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AberNAS N20C Series – 2U/12HDD Scale-out NAS


Scale-out NAS

Aberdeen AberNAS N20C featuring OSNEXUS Quantastor Grid technology enables the provisioning of scale-out Network Attached Storage (NAS) shares that are accessible using standard CIFS/SMB and NFS protocols as well as via the GlusterFS client protocol for maximum performance. The N20C features the GlusterFS scale-out file system to aggregate storage from multiple appliances together to form a “single-namespace.” Scale-out NAS shares support both replica style mirroring for data protection and high availability as well as erasure coding.

Aberdeen’s Scale-out NAS is ideal for data, backup and archive, and media use cases. Read/write performance via CIFS/NFS can be improved through the use of SSDs as read/write cache. For deployments accessing scale-out NAS storage from Linux, the native GlusterFS client provides the best performance as I/O can be directed to the correct appliance without an intermediary hop.


Simplified Management with Grid Technology

The AberNAS N20C’s QuantaStor Grid management technology enables companies to start small and grow to hyper-scale with ease. Grids greatly simplify management by linking appliances together so that they can be managed as a single unit. Appliances within a grid can be comprised of a heterogeneous mix of hardware from different vendors and may include multiple independent scale-out NAS clusters.




Smart Layout, Smart Provisioning

The AberNAS N20C’s GlusterFS combines “bricks” of storage into volumes which are accessible as a “single-namespace”. This can be a complex and error prone task when done manually using low-level GlusterFS tools but QuantaStor makes it easy. Brick creation, selection, data placement and distribution calculations are all done automatically to ensure dispersal of data across the volume. With just a few clicks, users are able to provision new scale-out NAS storage with data replication or an erasure coding layout policy.

Highly-available NFS/SMB

Traditional file protocols like NFS and SMB are point-to-point between each client and a specific NAS appliance IP address. In order to ensure that these clients are able to continue accessing the scale-out NAS storage in the event of a hardware outage, the IP address must be virtual and must float to another NAS cluster member automatically. Aberdeen’s system allows an admin to associate a Gluster Virtual IP address to any scale-out NAS volume. This can also be used to load-balance traffic by directing specific clients to specific virtual IPs.

AberNAS W-Series Highlights:

  • Scale up to 64 units of N20C NAS appliances
  • Three system minimum to setup
  • Up to 6PB under a single namespace
  • Erasure coding with Gluster
  • IPMI w/KVM over LAN for Remote Server Management
  • SAS 12G Storage Support
  • Dual Intel E5-2600 v4 Series Support
  • 1TB DDR4 Memory Support
  • PCI-E 3.0 Support
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 Configurable
  • Redundant power supply
  • Hardware RAID w/ BBU
  • Dual port 10GBase-T
FORM FACTOR 2U, 19″ Rackmount (25.5″ in Depth)
*Scale-out NAS software requires 3 systems for initial setup
BASE CAPACITY 120 / 96 / 72 / 48 Terabytes
PROTOCOL SUPPORT CIFS/SMB and NFS protocols as well as via the GlusterFS client protocol
OPERATING SYSTEM QuantaStor SDS Enterprise Edition
CONFIGURABLE PROCESSOR Dual Socket R3 (LGA 2011) supports Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4
Up to 22 Cores w/up to 9.6GT/s QuickPath Interconnect
– 9.6GT/s QPI CPU runs DDR4 at 2400/2133/1866MHz
– 8.0GT/s QPI CPU runs DDR4 at 2133/1866MHz
– 6.4GT/s QPI CPU runs DDR3 at 1866MHz
CONFIGURABLE MEMORY 32GB to 1TB Reg/LR-Type DDR4 (Quad Channel Operation)
(64-bit OS allows for maximum memory support)
1 x RAID CacheVault SuperCap
HOT SWAP 12 Bays
Data Center Grade Flash Storage
10TB / 8TB / 6TB / 4TB
24×7 Enterprise-Class
ETHERNET Intel X540 Dual Port 10GBase-T
(RJ45 output)
POWER SUPPLY 920W Redundant High-efficiency
80PLUS Platinum Level (94%+)
RAILS Tool-less rails included
WARRANTY 5 Year Limited
POWER DRAW(W) Off: 23.6
Boot-Up: 312
Burn-In: 387
Idle: 231
DIMENSIONS Height: 3.5″ (89mm)
Width: 17.2″ (437mm)
Depth: 24.8″ (630mm)

