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Twin Scale Out (TSO™ ) Appliances

Get unmatched performance, redundancy and scalability through our Twin Scale Out (TSO™ ) appliances:

StoneFly TSO™ “Twin Scale Out” NAS Storage Appliances deliver unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. TSO™ series of appliances were designed for customer’s requiring a powerful Storage solution that can Scale Out Storage capacity while scaling up performance.









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Mirrored twin Scale Out NAS nodes scale up to 36 drives and 288 TeraBytes of Storage per chassis, up to 512 drives per twin nodes, and easily Scale Out to multiple nodes on demand. Perfect for managing large quantities of unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system. TSO was designed for markets that require vast quantities of high bandwidth throughput or fast parallel throughput for very large files required by high performance computing in media and entertainment.

The Scale Out NAS feature of the TSO allows you to “Scale Out” as your business grows by adding nodes without losing performance. With the TSO you can expand one or more volumes across multiple nodes using no metadata and a single namespace. Usable bandwidth increases as new nodes are added. Best of all, you can manage multiple nodes with just a single user interface. Each time the TSO is scaled out, it adds more capacity, more throughput, and more concurrency. Installation, management and scaling is simple to achieve at any size.

Content creation, transformation, production and archive, as well as unstructured data (documents, presentations, pictures, music and video files) are best stored in large Scale Out NAS appliances like the StoneFly TSO. TSO allows you to add server nodes on the fly as well as add CPU horsepower and Storage capacity from additional TSO nodes. This linear scalability provides predictable performance and allows users to pay as you grow and to only buy what you need. TSO simplifies the Storage of media and is the ideal platform for consolidation onto a shared resource implementing higher utilization.

TSO is often used for ultra fast primary Storage for visual effects and high IO-intensive media production applications that require high-concurrent sequential throughput, post-production transcode and streaming media. It drives down the overall cost of Storage while increasing performance for applications that are used when they need it, and reduces costs and floor space requirements. Capacity can be quickly provisioned, shared, and managed with fewer resources. StoneFly TSO is efficient to operate since it leverages all of its resources, maximizes utilization, and integrates nearline SAS, enterprise SAS, and SSD tiering within the Storage nodes.

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What is Scale Out NAS?

Scale Out NAS is a distributed file system that can scale to several petabytes all while handling thousands of clients. It functions as a distributed data overlay, polling together Storage building blocks over TCP/IP, aggregating disk resources and managing data in a single global namespace. The unified platform handles blocks, files, objects and big data.

Scale Out NAS solves enterprise Storage requirements, including:

  • Enterprise-wide file sharing with a single access point across data Storage locations.
  • Nearline Storage for infrequently accessed data that needs to be online.
  • Rich media (audio and video) content distribution with petabyte-scale Storage and high-read performance requirements.
  • High-performance Storage for bandwidth-intensive applications like weather prediction and oil and gas exploration.
  • Centralized Storage-as-a-service to enterprise applications.
  • Backup target and archive for on-site or off-site data protection.
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Global Scale Out Storage for OpenStack

StoneFly’s TSO “Twin Scale Out” NAS Storage Appliances fully support OpenStack. StoneFly NAS can be used as global Scale Out Storage for OpenStack Block or Volume Storage (Cinder), OpenStack Container or Object Storage (Swift), as well as Storage for the OpenStack Image service (Glance).

StoneFly TSO can be used for a single type of OpenStack Storage (e.g. Cinder), or it can be used for any combination of Cinder, Swift and Glance. This is in addition to using the StoneFly TSO’s Scale Out NAS Storage for your regular physical and virtual servers or workstations.

A common limitation when using Cinder is that although volumes can be added to increase Storage, those volumes cannot be expanded. With StoneFly Scale Out NAS, volumes for Cinder Block Storage can easily be expanded by adding either bricks (drives) or additional Scale Out NAS nodes. Since volumes can be easily expanded across multiple TSO Scale Out NAS appliance nodes, the volume for OpenStack will expand readily and expansion is nearly limitless.

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Key advantages of using StoneFly TSO for OpenStack shared storage:

  • Cost-effective alternative to using local Storage.
  • Increased reliability since all StoneFly Scale Out NAS nodes feature hardware RAID, redundant hot-swappable power supply modules, and you do not lose access to your data if a compute node goes down (in OpenStack environments running multiple compute nodes).
  • All data is automatically mirrored between two nodes for high-availability and increased read performance.
  • Makes it possible to share Storage for other purposes beyond OpenStack (NAS Storage for regular physical and virtual servers in your datacenter).
  • Ability to scale/expand and increase the performance of a particular volume since you are not limited by the number of disks in a single physical machine.
  • Management and recovery of compute nodes running Nova is much easier because you do not have to maintain their state. Since Storage is not tied to another node, compute nodes can just be restarted as a new instance.

StoneFly StoneFusion 8.0 Base NAS Management 64-Bit Operating System

  • Logical Volume Creation and Patented Advanced Storage Virtualization Services
  • NAS Port Teaming and Failover
  • Volume-Level Access Control and Dynamic Volume Management
  • Supports NAS Protocols CIFS/SMB and NFS
  • Compatible with OpenStack – Cinder (Block), Swift (Object) & Glance (Image)
  • Easy Active Directory Integration
  • Support for SNMP Traps, UPS, Nagios, RAID Monitoring, Call Home
  • System-Wide Graphical Performance and Utilization Reporting
  • Advanced Report Management
  • Automated Online Volume / Storage Expansion
  • Scale Out NAS using a Single Name Space to Scale Capacity and Performance
  • Multi-Appliance Campus Mirroring, Spanning and Central Management System
  • Tiered Storage Architecture with Hardware and Software Support

TSO™ Series Hardware Features (per node)

  • Dual Hexa-Core Storage Virtualization Engines
  • 32GB Data Packet and Command Queuing Cache for SSPP®
  • RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50 and 60 with RAID Cache Battery Backup
  • 12Gb SAS Technology
  • 8 to 36 Hot-Swappable Disk Drives per Chassis
  • Choice of SAS, SSD or Tiered Storage
  • Scale Up Capacity with up to 10 Expansion Units per Node (12-Bay & Larger)
  • Supports 1Gb Copper, 10Gb RJ-45/CX4 Copper, SFP+, SR/LR Optical
  • One Gigabit Management Port
  • Redundant 80-PLUS® Certified Hot-Swappable Power Supplies
  • Dynamic Storage Expansion
  • Operating Temperature: 10° to 35°C (50°F to 95°F)
  • Relative Humidity: 8 to 90%, Non-Condensing
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The award-winning StoneFusion® Network Storage Platform (NSP), StoneFly’s patented storage networking operating system architecture, brings in block level storage intelligence to the IP network core. Featuring iSCSI, Fibre Channel and Scale Out NAS technologies, StoneFly delivers all the benefits of enterprise managed SANs.

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