Exablox’s scale-out, object-based storage appliance solves businesses’ common storage pain points: complex installation, cumbersome management, limited capacity and forklift upgrades. Exablox’s clean sheet approach combines the SMB/NFS accessible OneBlox appliance with OneSystem, an elegant multi-tenant cloud-based management service.
OneBlox employs a seamless scale-out Ring architecture supporting multiple OneBlox appliances presenting a single global file system. A Ring may consist of one or multiple OneBlox, scaling from a few TBs to hundreds of TBs of raw flash or multiple PBs of hard-drive storage capacity. As business storage requirements change, OneBlox is extremely agile; simply add any number of drives, at any time, and in any capacity granularity to meet your storage requirements. OneBlox simply grows the global storage pool with zero configuration and no application downtime.
OneBlox uniquely supports VMware and Hyper-V environments by enabling virtual machines to utilize scale-out NFS datastores. Consolidate multiple NFS datastores in a single OneBlox Ring and scale to hundreds of TBs with OneBlox’s advanced data reduction. Need high performance? OneBlox 5210 is an all-flash array for consolidating performance hungry virtual machines. Need more capacity? Simply scale-out OneBlox by adding drives or OneBlox and the virtual servers instantly see additional storage capacity--with zero configuration.
Whether looking at on-premises instant recovery or cloud-based DR as a service OneBlox all-flash can satisfy the most stringent recovery requirements. OneBlox 5210 can instantly recover 100GBs in second with StorageCraft ShadowProtect or Veeam Instant Recovery on-premises. Organizations that require full disaster recovery can utilize StorageCraft’s cloud-based DRaaS and be up and running in minutes.
Exablox is the only vendor in the storage industry enabling organizations to select between inline variable-length and fixed-length deduplication. Variable-length deduplication is perfectly suited for backup/recovery applications and yields exceptionally high deduplication ratios, typically, 10:1* or more. In addition, OneBlox's unique architecture enables inline compression for additional efficiency. Within a single Ring, OneBlox’s effective storage scales in excess of 4PBs of hard drive capacity and hundreds of TBs of flash drive capacity.
*Actual dedupe ratios will vary and results are based on each customer data
Bring your own drives—HDDs and select SSDs from the compatability guide. No RAID, no LUNs, no volumes. OneBlox delivers the flexibility for organizations to mix-and-match drive types (SATA, SAS) and drive capacity within the same OneBlox and within a OneBlox Ring. Purchase exactly the capacity your organization needs at the beginning and then in the future, increase capacity by mixing and matching any number of additional drives. OneBlox automatically pools the new storage within the existing global storage pool. No disruption to applications or users. No configuration settings to complete. No mouse clicks. No command line entries. No storage PhD required.
OneBlox’s agility to add storage at any time comes with the additional benefit of delivering significant cost savings. Exablox’s bring your own drive philosophy treats drives as a commodity. Accordingly, every organization can purchase drives at retail prices within OneBlox. Gartner Group’s research indicates disk and flash drives can account for up to 50% of the storage systems hardware costs. Avoiding the 10x markup from legacy storage vendors quickly results in significant cost savings compared to other storage solutions. Combined with OneBlox’s powerful inline deduplication and compression, storage utilization is maximized and waste is minimized.
Ease of use is not an afterthought with OneBlox. OneBlox is easily installed in less than 15 minutes--provisioned and available to serve data. Simply insert at least three drives, plug in Ethernet, and power it on. It’s that easy. Need to add more storage? Simply add drives and the capacity is added to the same global storage pool. Need to add availability or performance? With no interruption to applications or users, additional OneBlox nodes can be added and automatically configured, enabling organizations non-disruptive scalability with their business.
Implement disaster recovery with asynchronous multi-site replication. Employ a flexible 1-to-1, 1-to-many, many-to-1 bidirectional replication architecture with multiple OneBlox rings. Implement exactly the configuration that suits the business needs of geographically distributed environments. Only deduplicated and compressed data is replicated ensuring that the transfer is very bandwidth efficient. Many implementations require the source and target storage infrastructure to be identical. Exablox does not impose any such restrictions for the utmost flexibility.
OneBlox’s continuous data protection ensures that all of the information written is fully protected. By taking continuous and unlimited snapshots of information written to OneBlox, every file can be easily recovered in the event of data corruption, deletion, or information held by ransomware. In fact, end users can recover their own information, simply by selecting ‘Previous Version’ from their PC or navigating Mac Finder or Windows Explorer. No need to restore information from last night’s backup, simply browse and recover in seconds.
