Nexsan Ships NAS SSD Systems

By Stuart J. Johnston

Nexsan said this week it has begun shipping the first two models of its new E5000 family of NAS storage SSD systems.

The new units feature a unique multi-tiered SSD architecture to handle functions such as boosting performance for random I/O workloads for virtualized applications that can be run on virtualized environments such as Hyper-V, VMware, and Xen, according to a company statement.

The E5000 family -- the first models of which are the E5110 and the E3110 -- is designed to provide a NAS complement to Nexsan's E-Series Fibre Channel and iSCSI block storage systems. Alternately, the E5000 family can be used to complement Nexsan's secure Assureon archive and cloud storage systems.

The E5110 provides highly-available NAS storage with between 8 TB and 62 TB of usable capacity in a 3U to 6U configuration, while the E3110 provides between 9 TB up to a total of 720 TB of space in a 19U rack space.

Among other features, the E5000 family provides reservation-less snapshots, asynchronous replication, quotas, Active Directory and LDAP integration, and thin provisioning.

One key feature of the E5000 family is what Nexsan calls FASTier. It uses multiple tiers of SSD to accelerate performance with NL-SAS, SATA or SAS drives, the company statement said.

Meanwhile, a feature Nexsan dubs AutoMAID provides power conservation of up to 85 percent when running applications such as backup to disk or file storage.

High-availability capabilities include redundant, hot-pluggable storage controllers with automatic failover. Additionally, a technology Nexsan calls Active Drawer Technology aims to simplify maintenance by providing continuous operation even when one of the drive drawers is open.

"With the release of the E5000 series we've extended our advanced, enterprise-class Flexible Storage Platform to deliver a simple, plug-and-play NAS device that can be used as standalone file storage or paired as a complement to our SAN storage solutions for an efficient enterprise storage infrastructure that can scale, without failure, on demand," Michael McGuire, chief commercial officer for Nexsan," said in a statement.

The E5000 family starts at around $14,974, the company said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on August 11, 2011