Imation’s Nexsan NST6000 along with NestOS 3.0 is highly scalable unified storage solution in a compact footprint that uses a caching technology called FASTier® to accelerate reads and writes I/O requests. FASTier intelligently and automatically moves data through solid-state and spinning disk to speed your virtual and cloud environments.
Built with the time-constrained IT administrator in mind, a revolutionary GUI streamlines setup and management to ease the pain of mid-sized organizations challenged by storage complexity.
Key Features Include:
- Block: Fibre Channel, iSCSI
- File: NFS, CIFS, SMB and FTP
- NestOS storage operating system
- FASTier Acceleration Technology
- Multi-Core Xeon CPUs
- 32 GB Fault-Tolerant FASTier Write Cache
- Enterprise-class eMLC SSD or SLC SSD
- Scalable up to 48 SSDs or 19.2 TB
- 2.5″ 10K SAS HDD
- 3.5″ 15K SAS, 7200 NL-SAS HDD
- Scalable up to 5 PB (using NL-SAS drives)
- Scalable up to 756 TB (using Performance SAS drives)
A fully unified, enterprise-class, unified hybrid storage solution that simultaneously supports block and file traffic eliminating the need for organizations to invest in separate SAN and NAS storage systems. The NST6000 unified storage system offers high performance controllers and an expanded front-end FASTier™ caching engine connected to efficient E-Series storage arrays of NL-SAS / Performance SAS drives or to compact NST224X storage enclosures of 2.5″ Performance SAS drives.
Imation’s Nexsan® NST® combines high performance, high capacity and Imation’s innovative FASTier® caching technology to provide scalable performance for mixed application workloads and virtualized environments. NST fulfills changing application and storage needs with unified NAS and SAN access capabilities in a single hybrid solution. This lets you right-size your initial acquisition by scaling storage, performance, or both as your company grows. NST’s data compression reduces its storage system footprint and improves write efficiency to cache and storage.
The Nexsan NST5000 is a modern hybrid storage appliance, a more efficient, agile and intelligent alternative to traditional storage arrays , filers, and all-flash arrays.
Organizations have different needs for performance, capacity and connectivity when managing and protecting the data that drives your business. The NST5000 blends solid-state technology, a highly scalable back-end storage infrastructure, multiple NAS/iSCSI front-end connections, and enterprise-class data management services in a single system. It gives you the convenience and control to meet the needs of one or more workloads in one dedicated easy-to-use appliance. For organizations struggling to meet both high performance and high capacity NAS or iSCSI application requirements, the NST5000 makes that easy with a hybrid of solid-state accelerated hard drives. For applications with the most stringent workload requirements like server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), databases and cloud computing, the NST5000 delivers unparalleled performance to ensure application demands never outpace available I/O again. Your applications will have never performed faster on a system operating at the economics of spinning disk storage.
The NST5000 is fully featured with snapshots, replication, thin provisioning, replication, compression, and much more. A revolutionary GUI and scriptable CLI streamline setup and management for the time-constrained IT administrator. As with all Imation storage, the Nexsan NST5000 with E-Series disk arrays offers industry-leading density and power management for the smallest footprint with up to 60 disks in 4U, while consuming 85% less power when idle via AutoMAID® power saving technology. A no single point-of-failure architecture ensures the ultimate in reliability. The net of all this performance and functionality is a true enterprise-class solution without the enterprise-class price.
The proprietary Nexsan FASTier acceleration technology uses multiple types of solid-state memory, including DRAM and SSD to optimize block and file operations in a fault tolerant architecture. FASTier can scale from 100GB to 4.4TB – large enough to hold entire working sets for unprecedented application acceleration. Automatic caching algorithms remove the need for manual intervention or application-specific tuning. Whereas traditional disk storage is hard pressed to meet high I/O requirements and SSD-only arrays have a very high cost with limited capacity, Imation’s NST5000 Hybrid Storage Appliance realigns the trade-off between performance, capacity and cost so IT administrators can do more than ever before.
All NST5000 storage systems utilize SSD, NL-SAS or SAS drives; two redundant, high performance, multi-core Xeon-based storage controllers; high speed I/O subsystems and a fully redundant architecture. All active components are hot-swappable, including power supplies, disks and controllers. FASTier read and write cache complements up to 96GB DRAM per controller to significantly accelerate IOPS and throughput.
