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Zealbox Backup Appliance (ZBA) for VMware vSphere / Microsoft Hyper-V

Zealbox Backup Appliance series
Zealbox Backup Appliance series

The Zealbox Backup Appliance provides small and medium enterprises (SMEs) a high-performance, low cost and easy to install solution to save and restore virtual machines (VMs) on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

With a powerful Areca RAID controller, redundant power supplies, with optional iSCSI and Fibre Channel HBAs and SAS expansion port the Zealbox Backup Appliance provides the comfort of a conventional storage server.

In addition, the ZBA bundles server services with storage capacity and provides the ability to backup virtual machines outside of the virtualization server.

The setup of the ZBA is possible without additional installation. It ships with Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 / 2016 with Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication software. VMware vCenter and other applications can be installed separately and the Zealbox Backup Appliance can be used in this manner for other purposes.

The Zealbox Backup Appliance can be extended by JBODs in capacity and can be fully integrated flexibly into any network.

The Zealbox Backup Appliance is based on an open platform with high performance hardware and excellent expandability.

In the appliance we only use high quality components from manufacturers such as Intel, Supermicro, Broadcom and Areca. For network connectivity four Intel 1 GbE LAN ports are provided. An extension with additional 8/16 Gbit/s Fibre Channel, 1/10/40 Gbit/s LAN and 6/12 Gbit/s SAS ports is possible.

Note: See also the page with Zealbox servers for virtualization

Features and benefits

  • Up to 2 Intel Xeon E5-2600v4 CPUs
  • Up to 2 TB ECC 3DS LRDIMM
  • Supermicro motherboard X10
  • 6 x PCIe 3.0 slots (per processor 3 usable)
  • 2 x Intel 10 GbE (RJ45) onboard, 2 / 4 x 1 Gbps oder 8 / 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, 10 GbE (RJ45 / SFP+)
  • Areca 6 / 12 Gbps SAS RAID controller
  • Up to 72 drive bays
  • RAID level 1 for OS (2 internal SSDs / HDDs)
  • RAID level 5 / 6 for data backup
  • Remote management over LAN (IPMI 2.0)
  • 80 PLUS Gold power supply redundant, hot-swap
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter with Hyper-V or Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with Hyper-V
  • Backup & Replication Software: Veeam Essentials or Veeam Essentials Plus
  • 3 years hardware warranty (optional 5 years)
  • 1 year software support
  • Optional Advance Replacement Service/On-Site Service

Zealbox ZBAs are available in different models

Zealbox series - Different models from 4 up to 72 drive bays
Zealbox ZBA models

Technical specifications

Model Zealbox ZBA.10 Zealbox ZBA.11 Zealbox ZBA.16 Zealbox ZBA.24
Server CPU 1 x Intel Xeon Quad-Core E3 1 x or 2 x Intel Xeon E5
Mainboard Supermicro X10
Graphics onboard
RAM up to 32 GB up to 2 TB
PCIe slots 1 / 2 x PCIe 6 x PCIe
Optionally ports 8 / 16 Gbps FC, 6 / 12 Gbps SAS, 1 /10 / 40 Gbps Ethernet
LAN 2 / 4 x Intel 1 GbE (RJ45) or 10 GbE (RJ45)
RAID-Controller Areca 6 / 12 Gbps SAS (optional with ext. miniSAS x4 port) Areca 6 / 12 Gbps SAS (optional with ext. miniSAS x4 / x8 port)
Controller-Cache 512 MB or more
Harddisk Types SAS, SATA, SSDs or HDDs
Harddisk Drives 8 x 3.5 LFF 16 x 3.5 LFF 24 x 3.5 LFF
DVD Drive optional
Power Supply redundant, 2x 720 W redundant 2 x 1200 W
Enclosure Rackmount, rails included
Management IPMI 2.0 (Remote Management over LAN) with separate LAN-Port
Dimension and Weight
Physical Dimensions/mm (Width x Height x Depth) 437 x 89 x 648, 2 U 437x 132 x 648, 3 U 437 x 178 x 660, 4 U
Weight (without drives) 16 kg 17 kg 24 kg 25,5 kg
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V (Standard / Datacenter)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V (Standard / Datacenter)
Backup software Veeam Backup & Replication Essentials or Essentials Plus
Warranty 3 years (optional 5 years)
Optionally Service Advance exchange service / on site-service