Products comparison & recommendations

Open-E offers various storage software products – each of them recommended for different purposes: from software dedicated for small and medium businesses to software for highly demanding environments such as data centers. Find out more about the differences and advantages on this page.

Open-E JovianDSS

Open-E DSS V7

JovianDSS Data Storage Software DSS V7 Data Storage Software
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ZFS-based storage operating system: Offers unlimited scalability and high performance, at the same time providing back-end storage for virtualization and backup.

Thin provisioning, tiered caching and De-duplication make this a solution for demanding enterprise environments.

One year of software support included.
XFS-based unified storage operating system: Software solution for storage in SMB and Enterprise production environments.

iSCSI and NAS unified in one software which can be used for any typical storage installation. The iSCSI active-active load balanced failover adds extra performance for demanding installations.

One year of software support included.
ZFS XFS and block device
Performance Very high High
Maximum storage Unlimited Unlimited
(recommended < 200 TB)
Maximum volume size Unlimited 64 TB
Hardware recommendation 8 CPU cores, 64 GB RAM, HBA 4 CPU cores, 8 GB RAM, H/W RAID adapter
Architecture 64-bit 64-bit
Cost dollars dollar
High availability
Active-Active iSCSI metro cluster No Yes
Active-Active iSCSI shared storage cluster Coming in Q3 2015 No
Active-Active NFS shared storage cluster Coming in Q3 2015 No
Usage recommendations
Virtual desktops 300+ virtual desktops 1-500 virtual desktops
Virtualization 100+ virtual servers 1-200 virtual servers
Backup Yes Yes
NAS Yes Yes
iSCSI Yes Yes
NAS (SMB/CIFS, FTP, Secure FTP, HTTP, Apple Talk, NFS v2, v3) NFS Yes
Fibre Channel No Yes
IP over Infiniband Yes Yes
Caching Native, tiered RAM and SSD Hardware support
Thin Provisioning Yes No
Deduplication Yes No
Compression Yes No
Snapshots Unlimited Up to 20
Clones Unlimited No
VSS Yes Yes
VMware certification VMware Ready V5.5 and V6.0 VMware Ready V5.5 and V6.0
Citrix certification In progress Citrix Ready
Hyper-V certification In progress Tested and confirmed

DSS V6 Data Storage Software

Open-E DSS V6

XFS-based unified storage operating system: Legacy software product which is useful for a small number of applications.
It is still available, but will become end of life on 30th of September 2015.

During transfer from Open-E DSS V6 to V7, a small number of features was not implemented due to Open-E’s commitment to different technologies. Open-E DSS V6 is a stable solution for NFS failover clusters and hardware based on 32-bit architecture. For all other installations Open-E DSS V7 and JovianDSS are the recommended software solutions.

One year of software support included.

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