Friday, July 27, 2012

More Storage, Same Amount Of Space

More Storage, Same Amount Of Space

Aberdeen Stirling & AberNAS Solutions Now Support 4TB Hard Drives

Since 1991, Aberdeen has been designing and manufacturing scalable high-capacity storage solutions for companies in a wide variety of industries. Through the years, the company has always strived to maximize the efficiency of its products in order to provide the most storage possible to its customers. And even while Aberdeen releases new products, it continues to make improvements to its currently available solutions. The company made just such a change with its already popular Stirling and AberNAS product lines by increasing the potential storage capacity by 33%.

Support For 4TB Hard Drives

Aberdeen’s Stirling and AberNAS solutions have always been able to provide large amounts of storage, whether it was up to 198TB in a single server or as much as 1PB (petabyte) in an array. However, the company has now included support for Hitachi’s Nearline 24/7 4TB SATA hard disk drives, which improves on efficiency and provides even more raw storage capacity than ever before. In fact, you can now get as much as 16TB of storage in a 1U model or up to 264TB in an 8U rackmount configuration.

This increase in capacity per hard drive makes it possible to pack more available storage into each system without the need to invest in additional servers. In addition to cutting down on equipment expenditures, the added capacity can also help free up some much needed space in your data center or even aid in the consolidation process. As with all Aberdeen products, these configurations are highly customizable, so you can get the exact amount of storage you need at exactly the right size.

Stirling Scalable Storage Servers

In addition to the newly added support for 4TB hard drives, Aberdeen’s Stirling Scalable Nearline Storage Servers are also packed with many other helpful features for data centers. Each Stirling server utilizes Intel’s 5520 Chipset, Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 series, and Intel microarchitecture with Turbo Boost Technology. Aberdeen’s Stirling servers also feature up to 192GB of DDR3 memory, a maximum bandwidth of 32GBps, and much more. All Stirling servers are available in RAID 6, 0, 1, 5, and 10 configurations with more than 1200MBps transfers. By combining all of these technologies into one solution, you can expect superfast processing speeds and reliable performance.

Aberdeen also has four specific Stirling configurations with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 onboard. The first is the 3U X339, which supports up to 16 hard drives and up to 64TB of capacity. The 5U X539 supports up to 24 hard drives and as much as 96TB of storage. The two 8U models, the X889 and the X899, have space for 48 and 64 hard drives and up to 192TB and 256TB of storage, respectively. Because these systems are highly customizable and can be easily combined to create an array, Aberdeen also added the option of expandable SAS2 storage up to 1PB and beyond.

AberNAS Solutions

For those in need of scalable, high-capacity NAS solutions, Aberdeen offers its AberNAS line of products designed to work with the specific operating system you choose. For instance, the AberNAS LX-Series works with 64-bit Linux environments and the AberNAS X8-Series is designed for the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 OS. Aberdeen also has a 32-bit Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 entry-level AberNAS model and other Linux-based solutions.

For companies using Linux-based operating systems in need of massive virtualized storage arrays, the AberNAS LX-Series has many great features. It now supports up to 8EB (exabytes) of storage and, with this immense level of available storage, Aberdeen has also included an easier to use GUI for 64-bit Linux environments so it’s much easier to manage your hard drive arrays.

Aberdeen’s AberNAS solutions are flexible in that you can have as much as 264TB of storage in a server to as little as 2TB in a 1U configuration. They feature support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD and SATA 3Gbps or 6Gbps disk drives. In addition, these storage solutions are protected with snapshot data recovery, hardware redundancy, and redundant hot-swappable power supplies.

Customizable & Scalable Solutions
As always, Aberdeen’s tech experts are available to help you configure the Stirling and AberNAS storage solutions to your exact specifications. The products are designed for companies of all sizes, from a small business to the largest enterprise. Plus, the Stirling and AberNAS solutions can grow alongside your company, leaving enough space for you to quickly and easily scale your maximum storage capacity. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scalable & Expandable Storage

Aberdeen AberSAN ZXP & AberNAS N10L Series Are Ideal For Traditional & Virtualized Environments

Aberdeen has been providing high-capacity, high-speed storage solutions for data centers for many years. And from the beginning, the company has put a strong focus on the customer experience with each one of its products. “All Aberdeen systems are fully customizable,” says Larry Aguilar, marketing manager at Aberdeen. “Aberdeen does not carry prebuilt systems. Each system is tailor-made based on each customer’s requirements and specifications.”

Aberdeen’s AberSAN ZXP Expandable ZFS SAN Storage Subsystem and AberNAS N10L Series are no different. They provide flexible and scalable storage that is designed to grow alongside a company and provide the high level of performance needed for many years to come.

