The easier it is to use your data storage solution, the more satisfaction it brings to your work performance. We strive to minimize the impact of a system on your organization, making it an inconspicuous guardian of your data. That is why we keep on updating our software to bring the best out of your data storage solution.
Recently, Open-E has released the latest update of Open-E JovianDSS – our flagship storage operating system. The Open-E JovianDSS up29r2 is full of new functionalities, which are directed to improve the work of the software and to make its usability more convenient. This includes the RDMA Protocol support, Self-encrypting Drives (SED), SSD TRIM functionality, NVMe Writelog devices mirror over Ethernet for a High Availability Shared Storage cluster, and others. Let us have a closer look at the novelties listed.
RDMA protocol support for mirroring path connection dedicated to Mellanox and ATTO 100GbE NICs
This functionality is about to be one of the most important we’ve introduced in up29r2. RDMA protocol increases the performance between the nodes in a non-shared storage cluster configuration by using RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet)-compatible controllers. Due to that, our Open-E Team is glad to introduce this functionality in the latest Open-E JovianDSS version for the accelerated data mirroring between nodes (which will impact in the increased performance of the whole cluster). For RDMA in Open-E JovianDSS, we use iSER ( iSCSI extensions for remote direct networking) internally Over Converged Ethernet (RoCE).
Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) feature support
With the recent update, we are happy to announce that Open-E JovianDSS can now support the self-encrypting drives feature in the case of single nodes and shared storage clusters. Thanks to it, you can encrypt and decrypt drive data without the need for user input or additional disk encryption software. Our Open-E Team can now share the unique key for your SSD and HDD drives (if they support such functionality) so you can benefit from the increased safety of your system. The tests were performed on several disks already, and the list of the drives with the SED feature compatible with Open-E JovianDSS will now be constantly updated.
SSD TRIM support
Thanks to SSD TRIM, you can get an improved performance of the solid-state drives in the data storage solution and increase its life expectancy. To prove the actual benefits, our Open-E Team has investigated the performance of the autotrim command based on different hardware components.
For example, in the graph below, you can see the work of an SSD from Lenovo vendor working in a single RAIDZ1 (with x: time [s] and y: throughput [MB/s]). The tests were performed on 3 drives with and without autotrim. The results demonstrate the long-term positive effects of using autotrim, ensuring a more stable workload.
Alternatively, Intel NVMe Intel P4510 disks with 2TB capacity working as a single drive have shown even better results. The graph below illustrates that the Trim command ensures the long-term performance of the solid-state drives in your data storage solution.
NVMe Write Log devices mirror over Ethernet for HA Shared Storage Cluster
Due to multiple requests from our end-users, our Open-E Team has integrated the NVMe Write Log devices mirror over Ethernet for High Availability Shared Storage Cluster. Thanks to it, you can benefit from the outstanding cost-effective performance of the cluster nodes’ built-it one-port NVMe devices while utilizing Open-E JovianDSS up29r2 in a HA shared storage Cluster.
Custom OU (Organization Unit) parameter in Active Directory
We have previously described the way Microsoft Active Directory works with Open-E JovianDSS in the article regarding compatibility with Microsoft Windows products. But what will the Custom OU bring to the server functionalities? It gives you the opportunity to change the default location where the group policy objects and assign permissions to other users or groups should be created. In Open-E JovianDSS up29r2, you can customize the Active Directory catalogs’ locations and yet have easy access to them. Additionally, you can now create subdirectories with the permissions on a more precise path location.
Additional scheduler to pause a scheduled scrub process, e.g. to suspend it during working hours
In the new Open-E JovianDSS up29r2 version, you can manage and customize the periodical inspections of your system called the scrub process. For example, you can set the scrubbing in the exact hours in order to avoid the system overload with the commands. This way, your data storage solution can be inspected after the workday and paused when the workday starts.
In Open-E JovianDSS up29r2, the scrub process scheduler looks as follows:
Open-E JovianDSS up29r2 updates!
In order to improve the system of our Open-E JovianDSS, we keep on updating our previous implementations. That being said, up29r2 includes the following refreshments:
ZFS ( v2.1.1-1 )
And many new drivers!
Find more details about what’s new in Open-E JovianDSS up29r2 in the Release Notes >>