Secure Storage

Secure Storage

AST has conceived and designed two unique stand-alone products which are aimed at the SME marketplace, in particular those businesses who do not have the facility or capacity to invest in a traditional data center, but nevertheless still require either a very secure data storage back-up system or perhaps the means to secure company-critical servers and storage devices but without the need or costs of an IT department.

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Smart Data Safe®

The Smart Data Safe® (SDS) is a compact, secure, plug & play Data Storage Solution – it performs in the same way as the black box recorder installed on aircraft.
Its function is to protect the most critical asset of your organization: YOUR DATA and to  provide fast, simple and most effective data recovery.


Specifically designed to protect your data against fire, water, theft, vandalism, EMF, etc, the SDS ships in two formats, namely a NAS with up to 10 TB storage capacity in 5 SATA disks – ideal for simple data back-up / archiving or a SAN iSCASI configuration for storing realtime transactional data – considerably faster but more expensive.


Each version ships with integrated remote monitoring software, checking environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, vibration, flooding, power, etc.
In case of an alarm being triggered because a parameter limit has been exceeded, the SDS will notify up to 3 people via SMS and/or email and will automatically switch off, protecting the data stored inside.

The SDS is very “green”, consuming less than 300 Watts of power during backup operation, reducing to less than 100 watts during idle time.
Once installed, there is no need for human intervention. The SDS will operate 24 / 7 on its own and can be monitored remotely over the Internet if required. The backup process is carried out automatically – a function which can be adjusted if required through the monitoring program, and is compatible with most 3rd party back-up solutions. Most importantly, no technical IT skills are needed to do this, making it an ideal solution for the small business which is required by Law to keep a secure record of customer transactions (legal, medical, financial, etc).  In addition, the SDS is deployed in branch offices of large organisations where a traditional data center is not practical, but very secure but economic data storage is required.

As all information is stored securely on disk inside the Smart Data Safe®,
the need for the physical extraction of traditional tape-based back-ups is eliminated as is the additional cost of transport to another location..

Smart Bunker

The Smart Bunker (SB) is a unique concept,  providing as it does the facilities, functionality and security of a data center encapsulated within either a 23U, 46U, industry standard 19” rack“cupboard” on wheels.  It is also possible to twin a pair of Smart Bunkers to provide twice the functionality.

In essence, AST has designed a very secure cupboard-like structure of heavy-duty steel, combining the same type of hermetically-sealed access doors as are used for the Smart Shelter Container.  This technique ensures total insulation, thermal efficiency and extremely low noise emission, as well as protection against fire, flood, humidity, air pollution, vandalism and EMF effects.

In practice, the Smart Bunker is a very compact data center on wheels, designed to take any industry-standard 19” rack-compatible equipment: servers, storage, network switches, routers, fire detection/suppression, cooling, UPS, remote monitoring and environmental control,  biometric access – even an external RGB LED door display to warn of rising internal temperature!

Cooling systems can be internally and externally mounted (side, rear or top), using Forced Air circulation, DX Air Conditioning (side or top mounted) or water-based heat exchanger cooling.

Optionally, for those customers with specific requirements, an SB can be customised to a rack height of 48U, with width and depth increased to 50mm (1.97”) for use as a single rack.

The Smart Bunker conforms to these international standards:

  • Walls with improved thermal insulation; panels rated to FR120 fire protection, EN 13501
  • Water, dust and air pollution: sealed to IP65
  • Electromagnetic protection to EMI/RFI 22dB
  • Burglar, vandal resistant to WK3; 2 heavy-duty doors (front; rear access; electronic or mechanical)
  • Fitted with several cable glands for connection to external power, data and refrigeration sources.

 

Data Center

The AST Smart Shelter is designed to offer a number of unique advantages in terms of security..

Secure Storage

AST has conceived and designed two unique stand-alone products which are aimed at the SME marketplace,

Cooling Efficiency

As a result of virtualization technologies being deployed more and more in data centers, and in particular blade servers,

Shielding and Power

High Frequency Shielding refers to the shielding of an entire room against external Electromagnetic Interference.