QSAN XCubeFAS Flash Memory Storage Solution at a Glance

▲High-speed SSDs enable rapid access to large files, much faster than traditional hard drives.

How did KTV operators play songs before hard drives? In the early days, kids in grade 5 or 6 went to a KTV parlor and asked the staff via intercom to manually switch cassette tapes. As hard drives became popular, KTV operators began to build servers that connected to their media boxes, allowing users to play songs through computer software. As the quality of audio and video continued to improve, storage capacity increased too. It was not enough to rely only on hard drives in a server, so the operators turned to external hard drive arrays, and then adopted large storage area networks (SANs) to meet their demands. Today, a single SAN can be connected to more than 3 servers and support some 30-40 media boxes. If SAN performance is still unsatisfactory, such as high latency or operating and management costs, some KTV operators have begun to use all-flash arrays to improve performance and enable a single disk array to support more servers and boxes.

QSAN’s iSCSI Heritage

QSAN may be an unfamiliar name to many users, but they have long been a player in the storage industry, providing SAN solutions that support more than 120 KTV boxes at a time. Founded by a group of engineers in 2004, QSAN started out in the development of iSCSI RAID controllers, with the P100C released in 2005 representing their first effort. True to their engineering roots, performance has always been a priority in QSAN products. Today, QSAN’s product line encompasses a wide range of offerings, including iSCSI, fiber channel, hybrid SAN, network storage, and unified storage systems.

The development of system performance has lagged behind advances in subsystem and algorithm performance in recent years, and behind this gap lies the need for storage devices to evolve and meet the storage needs of networks and big data. The new SSD-based QSAN XCubeFAS 2026D is able to deliver performance that traditional mechanical hard drives can only dream of, making it an ideal solution for SMBs.

The Rising Needs of Audio/Video Storage

Consumers have moved on from 1080p to 4K@60fps, and while hard drive capacities have increased as well, access speeds for mechanical hard drives have plateaued, becoming increasingly inadequate in comparison to their capacities. Many solutions have replaced mechanical hard drives with high-speed SSDs, ideal for SMB users who have to access large amounts of data in a short time.

For example, QSAN’s all-SSD array delivers 3 times the IOPS and 1000% improved VDI response time compared to traditional products. A brand new design allows the storage solution to fit 26 SSDs in a tiny 2U form factor, the first 2U26 bay architecture in the world, increasing performance density by 8%. The XF2026D is equipped with Seagate’s high-capacity Nytro 3530 SAS SSD, with a capacity of 3.2TB per drive, 12Gb/s SAS dual-port interface, and enterprise features such as ECC and media lifecycle management for maximum reliability.

▲Benefits of the QSAN XF2026D: more speed, shorter response time, higher performance density.

▲The QSAN XF2026D is able to fit an industry-leading 26 SSDs in a 2U form factor.

▲Working with Seagate, the XF2026D can be equipped with 3.2TB Nytro 3530 SSDs, with support for 12GB/s SAS dual-port, and transfer speeds as high as 2100MB/s.

Low Latency, High Speed

The XF2026D is able to maintain an IOPS of 1,200,000 with a latency of 1ms, transfer speeds that mechanical hard drives can only dream of. QSRAID technology increases data security by 9.8 times and keeps IT managers free from worry of pool failure caused by SSD lifecycles. Volume rebuild is 60 times faster thanks to fast rebuild and RAID EE technology.

QSAN makes three guarantees with the XF2026D. The first is uninterrupted service. QSAN ensures that the XF2026D delivers ultra-high reliability across a wide range of needs, including maintenance, upgrades, and management. The second is uninterrupted maintenance. Hot pluggable and redundant design allows for maintenance, expansion, upgrades, and repairs without the need to shut down the system. The third is data security. QSAN’s unique algorithm and its QSRAID and QSLIFE technologies protect the XF2026D against data loss caused by the SSD lifecycle.

▲Unique QSRAID features improves data protection and volume rebuild speeds.

▲QSAN stands behind X2026D with the three guarantees in addition to the product’s performance.


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