Compellent zNAS Storage Product Line

Compellent zNAS integrates the highly scalable Zettabyte File System (ZFS) with a Fluid Data architecture to consolidate all enterprise data onto a single platform. Users have file-level access and control for audit and regulatory compliance. The product enables organizations to consolidate file-based data and manage it together with block-based data. Ideal for mixed OS environments, this unified storage solution provides file-level access and control with block-level efficiency and scalability.

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ZFS Architecture, Advanced Manageability

Compellent zNAS is ideal for midsize and large organizations with mixed UNIX, Linux and Windows environments. zNAS supports Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) protocols in the same name space. Data can be shared with ease across server platforms, regardless of size or type. All system administration is performed using a central, wizard-based interface. And built-in intelligence automates volume creation and mapping.

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Features & Benefits

FEATURES BENEFITS
High Performance, Availability File serving operations remain separate from application operations to avoid bottlenecks from CPU-intensive processes. Yet all I/O requests are spread across the storage pool and processed in parallel, increasing overall performance and availability.Clustered configuration and hardware redundancy further enhance availability, with active/active failover and advanced multipathing (MPxIO) ensuring no single point of failure.
Unified NAS and SAN storage By consolidating all file-level and block-level storage into a single scalable storage environment, reduces overall storage complexity and costs.
Fully Integrated Support Delivers high performance, scalable network attached storage for customers with an emphasis on NFS in Linux/Unix environments.Supports CIFS for Microsoft customers while allowing for both protocols in a single, ZFS name space.
Clustered scalable and reliable NAS Supports clustering (two) and redundant hardware components that help organizations realize high data availability and protection through fault tolerance.  This provides no single point of failure for the solution.

 

Compellent Storage Center SAN with NAS

Based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008, Storage Center with NAS is a unified SAN/NAS solution that is ideal for Windows CIFS environments. The solution extends the benefits of storage consolidation across the enterprise by combining file-level access with block-level efficiencies. It enables administrators with file-level requirements to utilize all of the enterprise features of Compellent storage, including Thin Provisioning, Storage Virtualization, Automated Tiered Storage, Replays (continuous snapshots) and Remote Replication.

Combining block and file-level data into a centralized storage platform simplifies management and reduces overall storage cost and complexity. An effective unified storage system is easily integrated, scalable and offers enterprise features not typically available with file-level storage.

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Enterprise-Class Storage Features at the File Level

Storage Center with NAS is a fully integrated networked storage solution that extends the benefits of storage consolidation across the enterprise. Now customers with file-level storage requirements can easily utilize all of the enterprise features of the Compellent SAN, including successive Replays (snapshots), automated tiered storage, thin provisioning and remote replication. This unified SAN and NAS solution delivers the high availability, scalability and end-to-end support that customers receive from a Compellent SAN.

  • Enterprise Storage Features at the File Level. Compellent’s unified storage solution offers advanced management of file-level storage including snapshots, automated tiered storage and replication.
  • Lower Server TCO. Consolidate file servers onto a Storage Center with NAS to cut server costs, improve performance and increase manageability.
  • Implement in Minutes, Scale Rapidly. Easily deploy feature-rich file-level storage without network or system downtime. Manage from an intuitive interface and grow easily with Storage Center’s modular hardware architecture.

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Features & Benefits   

FEATURES BENEFITS
Automated Tiered Storage Automatically store both block and file-level data on the preferred tier of storage and cut overall storage expenditures
Thin Provisioning Take advantage of a high storage utilization rate with thin provisioned volumes
Successive Snapshots Create a high number of Replays (snapshots) to allow speedy recovery to servers
Thin Replication Setup remote replication in 6 clicks to provide disaster recovery for both block and file data
Storage Consolidation Lowers TCO Reduce overall server hardware, management overhead and associated IT staff costs with a consolidated solution. Cut connectivity costs by connecting to the SAN via Ethernet instead of costly Fibre Channel HBAs.
Implement In Minutes, Reduce Power and Cooling Plug and play solution delivers heterogeneous file sharing and increased client access. Storage Center with NAS is deployed as a diskless server and booted from centralized disks on the Compellent SAN to further simplify management, cut power and cooling requirements and reduce acquisition costs.
Advanced NAS Features Simplify Management Built-in support for NFS and CIFS delivers multi-platform file sharing. File-level de-duplication via single instance storage (SIS), embedded MPIO and VDS Manager simplify overall management.
Reduce the Cost of Downtime Create more recovery points to ensure rapid recovery. Fault tolerance and clustering support for up to 16 nodes deliver high availability. Single contact point for service of entire end-to-end solution lowers management cost and complexity.

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Compellent Fluid Data™ Storage Platform

CompellentFluid_01Fluid Data storage is enabled by a dynamic architecture that actively and intelligently manages data at a more granular level. This patented storage automation cuts cost, time, and risk and allows you to rapidly respond to growth and change. Compellent combines a powerful data movement engine, virtualized software applications, and an agile hardware platform to redefine efficiency, productivity, and protection in a truly scalable enterprise storage solution.

Architecture: Fluid Data Architecture

A Fluid Data architecture enables Compellent network storage to manage enterprise data at a more granular level. Details about each block are captured in action, providing unprecedented system intelligence. A powerful data management and movement engine uses this information to store, migrate and recover data efficiently and cost effectively.

