OneBlox Architecture

OneBlox is a reimagined scale-out
storage solution.

Exablox’s cloud managed, scale-out, object-based storage appliance solves businesses’ common storage pain points: complicated installation, cumbersome storage management, limited capacity and forklift upgrades. Without the shackles of a legacy scale-up storage architecture, Exablox’s clean sheet approach combines the CIFS/SMB and NFS accessible OneBlox appliance with OneSystem, an elegant multi-tenant cloud-based management service.

OneBlox Features & Benefits

Scale-out Architecture

OneBlox employs a seamless scale-out Ring architecture supporting multiple OneBlox appliances presenting a single global file system. A Ring may consist of one or multiple OneBlox, scaling from a few TBs to nearly 700TBs of raw storage capacity. As business storage requirements change, OneBlox is extremely agile; simply add any number of disk drives, at any time, and in any capacity granularity to meet your storage requirements. OneBlox simply grows the global file system with zero configuration and no application downtime.

Scale-out Storage for Virtual Environments

OneBlox uniquely supports VMware environments by enabling virtual machines to utilize scale-out NFS datastores. Consolidate multiple NFS datastores in a single OneBlox Ring and scale to multiple PBs with OneBlox’ advanced data reduction. Gone are the days of limiting a datastore to a few TBs with legacy RAID solutions as OneBlox’s object-based architecture removes any capacity limitation of datastores. Need more capacity? Simply scale-out OneBlox by adding drives or OneBlox and VMware instantly sees more storage capacity--with zero configuration.

Dynamic Reduction

Exablox is the only vendor in the storage industry enabling organizations to select between inline variable-length and fixed-length deduplication. Variable-length deduplication is perfectly suited for backup/recovery applications and yields exceptionally high deduplication ratios, typically, 10:1* or more. In addition, OneBlox's unique architecture enables inline compression and continuous data protection as well. Within a single Ring, OneBlox’s effective storage capacity scales in excess of 4PBs.

*Actual dedupe ratios will vary and results are based on each customer data

Dynamic Growth

Bring your own drives. No RAID, no LUNs, no volumes. OneBlox delivers the flexibility for organizations to mix-and-match drive types (SATA, SAS) and capacity (1-8TB) within the same OneBlox and within a OneBlox Ring. Purchase exactly the capacity your organization needs at the beginning and then at any time in the future, increase capacity by mixing and matching any number of additional drives. In two minutes and zero configuration, OneBlox automatically pools the new storage within the existing global file system. No disruption to applications or users. No configuration settings to complete. No mouse clicks. No command line entries. No storage PhD required. Combined with OneBlox’s powerful inline deduplication and compression, storage waste is minimized and organizations are able to maximize primary storage utilization.

Agile and Affordable

OneBlox’s agility to add storage at any time comes with the additional benefit of delivering significant cost savings. Exablox’s bring your own drive philosophy treats commodity disk drives as commodities. Accordingly, every organization can purchase drives at retail prices and use up to 8TB drives within OneBlox. Gartner Group’s research indicates disk drives can account for up to 50% of the storage systems hardware costs. Avoiding the 5-10x markup from legacy storage vendors quickly results in a 10x cost savings compared to other storage solutions.

Zero Configuration

OneBlox can be installed and available to users in less than five minutes with zero configuration. Simply insert at least three drives, plug in Ethernet, power, and turn it on. It’s that easy. Need to add more storage? Simply add drives and the capacity is added to the same global namespace. Need to add availability or performance? With no interruption to applications or users, additional OneBlox nodes can be added and automatically configured, enabling organizations non-disruptive scalability with their business.

Data Protection

OneBlox’s continuous data protection ensures that all of the information written is fully protected. By taking continuous and unlimited snapshots of information written to OneBlox, every file can be easily recovered in the event of data corruption, deletion, or information held by rasomware. In fact, end users can recover their own information, simply by selecting ‘Previous Version’ from their PC or navigating Mac Finder or Windows Explorer. No need to restore information from last night’s backup, simply browse and recover in seconds.

Always on information

With its real-time replication, information stored in a OneBlox Ring is fully protected. By avoiding legacy RAID technologies, OneBlox is able to transparently replicate and redistribute the data across multiple drives and OneBlox to protect against two drive or OneBlox failures. Additionally, with its advanced architecture, information is protected against an entire Ring failure when replication over wide-area distances is implemented. OneBlox grows with your business’ data protection requirements without requiring costly downtime, reconfiguration, or forklift upgrades.

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