From iXsystems, FreeNAS Certified All-Flash Array With OpenZFS

10TB for under $10,000, up to 100TB in 2U
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.02.17

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iXsystems, Inc. launched the FreeNAS certified flash storage array.

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This 2U all-flash array (AFA) scales from a handful of terabytes to over 100TB in 2U of rack space. The FreeNAS certified flash has a unified SAN/NAS architecture, ensures data is protected with its OpenZFS file system, and provides enterprise storage features formerly only found with arrays multiples the cost.

For years, SMB customers have been denied the all-flash experience due to high costs. As others move to all-flash configurations, SMBs with smaller storage budgets have been priced out of the all-flash market. The FreeNAS certified flash changes that by lowering the cost barrier for all-flash storage.

"The FreeNAS Certified Flash arrays change the game for the all-flash storage market by bringing costs under one dollar per gigabyte. They're ideal for customers who need all-flash storage but have been previously daunted by cost," said Brett Davis, EVP, iXsystems. "For less than $10,000 we deliver 10TB of flash performance in a compact and powerful system that suddenly makes an all-flash array a realistic option for nearly any IT budget."

With FreeNAS, an Open Source software-defined storage OS, the FreeNAS certified flash system gives customers all-flash performance and helps them reduce the proliferation of dedicated storage arrays. Its advanced features include thin provisioning, a self-healing file system, snapshots, compression/deduplication and replication. The FreeNAS Certified Flash system's 26 SSD bays enable customers to deal with data growth, while its storage optimization technology allows customers to achieve storage consolidation ratios of 2.5X-10X in heterogeneous environments.

The flexible and unified architecture of these array reduces deployment risks and support costs. Its x86 hardware platform is designed for maximum throughput and IO/s while minimizing latency by eliminating the SAS expanders used in most competing all-flash arrays. With dual high-end Xeon E5 processors and 128GB of RAM, no performance compromises were made along the way.

For capacities beyond 100TB of flash, or for customers that need professional support and HA, the TrueNAS Z50 TrueFlash is the company's enterprise all-flash flagship array, which provides up to 400TB of flash. For capacities greater than 400TB, the flash-powered TrueNAS hybrid arrays are also available, which provide up to 5PB of storage.

Using either the TrueNAS all-flash or the flash-powered hybrid, the system' web user interface gives users the same look, feel, and features as the FreeNAS certified flash storage array. TrueNAS and FreeNAS systems are also mutually cross-compatible as replication or migration peers. This protects investment and eliminates many of the data migration problems that occur when moving to a different storage platform.