|The Open-E Data Storage Software V6 (DSS V6) is a unified file and block storage management operating system (OS) that provides Network Attached Storage (NAS), iSCSI, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) functionality.
Open-E DSS V6 provides superior performance, security, and scalability at a fraction of the cost of alternative storage offerings. Advanced features of Open-E DSS V6 include Data and Volume Replication, Volume Snapshot, Automatic Failover for iSCSI Volumes, WORM and NDMP. Additionally, Open-E DSS V6 supports a wide variety of hardware RAID platforms from the industry’s leading names. The versatility of the Open-E DSS V6 also allows users to combine NAS systems with iSCSI SAN systems, and provides built-in virus protection, while enabling the connection of multiple Network Interface Controllers, including Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand. Open-E DSS V6 is easily downloaded to any hardware device for simplified access.
Open-E DSS V6 includes NAS and iSCSI functionality and advanced features such as:
- Installable on any media: internal HDD, RAID Array, USB, SATA and IDE DOM, or any other bootable media
- Enhanced Graphical User Interface
- Symantec Backup Exec backup agent (RALUS) to support versions 11, 12 and 12.5
- Basic API Configuration
- Improved random performance of iSCSI
- Windows Server 2008 Clustering Support (persistent reservation SCSI-3)
- Hardware RAID Support
- Automatic Failover for iSCSI Volumes
- Volume and Data Replication
- Volume Snapshot
- iSCSI Initiator / iSCSI Target
- Backup Functionality
- NDMP 3.0 Support
- WORM (Write Once Read Many) Support
- Shadow Copy of OS for System Update
- Multiple Network Interface Card (NIC) Support
- Network Bonding/Teaming
- Task Mechanism with Scheduling
- Network UPS Support
- Fibre Channel Support
- Multi-CPU Support
Minimum Hardware Requirements:
- x86 - compatible PC
- 1 GByte RAM
- CPU (1 GHz or faster are recommended)
- HDD (SATA, SAS, SCSI, ATA) / RAID / Fibre Channel / iSCSI Storage
- Network Interface Card (multi-cards 1Gb/s recommended for bonding)
Powerful and Intuitive Web-based User Interface
The web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the Open-E Data Storage Software V6 (DSS V6) software 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
Open-E DSS V6 is accessed and configured through a web-based, password-protected GUI over Secured Socket Layer (SSL) administration access.
Remote Access of Console Tool
Open-E DSS V6 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.
The Open-E DSS V6 supports remote access of the console tool enabling management of the server from anywhere in the network.
Multiple Management Levels
The performance of the Open-E DSS V6 server can be increased by changing the settings of disk, network, file system or network using “Tuning Tools”.
The Open-E DSS V6 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.
NEW! New GUI Static Routing Manager
You can now change the order in which the routing rules are applied by changing their positions on the list, this is useful when you have several network interfaces in the same subnetwork.
Standard Network Gateway Support
The Open-E DSS V6 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 Open-E DSS V6 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 which automatically takes over, should the primary network adapter fails.
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 Data Storage Software V6 supports 10 GbE to increase bandwidth, improve overall performance, and reduce message latency across connections. The Open-E DSS V6 supports some 10GbE cards with TCP/IP.
Open-E supports InfiniBand cards that increase bandwidth, improve overall performance, and reduce message latency across connections.
The Open-E software allows the configuration of the Proxy Server for Internet connections.
The Open-E DSS V6 supports the Secure Internet Protocol (IPsec). This protocol secures data transmitted across a network, preventing confidential and personal information being intercepted or modified.
Default gateway settings
While Open-E DSS V6 can work with multiple network interfaces, the default gateway can be selected.
The Open-E DSS V6 provides a powerful tool for controlling the static routing settings. If the default routing isn't sufficient, this feature can be used to customize it.
