architecture used by enterprises for business-critical applications that need to deliver high throughput and low latency.

A rapidly growing portion of SAN deployments leverages all-flash storage to gain its high performance, consistent low latency, and lower total cost when compared to spinning disk.

By storing data in centralized shared storage, SANs enable organizations to apply consistent methodologies and tools for security, data protection, and disaster recovery.

A SAN is a block-based storage, leveraging a high-speed architecture that connects servers to their logical disk units (LUNs). A LUN is a range of blocks provisioned from a pool of shared storage and presented to the server as a logical disk. The server partitions and formats those blocks with a file system to store data on the LUN just as it would on local disk storage.

SANs make up about two-thirds of the total networked storage market. They are designed to remove single points of failure, making SANs highly available and resilient. A well-designed SAN can easily withstand multiple component or device

Types of Network Storage: SAN

The most common SAN protocols are:

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 marketplace. 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.

NAS vs SAN Storage – Difference Between NAS and SAN

NAS vs SAN StorageBoth SAN and network-attached storage (NAS) are methods of managing storage centrally and sharing that storage with multiple hosts (servers). However, NAS is Ethernet-based, while SAN can use Ethernet and Fibre Channel.

In addition, while SAN focuses on high performance and low latency, NAS focuses on ease of use, manageability, scalability, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Unlike SAN, NAS storage controllers partition the storage and then own the file system. Effectively this makes a NAS server look like a Windows or UNIX/Linux server to the server consuming the storage.

SAN Protocols –

  • Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP)
  • Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)

NAS Protocols –

  • Common Internet File Services / Server Message Block (CIFS/SMB). This is the protocol that Windows usually uses.
  • Network File System (NFS). NFS was first developed for use with UNIX servers and is also a common Linux protocol.

How Does Enterprise Storage Work?

Preconfigured iSCSI initiators manage central storage using SAN pool storage. Software is used for this purpose like StoneFly StoneFusion, which installs directly on bare-metal, or applications such as StoneFly SCVM or VMware vSAN, which leverage virtualization.

In terms of architecture, storage area networks can be divided into the following three layers:

The host layer – The servers attached to the storage infrastructure make up the host layer. This layer facilitates structured workloads, such as databases and applications, that need access to block storage.

The fabric layer – This layer consists of the communication medium used for SANs, such as the network devices and cabling that interconnect the hosts with storage.

The storage layer – This layer, as the name suggests, is the representation of the storage resources that have been collected for various storage pools and tiers. Storage is available in different forms such as integrated HDDs, flash (SSDs), and /or NVMe along with RAID arrays, expansion units, and tape arrays.

Storage Sharing – SAN provides universal connectivity of storage devices based on the client/server architecture. To have a better understanding, we can take the example of multiple servers. An organization creates many unconnected islands of information. Each server island is connected with a dedicated computer, but cannot be accessed by others.

Under these circumstances, if computer B needs to communicate with the data of computer A, it needs a copy of the data from server A. In this situation, the transfer of data between the two computers depends on three popular techniques which are file transfer, inter-process communication, and backup.

Let us assume that the data transfer from computer A to B is established. But the computer B will face a situation, in which it has to work with the data that is out of date simply because the copied data was not in a timely fashion. The copying of data may also cause costly errors, due to the extra operational complexity, taking place in between the two servers.

At this point, a SAN architecture concept will be offering a perfect solution for this entire situation. In a Storage area framework, all the servers are physically connected to all storage devices. If server B needs some data from server A, instead of requesting a copy of data from server A, it can access the data directly from the devices, on which server A has stored the data. This is possible, when the data storage acts as a common access point to all servers, instead of a single server. Hence, as SAN operates on universal storage connectivity, it has powerful implications on Information technology.

SANs universal connectivity eliminates the need of scheduling data transfers in between the servers. It also eliminates the need for purchase and maintenance of temporary storage, meant only for a data transfer to take place to another server. If two servers are running different applications, one need not worry about the sync of the data copies as they are working on the same content.

Since SAN storage only offers block-level operations, it doesn’t provide file abstraction. But if the file systems are structured on top of a storage area network, then it can also provide file access and is known as a SAN file system or shared disk file system.

In large enterprises, a storage area network is considered as a better administration server machine connected with a storage pool for the servers, which are connected via a network.

This will also make the maintenance of the storage easy and the scheduled backups will also be simple and can be managed easily. To support data continuity, SANs are often deployed in remote locations and are maintained in conditions, which can offer instant disaster recovery.

Read moreEnterprise Solid State Drives (SSD) – A Complete Guide 2021

Benefits Offered by SAN Storage

SAN storage helps in recovering the data in case of a failure by providing stand-by storage devices using the pool of devices connected.

Easily offers sufficient time for connected servers so that they can take backup and complete the maintenance tasks.

