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Storage Spaces Direct within Zstor’s GS-Cube8 Hyper Converged Mini-Format-Cluster combines Performance with Capacity for normal Office Environment

Kaarst, 5th of April, 2018

The probably smallest Hyper Converged S2D cluster inspired by the Microsoft server team project "Kepler-47" as well as requested by costumers is launched by Zstor GmbH, a specialist for hyper converged IT solutions. Based on Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) two systems in compact, extra quiet mini desktop chassis are available for a cluster environment either capacity or performance optimized. Both systems are inter-connected via fast 25 GbE interfaces, offering a high available platform for local applications and virtual machines. The administration is done from the central data center via well proven management tools.

Hyper Converged Cluster in a most quiet Mini-Format

Hyper-converged server systems are innovative virtualization solutions, which combine computing with software defined storage in one single platform which even is characterized by user-friendly administration. Zstor with the Zstor GS Cube8 realized probably the world's most compact all-in one virtualization solution, providing the necessary performance, coupled with high availability to meet requirements of branches and departments, but still administrated by the centralized data center.

Zstor GS-Cube8 uses proven high end data center technologies

As an all-in one solution the Zstor GS Cube8 provides locally a complete, reliable cluster. Consisting of two independent computer nodes, performed by the latest Intel XEON Gen6 CPU, 64 GB DDR-4 RAM, and SSD tiering, a high available IT in mini compact, extra quiet chassis are prepared for serving applications in virtual machines. Data communication, synchronization, and the heart-beat are realized via two super-fast 25Gb-Ethernet interfaces with full RDMA support. Windows Server 2016 datacenter edition manages the internal SSDs and HDDs via Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) within each server node.

Datacenter Power where it is needed

"With the Zstor GS Cube8 solution we bring proven data center technologies to branches and departments, which can be used in normal office environments because of its extra quiet fans ", says Helmut Kopel, Managing Director of the Zstor GmbH in front of the introduction of the Zstor GS-Cube8 solution. "Our GS-Cube8 Cluster provides computing power where it is needed, increases local productivity, relieves the WAN through decentralisation and simplify the centrally administration through well-known, proven data center tools."

Complete Systems easy to administrate

In addition to the capacity-optimized solution Zstor GS-Cube8-CAP realizes through high capacitive disks a usable capacity of 65TB, also the optimized version Zstor GS-Cube8-PER with high performance SSDs offers usable 20 TB. The administration of the complete cluster will be performed remote via integrated IPMI 2.0 RJ45 interfaces, as well as centrally monitored by popular SNMP tools.

Zstor GS-Cube8 now available

The complete solution Zstor GS-Cube8 Zstor consisting of two independent nodes in robust mini-desktop chassis are now available. Including 24 months limited warranty and reachable technical support the 2-node Zstor GS Cube8 starts at 7000,- EUR, net. Price requests for tailor-made solutions can be done via Zstor’s project sales team’s email address .

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