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AberSAN ZXP HA (Dual 2U Head/JBODs) Expandable ZFS SAN Storage Subsystem

Nexenta Certified Premier PartnerPowered by Nexenta's incredible Nexentastor ZFS file system implementation, the AberSAN ZXP can be configured under a single Namespace/Volume that can start with a small amount of storage capacity and later be scaled to over 5 petabytes of continuous, uninterrupted storage in a single Namespace/Volume.

AberSAN ZXP features an intuitive web based GUI management that is used 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.

AberSAN ZXP 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.

Storage without limits

The Expanding Digital Universe and continuing explosive growth of disk based storage means that limitations to legacy storage systems are going to be critically important in the months and years to come.

A storage system built upon 32bit addressing is never going to be as flexible and scalable as one built upon a 128bit system. So AberSAN Z-Series, thanks in part to the use of ZFS, has a number of advantages vs. legacy and Linux or BSD based solutions. These include:

Unlimited snapshots. With the exponential increase in the amount of data stored, snapshots need to become more granular if they are going to be able to be restored in a timely manner. Legacy solutions are limited to up to 255 snapshots. By comparison, AberSAN Z-Series can accommodate 2 to the 48th snapshots. This means you can run hourly snapshots, for example, on all of your data which in turn means that you can restore in a timely manner and that the incremental amounts sent over the network can be smaller than daily updates.

Unlimited file system size. Again, thanks to the legacy nature of many existing solutions, each file system is often limited to a relatively small amount of data stored. There are no such limits when you use AberSAN Z-Series.

Multi-level data protection

AberSAN Z-Series protects your organization's data with features and capabilities ranging from the most granular, per transaction data integrity checks to higher level backup and disaster recovery capabilities.

Every read or write made by AberSAN Z-Series utilizes ZFS data integrity. To avoid accidental and silent data corruption ZFS provides end-to-end checksumming and transactional copy-on-write IO operations. These operations eliminate the 'write-holes' and silent data corruption that have plagued storage solutions that are not based on ZFS.

Inherent virtualization

AberSAN Z-Series is built from the ground up on the revolutionary file system ZFS which means that virtualization is at the core of AberSAN Z-Series. This virtualization enables thin provisioning and also improves performance via I/O pooling. This means that when you add more disks or systems to AberSAN Z-Series the overall solution accelerates. Another benefit of AberSAN Z-Series is that it can run within VMware or other virtualized environments.

FORM FACTOR 2U Head Units:
19" Rackmount (17.7 in Depth)
3U JBOD Expansion Option:
19" Rackmount (25.5 in Depth)
4U JBOD Expansion Option:
19" Rackmount (27.5 in Depth)
CAPACITY Unlimited
ZFS supports unlimited single volume capacity
(limited only by amount of storage present)
Stripe, Mirror, RAID-Z1 (Single parity), RAID-(Z2) (Double parity)
OPERATING SYSTEM Enterprise-Class NexentaStor 3 ZFS Platform
OpenSolaris kernel with the GNU/Debian user interface
PROCESSOR Single or Dual Intel Xeon processor 5600/5500 series
Nehalem/Westmere Microarchitecture
MEMORY Up to 192GB ECC Registered DDR3
(Triple Channel Operation)
*the more the better for optimum ZFS performance


2U Head Units:
Mirrored 500GB 3.5" HDD for NexentaStor ZFS OS
3U 28 Bay or 4U 45 Bay Dual Expander JBOD models:
Dual Ported SAS 6G Hard Drives for HA Support
(optional ZXP configuration reserves 4 or 2 bays for ZIL and/or L2ARC extreme performance caching)
STEC ZeusRAM ZIL and ZeusIOPS L2ARC SSD drives
HBA LSI SAS2008 IO SAS2.0 6G Controllers
Fusion-MPT™ 2.0 architecture
ETHERNET 2U Head Units:
Dual Intel Gigabit Controller
Load Balancing, Teaming and Failover
*Quad GbE / 10GbE CX4 / Fiber SFP+ 10GbE Options Available
700W High-Efficiency Redundant Power Supply
3U Storage JBOD Option:
1620W Platinum Level High-Efficiency Redundant Power Supply
4U Storage JBOD Option:
1400W Gold Level High-Efficiency Redundant Power Supply
RAILS Included
WARRANTY 5 year Limited
AberSAN ZXP-Series OS Highlights:
  • Dual ported SAS drives and Expanders enable HA
  • Shared pools of storage from any combination of storage hardware
  • Unlimited snapshots and clones
  • Unlimited file size
  • Block and file based replication
  • End to end data integrity
  • Thin provisioning
  • Integrated search
  • Hybrid storage pools via automated use of SSDs
  • L2Aarc and ZIL Cache SSD Options for added IOPS
  • Virtualization management
  • Cloud ready storage capabilities
  • In-line Deduplication
  • iSCSI Target Capable
  • Multi JBOD expandable
Target FC
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 AberSAN ZXP HA)
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.

Delorean Plugin (Advanced Backup Utility for Windows)
Delorean is a high-powered Windows Backup, Restore and Search tool, with multiple advanced capabilities.
With Delorean you can extend the power of the AberSAN right to the your end users' computers, ensuring that your company's data residing on client machines, as well as servers, is protected. Delorean consists of a client -- that runs on end user Windows machines -- and a Plugin that adds capabilities to the AberSAN. End-users can select what local files and folders they want to protect via a built-in File Explorer interface. Delorean supports Windows VSS, combined backup + snapshot capability, and any backup schedule.

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.

AberSAN Awarded Best-in-Class - "..the Aberdeen AberSAN edged out the other products... with its ability to support multiple storage networking protocols as well its numerous options for configuring its storage controllers and storage capacity.."
2011 DCIG Buyer's Guide

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