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Coraid EtherDrive products provide block-storage solutions for all your needs because of one simple reason: anywhere you can use a disk drive, you can use Coraid EtherDrive, no matter your host OS.

Coraid EtherDrive storage arrays appear as local SAS disks to Windows, Linux, and VMware systems, allowing organizations to use any kind of database or file system, whether Windows NTFS, Linux Ext4, XFS,JFS, Solaris ZFS, or VMware VMFS.

Coraid EtherDrive systems consists of:

  • Coraid EtherDrive HBA cards for Windows, Linux, or VMware servers
  • Coraid EtherDrive h-series hardware
  • Coraid EtherDrive SRX software

Because Coraid EtherDrive SRX software is lightweight and flexible, you can mix and match hardware and HBAs in a configuration that meets your organization’s unique needs.

For example, match the Coraid EtherDrive h2421 with twenty-four SSDs and up to three 10GbE Coraid EtherDrive HBAs to create the perfect platform for virtual desktop environments.

The Coraid EtherDrive h2441 and high-performance 3.5" disks striped in a RAID5 together make great storage for database applications.

For backup, the Coraid EtherDrive h3641 is hard to beat with a couple of 1GbE Coraid EtherDrive HBAs. With thirty-six 3.5" disk bays filled with 8TB SMR drives, storage-per-month cost for a GB is less than $0.001.

The Flexibility of Options

Coraid EtherDrive storage arrays essentially consist of affordable hardware running efficient software connected to your server through a Coraid EtherDrive HBA.

Coraid EtherDrive HBAs are Ethernet interface cards that use a driver to make the HBA appear as a simple SAS Host Bus Adaptor. This allows for incredible ease of use because anyone with local drive experience knows everything they need to use Coraid EtherDrive storage.

HBAs come in 2x or 4x 1GbE, or 2x 10GbE, and a single server can utilize as many cards as will fit on the motherboard. No matter how many are used, to Windows, Linux, or VMware hosts the Coraid EtherDrive storage will look like a single HBA because the software will multipath automatically with no port bonding or multipathing configuration needed on the part of the user. It even automatically load balances discovered links.

Connected to the HBAs by Ethernet, either directly or through a switch, you’ll find the Coraid EtherDrive hardware. Each unit has two 1 GbE ports standard with up to twelve additional 1 GbE or six 10 GbE ports. Aside from the requirement for jumbo frames, any standard switch is compatible.

Coraid EtherDrive Hardware comes in 36, 24, and 16 disk options.

  • h2421: 2U, twenty-four 2.5" disk unit, perfect for solid state disks
  • h1631: 3U, sixteen 2.5" or 3.5" disk unit
  • h2441: 4U, twenty-four 2.5" or 3.5" disk unit
  • h3641: 4U, thirty-six 2.5" or 3.5" disk unit

These units come preloaded with Coraid EtherDrive SRX software, turning the hardware into powerful and sophisticated storage arrays that create virtual disks, called LUNs, out of one or more of the physical disks.

Multiple-disk LUNs can be mirrored, striped, or combined into RAID arrays all with very simple commands. It takes only four commands to set up a Coraid EtherDrive SRX array.

As storage needs scale, so can the Coraid EtherDrive network. Each additional Coraid EtherDrive unit provides complete scaling—not only do you get another 16, 24, or 36 disks, but you get more network connectivity, processing power, and cache memory. This means systems aren’t just scaling up, they’re scaling out.

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