The NST5000 features up to 24 Xeon CPU cores and 192GB per dual-controller, up to 14 dedicated RAID engines, up to 5PB of capacity and up to 4.4TB of SSD in FASTier cache. The NST5100 delivers up to 15 drives and FASTier SSDs in a 3U chassis, and up to 16 more drives in a 3U drive expansion chassis, for a total raw capacity of up to 124TB.
The NST5300 houses up to 16 FASTier SSDs in a 3U chassis while leveraging Nexsan E-Series™ disk arrays on the backend, which deliver up to 360 drives in just 24U, while the NST5500 delivers up to 1,260 drives in just 84U. The NST5000 provides CIFS and NFS shared folders as well as iSCSI volumes. Snapshots do not require the pre-reservation of storage capacity, and they may be scheduled and managed easily from the management GUI or initiated from Windows VSS requestors.Individual shares, LUNs, or entire storage pools may be replicated asynchronously to a second NST5000 storage system, with snapshots intact for use on the target side for backups, testing or data mining. Synchronous replication utilizes two separate E-Series storage systems connected via Fibre Channel to the NST5000 head and written to simultaneously for business continuity. Active Directory and LDAP integration make it easy to manage user identities and access rights on the NST5000 shares, while CHAP, iSNS and LUN masking protect iSCSI traffic. Quotas limit storage consumption by share, and oversubscription is permitted for thin provisioning storage, along with alarms which notify when additional storage is needed. Capacity can be expanded by adding additional storage to a running system, so future needs can be met without incurring downtime. Moreover, link aggregation combines Ethernet ports for faster throughput.
Enterprise Classs Unified Hybrid Storage- fully unified, enterprise-class, unified hybrid storage solution that simultaneously supports block and file traffic eliminating the need for organizations to invest in separate SAN and NAS storage systems. The Nexsan NST6000 unified storage system is the newest member of the NST family, offering new high performance controllers and an expanded front-end FASTier™ caching engine connected to efficient E-Series storage arrays of NL-SAS / Performance SAS drives or to compact NST224X storage enclosures of 2.5″ Performance SAS drives.
Block: Fibre Channel, iSCSI
File: NFS, CIFS, SMB and FTP
NestOS storage operating system
FASTier Acceleration Technology
Multi-Core Xeon CPUs
32 GB Fault-Tolerant FASTier Write Cache
Enterprise-class eMLC SSD or SLC SSD
Scalable up to 48 SSDs or 19.2 TB
2.5″ 10K SAS HDD
3.5″ 15K SAS, 7200 NL-SAS HDD
Scalable up to 5 PB (using NL-SAS drives)
Scalable up to 756 TB (using Performance SAS drives)
Hybrid Storage for NAS & iSCSI
The NST5000 is Nexsan’s line of Hybrid Storage systems offering NAS, iSCSI or both (Fibre soon). The NST5000 uses Nexsan’s FASTier® technology to provide the speed of solid-state at the price of spinning disk. FASTier intelligently and automatically moves data through solid-state and spinning disk in-concert for up to 10X performance over traditional disk storage. The net result is a radical new cost-per-I/O to speed your virtual and cloud environments.
For high performance and high capacity NAS or iSCSI application requirements, Nexsan’s hybrid of solid-state accelerated SATA provides high IOPS with high capacity for file services and more. For applications with the heaviest I/O requirements, Nexsan’s hybrid of solid-state accelerated SAS provides paradigm-shifting levels of storage price performance for server and desktop virtualization, databases and cloud computing. Your applications will run faster than ever on a system operating at the price of spinning disk.
FASTier™ acceleration technology: DRAM + Solid State + Spinning Disk = Superior Price/Performance
Nexsan has addressed the SSD vs. spinning disk dilemma by combining the best of both for a high-performance, high capacity platform. The NST5000 is highly flexible and delivers block and file system interfaces in a variety of configurations. The Hybrid Storage system leverages a mixture of DRAM, NVRAM and SSD to optimize both read and write performance. By using these memory technologies in a sophisticated caching architecture, the NST5000 is able to deliver high performance, over 54,000 IOPS, for as low as $.65 / GB, with overall capacities of over a petabyte.