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Storage Spaces par excellence – Zstor CiB solutions now fully certified for Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces

Kaarst, 6th of July, 2017

As one of the first German manufacturer of professional storage solutions for medium-sized companies and Datacenter, Zstor has certified high available Cluster-in-a-Box storage solutions (CiB) for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces. Each Zstor storage cluster CiB224 and CiB4270 have two independent hot-swap compute nodes, which are built in a compact 2U or 4U rackmount chassis with 12 / 24 or 70 hot-swap SSD/HDD drive bays. Up to four powerful Intel Xeon CPUs manage high performance SSDs (solid state disks) and high capacitive hard disk drives via State-of-the-Art 12G SAS interfaces. Zstor’s storage cluster CiB224 and CiB4270 will be tailor made on application’s demand and are prepared for further additional JBOD expansion units via built-in external SAS interfaces.

„Cluster in a Box“ – Zstor storage cluster make HA storage solutions easy
The concept of Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) is consistently deployed by Zstor, combined in a single system and tailored to the requirements of the application. Specifically for use in smaller environments, the Zstor storage clusters CiB224/4270 are ideal for use and combine IOPS as well as data throughput in a compact appliance deployed as high available storage solutions. Based on Microsoft's Windows Server 2016 architecture the Zstor CiB224/4270 uses consistently Storage Spaces in cluster nodes which made it easy to be integrated into existing IT environments. The systems are completely certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces and designed as high available storage solution, Zstor’s Storage Cluster have two redundant nodes, which is set into an automatic failover cluster and thus offers maximum reliability and data availability. Both systems can individually equip with high performance datacenter SSDs or enterprise SAS HDDs.

Ideal entry level solution for storage professionals
"Ultimately the Cluster-in-a-Box concept is a 'turn-key'-solution, which really reduces the workload of every admin in integration of high available storage solutions", says Helmut Kopel, Managing Director of Zstor GmbH. "Through our years of experience specifically with Windows Server and Storage Spaces environments we have certified our storage clusters with Microsoft as a complete storage solution. Moreover, we stand ready with our specialists to support admins in design and implementation into their respective IT structure."

"Zstor plays Storage Spaces" – and offer their knowledge to partner´s and admins
The implementation of professional storage solutions using Windows Server 2016 needs some experience - especially when it comes to Storage Spaces. Right here Zstor offers with its fully certified Cluster-in-a-Box solutions partners and admins the needed consultancy and support via well trained and experienced certified engineers. Zstor works out possible approaches individual and tailored to the needs of the system environment and optimize them in terms of performance and cost. For larger environments also certified storage building blocks for complex high performing and high available storage solutions are available in Zstor’s portfolio.

Certified Server and JBODs for larger storage solutions
Microsoft has introduced a very special, highly flexible software-defined storage (SDS) through the introduction of Storage Spaces within the Windows Server architecture. Not only the power reserves within the servers can be better exploit, it also make a better use of the different performance benefits of HDD, SSD, and NVMe components. Complex scale out file server (SoFS) structures, consisting of servers and JBODs with latest 12G SAS architecture offers the necessary disk space, as well as the necessary performance to the centralized productive servers. With fully certified servers of the GridServer series and also certified Zstor JBODs, sophisticated systems for complex, high performance and high available storage solutions can be realized.

All certified systems are available now
Fully certified for Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces "Cluster in a Box"-entry solutions are available for ordering as well as certified storage building blocks with GridServer and Zstor JBODs for realizing high available storage solutions. In addition to a 36 months hardware service a personal technical hotline in English language is available. All Zstor storage solutions are tailor made to the needs of system requirements and are offered individually.