NAS Server: Network Attached Storage Server FlexNAS

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Top NAS Server Systems FlexNAS: Pure Network Attached Storage (NAS) for Flexible Storage Solutions NAS RAID at an Affordable Price

The FlexNAS network attached storage server offers the high performance you need for demanding data storage applications. It's equally at home performing remote office backups to your central system or storing data for server or workstation backup, video capture, email archives, or any general data backup.

PrimeArray nas server devices offer from 320 GB up to as much as 16 TB of modular, RAID protected storage with dual gigabit network connections and integrated virus protection at an affordable price.

Features and Benefits of the FlexNAS Network Attached Storage System

FEATURE: Hard disk capacity can start as small as 320 GB and be upraded to 16 TB within a single system.

BENEFIT: Add capacity as your NAS server storage needs grow.

FEATURE: You can modify all management, security and network settings remotely from anywhere on the network using a secure interface. Setup and administration of the NAS system is accomplished via a web-based management console. Via a browser, administrators can manage such tasks as:

  • Initial NAS server system setup including environment settings, language and date/time preferences, UPS connectivity and administrative password management
  • A back-lit LCD display with push-buttons for IP setting and system status / event indication.
  • Dual-color LEDs for indicating Power/Fault, LAN activity, LAN link/speed and device activity.
  • Network configuration including Active Directory integration
  • Hard drive initialization and volume creation and management
  • Manual and scheduled disk-scanning on selected hard disks or RAID groups
  • Security and ACL configuration
  • Disk caching rules and recording options
  • Backups, firmware upgrades, and virus pattern upgrades
  • Perform shutdowns, restarts and resets
  • Monitor all on-going and scheduled tasks
  • S.M.A.R.T. hard disk monitoring

BENEFIT: Modify management, security, and network settings remotely from anywhere on the network.

FEATURE: NAS Server Security is designed into the FlexNAS from the ground up. You can precisely control access to data folder or file. It's easy to assign user or folder level data quotas. You can manage user accounts locally, through Active Directory or Unix NIS and set user and / or group permissions. Supports access control lists and SSL 128 bit encryption.

BENEFIT: Access rights are easily established. Active Directory compatible.

FEATURE: This flexible nas server system includes built-in synchronization support for server-to-server mirroring, distribution, and tapeless backup. The synchronization tasks run over TCP/IP using SSH to ensure secure communications. Synchronization compresses the differential blocks from changed files and can be configured to use customizable bandwidth to reduce the utilization of the scarce network bandwidth. Replicated data retains the same file/folder-level security.

Mirroring:  Creates an exact duplicate copy of data from a share or folder on one server to another. (Servers can function as either Mirror servers or clients.)
Distribution:  Replicates an exact duplicate copy of data from a share or folder on a master server to up-to eight other target servers. (Servers can function as a master distribution server or distribution targets.)
Tapeless Backup/Restore:  Performs a server-to-server backup. Two systems are required, one as the backup server, others as backup clients. The backup server makes and keeps backups of client data. Backup version control is similar to the GFS (Godfather-Father-Son) tape rotation scheme commonly used on tape backups. When a new backup version is created, it checks and deletes obsolete backups automatically according to predefined rules.

BENEFIT: Data replication to another network-attached storage server.

FEATURE: This NAS server includes local tape backup/restore software that supports full/incremental backups of selected folders, flexible backup schedules and original/alternative restoration. It also features comprehensive backup/restore progress information and detailed summary logs.

Tape backup has the option to include ACL security setting when backing up and restoring data. System settings such as user database and quota settings and network shares may also be backed up. It also provides for file- and folder-level selection for tape restoration.

BENEFIT: Full or incremental backup for data protection.

FEATURE: Snapshots are point-in-time copies of the file-system. When creating a snapshot, the file-system is momentarily frozen and creates a record of all changes. It can back up several terabytes of data in less than a second. Since files are not modified during snapshot creation, data integrity is maintained.

Because of their speed, Snapshots solve the problems of long backup windows and open files commonly associated with tape backup. Snapshot keeps track of file changes in blocks, so even frequent backups can require little or disk space.

