SOURCE: iXsystems, Inc.

iXsystems, open source, hardware, storage, servers, software, FreeBSD, Linux, BSD

July 05, 2016 13:00 ET

iXsystems' TrueNAS Firmware Update Delivers Compelling Performance, Replication, and Graphing Improvements

TrueNAS 9.10 Release Provides up to 40% Improved Performance and More Options to Replicate Data and Graph System Telemetry

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - July 05, 2016) - Enterprise storage vendor iXsystems today announced the release of Version 9.10 of its TrueNAS enterprise storage array firmware. TrueNAS 9.10 represents the third generation of core software for the award-winning line of enterprise storage arrays and is available to all new and existing TrueNAS users. At the center of TrueNAS 9.10 is an update to the FreeBSD 10.3 operating system which brings significant performance improvements and provides the foundation for the next generation of network fabrics including 100GbE Ethernet.

"My lab benchmarks show TrueNAS 9.10 serves file and block data up to 40% faster than TrueNAS 9.3, especially with higher-end fabrics like 10 and 40GbE. These results should translate to noticeable real-world gains and are just the beginning of what we can do with this solid new platform," said Josh Paetzel, iXsystems Senior Storage Architect.

In addition to performance gains for the SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI and Fibre Channel protocols, TrueNAS 9.10 also introduces bidirectional TrueSync replication which allows primary and backup storage hosts to efficiently reverse roles, bringing the other host up to date as needed. This new feature is just one of the many improvements to the TrueNAS High Availability and replication architecture to deliver faster, more resilient live failovers in service of upgrades or outages. TrueSync replication is available between TrueNAS systems on the same LAN or across the globe.

For users who actively monitor their storage infrastructure, the TrueNAS 9.10 update expands TrueNAS performance telemetry graphing to include iSCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces, plus the ability to visualize telemetry data on a local Grafana or Graphite server. TrueNAS provides the user with 50 built-in metrics through its web interface and now exposes over 100 metrics to an external server for best-in-class storage system performance analytics.

"TrueNAS 9.10 brings with it a new operating system base that incorporates many new features and performance improvements, all while maintaining its hallmark of stability," says Kris Moore, Director of FreeNAS and TrueNAS Development for iXsystems. "The new FreeBSD 10.3 base will provide the platform for TrueNAS to continue to grow its feature-set in 2016 and beyond."

TrueNAS updates are available through the TrueNAS software updater, a component of the TrueNAS administration interface. TrueNAS users will be notified of the availability of the TrueNAS 9.10 update and should contact iXsystems Technical Support if they have any questions.

To learn more about TrueNAS send an email to sales@iXsystems.com, call 1-855-GREP-4IX, or visit www.iXsystems.com/TrueNAS.

About TrueNAS:

TrueNAS is a flexible enterprise storage system, based on open source technology and designed for critical data storage applications. TrueNAS is unified storage, operating as a NAS or a SAN, or both at the same time. It leverages DRAM, flash memory, and a technology called TrueCache to dynamically cache data to keep performance consistently higher than legacy disk-based storage systems, and at a far lower price point. TrueNAS storage arrays come in three hybrid models, that provide flash performance at the capacity and price of spinning disk, and an all flash model for ultimate performance and deduplication. It uses the OpenZFS file system, which is purpose-built for storage and is proven to keep data safer from data corruption than any other file system, and simplifies storage replication and disaster recovery when the need arises. TrueNAS storage arrays are built in the US and based on FreeNAS, the world's most popular storage OS. This open source development model allows iXsystems to offer best-in-breed enterprise features and functionality while keeping TrueNAS the best value in enterprise data storage, hands down.

About iXsystems:

By leveraging decades of expertise in hardware design, its contributions to many Open Source software communities, and corporate stewardship of leading Open Source projects (FreeNAS and PC-BSD), iXsystems has become an industry leader in building innovative storage solutions and superior enterprise servers for a global marketplace that relies on open technology.

Thousands of companies, universities, and government organizations have come to rely on iXsystems' storage, servers, and consultative approach to doing business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley since its founding in 1996, through incorporation into BSDi in 2000, and expansion as iXsystems in 2005, the dedication to white-glove customer service, industry-leading support, and transparent technological contributions has never wavered and continues to help lay the foundation for a new era powered by open technology.

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