by Josh Linden

PROMISE Technology Announces VSky A-Series Software-Defined Storage Appliances

PROMISE Technology today announced the forthcoming launch of its VSky A-Series family of storage solutions which are designed to support petabyte-scale volumes for applications such as backup and archiving, media editing, video surveillance, virtual environments, and content delivery. The A-Series uses a single flat namespace as part of an architecture that can be deployed with support for object, file, and block storage.

The A-Series will initially be available in the form of the VSky A1100 and the A1970 appliances. The A1100 is a 1U gateway server that will be able to connect to Promise’s Vess and VTrak storage systems in order to create a unified storage pool. The VSky A1970 is a 4U storage server with 70 drive bays that are accessible via two independent server nodes.  These appliance both support multi-tier flash caching and can be configured to provide data protection services including remote replication. Other enterprise storage functionality is available such QoS, snapshot, schedule snapshot, thin provisioning, data rebalancing, and VDI/server virtualization.

VSky A1100bSM Specifications

  • Form Factor: 1U
  • Controller: 1
  • Processor: Intel Xen E3-1230 V3@3.3 GHz, 4 Cores
  • Memory: 32GB DDR3 ECC
  • Internal Storage: N/A
  • SSD: 2 x 32GB MLC SSD (RAID 1)
  • HDD: N/A
  • External RAID Storage: PROMISE VTrak or Vess
  • Storage Expansion: 2 JBOD per node
  • Up Link Port: 2 ports 10GbE (SFP+) (External/Public)
  • Down Link Port (to storage): 2 ports 10GbE (SFP+) (Internal/Private)
  • Dimension: 2 ports 8G FC to RAID storage
  • Weight: SAS from RAID storage to JBOD
  • Power Consumption: 615mm x 444mm x 44mm
  • Safety Certification: 15kg 67~158(W) BSMI , CB, C-Tick , CE , FCC , KCC , VCCI , TUV , UL
  • Access Protocol
  • NAS: CIFS, NFS
  • Block: iSCSI
  • Object: S3 compatible API, Swift
  • WebDAV: Yes
  • Scalability
    • Scale-Out: Up to 16 nodes
    • Scale-Up: Up to 2 JBOD per node
    • Node: 1 node in a single unit
  • Data Protection
    • RAID: Yes
    • Replication: Yes (3 nodes as the minimum requirement)
    • Erasure Coding: Yes
  • Data Services
    • Thin Provisioning: iSCSI Volume only
    • Snapshot: iSCSI Volume only, MAX 1024 snapshots per cluster
    • Remote Replicaton: iSCSI, NAS
    • Remote Replication from NAS to S3: NAS, Object
    • Multi-Tenancy: iSCSI, NAS
    • Multi-Tier Caching: Yes
    • Virtual Storage: Yes
    • Object Multi-Region Deployment: Up to 2 locations
    • QoS: iSCSI, NAS
    • Load Balance: NAS, Object
    • AD/LDAP: NAS
    • Support Seamless Migration: iSCSI Volume only

VSky A1970rDM Specifications

  • Form Factor: 4U
  • Controller: 2
  • Processor: Dual Intel Xen E5-2609 @2.4GHz 6 Cores / controller
  • Memory: 64GB DDR3 ECC / controller
  • Internal Storage: 3.5 HDD x 70 (HDD 35-35 configuration)
  • SSD: 2 x 120GB MLC SSD (RAID 1) / controller
  • HDD: 3.5" Cloud Drive HDD x 70 (35 per controller)
  • External RAID Storage: VSky J3970sDR
  • Storage Expansion: 2 JBOD per node
  • Up Link Port: 4 ports 10GbE (SFP+)
  • Down Link Port (to storage): SAS from RAID storage to JBOD
  • Dimension: 900 x 430 x 174.75 mm
  • Weight: 43kg (w/o HDD) 96kg (w HDD x 70)
  • Power Consumption: 1480 ~ 1760 (W)
  • Safety Certification: BSMI , CB, C-Tick , CE , FCC , KCC , VCCI , TUV , UL, CCC
  • Software SPEC
  • Access Protocol
    • NAS: CIFS, NFS
    • Block: iSCSI
    • Object: S3 compatible API, Swift
    • WebDAV: Yes
  • Scalability
    • Scale-Out: Up to 16 nodes
    • Scale-Up: Up to 2 JBOD per node
    • Node: 2 nodes in a single unit
  • Data Protection
    • RAID: Yes
    • Replication: Yes (3 nodes as the minimum requirement)
    • Erasure Coding: Yes
  • Data Services
    • Thin Provisioning: iSCSI Volume only
    • Snapshot: iSCSI Volume only, MAX 1024 snapshots per cluster
    • Remote Replication: iSCSI, NAS
    • Remote Replication from NAS to S3: NAS, Object
    • Multi-Tenancy: iSCSI, NAS
    • Multi-Tier Caching: Yes
    • Virtual Storage: Yes
    • Object Multi-Region Deployment: Up to 2 locations
    • QoS: iSCSI, NAS
    • Load Balance: NAS, Object
    • AD/LDAP: NAS
    • Support Seamless Migration: iSCSI Volume only

Availability

The VSky A1100 will be available in late April and the A1970 will become available in May. The A1100 will be compatible with Promise's Vess upon release, while A1100 support for Promise VTrak is expected in the third quarter.

VSky A-Series

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