Hardware platforms available

Intel’s Nehalem quad core architecture with four QuickPath links, very generous 8MB L3 cache and three-channel DDR3 memory are the basic building blocks of Celeros latest XF Series platforms. The new XF Series storage platforms have been tuned to provide scalable performance and energy efficiency.

SAS/SATA Platforms

Platform Model Drive Bays Max Capacity
XF100S X100S 4 8TB (4 x 2TB)
XF11S X11S 4 8TB (4 x 2TB)
XF23S X23S 12 24TB (12 x 2TB)
XF34S X34S 16 32TB (16 x 2TB)
XF46S X46S 24 48TB (24 x 2TB)
XF49S X49S 36 72TB (36 x 2TB)

SATA Platforms

Platform Model Drive Bays Max Capacity
XF810 X810 40 80TB (40 x 2TB)
XF512 X512 48 96TB (48 x 2TB)

SAS Expander Platforms

Platform Model Drive Bays Max Capacity
X23J X23J 12 24TB (12 x 2TB)
X34J X34J 16 32TB (16 x 2TB)
X46J X46J 24 48TB (24 x 2TB)
X49J X49J 45 90TB (45 x 2TB)
X412J X412J 48 96TB (48 x 2TB)

EzSANFiler XF Features

XF Series is the perfect combination of Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 and Celeros Storage platforms. XF Series provides an integrated solution offering file-level and block-level storage within the same appliance.

Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 is the evolution of the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003, a sophisticated Network Attached Storage (NAS) product line plus new features such as the Microsoft® iSCSI Software Target technology, a new and revised storage server setup experience, new integrated share and storage management snap-ins, among many other new and enhanced features.

Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 enhancements

Improved Bandwidth utilization and throughput – Improvements include Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0, that reduces the protocol’s chattiness by sending multiple SMB commands in the same packet. Independent tests by Tom’s Hardware has shown substantial throughput improvements.

Enhanced scalability – Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 employs much larger buffer sizes for better scalability, resulting in many more files that can be open concurrently, enabling servers to handle more file shares. Single-instancing ( file-level de-duplication ) now supports up to 128 volumes per server (was six) and supports millions of files.

Superior management – A new Storage Manager for SANs (SMfS) was created for basic administration jobs. The File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) has also been upgraded, to include quotas, file screening and better reporting. Failover clustering set up now requires just a few point-and-click operations. Remote administration capability was enhanced with a Java-based facility for Linux and Firefox users.

Better Virtual Disk Service (VDS) – New VDS provides monitoring of LUN status (online, offline and read-only) and allows LUNs to shrink in size.

Improved iSCSI target software – Support for dual-active clustering in enterprise environments.

Advanced features such as Single Instance Storage reduce storage requirements drastically while Clustering and Distributed File System bring redundancy, performance scalability and high availability demanded by mission critical systems in enterprises large and small.

EzSANFiler XF Series

Windows iSCSI Software Target iSCSI target capability enabling you to combine file, print, and block storage services on a single platform
Network File Protocols and iSCSI initiator Support Microsoft Windows – iSCSI, CIFS, SMB
Linux – iSCSI, NFS
Novell Netware – iSCSI, Netware over IP
Sun Solaris – iSCSI, NFS
IBM AIX – iSCSI, NFS
HP UX – iSCSI, NFS
Mac OS X – iSCSI, NFS
Integrated Data Storage Management Unified Share and SAN Management Snap-in – Manage all storage technologies (SAN & NAS) from a central location
Provision Storage Wizard and the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard can be run one after the other to provide a seamless, unified provisioning experience for SMB and NFS storage
Web-based Management w/ RDP
Secure Admin Access w/ System Log
Redundancy Hardware RAID Controller, Redundant Network Interfaces, PS and cooling
Network Interfaces Multiple Gigabit and 10G Ethernets Network Interfaces
Security CHAP Authentication, IPSec, iSNS
Data Protection Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

Network File Protocols and iSCSI Initiator Support

XF Series supports a variety of Network File Protocol and iSCSI initiators running on many popular OS platforms.

Storage Consolidation and Centralized Management

Organizations with islands of storage from different vendors can be consolidated for management under a single Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 management console. This will simplify the overall management of the storage and also ensure that the maximum use and benefit of the storage can be obtained.

Data Protection

Create a simpler, more unified approach to data protection through the use of EzSANFiler XF Series, Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, and third-party backup software. Create a “Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape” backup solution leveraging VSS and Snap-shots as well as third-party backup software.

Application Support

Enhancing the performance and increasing the availability and resiliency of applications is another key area where EzSANFiler XF Series and Microsoft Storage Server 2008 can add great value, either through the support of clustering the application or simply providing enhanced disk protection failure. In the case of both Microsoft® Exchange and SQL, full clustering support and functionality is supported. Applications like Microsoft Exchange and SQL rely on fast access to data. Disk or block data is served to the applications through the use of the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 iSCSI target software.

Single Instance Storage

Single Instance Storage works by searching a volume to identify duplicate files. When SIS finds identical files, it saves one copy of the file to a central repository, called the SIS Common Store, and replaces other copies with pointers to the stored versions. The process is transparent to users. A user still sees a file name in the directory, and then clicks it to open the file.

Full Indexed Text Search

Indexing Service extracts the information from a set of documents and organizes it in a way that makes it quick and easy to access that information through the Search function for computers running Microsoft® Windows®. This information can include text from within a document (its contents), and the characteristics and parameters of the document (its properties), such as the author’s name. Once the index is created you can query the index for documents that contain key words, phrases, or properties. For example, you can query all documents containing the word “product,” or you can query for all Microsoft® Office® documents written by a specific author. Indexing Service returns a list of all documents that meet your search criteria.

Scalability and Reliability

Devices built on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 can range in storage capacity from 1 to 180 terabytes. Because disk capacity can be extended by adding new disks or storage shelves without the need for network or server downtime, the process of making additional storage available is simple and non-disruptive. In addition to scalability benefits, existing NAS devices built on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 are highly reliable and have low maintenance requirements and can be completely managed from a Microsoft Storage Server 2008 Management Console.