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Exablox OneBlox goes all-flash with object storage for virtual loads

Exablox OneBlox delivers all-flash storage to boost performance in VMware and Hyper-V environments. The newest system helps the vendor expand its reach into primary storage.

Exablox today introduced its first all-flash object storage system that aims to help boost performance in VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments for unstructured data.

The company's third-generation Exablox OneBlox 5210 is a 1U system for midsize and large enterprises that need high performance in virtualized environments and file services. An Exablox node contains 10 slots for 2.5-inch 4 TB solid state drives (SSDs), and also will support 8 TB and 16 TB drives when they are available. The system also supports SATA and SAS drives.

OneBlox was developed to handle primary storage as well as data protection. The new system supports VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. The Exablox OneBlox system uses a global namespace and proprietary object-based file system as its underlying technology.

Looks like NAS, runs as object storage

The Exablox OneBlox device presents itself to applications as a traditional NAS device while using object storage on the back end. Inline deduplication and continuous data protection are built natively into the vendor's cloud-based multi-tenant OneSystem management software.

A seven-node Exablox OneBlox 5210 cluster supports 280 TB of raw SSD capacity. Sean Derrington, Exablox's senior director of product management, said OneBlox can drive up to 10-1 data reduction with deduplication.

Other Exablox systems include the OneBlox 3308 and OneBlox 4312 hard disk drive systems for small to midsize businesses for unstructured data and backup.

The newest OneBlox 5210 system can't be mixed and matched with the 3308 or 4312 systems. An Exablox OneBlox 5210 system starts with a minimum of two SSDs. Exablox sells the system without drives for a list price of $28,995. Customers can buy and use their own SSDs. The system is scheduled for general availability in the fourth quarter.

Phil Goodwin, research director at IDC's storage systems and software research practice, said Exablox now can support both performance-based workloads as well as capacity-based workloads with the 5210 flash systems.

"They now can get into the full application development stack from a storage perspective," Goodwin said. "Their previous use case was backup, and now with the all-flash configuration, it expands their reach. Instead of having a limited number of use cases, they can attach their storage to general workloads."

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