From October 1, 2015 Open-E DSS V6 is no longer available for purchase

All functionalities delivered by Open-E DSS V6 are now available in the latest version of Open-E DSS V7.

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Open-E DSS V6

Features & benefits

Robust and Award-Winning

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New! Efficient cluster configuration

The software allows for configuration of both nodes while connected to one system. Additionally, we included a set of tools for efficient cluster management, such as the resource pool overview, remote node status or configuration statuses. Also, find a failover manager providing an overview of cluster configurations and allowing to stop a cluster. When starting a cluster, Open-E DSS V7 checks all critical settings on each node, including: SCSI IDs, tasks, ping nodes, configurations, resource pools, auxiliary paths, and more. This way, clusters cannot be started if they were configured wrong.

New! Active-passive NFS and iSCSI cluster

Provides fault tolerance via synchronous Volume Replication for NFS or iSCSI shares. It uses a setup with two nodes in an active-passive configuration. Once configured, all data written to the primary server is mirrored to the secondary server. In case the primary server fails, the software automatically switches all operations to the secondary server.

iSCSI Functionality

IP Address restrictions, CHAP, MPIO, iSCSI Failover, SCSI-3 persistent reservation, Session Management

NAS Functionality

Windows Active Directory/Primary Domain Controller, NIS, Intern/external LDAP, ADS and NIS User/Group ID Synchronization, File System with Journaling, User and Group Quota, Antivirus

Network Clients & Protocols

Supports Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS 8.0 - 10.5.8, X, SMB/CIFS, FTP, Secure FTP, HTTPS, Apple Talk, NFS v2, v3, iSCSI, Fibre Channel


Improved local backup tool, WORM, NDMP v3.0, Backup-Agents (Backup Exec®, Retrospect®, BrightStor®), Data (File) Replication, Volume Replication

Compatible with Industry Standards

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Supports Legacy Hardware

Supports older hardware to ensure backward compatibility

Supports Latest Hardware

Constantly developed by Open-E’s engineers to ensure high compatibility with the latest storage hardware. In the last 3 years we updated drivers for network controllers, RAID adapters, management tools and protocols, including support for the latest drivers. To see exactly which hardware is supported, please visit our Hardware Compatibility List.

Supports Popular Backup Software

Open-E DSS V7 allows you to secure and restore data with minimal interruption to your workflow. It gives you the choice of using built-in backup and restore capabilities, or utilize commercial backup clients like Veritas, EMC Dantz, Backup Exec®, Retrospect®, BrightStor®. This way you can leverage your existing investment and expertise

Supports Appliance API

To further ensure compatibility, Open-E has an open storage API to communicate between different software programs and detached appliances which ensures easy third-party integration for maximum compatibility

Easiest to Manage

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Simple cluster configuration

In Open-E DSS V7 both nodes can be configured while connected to one system, as opposed to Open-E DSS V6. Additional cluster tools: resource pool overview, remote node status, configuration statuses, failover manager Open-E DSS V7 checks all critical settings on each node, including: SCSI IDs, tasks, ping nodes, configurations, resource pools, auxiliary paths, and more. This way, clusters cannot be started if they were configured wrong.

Initial Configurations Wizard

As soon as Open-E starts, the Setup Wizard helps you with all the network and system settings - you get up fast, with built-in help, and can see immediate results

Task and Schedule Manager

Tasks can be automatically scheduled for data, volume replication and snapshots - making it easy to setup, so you can concentrate on other tasks

Automated Update and Rollback of OS

The automated update and rollback makes it easy to update and get the latest features and is also simple to rollback if there is an issue that needs to be resolved first - reducing system downtime

Monitoring & E-mail Notification

Automatically notifies the system administrator via e-mail when there are RAID or HDD problems, making it easy to troubleshoot and quickly fix problems

Intuitive webGUI

Thanks to Open-E’s user experience team, maintaining a server with Open-E DSS V7 is straightforward and user-friendly. The webGUI in our software offers intuitive navigation and users can access all features directly.

Most Stable

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Linux Operating System

Open-E runs on a Linux Platform because of its proven stability, unlike others which are less stable or which have limited and diminishing support for new hardware

Improved kernel

The latest kernel of Open-E DSS V7 ensures stability, increased performance and higher compatibility for demanding enterprise storage environments.

Journaling Support

The system tracks and logs changes prior to affecting the main file system, making the file system more reliable

Price-Performance Leader

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Independent OS

Open-E uses its own independent OS and is device independent which does not require the expense of another copy of Windows and allows you to use more hardware options (legacy or modern)

Continuous Data Protection

Provides continuous backup/replication of data - far superior to 24 hour snapshot backups (lose approx. 17 e-mails in between backups, versus up to 10,000 on an Exchange e-mail system) - also much quicker to restore (20 minutes vs. 3-5 hour tape backup). If available, usually an expensive option for other storage software

High-Availability over 2 Nodes

Open-E can recognize hardware/software failure and immediately re-starts the application on another system without requiring admin intervention or downtime which further reduces downtime at no extra cost