Winchester Systems Launches FlashNAS ZFS 3400

By Pedro Hernandez

Winchester Systems Billerica, a Billerica, Mass.-based maker of data storage systems for commercial and military system integrators, has launched new network-attached storage (NAS) hardware, the FlashNAS ZFS 3400.

Based on the open source ZFS file system, the system enables several efficiency-enhancing and data protection features aimed at helping enterprises keep files safe, not to mention fetch and store them faster. The FlashNAS ZFS 3400 provides self-healing operations, SSD optimization and end-to-end error detection and correction, according to Winchester Systems.

Featuring a modular design, FlashNAS ZFS 3400 was "purpose-built for continuous availability and long-term durability," according to the company. It features redundant controllers, power supplies and fans, which are hot swappable.

The 3U, dual controller system houses two Intel Xeon E3 quad-core processors and up to 64 GB of RAM. Connectivity is provided by eight GbE ports, and optionally, four 10 GbE ports or another eight GbE connectors. The 3400 has room for 16 SAS drives.

Scaling up to 256 drives and up to 1,024 TB or 1 PB of raw capacity via expansion units, FlashNAS ZFS 3400 provides a network storage target for Windows, UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X. The system also supports online-expandable RAID 0/1/5/6/50/60, enabling a variety of data redundancy strategies.

Also supported is SSD acceleration. "To increase read performance, ZFS caches recently read data blocks in RAM using an Adaptive Replacement Cache (ARC) algorithm, and uses SSDs as a second-level ARC cache (also called L2ARC)," noted the company on its website. To give write operations a boost, "SSDs are used to hold a copy of each write transaction in the ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) until the transaction contents are safely committed to disk media."

FlashNAS ZFS 3400 also supports unlimited snapshots, thin provisioning, and inline, block-level deduplication. "All hardware and software functionality is included in the base system price," noted the company in a statement.

Winchester Systems joins other NAS providers that use ZFS as a file storage foundation, including Oracle, which acquired the technology's originator, Sun Microsystems, and continues to offer a range of Oracle ZFS storage and backup appliances.

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

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This article was originally published on January 08, 2014