A Three-Time Sample Vendor for Hyperconvergence

We are delighted to announce that Sangfor has once more been named a Sample Vendor for Hyperconvergence in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, 2023¹. This recognition adds to our previous recognition as a Sample Vendor for Hyperconvergence in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Compute, 2023², and Hype Cycle for Data Center Infrastructure Technologies, 2023³.

In the Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, 2023, Gartner assessed 23 of the most hyped storage and data protection technologies that are reshaping how we store and manage data. In light of this, Sangfor takes immense pride in its continued recognition in the field of hyperconvergence.

The Role of Hyperconvergence in Storage and Data Protection

We believe hyperconvergence, in the form of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), plays a crucial role in simplifying and enhancing data storage and protection in the following ways:

  • Storage is virtualized and abstracted, enabling efficient resource allocation and balanced storage across nodes, simplifying management and scalability.
  • Easy scalability by adding nodes to the cluster, accommodating growing storage needs without disruptions.
  • Data protection and high availability through features like data replication, reducing data loss risk and ensuring business continuity.
  • Integrated backup and disaster recovery capabilities with streamlined processes for automated backups and snapshots.
  • Rapid storage snapshots creation for data protection, testing, and rollback, and cloning capabilities for quick VM and application provisioning.
  • Data reduction technologies like deduplication and compression optimize storage utilization and reduce costs.

Data Storage and Protection with Sangfor HCI

Sangfor HCI's aSAN storage virtualization is engineered for exceptional storage performance and data integrity. It leverages multi-copies and synchronous data writing to maintain data consistency. The system achieves impressive performance, reaching 1 million Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) with only three nodes, thanks to innovative features like SSD caching and patented I/O localization technology. The latter identifies the VM's data location and prioritizes running the VM on that physical host, significantly boosting IOPS within a clustered environment.

Sangfor HCI further provides robust data protection through its aSecurity cloud security center. This integrated solution offers essential tools such as a web application firewall, next-generation firewall, and endpoint protection to shield your data and infrastructure from threats. Additionally, Sangfor HCI offers a variety of disaster recovery (DR) solutions, including active-active stretched clusters and active-passive DR. Business continuity is safeguarded with data recovery features like snapshots and continuous data protection (CDP), ensuring critical data remains safe and accessible during unforeseen events.

Software-Defined Storage

Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is a groundbreaking storage technology that we believe organizations should explore to tackle current and emerging data storage challenges.

According to the Gartner Hype Cycle, SDS is described as follows: "Software-defined storage (SDS) abstracts storage software from the underlying hardware, providing common provisioning and data services across IT infrastructures, regardless of locality and hardware technology. It can be deployed as a virtual machine (VM), a container or as storage software on a bare-metal, industry-standard server, providing flexibility to deploy storage wherever the application demands — on-premises, at the edge or in the public cloud."

SDS is the only technology in the Hype Cycle given the highest Transformational Benefit Rating. We believe this is due to its remarkable ability to provide intelligent, flexible, and cost-effective storage for the huge amount of data generated by today’s businesses across all industries. In this article published with Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Sangfor Cloud CTO Nicholas Tay outlines the challenges of storing massive data volumes with traditional storage infrastructure and explains why SDS is the ideal solution for tackling these challenges.

Sangfor aStor: Empower Your Business with Next-Generation Storage

Sangfor aStor is a powerful SDS solution that dynamically allocates storage resources based on the specific requirements of business applications. It offers a range of storage options, including high-performance storage and low-cost large-capacity storage, to effectively meet diverse needs. Sangfor aStor is a versatile SDS product that can be delivered as an integrated software + hardware solution or a software-only solution. It supports block, file, and object storage within a single physical or virtual appliance, providing organizations with a simple and cost-effective storage solution fit for the modern era.

Recently, Sangfor Technologies ranked as the 2nd largest SDS vendor in the Asia-Pacific region by market share in Gartner Market Share: Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Software, Worldwide, 2022⁴.


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  1. Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, 2023, By Julia Palmer, Published July 13, 2023
  2. Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Compute, 2023, By Tony Harvey, Jason Donham, Published July 10, 2023
  3. Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Data Center Infrastructure Technologies, 2023, By Henrique Cecci, Philip Dawson, Published July 13, 2023
  4. Gartner Inc., Market Share: Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Software, Worldwide, 2022, By Laurie Wurster et al., Published May 30, 2023


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