Exablox Launches OneBlox Object-based NAS

By Pedro Hernandez

Exablox, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based data storage startup, continues its journey out of stealth by rolling out a new, easy-to-deploy scale-out, object storage-based NAS platform called OneBlox.

OneBlox appliances, along with the company's OneSystem cloud-based management service, radically simplifies scaling up network attached storage (NAS) infrastructures for companies struggling to keep pace with runaway data growth, according to Exablox CEO Douglas Brockett.

"We spent the last two years working with customers and partners to build a next-generation storage solution that addresses the pain points they're confronting as they deal with the explosion of unstructured data. We’re tearing down the technology barriers that have forced customers into choosing between the features they need and the solutions they can afford," said Brockett in a statement.

The hardware and cloud service combo offers Server Message Block (SMB) and Common Internet File System (CIFS) support and includes enterprise-grade storage optimization and data management perks like inline deduplication, continuous data protection and remote management capabilities. OneBlox also supports mixing and matching SATA or SAS drives for zero-configuration, just-in-time capacity upgrades.

Exablox is also betting on the platform's "zero-configuration storage expansion" capabilities to pave the way into their data centers.

The startup boasts, "OneBlox can provide fully protected CIFS/SMB shares to users in less than five minutes with zero configuration. With no impact to business operations, additional OneBlox appliances can be added automatically, enabling resource constrained organizations to scale file system capacity without downtime."

It's an approach -- "No RAID. No LUNS. No Volumes. No Hassle," according to the company -- that can help companies stay on top of their expanding storage needs. "Organizations can forego forklift upgrades and multiple disk-based targets as their business grows with OneBlox’s dynamic scalability," said the company.

On the security front, OneBlox automatically encrypts all data (AES-256). The company's patent-pending continuous data protection (CDP) tech provides real-time replication and fine-grained data recovery features.

In total, Exablox's strategy is aligned with the direction the enterprise storage market is heading, or at least should be, according to Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst, Terri McClure.

"If storage admins try to solve the challenges associated with managing unstructured data with the same technology they’ve been using, insanity may certainly be in their future because things just won’t get better. Vendors like Exablox are out there with innovative technology that is designed for the unstructured data challenges IT faces today, not the challenges faced 20 or 30 years ago," said McClure in a statement.

OneBlox is available now as part of a limited release. Prices start at just under $10,000 for a 32 TB setup and $40,000 for a four-node, 64 TB disaster recovery-flavored version. Generally availability is expected during the first half of 2013.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on April 25, 2013