OneBlox Architecture

OneBlox is a reimagined scale-out
storage solution.

Exablox’s scale-out, object-based storage appliance solves businesses’ common storage pain points: complex installation, cumbersome management, limited capacity and forklift upgrades. Exablox’s clean sheet approach combines the SMB/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 flash or hard-drive storage capacity. As business storage requirements change, OneBlox is extremely agile; simply add any number of drives, at any time, and in any capacity granularity to meet your storage requirements. OneBlox simply grows the global storage pool with zero configuration and no application downtime.

Scale-out Storage for Virtual Environments

OneBlox uniquely supports VMware and Hyper-V 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’s advanced data reduction. Need high performance? OneBlox 5210 is an all-flash array for consolidating performance hungry virtual machines. Need more capacity? Simply scale-out OneBlox by adding drives or OneBlox and the virtual servers instantly see additional 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--both SSDs or HDDs. 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 in the future, increase capacity by mixing and matching any number of additional drives. OneBlox automatically pools the new storage within the existing global storage pool. No disruption to applications or users. No configuration settings to complete. No mouse clicks. No command line entries. No storage PhD required.


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 drives as a commodity. Accordingly, every organization can purchase drives at retail prices and use up to 3.8TB SSDs or 8TB HDDs within OneBlox. Gartner Group’s research indicates disk and flash drives can account for up to 50% of the storage systems hardware costs. Avoiding the 10x markup from legacy storage vendors quickly results in significant cost savings compared to other storage solutions. Combined with OneBlox’s powerful inline deduplication and compression, storage utilization is maximized and waste is minimized.

Zero Configuration

Ease of use is not an afterthought with OneBlox. OneBlox is easily can be installed in less than 15 minutes. , provisioned and available to serve data with zero configuration. Simply insert at least three drives, plug in Ethernet, and power it on. It’s that easy. Need to add more storage? Simply add drives and the capacity is added to the same global storage pool. 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.



Flexible Multi-site Replication

Implement disaster recovery with asynchronous multi-site replication. Employ a flexible 1-to-1, 1-to-many, many-to-1 bidirectional replication architecture with multiple OneBlox rings. Implement exactly the configuration that suits the business needs of geographically distributed environments. Only deduplicated and compressed data is replicated ensuring that the transfer is very bandwidth efficient. Many implementations require the source and target storage infrastructure to be identical. Exablox does not impose any such restrictions for the utmost flexibility.




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 ransomware. 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

Exablox’s distributed file system is built on top of a fine-grained content-addressable distributed object store with a hashed ring architecture that has small but variable sized immutable objects as its foundation. This underlying technology allows OneBlox Ring to fully protect the stored information without legacy RAID technologies. OneBlox transparently replicates and intelligently distributes the data objects across multiple drives within a failure domain and protects against drive or OneBlox failures. In case of failure, data objects are redistributed and rebalanced to ensure full protection.

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