SAN provides a cost-saving and risk –eliminating setup to deal with downtime. By changing the physical design of the hardware, a reduction in drive failures can be observed.

When the drive shows initial signs of failure, one can reset or power cycle the drive in an automatic way, which doesn’t show any impact on the regular system operations. When the drive seems to be well enough to be restored, then it can be restored to normal operations.
Results :

In most cases, almost 70% of the drives deployed in SAN architecture can be repaired. SAN setup has proved to be a cost-effective server network that reduces data vulnerability and can make sure that mission-critical operations achieve high-performance levels.

Top 5 Enterprise SAN Storage Solutions 2021

1. Cisco Data Center Network Manager SAN Enterprise

Cisco Data Center Network Manager - SAN storage solutionsCisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) is designed to help you efficiently implement and manage virtualized data centers. It includes a feature-rich, customizable dashboard that provides visibility and control through a single pane of glass to Cisco Nexus and MDS products.


DCNM SAN provides an advanced network management system (NMS) for LAN, SAN, and programmable fabric management infrastructure on Cisco Nexus switch infrastructure. It supports multi tenant, multi-fabric infrastructure management for Cisco Nexus switches with available support for Cisco MDS 9000 Family storage management integration.

2. HPE MSA 2050 SAN Dual Controller SFF Storage

hpe msa 2050 san dual controller sff storage - san storage solutionThe HPE MSA 2050 SAN Storage performs at 200,000 IOPS delivering affordable application acceleration for enterprises in a local and remote area.

The HPE MSA 2050 SAN Dual Controller SFF Storage is a flexible model that delivers updated virtualized snapshot technology making data protection and instant recovery a snap. Remote replication with Fibre Channel (FC) and iSCSI supports an affordable disaster recovery solution. Encrypted SSDs and HDDs for a data secure hybrid flash array.

Start small and scale as needed with any combination of SSDs, enterprise, or midline SAS HDDs.An easy-to-install, use, and maintain automated tiering storage device dynamically responds to workload changes.

3. HPE Modular Smart Array 2050 SAN Dual Controller

The HPE MSA 2050 SAN Storage is a flash-ready system designed for affordable for small and remote office deployments. The storage device is best to handle complexity having advanced features of handling remote operations installed in it.

This SAN Storage has been the industry-leading entry storage Fibre Channel (FC) platform, with nearly 500,000 systems sold worldwide. Designed to deliver high performance at low cost is one of the first picks of small companies.

4. HPE SN3000B SAN Switch 12-port Upgrade E-LTU

HPE B-series SN3600B Fibre Channel Switch provides Gen6 32 Gb Fibre Channel (FC) in an ultra-dense 1U format from 8-ports up to 24-ports.SAN is capable of replacing three generations of FC with its backward compatibility with 4, 8, and 16 Gb FC providing affordable storage.

The enterprises use it for business purposes build with a flash-ready infrastructure. SAN simplicity is achieved with a simple 3-step install process and SAN deployments with HPE 3PAR all-flash storage are automated using HPE Smart SAN for 3PAR software. Data reliability is enhanced with forward error correction (FEC) by automatically detecting and recovering bit errors.

5. HPE 8/8 and 8/24 SAN Switch 8-port Upgrade E-LTU

8/24 SAN Switch provides SAN connectivity that simplifies IT management infrastructures, improves system performance, maximizes the value of virtual server deployments, and reduces overall storage costs.

The 8/24 SAN Switch integrates innovative hardware and software features that make it easy to deploy, manage, and integrate into a wide range of IT environments.

The SAN switch is a power pack software bundle that can be purchased separately and includes Fabric Vision, Fabric Watch, ISL. Trunking, Extended Fabric, and Advanced Performance Monitor. The software bundle provides the SAN administrator with the necessary tools to proactively monitor the health and performance thresholds of the network, while also ensuring the highest levels of security, scalability, and manageability.

How Saitech Helps You Choose the Best Enterprise Data Storage Vendors

Saitech is a California-based government contractor, leading in providing tech solutions for client and server requirements. Mainly it deals with computer hardware like laptops, data center clocks, storage servers like SAN. We have all the renowned brands under one umbrella. The client can easily do a comparison of the products.

The latest products are displayed with their latest configuration at the market’s best price. We are serving the needs of small to mid-sized companies that are looking for infrastructure with a pocket-friendly budget.

At present, we are among the best computer and hardware solution providers serving the entire US market. With the rapid advancement in data storage devices, Saitech can help you in the following ways:

Saitech provides all three types of storage devices for directly attached storage, SAN Storage Area Network, and Cloud or Remote Storage.
We help companies to see the best storage solution as per their setup in a cost-effective way.

We are associated with all the vendors so that you get high-quality service. We make sure that the installation of servers is done appropriately to maximize the performance and efficiency of the storage devices.

In a nutshell, we deliver a personalized service to our clients. For more information, you can visit our website!

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