Virtually Unlimited Storage

Perhaps the biggest selling point of Aberdeen’s AberSANZXP systems is that they have virtually unlimited storage. The AberSAN ZXP is built as a 128-bit system and uses a ZFS file system. This combination lets you produce unlimited snapshots for quick data restoration as well as unlimited file sizes. For management, Aberdeen includes a Web-based GUI to help manage and configure the hard drive array(s).
Aberdeen uses its ZFS-based file system to protect data and support virtualization, if necessary. Because the AberSAN ZXP provides unlimited storage, it’s capable of storing a large number of backups and system instances in case you need to restore your system due to a large-scale disaster. Aberdeen products use the ZFS file system to avoid silent data corruption, so you can be sure that every save is stored correctly and will be available when you need it. You can leverage the ZFS file system to use thin provisioning and I/O pooling. Plus, Aberdeen’s solutions are designed to work specifically with VMware environments as well as other virtualization offerings.
The AberSAN ZXP is perfect for cloud environments. Not only does it provide a large amount of storage, it is also easily expandable from a smaller starting size up to a large-scale cloud infrastructure machine. You can choose from a 19-inch rackmount solution with a 2U Head Unit, 3U JBODExpansion, or 4U JBOD Expansion, which provide depths of 17.7, 25.5, or 27.5 inches, respectively. Each system comes with different power supplies and storage options and up to 192GB of DDR3 memory. The AberSAN ZXP can handle any storage-related needs you currently have while leaving enough room for the needs you haven’t even thought of.
Designed For Businesses Of All Sizes
Aberdeen’s solutions are designed to work for all companies, from the smallest businesses to the largest enterprises. That’s why the AberNAS N10L Series of products are Linux-based servers that are available in 2.4TB, 4TB, 8TB, and 12TB capacities and can be built to provide RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 environments depending on the level of storage you need. The AberNAS N10L Series also features an expandable SAS port, so you can connect Aberdeen XDAS (direct attached storage) units for additional storage space when you need it. And because these solutions use an open storage platform, they can be easily configured and reconfigured to meet any data center’s specific needs.
The AberNAS N10L Series is also ready for virtualization and the cloud, because each 32-bit model is VMware certified, and 64-bit certification is pending. You can start off with any of the base models for simpler virtualized environments and then expand your storage as you expand your cloud-based projects.
In addition to the storage space, 6GB to 24GB of DDR3 memory, and VMware certification, Aberdeen’s AberNAS N10L Series is built to work with some of Intel’s newest technologies, including Intel’s QuickPath Technology and a built-in memory controller, to provide the highest level of performance and speed.
Aberdeen AberSAN ZXP & AberNAS N10L Series Aberdeen’s scalable storage solutions feature the Intel® Xeon® Processor and take advantage of ZFS-based file management for virtually unlimited storage and ensure that these products will grow alongside your company to provide the highest level of performance.
A Boost In Performance!

Aberdeen x70 Series Stirling Servers Feature Dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 Processors To Improve Data Center Applications

A performance boost, no matter how small, is always a good thing. A performance boost reaching up to 80%, however, is a major step up. Aberdeen’s dual-socket x70Series Stirling Servers open the door to such a performance gain by including the new Intel® Xeon® Processsor E5-2600 series, which is built on the Sandy Bridge-EP core design and part of the Romley platform when paired with the new Intel C602 (Patsburg) chipset.
Based on Intel’s 32nm manufacturing technology, the Xeon E5-2600 processors offer more cores, cache, and memory capacity, as well as bigger, faster communication pathways, Intel says. The Xeon E5-2600 processors can help companies meet the demand for efficient, secure, and high-performing data center infrastructure by offering unparalleled, balanced performance across compute, storage, and network environments, Intel says.

A Boost For Data Centers
Aberdeen offers the Xeon E5-2600 processors in dual-socket (Dual LGA2011 Socket R) configurations in eight base models within the x70 Series Stirling Server family in 1U Mainstream, 1U Advanced, 2U Mainstream, 2U Advanced, and 4U Mainstream options. The base 4U Mainstream configuration, for example, provides an AberdeenStirling 470 server with dual 2GHz Xeon E5-2650 processors, 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory (up to 256GB), two 2TB Hitachi Ultrastar 7200rpm drives (up to eight drives supported), an LSI 9261 SAS2 controller, and a SuperServer 7047R-TRF server kit. The 171-178 and 179 have redundant 80 Gold level power efficiency certified power supplies in a 1U, while the 278 can have up to 24 2.5-inch drives. All x70 Series Stirling models can be customized with add-on cards, backplanes, storage, and other features.

The Xeon E5-2600 series has 17 parts supporting up to eight cores per processor and up to 768GB of system memory (quad-channel DDR3 up to 1600MHz). The Xeon E5-2600 processors provide up to an 80% increase in performance compared to previous Xeon 5600-series processors. They also include new Intel Integrated I/O technology with PCI Express 3.0 support built in. Intel says the addition can triple the rate of data flows coming in and out of the processor, reducing latency by up to 30%. Support for Intel DDIO (Data Direct I/O) technology enables Intel Ethernet controllers and adapters to route I/O traffic straight to processor cache.
The processors include support for Intel AVX (Advanced Vector Extension), technology. Also noteworthy is the Xeon E5-2600’s ability to improve energy efficiency by more than 50% vs. the Xeon 5600 series processors, a boon to data centers seeking to gain added performance while reducing power consumption and operating costs. Intel says the new age of “intelligent performance” that the Xeon E5-2600 processors are introducing will result in best-in-class support for virtualization, consolidation, and cloud computing.
Guaranteed Excellence
Beyond the x70 Series Stirling Server models, Aberdeen has been producing general-purpose and storage servers since 1991, placing a strong emphasis on providing customers customization options and high performance offered at competitive prices. In addition to customized servers ranging from 1U to 8U form factors, the company also sells barebones server configurations.
Aberdeen covers every fully configured rackmount server with a five-year-warranty that guarantees the server to be free of material defects for five years. Aberdeen also warranties each server to be free of workmanship defects for the server’s lifetime. Other customer-tailored programs include an Internet-based leasing program and a CARES (Custom Assembled Rackmount Evaluation Service) program, which provides qualified customers with a server that’s configured to their needs that they can use for a free 30-day assessment period with no obligations. 

Aberdeen x70 Series Stirling Servers
The x70 Series Stirling Servers feature the use of processors from Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 series, which include numerous features geared specifically toward boosting performance in data center applications.