Compellent Launches New ZFS-Based Storage System

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.

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