Backed up data is maintained online on the nas server and clients can access previous versions of their files through special read-only snap folders.

BENEFIT: Enables quick state capture.

FEATURE: You can configure the FlexNAS so that when a directory reaches a certain size data will be automatically archived to a CD/DVD. The CD/DVD writer backup features include:

  • Select multiple source folders for backup
  • Estimate total file size of the folders selected for backup
  • Move selected files to writer buffer internally and automatically
  • Supports spanning multiple discs when selected files exceed the size of a single CD/DVD disc
  • Supports burning across multiple discs using two writers in sequence

BENEFIT: Archive rarely used data.

FEATURE: The FlexNAS comes with the ability to configure its hard drive storage as RAID 0, 1 and 5 arrays. RAID 0 increases data access speed and enables the creation of a maximum sized data volume. RAID 1 mirrors one hard drive disk to another. RAID 5 is for systems with three or more disk drives. The data is spread across all the drives in the RAID array such that the loss of any drive will not result in the loss of data or up time. RAID 6 extends RAID 5 by adding an additional parity block. With RAID 10 the drives are striped for performance and all striped drives are duplicated for fault tolerance. RAID features include:

  • Integrated hardware RAID controller
  • Supports 4 concurrent RAID sets
  • Cross-platform Journaling File System
  • User disk quotas supported

BENEFIT: Robust data protection for your network storage server.

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FEATURE: In the unlikely event of a disk drive failure, a drive that has been designated as a hot-spare will automatically be swapped into the RAID array replacing the defective drive. The NAS server system will automatically rebuild the RAID array on the new drive. This all happens without user intervention. You can also increase the capacity of a RAID group or replace a defective drive with hot swappable drives and hot capacity expansion - without shutting down or restarting the FlexNAS.

BENEFIT: Keeps data accessible during potential disk drive failures.

FEATURE: Every NAS server comes with two 10/100/1000 Ethernet network interfaces. These can be teamed to boost throughput if connected to the same LAN. One interface can be used as a fail-over for the other, giving higher reliability. Or each connection could go to a different LAN allowing the same discs to be shared between two groups. Optionally, a third Gigabit (10/100/1000) Network Interface card (fibre or wire) can be added.

BENEFIT: Boost throughput, or use one interface as a failover for higher reliability.

FEATURE: Any PC, UNIX or Mac workstation on the network can access the NAS server. This makes it an ideal central repository of information accessible to those who need it. This flexible network storage server supports Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000/2003/Vista/7, Mac OS 9.x/OS X, NFS capable Unix/Linux systems, and Novell over IPX.

BENEFIT: No need to reconfigure what you already have.

FEATURE: The integrated Trend Micro antivirus software is the best-of-breed security product that delivers reliable antivirus protection. Works in real-time or during scheduled intervals. Updated virus pattern files can be automatically downloaded from Trend Micro and installed if the NAS server device has Internet access. Features include:

  • Real-time, scheduled, or disable virus scanning
  • Automatic virus pattern updates over internet or via file upload
  • Alert when virus pattern out of date
  • Alert when virus detected
  • Quarantine infected files
  • Exclude/include files to scan using extensions
  • Scans compressed files

BENEFIT: Alerts you to viruses, working in real-time or during scheduled intervals.

FEATURE: Supports UPS with smart signaling.

BENEFIT: Reduces downtime.

FEATURE: System status may be monitored using multiple notification methods:

  • Status monitoring options include email alerts, audible alarms, LCD console messages, event logging and more.
  • Environmental monitoring options available for CPU / System temperature, CPU / System voltage and CPU fan status.
  • Detailed System, Device and Security logs

BENEFIT: Notifications and detailed logging ensure accurate and quick notification of events.

FEATURE: The built-in iSCSI target feature provides an affordable IP-SAN (Storage Area Network) alternative.

BENEFIT: Combine both NAS and iSCSI on one device.

  • One year parts and labor
  • Extended warranty and service plans available
  • More information on the PrimeArray warranty

Pricing PrimeArray's systems are competitively priced and deliver great value. As every NAS network attached storage system is configured to meet the customer's requirements, the price varies depending on the configuration. Please contact us to receive a prompt price quote.