SOURCE: Coraid


July 17, 2012 08:00 ET

Coraid Unveils ZX-Series NAS to Tackle Explosion of File Data

ZX-Series Combines ZFS and Scale-Out Ethernet SAN for Cloud, Video and Big Data Workloads

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 17, 2012) - Coraid® Inc., a leading developer of Ethernet SAN solutions with more than 1,500 customers worldwide, today unveiled the new Coraid ZX-Series family of NAS servers. Designed for cloud, video and big data customers, this high-performance unified storage solution is powered by the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system combined with Coraid's EtherDrive® technology to enable unmatched scalability, performance and operational simplicity. 

"Organizations are increasingly challenged to provide predictable, cost-effective file performance in the face of uncontrolled data growth," said Carl Wright, executive vice president at Coraid. "By extending our product family to include a best-in-class NAS offering, Coraid can meet that challenge with a unified storage solution that takes full advantage of the scalability and performance of Ethernet SAN."

Ideal for Cloud, Video and Big Data Workloads

Capturing, storing and analyzing ever-larger sets of human- and machine-generated data stresses the scalability of legacy NAS systems. The ZX-Series is ideal for processing large data sets such as consumer behavior analysis or HD and 3D video format editing because it provides the massive throughput and scale necessary to support accelerating data growth.

The ZX-Series delivers extreme performance using read- and write-optimized flash caches and massively parallel 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet connectivity. By connecting to Coraid EtherDrive SRX arrays via ATA over Ethernet for a scale-out architecture, the ZX-Series scales performance to multi-petabyte capacity across a shared pool. The performance and scale is complemented by advanced data protection and efficiency features including triple-parity RAID, redundant array of independent nodes (RAIN), active-active clustering, unlimited snapshots, deduplication and compression.

"Our research confirms that scale-out storage designs built on Ethernet align well with the evolving architecture of the virtualized data center," said Roger Cox, research vice president at Gartner. "Functions such as hybrid storage pools, data deduplication and compression optimize storage utilization, thus reducing acquisition costs and improving total cost of ownership (TCO)."

Coraid ZX-Series features include:

  • Coraid EtherDrive integration for multi-petabyte scalability and simplicity
  • Real-time analysis and diagnosis of performance to monitor and enforce service levels
  • Active-active cluster option for high availability
  • Data compression and in-line deduplication to improve storage efficiency
  • File-based snapshots, clones and replication for data protection
  • Automated storage hierarchy with hybrid storage pools (HSPs) containing DRAM, flash cache and HDDs to optimize performance
  • Seamless multiprotocol integration and secure data sharing between Microsoft Windows, Linux and UNIX environments

The Coraid ZX-Series is available immediately.

About Coraid
Coraid redefines storage economics with its breakthrough line of EtherDrive storage solutions. EtherDrive delivers scale-out performance, Ethernet simplicity, and an elastic storage architecture to handle massive data growth. Designed from the ground up for virtualization and cloud architectures, Coraid solutions have been deployed by more than 1,500 customers worldwide. For more information, visit or follow Coraid on Twitter at or LinkedIn at

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