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17.07.2018 12:46 Age: 155 Tag(e)

Starline combines the flexible storage operating system FreeNAS with durable professional hardware

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The latest release of Starline's development department concerns inexpensive network storage under the name NASdeluxe. They brought eight models in the new 5000 and 6000 series at one swoop. Professionally, they are not lacking anything - customers do not have to do forego the competent Starline service.

The successful NASdeluxe systems are growing: In addition to the Microsoft Windows, Open-E Jovian DSS and Open-E DSS V7 platforms, the Swabian server manufacturer Starline now also offers similar systems with the FreeNAS storage operating system.

The outstanding FreeNAS features:

  • Platform-independent
    Guarantees platform-independent working thanks to the many protocols supported such as SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP, iSCSI and WebDAV. iSCSI also enables VMware VAAI, Microsoft ODX and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2 clustering.
  • ZFS
    Data protection is guaranteed by the ingenious ZFS file system. With RAID-Z1, it offers individual parity protection like RAID 5, but without having to accept its disadvantages. If desired, double parity protection can even be activated with RAID-Z2.
  • Snapshots
    Automated or manual snapshots of the entire file system can be created and saved.
  • Replication
    ZFS snapshots can also be used to create remote backups because replicating snapshots to a remote ZFS file system creates a complete duplicate.
  • Virtualization
    The FreeNAS-Box supports virtualization. This allows you to run a VM directly on the NAS system.
  • Encryption
    FreeNAS provides powerful AES-XTS encryption of ZFS volumes.
  • Backups
    The administrator can use Windows Backup, rsync, Apple Time Machine or the TrueOS Life Preserver for archiving. Remote backups are also possible for important cloud services such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Backblaze B2 or Google Cloud Storage. RDX drives can also be used for backups via USB or an internal port.
  • Plugins
    The FreeNAS appliance can be expanded with third-party software for media streaming, alternative protocols or web applications.
  • Web interface
    The successful and multilingual web interface facilitates the installation and administration of the complex system, whether creating volumes, setting permissions or importing software updates.

The hardware can also be used flexibly. The new 6000 series starts with the NASdeluxe NDL-6704T/F - a cube system. The built-in Mini-ITX main board performs the required tasks with its G4600 Pentium Dual Core processor at 3.6 GHz. The administrator can insert up to four SFF/LFF drives (hard disks or SSDs) into the small box. There is also no lack of interfaces: VGA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, PS2, M.2, miniSAS and PCIe slots allow users to implement all types of a modern storage appliance.

 

The hardware platform of the 5000 series is based on dual socket boards with Skylake microarchitecture from Intel. In addition to significantly lower power consumption, this processor generation also offers considerable performance advantages. In combination with the up to two terabytes of RAM, which can be inserted into the 16 memory banks of the Supermicro motherboard, there should be no more performance bottlenecks.

 

The administrator can also flexibly choose select the appropriate version of the enclosure: There is the fast NAS with two to four height units or with 8 to 36 SFF/LFF drive bays. In order to separate pure productive data from the operating system, two additional SFF slots are installed on the back of some models (see table). Alternatively, these two shafts can also be used for caching.

 

Four optionally selectable NVMe SSDs - available for the NDL-5824R/F and NDL-5736R/F models - offer a further performance gain. The NDL-5716R/F, NDL-5724R/F or NDL-5508T/F models are recommended for extremely compute-intensive applications. Even actively cooled GPU cards can be used here.