ARI-100: Hybrid Storage Array Solutions

Key Features
  • Advanced Virtualization Hybrid Features of the ARI Series
  • Sustain Performance of 3.5GB/s Write, 5GB/s Read in GPFS & Lustre
  • Proven 99.999% uptime
  • Automatic Drive Tiering
  • Rapid Drive Rebuild
  • Drive Spin-Down
  • Virtual Disk Pools = faster performance
  • SSD Flash Cache
  • VolumeCopy, Snapshot & Remote Replication (optional)
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Max Drive Support: 248 HDD SSD NLSAS
  • SED Support
  • Host Options:
    (8) 16 GB FC
    (8) 12 GB SAS
    (8) 10 GB iSCSI
  • Rugged Chassis
    NEBS Level 3 Compliant
    MIL STD 810G Compliant
  • Degraded Disk Detection
  • Disk Background Scrub
  • Battery free cache backup
  • Automated Provisioning Tool

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The new ARI-100 series of hybrid storage arrays has the most complete set of virtualization features of any SAN solution in the market today and can sustain over 4Gbs/sec. in parallel file systems like GPFS and Lustre.  With 12TB drive support, it is also one of the few systems where the block storage can scale to 2 petabytes (PBs)

The ARI-100 series comes in a 2U 12 Bay 3.5” HDD, 2u 24 Bay 2.5”, a high density 2u 48 Bay 2.5” and a high density 4U 56 Bay 3.5”. All chassis are interchangeable and the rugged chassis design of the ARI-100, ARI-103, and ARI-109 makes this is an ideal hybrid storage array for most mobile applications with NEBS level 3 and MIL-STD 810g compliance.

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Learn more about ARI-100’s hybrid storage features below:

Rugged Hybrid Storage Array Solutions: The ARI series of block storage array guarantee that there is no “single point of failure,” and automatic failover mechanisms facilitate the highest levels of data protection, service levels and disaster recovery. Support for industry high-availability software guarantees seamless integration with the rest of the enterprise. The ARI-100 series 2U12, 2U24, and 4U56 models are applicable for high density mobile applications with NEBS Level 3 and MIL-STD 810G compliance. Some models meet NEBS air filtration standards.

Remote Replication  optionalx100Equipped with remote replication software, ARI-100 provides the easiest array-to-array remote replication solution on the market today, enabling disaster recovery protection and business continuity with support for up to 1000 snapshots per hybrid storage array. By providing centralized, array-level replication, Remote Replication offloads backup operations from critical application servers, and aids IT managers in complying with regulations such as the HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley acts.

VolumeCopy and SnapShot optionalx100The ARI-100 series data protection and disaster recovery solution has optional licensing of SnapShot and VolumeCopy data protection software. With up to 1000 snapshots capability, the ARI-100 series offer necessary protection for business critical applications such as email, databases, and file sharing. ARI-100 series instantly takes volume snapshots, creating point-in-time backups that can be used to instantly restore your data after a system failure. In addition, VolumeCopy protects against disk failures.

Self Encrypting Drives:  Available in 1.2TB small form factor (2.5”) or 4 TB large form factor (3.5”), these SED drives provide instant data destruction via cryptographic erase. In normal use, you do not need to maintain authentication keys (otherwise known as credentials or passwords) in order to access the drive’s data. The SED will encrypt data being written to the drive and decrypt data being read from it, all without requiring an authentication key from the owner.

Virtual Disk Pools:  Virtual Disk Pools decouples the LUN from being restricted to a single VDisk. A Volume’s data on a given LUN can now expand across all disk drives in a pool.   When capacity is added to a system, the user is also getting a performance benefit of the additional spindles. Additionally this capability provides seamless capacity expansion; data automatically reflows to new drives and IOPs scales with additional storage.

Rapid Drive Rebuilds:  Rebuild of conventional (Linear) storage requires that the entire VDisk is rebuilt prior to returning the VDisk (and thus the Volumes on the VDisk) to a fault tolerant state. The rebuild operates at the VDisk level and has no knowledge of Volumes or customer data contained therein.

  Advantages of Quick Rebuild:

  • LUNs are spread across many RAID sets. So one RAID set rebuilding only affects a fraction of all disk I/Os.
  • Less rebuild work to do – so affected disks can return to full performance quickly.
  • Volumes become fault tolerant more quickly – user data is restored to full protection more quickly.
  • The rate of a RAID rebuild is directly proportional to the amount of unused disk space in a Virtual Disk Pool.

High Density, Hybrid Storage Made Easy with Centralized Management Interface:  ARI virtualization hybrid storage arrays are easy to configure and manage with our intuitive web based interface, which provides storage setup and monitoring without the need for host-based software. Our GUI saves time with configuration and installation wizards, and schedulers.  

Eco-Friendly Hybrid Storage – Battery Free Cache Backup:  Utilizing Echo Friendly technology, these systems have completely eliminated cache batteries, using instead super capacitors and flash memory to provide infinite cache backup during a power loss, while being environmentally friendly.

Spin Down Technology:  The ARI 100 Series also features energy-saving drive spin- down. With the addition of drive spin-down, mixed drive type support and dual protocol interfaces, users can now combine both high performance, high density primary volumes and secondary storage with different performance and energy usage profiles in the same physical unit.  

Automatic Drive Tiering optionalx100RAID Inc.’s ARI series offer an innovative and comprehensive view of high density storage management — store, back up and restore instantly. This technology overcomes the two major limitations found in most tiered storage systems today by (1) automating the migration of data in (2) real-time.

Thin-Provisioning:  The increase in the volume and velocity of high density data can cause storage costs to exceed available budgets without some prudent provisioning. With thin-provisioning capability, IT managers can dedicate available storage space to volumes only when actually needed and add storage capacity transparently to any application, also as needed. Thin-provisioning also enables LUN (volume) size to be configured independently of physical disk space and supports LUNs up to 128 TB.

Other features:  Degraded Disk Detection, Automated Provisioning Tool, Disk Background Scrub, SSD Flash Cache