The Highest Security with an All-Flash Open-E JovianDSS Solution in a Data Center

MMiT, based in Kiel, Germany, is a renowned regional and national IT service provider, operating directly from Germany’s Internet hub, Frankfurt am Main. The company provides its customers with an extensive range of services and solutions directly from their TÜV-certified data center.
Ensuring High Availability of your data, anytime and from anywhere is already a market standard. As a Cloud and Internet services provider, MMiT puts constant matching to the market and thoughtful response to customer needs as top priorities.

  • High Availability for two fire compartments within a data center
  • All-Flash data storage solution for the best performance
  • Long data retention time in the backup server (snapshots)
  • Fast and flexible storage extension options
  • Short recovery time
  • High data integrity
  • Affordability and cost-effectiveness
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Given the demanded performance and rapidly increasing volume sizes, a state-of-the-art, adaptable infrastructure became essential for MMiT. Thus, to have a field for the development and to correspond to the constantly increasing requirements, MMiT felt obliged to shift to appropriate computing power and create a secure and future-proof maintenance strategy. Additionally, the new system should be able to provide the highest protection against the consequences of everyday threats (such as ransomware), as well as ensure fast data recovery in case of data loss due to unexpected events, like fire, flood, thefts or just a power outage.

Tailor-made solution

With all the above-mentioned requirements for a clustered system, including also an intuitive backup solution, Oliver Timm, the managing director of MMiT, turned to N-TEC, the Munich-based server and storage solution integrator.

As a result of many years of positive experience and satisfying projects with N-TEC and Open-E, a fully redundant storage system with Open-E JovianDSS as the software-defined storage (SDS) was proposed to meet MMiT’s challenges. Just as expected - the proposed solution fulfilled all their demands.

Protection against ransomware effects

Special attention was paid to the off-site backup server. With On & Off-site Data Protection in Open-E JovianDSS, this extra server is able to receive data directly from the metro cluster, and store an unlimited number of fully consistent snapshots according to a retention plan customized to their needs. MMiT is thus able to revert to any point in time that has been previously defined which makes it the no.1 solution for dealing with harmful effects of ransomware attacks.

Plus, On- and Off-site Data Protection feature is very flexible, as it covers a wide range of disaster recovery plans without the need to use additional third party tools. This ZFS technology allows building extremely versatile backup solutions. The smart part of this solution is the fact that only the data that has changed during the working day or within the snapshot cycles is replicated.

Compatibility and affordability

The solution proposed by N-TEC and Open-E is one of the most affordable on the market, so MMiT’s inquiry for a profitable price/performance ratio has also been met. Exceptional savings were not the main factor in this project so the company has invested in a number of security layers to stay protected in case of any event, and yet the solution turned out to be very cost-effective.

Hardware details

Server: rapidNAS JSS224-G8
Processor: 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 5122 Processor, 3.60GHz Basistakt, 4 Cores – 8 Threads
RAID: HW SAS RAID Controller with Supercap
Network Interfaces: 4x 10GBASE-SR Ports
Writelog: 2x 400GB SSD
Read Cache: 1x 960 GB SSD
SSD: 6x 3.84TB SSD
zPool: RAID 6 – Active-Passive configuration
Storage Capacity: 13,98TiB ca. ~15TB usable

About MMiT

MMiT GmbH is a full-service provider for digital infrastructure. Private cloud solutions have been offered since 2008. What is more, the development of individual software solutions for all customers (SaaS) as well as a rental model for hardware (HaaS) such as PCs, notebooks, monitors, printers and copiers are an addition to the range of services, reducing the capital commitment of the customers. MMiT also offers an excellent service package (ISP) for all services.

About N-TEC

For 20 years, N-TEC has been creating high-performance data storage concepts for companies, with cost-effective, universal, and scalable data storage solutions. A great knowledge, many years of practical experience in the field of enterprise storage technologies, and close cooperation with the leading manufacturers in the industry enable N-TEC to offer its customers solutions that are tailor-made to their requirements. High-performance NAS systems, iSCSI and FC SAN, as well as high availability data storage solutions, are as much a part of the product portfolio as audit-proof archives and backup solutions. In addition, N-TEC offers almost all servers and storage solutions for rent.

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