NEW! Ability to dynamically switch between FC initiator and target without system restart for QLogic 2/4/8 Gb. Port modes can also be dynamically switched
Now you can change your QLogic FC card mode back and forth (between initiator and target) without a server restart. This is invaluable when you’re implementing Open-E DSS V6 in your environment and want to experiment a lot with target/initiator modes. Addtitionally, not only can you change the adapter modes, but individual ports modes (in case of multi port adapters) as well!
NEW! Support for Automatic Session Reassignment (ASR) for Fibre Channel and iSCSI protocols
Automatic Session Reassignment makes group renaming, removal, and WWN assignment work without interrupting (blocking) other sessions. This functionality makes the iSCSI and Fibre Channel services work smoothly while their configuration is being modified.
NEW! Advanced options for Samba shares
DSS V6 supports "Inherit owner", "Inherit ACL's", "Inherit permissions", "Map ACL inherit", "Locking" options.
Automatic Failover for iSCSI Volumes
Open-E DSS V6 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 Open-E DSS V6 automatically switches operations to the secondary server.
Cross Data Replication
Open-E DSS V6 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. DSS V6 can synchronize data in both directions: Open-E DSS V6 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.
Hardware and Software iSCSI Initiator
Open-E DSS V6 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 Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) Support
The Open-E DSS V6 supports Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), SCSI, Serial ATA and IDE controllers of all leading hardware RAID controller manufacturers. 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. Open-E DSS V6 offers highest flexibility in redundancy, performance, costs and storage volume.
Software RAID Degraded Mode
Open-E DSS V6 software boasts a means for creating a RAID when a Hard Disk Drives (HDD) is missing or broken.
E-mail Notification for RAID Issues
Email alerts are sent to the system administrator in case of issues with the RAID through the DSS software.
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Support
Open-E DSS V6 software 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 S.M.A.R.T.
Email alerts are sent to the system administrator in case of HDD problems through Open-E DSS V6 software.
Multiple Fibre Channel HBA Support
For higher bandwidth, better latency and performance, the Open-E DSS V6 version supports Fibre Channel HBA´s from Emulex, Qlogic and LSI. Fibre Channel is the standard connection type for connecting high speed storage devices to computers in Storage Area Networks (SAN).
Hardware RAID Controller Support
The Open-E DSS V6 solution can support most hardware ATA / SATA / SCSI RAID controllers of:
- HP Smart Array
- ICP Vortex
- LSI Logic
Support for over 2TB Physical and Logical Volumes (LV)
The Open-E DSS V6 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 Open-E DSS V6 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 Open-E DSS V6 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
A hardware RAID controllers’ expansion capability supports the increase of size of existing units without removing data.
Open-E DSS V6 monitors hardware status such as temperature, voltage and fan speed provided by the motherboard's sensors.
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) (v2 & v3)
Open-E DSS V6 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 Open-E log file is an effective instrument in analyzing and solving technical issues.
Enables you to check the performance of your system.
NEW! Support for more than 8 Qlogic HBAs in target mode
NEW! Support for Adaptec MaxIQ SSD caching
Now you can use more than 8 Qlogic Host Bus Adapters in target mode. This enables you to increase the number of resources available on a single machine by connecting more drives.
Adaptec MaxIQ SSD cache is a kit which enables the server to store frequently used data on a fast SSD drive. This powerful caching solution can make the storage operate up to 8 times faster than the HDD-only solution. It can be used with any Adaptec Series 5Z, 5 or 2 Storage Controller. Now, Open-E DSS V6 provides support for this technology. All you have to do is to get the Adaptec MaxIQ SSD cache Kit and use its SSD drive with your Storage Controller. DSS will automatically use it.
NEW! Support for expander in built-in LSI RAID manager
The expander is supported in the Open-E DSS V6 LSI RAID manager. It provides the option to increase a number of resources and manage them using the Open-E DSS V6 GUI.
Support for up to 32 x CPUs
Open-E DSS V6 supports up to 32 CPUs to increase the I/O throughput for heavy duty data requirements.
Open-E DSS V6 supports Message Signaled Interruptions which makes recent PCI cards function optimally.
