QNAP debuts enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc using Intel Xeon E5 dual active controllers

QNAP Systems released this week enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc product line for mission-critical tasks and intensive virtualization applications. Representing a milestone for QNAP’s step into the enterprise storage market, the ES1640dc delivers business-class cloud computing data storage with Intel Xeon E5 processors, dual active controllers, and full support for virtualization environments.

The ES1640dc runs the new FreeBSD-based QES operating system that assists businesses in building the most cost-efficient VDI platform and storage for critical data with near-limitless snapshots, block-level data deduplication, and thin provisioning with reclaim.

The Enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc includes dual-controller, 3U rackmount model; Intel Xeon E5-2420 v2 6-core processor, 32GB DDR3 ECC RDIMM for main memory and 16GB write cache DIMM per controller; 16x 3.5”/2.5” SAS 6Gbps hard drives or 2.5” SAS/SATA SSDs (optional LSISS9252 SAS-to-SATA Interposer is required); mSATA SSD dedicated to NVRAM; 2x 10GbE (RJ45) LAN ports; PCIe Gen3 x8 slot: reserved for 40GbE or 10GbE LAN card, PCIe Gen2 x4 slot: and is reserved for dual path Mini-SAS; 2x USB 3.0 ports and 770W redundant power supplies.

The expansion enclosure EJ1600 features dual-controller, 3U rackmount model; 2x Mini-SAS ports; 16x 3.5″/2.5” SAS 6Gbps hard drives or 2.5” SAS/SATA SSDs (optional LSISS9252 SAS-to-SATA Interposer is required); and 450W redundant power supplies.

The FreeBSD-based QES operating system also provides advanced features including flexible storage pools, simplified management, high-performance SSD cache, near-limitless snapshots, SnapSync, block-based data deduplication, in-line compression and thin provisioning with reclaim for optimized utilization in virtual machine storage.

“The ES1640dc adopts dual active-active controllers to provide the utmost reliability and high availability,” said Waterball Liu, QNAP’s product manager. “The new QES operating system provides superior system functionality, but also provides a similar user experience as our well-reputed QTS operating system to make it easier for existing QNAP NAS users to learn the system.”

The ES1640dc is powered by Intel Xeon E5-2420 v2 processors with 32GB RAM and features dual active-active controllers, providing businesses with near-zero downtime high availability. Other features include battery-protected DRAM write cache, dual 10GbE ports, optional 40GbE NIC, redundant power supplies, and a field-replaceable design for easier maintenance.

The ES1640dc is suitable for virtualization, virtual desktop environments, and is the best choice for cloud applications. QES supports iSCSI Cinder Node drivers and provides block-level storage space to virtual machines. It accelerates the deployment of virtual machines, enhances virtual machine image access efficiency through iSCSI, and is easier to integrate into commercial cloud storage platforms.

“VDI applications usually contain lots of duplicate data, and block-based data deduplication and data compression can help reduce storage usage, achieving optimal virtual desktop performance as deduplicated virtual desktops become easier to cache,” added Liu.

The ES1640dc is also certified for VMware vSphere 6.0, and is compatible with Microsoft Hyper-V, benefiting flexible deployment and management in virtualization environments. The ES1640dc supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi server and Hyper-V respectively. The QNAP vSphere Client plug-in, web plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider are also supported to enhance operational and management in virtualization applications.

EJ1600 expansion enclosures are also available for the ES1640dc. They connect via the dual path mini-SAS design to sustain continuous operations even if an external cable is disconnected.

The Enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc and expansion enclosure EJ1600 are currently available.

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