Exablox’s distributed file system is built on top of a fine-grained content-addressable distributed object store with a hashed ring architecture that has small but variable sized immutable objects as its foundation. This underlying technology allows OneBlox Ring to fully protect the stored information without legacy RAID technologies. OneBlox transparently replicates and intelligently distributes the data objects across multiple drives within a failure domain and protects against drive or OneBlox failures. In case of failure, data objects are redistributed and rebalanced to ensure full protection.
Whether protecting information for HIPPA, financial, or internal piece of mind, OneBlox optionally enables organizations to encrypt all information stored with AES 256. Rest easy as any drive removed from a OneBlox Ring is safe and encrypted. Organizations select a strong passphrase and have complete control over the security of encrypted information.
OneBlox 5210 combines the advantages of a scale-out distributed object store solution, the performance of all-flash, the ease of use of network attached storage, and OneSystem, an elegant multi-tenant cloud-based management service The result, a high-performance scale-out storage solution for virtual servers, backup/recovery, and file sharing/video editing. OneBlox not only changes the way organizations can solve high performance application requirements, OneBlox is affordable for every organizations.
Exablox’s cloud managed, scale-out, object-based storage appliance solves businesses’ common storage pain points: complicated installation, cumbersome storage management, lack of data security and forklift upgrades. Without the shackles of a legacy storage architecture, Exablox’s clean sheet approach combines the CIFS/SMB and NFS accessible OneBlox appliance with OneSystem.
The high-performance, scale-out OneBlox 5210 is ideal for VDI or virtual server consolidation with easy to manage NFS datastores within a single pool of storage. Complementing the all-flash array OneBlox 5210, OneBlox 4312 optimizes storage capacity and is well suited as a high-throughput disk-based backup target for Veeam, StorageCraft, Veritas, and other backup/recovery applications protecting the virtual infrastructure. This ensures rapid recovery from backup copies without relying on tapes.
OneBlox’s scale-out architecture provides a highly scalable disk-based backup target for your virtualized as well as physical server environments. With a global file system that seamlessly scales, reconfiguring backup disk pools is a thing of the past. Exablox’s affordable storage solution delivers pay-as-you-grow scalability with the convenience of zero-configuration storage management tasks. Additionally, with its powerful inline deduplication OneBlox reduces the disk space required to store your backups by 10x, thereby delivering dramatic cost savings. Exablox is certified to work with your favorite backup & recovery software like Symantec, Veeam, CommVault, Unitrends, and others.
Exablox home directory and file server solutions address the challenges of rapidly growing user information by consolidating and eliminating dedicated server storage islands. Exablox delivers a highly scalable, available, and easily managed network-attached storage (NAS) solution designed to simplify storage management of unstructured information. OneBlox seamlessly scales with users storage consumption demands and eliminates the need for complicated and costly storage forklift upgrades. With OneBlox’s continuous data protection, information is protected with continuous and unlimited snapshots so user information is always recoverable. In addition, significant cost savings are achieved by eliminating dedicated physical or virtual file servers on to OneBlox.
Litigation support is a critical element of Legal IT. Attorneys in litigation suits sift through huge amounts of information during each case. Behind the scenes, the IT organization is tasked with managing, protecting, and delivering always-on access to this large quantity of data cost-effectively. Exablox offers legal firms a cost efficient storage solution that scales effortlessly, dramatically simplifies storage management and eliminates inefficiencies.
Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions have greatly simplified the digital asset lifecycle workflow. However, this has led to higher velocity in digital data generation, which in turn has resulted in severe stress on the underlying storage infrastructure. Selecting the right storage infrastructure to deploy and scale your digital asset management environment is critical to containing costs and ensuring that end-user experience is not impacted. By combining a DAM solution with the Exablox scale-out NAS, organizations can eliminate inefficiencies typically associated managing their digital assets with legacy storage environments.
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Yes, VMware is supported for use with OneBlox. OneBlox 5210 and 4312 is VMware Ready and may be used as an NFS Datastore with vShpere ESXi 5.5 and 6.x.
For the OneBlox 5210, three manufacturers are supported. In order to deliver performance and availability, there are specific models within the Samsung, Intel, and Toshiba product lines that are supported. Please read more for the current list.
No. All of the information stored in a OneBlox Ring is on the customer’s premises. OneSystem has a global view and enables proactive monitoring, reporting, and management, but DOES NOT store any customer data in the cloud. For those organizations that require on-premises management, Private OneSystem is a deployment option.
