This week during VMworld 2014, Promise Technology showcased the Vess R2000 Series, a unified storage system that crams Fibre Channel (8 Gbps), iSCSI (1 Gbps & 10 Gbps) and NAS host connectivity into one box. The company also displayed FileCruiser, an on-premises Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) all-in-one solution built for the SMB and enterprise sectors. Read: How to Secure Your File Sharing and Sync Process
According to the company, the Vess R2000 Series is certified with Veeam and the latest version of VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5. The Vess R2000 Series also sees a reduction in resource overhead on VMware vSphere ESXi hosts thanks to supporting vSphere Storage APIs Array Integration (VAAI). This series will grow as needed, supporting up to 112 drives.
The product page shows that customers have a number of models to choose from. There are two models in the iSCSI RAID group, four models in the 10G iSCSI group, and two models in the Fibre Channel + iSCSI Combo group. This series is "virtualization ready," and is certified with DataCore, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, SANsymphony-V and VMware vSphere.
"Hot swappable drive bays, redundant power supplies and One Plug Auto Service simplifies management and streamlines tech support," states the product page. "Proactively detects drive failures before they occur and migrates data to a healthy drive."
As for FileCruiser, users of this solution won't have the worries that stem from public online cloud file sharing services, as the data and hardware are located on the user's premises. The company reports that FileCruiser can be implemented on a 3U 16 bay Intel x86 server-storage appliance and on multiple Intel x86 1U servers connected to Promise storage.
Promise offers two FileCruiser appliances: the VA2600 and the VR2600. The former provides the benefits of an EFSS application in an all-in-one easy to deploy solution while the latter supports storage and server scale out. The company reports that the VR2600 is best suited for environments with thousands of users.
During the VMworld show, Promise also showed a technology demo of its High Density Storage Server, a hyperscale computing 4U/70 bay platform. The VTrack storage subsystems that support Symantec and Veeam, and are VMware 5.5 certified, were also showcased.