The FireSAN C Series is an Enterprise class SAN storage array at an Entry-Level price. We have combined some of the best hardware and software technologies available into a cost efficient device. This solution is equipped to meet your virtualization, storage, and file sharing needs. It can be used as a SAN or as a NAS. It has a web-based front end to allow easy administration of the entire storage device.
The FireSAN C Series is an affordable solution for your virtualization & storage needs.
Don’t sacrifice features
- Upgradeable up to 32TB capacity per SAN
via FireSAN Xpander
- Block-level Remote Replication
- High-Availability Clustering
- Load Balancing
- SAS & SATA Hard Disk Support
- iSCSI, FC, InfiniBand Connectivity
- Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60
- Access Control Lists
- Snapshot support
- Virtualization ready for VMware, Citrix XEN, Microsoft Virtual Server, Red Hat Virtualization & Sun xVM
FireSAN OS ADMINISTRATION
Powerful and Intuitive Web-based User Interface
The web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the FireSAN makes remote management of the storage device a simple task. By using a web-browser, the DSS can be easily managed from anywhere within the network.
Secured Administration Access
FireSAN OS is accessed and configured through a web-based, password-protected GUI over Secured Socket Layer (SSL) administration access.
FireSAN OS can be managed by using the console tool. For security reasons some advanced and critical administrator tasks like “removing and restoring volumes” and “checking and repairing the file system”, can only be managed from the console. Through the console tool, an administrator monitors the status of the network and memory usage, install drivers and hardware and perform other tasks.
Remote Access of Console Tool
The FireSAN supports remote access of the console tool enabling management of the server from anywhere in the network.
The performance of the FireSAN array can be increased by changing the settings of disk, network, file system or network using “Tuning Tools”.
Multiple Management Levels
The FireSAN supports three levels of administrative rights: Full Access, Maintenance and Administration.
Update System (Local or Internet)
Update downtime is reduced with the new Update System feature making it possible to reboot from the old system.
Standard Network Gateway Support
The FireSAN can be used with structured networks in business environments and has an optional data access via Intranet or Internet.
Assigning IP addresses in a network can be centrally managed and automated through using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
Multiple Network Interface Card (NIC) Support
The FireSAN supports usage of two or more network cards to access separate sub-networks or to increase the bandwidth and allows administrators to select services to be enabled on a specified NIC.
Adapter Fault Tolerance (AFT)
AFT assures greater reliability by providing a secondary network adapter that automatically takes over, should the primary network adapter fail.
Adaptive Load Balancing (ALB)
ALB enhances data throughput by automatically routing data through alternative paths as the application changes.
10 Gb Ethernet with TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE)
To improve the data throughput and latency, the FireSAN supports 10 GbE to increase bandwidth, improve overall performance, and reduce message latency across connections. The FireSAN supports some 10GbE cards with TCP/IP.
FireSAN OS supports InfiniBand cards that increase bandwidth, improved overall performance, and reduced message latency across connections.
The FireSAN allows the configuration of the Proxy Server for Internet connections.
The FireSAN supports the Secure Internet Protocol (IPsec). This protocol secures data transmitted across a network, preventing confidential and personal information from being intercepted or modified.
Automatic Failover for iSCSI Volumes
FireSAN OS provides fault tolerance via iSCSI Volume Replication. Data is copied in real time to the primary server and every change is immediately mirrored to a secondary server and in the event of a failure of the primary server FireSAN OS automatically switches operations to the secondary server.
Cross Data Synchronization
FireSAN OS synchronizes files and directories from one NAS server to another. Disaster recovery or Disk-to-Disk backup synchronization utilizes block-based data transfer that minimizes network traffic. FireSAN OS can synchronize data in both directions: the FireSAN can be the source and destination of files at the same time, allowing to cross-backup data on several servers.
SCSI-3 Persistent Reservation
Support for persistent reservation commands. This enables support for Windows 2008 and Windows Cluster.
Enables you to check the performance of your system.
Hardware and Software iSCSI Initiator
FireSAN OS supports hardware iSCSI Initiators and has a software iSCSI Initiator for easily expanding the storage capacity of the NAS server. New units and logical volumes can be added by connecting an iSCSI storage system to the NAS server.
Hardware and Software RAID Support
The FireSAN supports Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA controllers. The integrated software RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 provides more flexibility and cost savings while creating storage solutions. By mirroring two hardware RAID arrays, the probability of failure can be reduced. The FireSAN offers highest flexibility in redundancy, performance, costs and storage volume.
Software RAID Degraded Mode
The FireSAN OS boasts a means for creating a RAID when a Hard Disk Drives (HDD) is missing or broken.
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Support
The FireSAN includes S.M.A.R.T support for detecting and reporting the status of the Hard Disk Drives (HDD) anticipated on failures.
E-mail Notification for RAID Issues
Email alerts are sent to the system administrator in case of issues with the RAID through the FireSAN OS.
E-mail Notification for S.M.A.R.T.
Email alerts are sent to the system administrator in case of HDD problems through the FireSAN.
Support for over 2TB Physical and Logical Volumes (LV)
The FireSAN supports logical volumes greater than 2TB and a physical size of up to 16TB in 32bit mode.
Snapshot is an immediate point-in-time image of the logical volume. The snapshot image can be used for both consistent and temporary backup, while users still have uninterrupted and complete access to the LV. Files can be recovered from previous snapshots should a file be accidentally deleted or modified.
