SOURCE: Exablox


February 11, 2014 07:00 ET

Exablox Is One of the Industry's First Vendors to Support HGST's New 6TB Enterprise-Class Ultrastar® He6 Helium Drives

Enables Unprecedented Ability to Adopt the Latest Generation Drive Technology With Its Bring-Your-Own-Drive Strategy

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2014) - Exablox®, the company reimagining storage, today announced that its customers are able to take immediate advantage of HGST's new 6TB Ultrastar He6 drives in its scale-out OneBlox® appliance. Exablox customers can now easily increase the capacity of existing applications and deploy 50 percent more capacity with the best cost-per-terabyte in the industry.

Exablox's Bring Your Own Drive (BYOD) strategy enables customers to purchase any industry-standard SAS or SATA disk drives to use within a OneBlox ring. This strategy removes the long qualification cycles that some legacy storage vendors have, which delays customers from using the latest drive technologies. It also brings drive pricing down by a factor of 8-10 by allowing users to purchase third-party branded drives from their preferred vendor. Exablox offers customers the flexibility to mix and match drive types and capacities within a OneBlox appliance. OneBlox's scale-out architecture, coupled with BYOD, gives customers the ability to immediately upgrade to the newest and best drives. This capability allows OneBlox to be the first storage appliance compatible with new drive technologies. In this case, with HGST's 6TB Ultrastar He6 helium drives, customers can now enjoy close to 300TB of raw storage capacity in a global file system namespace.

"I'm expecting our storage capacity will increase by 50 percent by the end of the year and I'm planning to leverage 6TB drives. However, it's very hard to switch from 4TB to 6TB drives in a traditional RAID architecture -- you have to buy another array, migrate the data off, put the new drives in and then migrate all the data back," said Greg Williams, CTO at Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C. "With OneBlox I can literally add any number of 6TB drives, at any time, with zero configuration and I'm done. When 8TB drives come out I can make the same kind of upgrade in no time."

Further enhancing its BYOD strategy, Exablox's OneSystem® multi-tenant cloud-based management platform offers real-time monitoring and reporting of all drives in a OneBlox ring. If a defective drive is found, the storage administrator is proactively notified and the drive can easily be removed and replaced without impacting data availability and with zero configuration. Because OneBlox is built on Exablox's object-based file system and not legacy RAID, there are no manual volume reconfiguration, allocation and lengthy rebuild times if a drive needs to be replaced.

HGST's HelioSeal™ platform offers the best watt-per-TB, TB-per-system weight and TB-per-square foot in the industry. Leveraging the inherent benefits of helium, which is one-seventh the density of air, the new seven-disk 6TB Ultrastar He6 is the highest capacity HDD on the market, providing the lowest TCO in a standard 3.5-inch form factor. With 6TB, a low 5.3 idle watts, running 4-5°C cooler, and a reduced weight of 640g, the new Ultrastar He6 lowers data center TCO on virtually every level: capacity, power, cooling and storage density.

"HGST is an industry leader, pushing HDD capacity and innovation to the limits to help corporate and cloud data centers manage explosive petabyte (PB) growth," said Brendan Collins, vice president of marketing, HGST. "Exablox's strategy affords customers the agility to deploy the industry's first helium drive, which is designed to increase data center density while lowering OPEX costs, such as power and cooling, thereby significantly improving TCO."

OneBlox's object-based file system delivers the flexibility for organizations to mix-and-match drive types for performance and capacity within a single OneBlox appliance or within a OneBlox ring. Exablox enables organizations to purchase exactly the storage capacity needed, take advantage of monthly retail price declines and then add any combination of drives at any time to meet growing capacity demands. Any drive replacement or capacity expansion is instantaneous, requires zero-configuration and pools the storage within the existing global file system to be used by any application. Combined with OneBlox's powerful inline deduplication, storage waste is minimized and organizations are able to maximize storage utilization.

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Exablox is the company reimagining storage. Exablox solves businesses' runaway storage costs and information management nightmares by providing a cloud-managed scale-out object-based solution that is affordable and easy to use. OneBlox is an inclusive storage offering that combines an elegant hardware architecture and integrated, enterprise-grade software, including inline deduplication, continuous data protection, and disaster recovery. Founded in 2010, Exablox is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. Visit Exablox online at and join the conversation at

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