Yes. OneBlox’s inline deduplication, whether variable-length or fixed-length, is across the entire cluster. All primary information and snapshots are deduplicated across all shares with variable-length deduplication enabled within a OneBlox Ring to maximize storage utilization. Similarly for all shares within a OneBlox that have fixed-length deduplication enabled the data is deduplicated.
Yes. OneBlox’s Continuous Data Protection (CDP) takes an unlimited number of snapshots to ensure information can be recovered from a few seconds ago. The snapshots capture only the parts of a file that changes so there is very little storage overhead. Additionally, all snapshots are deduplicated against the primary storage, and there isn’t a separate snapshot storage pool to manage. CDP requires zero-configuration and is enabled by default. No complex scheduling and management.
Maybe. OneSystem communicates via HTTPS over standard secure HTTP firewall port 443. If your organization enables standard HTTPS web traffic, OneSystem can securely communicate with OneBlox. If you’re company has firewall rules in place, please refer to this article on our support site for more information.
Yes. All local access to OneBlox remains intact if the internet connection is disrupted. Users can access, update information, write new information, delete, and recover all of the information stored in a OneBlox Ring without OneSystem connectivity. Private OneSystem is a deployment option enabling on-premises management of OneBlox for organizations that do not have external network access.
OneBlox uses our own object-based file system which creates multiple copies of every data object to protect against different failure domains. OneBlox then intelligently places these data objects on different drives and/or OneBlox in a Ring. Such a copy/distribution scheme protects your data to the greatest possible extent from either 1 or 2 drive failures or even from an unlikely event of 2 OneBlox failures when you have a Ring of 3 or more OneBlox.
If a drive fails, you may remove it at anytime. If you are proactively removing a drive, ensure OneBlox is not rebalancing the information. There's an alarm declared in OneSystem when this is happening. If you have any doubt, please contact Exablox support before proactively removing any drives.
As Exablox protects against 1 or 2 drive failures, technical OneBlox requires at least 3 disk drives, but for adequate performance, with OneBlox 4312 at least 6 HDDs should be used and with OneBlox 5210 at least 5 SSDs.
For the OneBlox 4312, any SATA II/III or SAS drive that is at least 1TB and up to 8TB is supported. The 4312 fully supports up to 12Gb/sec SAS drives. For the OneBlox 3308, any SATA I/II/III or SAS drive that is at least 1TB and up to 6TB is supported. The 3308 midplane is 6Gb/sec so 12Gb/sec drives are supported, but they will auto-negotiate down to 6Gb/sec.
To date Exablox has more than 50 different manufacturer, model, capacity combinations disk drives currently used in production with OneBlox. With many PBs of customer deployed storage capacity there are many proven choices for your organization. Read more.
No. You can mix and match any speed and capacity drive in the same OneBlox and within a OneBlox Ring. For the best overall performance the use of the same drives is recommended.
No. Since OneBlox doesn’t use legacy RAID, all drives act independently and read/write I/O requests are independently delivered to each drive. Slower drives may degrade the overall performance if there's a large disparity of drives within OneBlox.
Since OneBlox uses our own object-based file system, we forego the lengthy RAID rebuild times. OneBlox knows every object in a OneBlox Ring and knows which drive that object resides on. When a drive fails, OneBlox simply copies those objects from the other two locations to the new replacement drive. Since OneBlox isn’t limited by RAID groups, all of the drives are copying only the necessary objects and aren’t required to read every sector on the drive, calculate parity, then write the data/parity to the new drive.
No. There is no need for an spare drive to sit idle. When a drive fails, OneBlox will begin to copy the objects that were on the failed drive from other drives in the OneBlox Ring. OneBlox will automatically bring the health of the Ring back to a fully protected state by ensuring there are three copies of every object in a Ring, even without replacing the failed drive. Having a spare drive or SSD external from OneBlox is a good practice for quickly recovering the capacity from a failed drive.
For NFS exports, we support more than 30+ million files in a single directory/folder. From an architectural perspective the limit is approximately 1 trillion files per directory.
For SMB shares, we support at least 1 million files in a single directory/folder. The theoretical limit is approximately 10 million.
Yes. We currently support Hyper-V. For virtual environment, OneBlox 5210 is highly recommended to support high performance requirements.
Yes. OneBlox supports SMB 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0 and NFS v3.
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