Features and Benefits
Robust and Award-Winning^ back to feature list
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.
IP Address restrictions, CHAP, MPIO, iSCSI Failover, SCSI-3 persistent reservation, Session Management
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^ back to feature list
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^ back to feature list
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
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^ back to feature list
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
The latest kernel of Open-E DSS V7 ensures stability, increased performance and higher compatibility for demanding enterprise storage environments.
The system tracks and logs changes prior to affecting the main file system, making the file system more reliable
Price-Performance Leader^ back to feature list
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