With its Fluid Data architecture, Compellent breaks through the boundaries of traditional systems to deliver network storage solutions with the future built in. Business applications are implemented faster, information to make decisions is always available, new technologies are instantly deployed and data is continuously protected against downtime and disaster.

Only a Fluid Data Architecture Can Deliver:

  • Breakthrough efficiency – buy fewer drives and use more Tier 3 storage, saving on power and space
  • CompellentFluid_02Intelligent storage automation – simplify your IT infrastructure with zero touch management
  • Single platform scalability – scale without limits on a persistent, technology-independent platform
  • Continuous data protection – recover instantly and set up multi-site replication in minutes
  • Real-time responsiveness – rely on storage that performs as promised from day one

 

Hardware: Modular, Scalable Hardware Platform

CompellentFluid_03Unlike network storage systems that require organizations to rip and replace hardware as business needs change, Compellent storage uses standards-based hardware and supports new technologies on a single, modular platform. Users can mix and match drive technologies such as SSD, FC, SAS and SATA, and utilize a range of interconnects – from FC to FCOE and iSCSI to 10GbE. Plus, fully redundant hardware components and advanced failover features ensure no single point of failure for high enterprise data availability.

Enterprise Data Management

Compellent enables enterprises of all sizes to move beyond simply storing data to actively, intelligently managing data. Powerful network storage software with built-in intelligence and automation optimizes the provisioning, placement and protection of data throughout its lifecycle.

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Features & Benefits

FEATURES BENEFITS
Open, Agile Hardware Compellent is built on a flexible, persistent platform that scales without limits. Unlike systems that require you to rip and replace technology as your business needs change, Compellent supports the continual adoption of new technologies as you grow.
Intelligent, Automated Software Powerful software with built-in intelligence and automation optimizes the provisioning, placement and protection of data throughout its lifecycle – to cut the time, cost and risk of enterprise storage.
Fluid Data Architecture A patented Fluid Data architecture enables Compellent to actively manage data at a more granular level. Detailed information about each block provides unprecedented system intelligence to dynamically store, recover and manage your data.
Advanced Storage Virtualization Compellent virtualizes storage at the disk level, accelerating data access by spreading read/ write operations across all drives so multiple requests are processed in parallel.
Automated Tiered Storage With unique patented technology, Compellent automatically classifies and migrates data to the optimum tier of storage based on actual usage.
Advanced Thin Provisioning Advanced Thin Provisioning completely separates storage allocation from utilization, enabling users to allocate any size volume upfront yet only consume physical capacity when data is written.
Continuous Data Protection With Data Instant Replay, you can take an unlimited number of space-efficient “snapshots” to speed the local recovery of lost or deleted files. Once an initial snapshot of a volume is taken, only incremental changes in data need to be captured. These readable and writable Replays are automatically stored on lower cost drives and can be used to recover any size volume to any server in less than 10 seconds.
Thin Replication After initial site synchronization, only incremental changes in data are replicated on an ongoing basis, cutting hardware, bandwidth and administration costs. You can replicate over Fibre Channel or native IP, which brings disaster recovery within reach of every budget.
Intuitive Management Interface Compellent storage systems feature a unified, point-and-click user interface that cuts administration time and eliminates the need for specialized administrative skills.
Storage Resource Management Enterprise Manager simplifies storage resource management by providing comprehensive monitoring and management of all local and remote Compellent systems.
Data Center Automation With aggressive platform integration, ongoing interoperability testing and collaborative design efforts, Compellent delivers best of breed data center automation for industry-leading applications.
Highly Available Architecture Compellent is architected for high availability with fully redundant hardware and advanced failover features.
Unified Block and File Storage The Compellent unified SAN/NAS solution extends the benefit of storage consolidation across the enterprise by combining file-level access with block-level efficiencies.

 

 

Compellent Technologies

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Compellent Technologies provides Fluid Data storage solutions that automate the movement and management of data at a granular level, enabling organizations to constantly adapt to change, slash costs and secure information against downtime and disaster. This patented, built-in storage intelligence delivers significant efficiency, scalability and flexibility. With an all-channel sales network in 35 countries, Compellent is one of the fastest growing enterprise storage companies in the world. For more information and news, visit www.dell.com.

  • Compellent Fluid Data Storage Platform Compellent combines a powerful data movement engine, virtualized software applications, and an agile hardware platform to redefine efficiency, productivity, and protection in a truly scalable enterprise storage solution.
  • Compellent Storage Center SAN with NAS Compellent’s Storage Center with NAS is a unified SAN/NAS solution that is ideal for Windows CIFS environments. The solution extends the benefits of storage consolidation across the enterprise by combining file-level access with block-level efficiencies and enables administrators with file-level requirements to utilize all of the enterprise features of Compellent storage.
  • Compellent zNAS Storage Product Line Compellent zNAS integrates the highly scalable Zettabyte File System (ZFS) with a Fluid Data architecture to consolidate all enterprise data onto a single platform. The product enables organizations to consolidate file-based data and manage it together with block-based data. Ideal for mixed OS environments, this unified storage solution provides file-level access and control with block-level efficiency and scalability.