Multiple Snapshots with Scheduling Function
The FireSAN supports “Multiple Snapshot with Scheduling” to create snapshots at predefined points in time (e.g. automatically every hour).
Multiple Logical Volume & Groups
Logical volume groups allow storage administrators to create logical storage pools that span multiple physical disk drives. With its support of multiple logical volume groups, the FireSAN makes it easier to meet the changing needs of users and applications while making the maximum use of available physical disk space.
Online Logical Volume Expansion
Online logical volume expansion allows administrators to change the size of storage volumes as needed without having to restart the application, recreate the volume, and backup and restore data to the volume.
Support for Online Capacity Expansion
Our hardware RAID controllers’ expansion capability supports the increase of size of existing units without removing data.
FireSAN OS monitors hardware status such as temperature, voltage and fan speed provided by the motherboard’s sensors.
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) (v2 & v3)
The FireSAN uses SNMP for monitoring data throughput, Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Random Access Memory (RAM) usage to name a few.
In the event of a technical failure of the storage device, administrators are alerted by Email.
The FireSAN log file is an effective instrument in analyzing and solving technical issues.
Network UPS Support
The FireSAN is capable of using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) interface for communication with other SNMP-enabled servers (e.g. FireSAN OS DSS) for a smooth server shutdown in the event of a power failure. The server with the UPS sends a power failure signal through the network to other servers (in slave mode) and will shut down all servers in the network.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Support
A UPS eliminates the effects of a temporary power outage and provides a safe shutdown, without loss of data, in case of power failure. The UPS device can be connected by Communications Port (COM-port) or Universal Serial Bus (USB) to the server.
NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE (NAS) FUNCTIONALITY
Windows Active Directory / Primary Domain Controller Support
FireSAN OS supports Windows Active Directory (AD), Primary Domain Controller (PDC), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and AD & NIS User-/Group ID synchronization to leverage information about users, groups, systems and other resources stored in the Active Directory. The support of Access Control List (ACL) ensures that access rights of users are automatically taken over from the Domain.
Support for Network Information Service (NIS)
The FireSAN supports NIS for easier and consistent access of information stored on any other data storage server using NIS directory service protocol by enabling distribution of system configuration data such as user and host names between computers on a computer network.
File System with Journaling
Journaling support makes the file system more reliable and allows easier, faster recovery from unexpected shutdowns.
User and Group Quota Control
Administrators can control users with large disk requirements by assigning a dedicated share or by restricting their individual usage through individual user quotas or to assign a quota to a group to which the user belongs.
Antivirus (server’s shares scanning)
FireSAN OS has an integrated Antivirus software tool for scanning shares on viruses at predefined points in time. The Virus Definition Database can be updated and is stored on the NAS device.
Antivirus (online scanning)
The FireSAN also supports online scanning of files transferred via the SMB and FTP protocol.
USB Storage Support for Dynamic Disk
USB Units connected to FireSAN OS can be used as a Dynamic Units – which can be easily used for local backups.
Backup-Agents (Veritas, EMC Dantz, CA BrightStor) Support
FireSAN OS backup agents help administrators to backup and protect data on NAS servers with backup software from Veritas, Dantz, or CA BrightStor ARCserve thus improving data transfer, network security and real-time directory browsing, monitoring tasks and supporting cross-platform backup support.
Supported Network Clients and Network File Protocol
FireSAN OS supports the file based protocols CIFS (Common Internet File System)/SMB, NFS (Network File System), FTP (File Transfer Protocol), FTPS and Apple Talk enabling Windows, Linux, Unix and Macintosh clients to share data on the same server.
External Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
The FireSAN supports external LDAP enabling administrators to configure and manage multiple FireSAN systems from one single point (either a FireSAN OS software with a LDAP database or any other LDAP server)
Task Mechanism with Scheduling
Easy and convenient unified task mechanism with scheduling for data and volume replication, backup and snapshot. Tasks are scheduled as to when to activate and may have many schedules.
Configure tape drive emulation on share or Dynamic Volume (e.g. dynamically attached hard drive) backup for tape drives is the same as backup on virtual tapes.
Worm provides Write Once Read Many functionality for data archiving.
Tape Library Support
Automate backups with use of tape drive libraries.
Maintain all backup files including backup history.
Tape Retention Time
Set schedule for tapes to be rewritten for new backup.
SWAP is used to store memory areas on hard drives instead of Random Access Memory (RAM). The FireSAN OS dumps memory to SWAP in case additional memory is need (e.g. repairing the file system after a degraded RAID).
A “Superuser” account has unrestricted access to all the files and volumes and is an especially helpful feature when certain directories or files are no longer accessible.
Local Backup on Dynamic Units
Through the FIRESAN OS, a local HDD or a USB drive can be defined as a Dynamic Unit and acts like a normal tape drive which can backup the NAS server and be removed without shutting down the server.
Cross Data Synchronization
FireSAN OS synchronizes files and directories from one NAS server to another. Disaster recovery or Disk-to-Disk backup synchronization utilizes block-based data transfer that minimizes network traffic. The FireSAN can synchronize data in both directions: the FireSAN can be the source and destination of files at the same time, allowing to cross-backup data on several servers.
This function allows the user to set the LUN as a read-only device (for iSCSI Target only).
Monday, 28 February 2011
FireSAN C Series | GigaSecond