Compellent Launches New ZFS-Based Storage System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-28 Print this article Print

In its new zNAS storage system, Compellent has added its own secret sauce: consolidated file- and block-level storage on a ZFS-based platform using its own Fluid Data architecture.

Compellent, a progressive-thinking data storage company that was an early mover to the idea of providing unified connectivity, on April 27 launched the first network-attached system based entirely on the open-source Zettabyte File System.

The 128-bit ZFS, which numerous storage network developers have described as extraordinarily fast, is an in-demand open-source software package for handling unstructured data in any type of block, file or drive as a virtualized single pool of storage.

ZFS, developed mostly at Sun Microsystems several years ago, is based on a transactional object model that removes most of the traditional constraints associated with I/O operations.

In its new zNAS storage system, Compellent has added its own secret sauce: consolidated file- and block-level storage on a ZFS-based platform using its own Fluid Data architecture.

This is the first storage system to utilize all these new-generation components, Compellent Marketing Vice President Bruce Kornfeld told eWEEK.

"Compellent has built an intelligent, unified platform that can eliminate the guesswork of storage planning and management," Kornfeld said.

The zNAS with Fluid Data Architecture, supplied in a physical appliance, features a single interface for management of various Unix, Linux and Windows file and block data plus both SAN and NAS management controls, Kornfeld said.

It's all automatic

The architecture increases storage utilization by automatically (according to predesigned policies) tiering file storage at the block level, by thin-provisioning storage for unstructured data, and by delivering rapid data recovery and site-to-site replication, Kornfeld said.

The new system also features controls for planning, provisioning and recovery of virtual servers in VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and Oracle environments. Compellent's modular hardware includes dual Intel Xeon quad-core Nehalem processors, up to 48GB of RAM, and connectivity options that include 8G-bps Fibre Channel, Kornfeld said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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