Scale-out NAS QuantaStor SDS Highlights

Audit Logging Automatically generates audit logs of all operations to see changes made by individual IT administrator.
CIFS & NFS Support NAS file sharing support makes it simple to create network shares accessible over both CIFS & NFS. For quick file recovery QuantaStor also supports instant snapshots of network shares that integrate with Windows Shadow Copy enabling users to easily recover older versions of files from within Windows.
Client Support VMware ESX/ESXi, Windows XP, 7, 2003 Server, 2008 Server, 2012 Server, Windows Hyper-V, Apple Macintosh OS/X, Citrix XenServer 5.x/6.x, Linux (RedHat, SUSE, CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu), OnApp, and Proxmox.
Encryption QuantaStor supports “one-click” full drive encryption with AES-256 as well as on-the-wire encryption via SMB3, IPSec, and HTTPS. Encryption and decryption performance is accelerated by much as eight times through the use of Intel’s AES-NI technology found on Intel Xeon® processors.
Erasure Coding Erasure coding with Gluster on QuantaStor delivers high-availability and fault-tolerance by using parity information to reduce storage overhead to as low as 10 percent in some cases.
GlusterFS GlusterFS is fully integrated into QuantaStor providing automatic peer setup, volume provisioning, volume expansion and rebalancing.
Hardware & Software Encryption Encryption is integrated into hardware (LSI SafeStore) and software (LUKS). QuantaStor provides a number of options to ensure that data is secure and meets industry compliance requirements such as HIPAA.
High Availability Both single-node and multi-node solutions can leverage hardware accelerated RAID to ensure fault-tolerance in the event of a disk failure. Multi-node scale-out configurations are highly available with near instant failover.
Host Groups Hosts are often combined into clusters or pools for use with Microsoft MSCS, Hyper-V, VMWare, and XenServer. The host group object allows IT administrators to combine hosts into a group within the storage system to assign storage to all hosts simultaneously as a group rather than assign a volumes to each host individually.
Hyperscale Grids Provision up to 64 storage appliances and 6 petabytes in a single grid with support for all major server vendors (HP, Dell, Cisco, IBM/Lenovo and SuperMicro) all managed as a single grid storage system.
Intuitve UI QuantaStor’s web-based UI provides a rich experience from within a traditional desktop or tablet web browser without having to install client software.
Quality of Service (QoS) Controls QuantaStor offers storage read and write bandwidth limiting, referred to as Quality of Service (QoS) controls, to ensure reliable and predictable service quality for all applications and users of a given appliance. In a shared or multi-tenancy environment, QuantaStor QoS controls are enabled for storage volumes via policy management.
RAID Layouts All major RAID layouts are supported including RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, RAID10, RAID50, and RAID60.
Remote Management CLI The QuantaStor remote management CLI allows storage management scripting and automation. The CLI runs on both Windows and Linux and includes an XML output mode for easy parsing and integration with custom applications and provisioning tools.
Scale-out Management QuantaStor’s grid management technology simplifies scale-out storage by letting IT administrators manage multiple local or global, virtual or physical QuantaStor appliances as a single unit.

Aberdeen Reliability

Aberdeen brings an industry leading 5 Year Warranty to the table with aberdeen-5-year-warranty-200pxevery fully configured AberNAS rackmount server. Our custom configured rackmounts and along with our pre-configured Stirling line of servers and AberNAS network appliances come with a 5 Year Warranty standard unlike of some other companies’ 1 or 3 year warranties. Take advantage of the speed, storage and security of the AberNAS by Aberdeen.

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Aberdeen offers a 30 day trial assessment program on completely configured servers and/or storage. We are so confident that once you try one of our custom configured rackmount servers you will not only be completely satisfied with the evaluation unit but will choose Aberdeen to fulfill all your future rackmount server needs.