The Petarack™2 A Full Petabyte of Managed SAN Storage
in a Single Rack
Powered by Nexenta’s incredible Nexentastor ZFS file system implementation, the Petarack can be
configured under a single Namespace/Volume that doesn’t have to stop at its own petabyte of included
storage. The Petarack’s host capacity can be scaled to over 5 petabytes of continuous, uninterrupted
storage in a single Namespace/Volume.
The Petarack’s intuitive web based GUI management is employed for
both configuring the array(s), and for the control of a wealth of enterprise level software features. These
features include, but are not limited to, unlimited snapshots and clones, block level replication, file level
replication and management of virtualized storage.
The Petarack is Cloud ready and Virtualization ready with features such as 128 bit addressing, huge >
storage file sizes, nearly unlimited clones and support for multiple, concurrent server virtualization
vendors. Virtualization enables thin provisioning, while improving performance via I/O pooling, which
actually improves performance as more storage is added. I/O performance can be further enhanced
through the strategic deployment of optional, fast SSD drives in hybrid storage pools.
“Make no mistake about it, our Petarack is a revolutionary, innovate design delivering massive amounts
of self-contained SAN storage at a price point that quite frankly, we strongly believe will make the entire
community sit up and take notice,” said Aberdeen president and CEO, Moshe Ovadya, who went on to
say, “The Petarack takes the petabyte plus level of storage, and instantly makes it available to, and
affordable by, small and medium size organizations that never believed it would be within their reach."
The Target FC Plugin provides a set of capabilities, including an intuitive user interface, that assist in the use of the AberSAN as a block-level target (Fibre Channel only). Target FC includes adaptive multi-pathing so that performance scales up as needed with additional threads -- and manages these threads over time including closing them if they are not needed. It also provides the ability to easily create logical groups of initiators and targets to enable such common block level management tasks as LUN mapping so that a particular application, for example, has unique access to a particular ZVOL, or virtual block device, and thereby inherits the storage management policies unique to that ZVOL such as replication and protection schemes.
High Availability Cluster Plugin (Included in Petarack)
The HA Cluster plugin enables two AberSAN instances to be configured as an active / active pair. When installed and configured, each instance of AberSAN is able to perform all regular functions while at the same time the Plugin provides high availability for shared storage accessible from both appliances. The storage jointly managed via HA Cluster is configured as shared storage. You can also establish RAID and replication policies to protect the data itself in a number of ways with the aid of the software.
VM DataCenter (VMDC)
The VM DataCenter application dramatically simplifies the experience of storage and system administrators in setting storage polices for their virtual environments and in performing common tasks such as stopping and starting VMs and performing template based clones as well. It is easily installed using standard system utilities. It provides a user interface that discovers all ESX or Xen servers and all Virtual Machines (VMs) on the servers. Users can establish replication policies for each VM and can perform common VM management tasks such as stopping and starting VMs. Also, the AberSAN with VMDC can be used for cloning via the 'template' functionality of VMDC to dramatically accelerate provisioning of identical VMs.
Cross-Platform Multi-Host SAN Target Sharing Support
metaSAN is a high-speed file sharing Storage Area Network (SAN) management software that sets new standards for cross-platform workgroup collaboration. metaSAN enables multiple users to share access to common data files in workgroups where heavy bandwidth requirements are the norm. With metaSAN, film and video editors, digital artists, healthcare specialists, and corporate users can simultaneously access a common pool of data files such as video clips, databases, satellite imagery, medical archives, or CAD files - as easily and transparently as if the content was stored on their local drive.