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 UPS Support
Open-E DSS V6 is capable of using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) interface for communication with other SNMP-enabled servers (e.g. Open-E 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.
SPECIFIC NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE (NAS) FUNCTIONALITY
Windows Active Directory / Primary Domain Controller Support
Open-E DSS V6 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 Open-E DSS V6 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 Support
User and Group Quota Control
Journaling support makes the file system more reliable and allows easier, faster recovery from unexpected shutdowns.
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)
Open-E DSS V6 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 Data Storage Software V6 also supports online scanning of files transferred via the SMB and FTP protocol.
USB Storage Support for Dynamic Disk
USB Units connected to DSS V6 can be used as a Dynamic Units – which can be easily used for local backups.
Backup-Agents (Veritas, EMC Dantz, CA BrightStor) Support
Open-E DSS V6 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
Open-E DSS V6 supports the file based protocols CIFS (Common Internet File System)/SMB, NFS (Network File System), FTP (File Transfer Protocol), FTPS, SFTP and Apple Talk enabling Windows, Linux, Unix and Macintosh clients to share data on the same server.
External Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
The Open-E DSS V6 supports external LDAP enabling administrators to configure and manage multiple DSS V6 systems from one single point (either an Open-E software with a LDAP database or any other LDAP server).
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.
SPECIFIC iSCSI FUNCTIONALITY
Multiple Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocols (CHAP) per Target
In Open-E DSS V6, CHAP users can be assigned to a specific iSCSI target. CHAP is an authentication schema, managed by user name and password, to validate the identity of users to manage the access rights of users to targets.
Target Password Support
The Open-E DSS V6 allows set multiple connections to one target increasing performance and reliability.
Open-E DSS V6 allows set up password for iSCSI targets to protect them from unauthorized access.
Read Only Logical Unit (LU)
This function allows the user to set the LU as a read-only device (for iSCSI Target only).
Task Mechanism with Scheduling
Management of all the tasks is much easier and convenient using the 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.
Fast initial volume synchronization
Open-E DSS V6 features fast initial volume synchronization for volume replication.
The DRBD tuning feature gives you the ability to improve the speed of the replication process on your hardware.
SWAP is used to store memory areas on hard drives instead of Random Access Memory (RAM). The DSS software dumps memory to SWAP in case of additional memory is need (e.g. repairing the file system after a degraded RAID).
Windows 2008 Domain Controller support
Open-E DSS V6 supports Windows 2008 as a Domain Controller. If you use Active Directory Services from Windows 2008, Open-E DSS V6 will be able to connect and make use of it.
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Panel Support
Open-E DSS V6 supports single, dual, multiple or pyramid LCD display configuration.
One License per Storage Device
Regardless of the number of users connected to the storage device, Open-E license schema is a one license per DSS V6 and is priced accordingly. Whether you have 5, 500, 15,000 or more, you only pay one price for one Data Storage Software V6 License.
Local Backup on Dynamic Units
Through Open-E DSS V6, 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
Open-E DSS V6 synchronize 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. DSS V6 can synchronize data in both directions: the Open-E DSS V6 can be the source and destination of files at the same time, allowing to cross-backup data on several servers.
No storage limit above 48TB of licensed capacity
The storage limit is turned off when 48TB of licensed capacity is reached. You can buy any of the Open-E DSS V6 versions and purchase additional storage license keys. When you reach 48TB, the limit is removed and you can use as much storage space as the product supports.
The first time Open-E DSS V6 starts the Setup Wizard assists you with the language, network and the time settings.
You can maintain the server without using the web browser! All operations are performed using a secure (SSH) connection. The API includes functionalities like:
- users and shares handling
- iSCSI targets operations
- hardware status
- software update
- machine reboot and shutdown
Open-E DSS includes Remote Support which enables our Support Service to access the machine remotely. In many cases this can help speed problem resolution. For security reasons this function can only be initiated by you manually.