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FlashDisk FX-3U16

Affordable 3U Unit Now Supports 8 TB HDD plus SSD & SED. Up to 16 Host Ports; 1.2 Million IOPS; 5,500 MB/sec.; 1,920 TB.


FX-3U16 affordably delivers 1,200,000 IOPS – 5,500 MB per sec. – 16 host ports – Hybrid SSD & HDD arrays – automated multi-tiering – 1,920 TB capacity – redundant failover controllers – snapshots & replication.  Need pricing? Click here . . .

FX-3U16 Front View.

FX-3U16 Base Unit with Expansion Shelf. The FX-3U16 Series supports up to 1,440 TB with up to 14 optional 3U expansion shelves.

FX-3U16 with 4 Fibre Channel 16Gb ports plus 8 iSCSI 1GbE ports.

FX-3U16 with 8 Fibre Channel 8Gb ports plus 8 iSCSI 1GbE ports.

FX-3U16 with 4 iSCSI 10GbE ports plus 8 iSCSI 1GbE ports.

FX-3U16 with 16 iSCSI 1GbE ports.

FX-3U16 with 4 SAS 6Gb ports plus 8 iSCSI 1GbE ports.

FX-3U16 base unit with 8 iSCSI 1GbE ports.

FX-3U16 expansion with 4 SAS 6Gb ports.

    Redundant Controller Systems

    Host Interface iSCSI 1GbE iSCSI 1GbE iSCSI 10GbE + 1GbE SAS 6Gb + 1GbE FC 8Gb + 1GbE FC 16Gb + 1GbE
    Number of Host Ports 8 16 4 + 8  4 + 8 8 + 8 4 + 8
    RAID 5/6: IOPS (R/W) 276K / 202K 502K / 367K 958K / 459K 703K / 260K 1,230K / 536K 1,241K / 541K
    RAID 5/6: MB/s (R/W) 586 / 576 1,059 / 1,047 4,628 / 2,772  4,662 / 2,803 5,539 / 3,959 5,565 / 3,979

    Single Controller Systems

    Host Interface iSCSI 1GbE iSCSI 1GbE iSCSI 10GbE + 1GbE SAS 6Gb + 1GbE FC 8Gb + 1GbE FC 16Gb + 1GbE
    Number of Host Ports 4 8 2 + 4  2 + 4 4 + 4 2 + 4
    RAID 5/6: IOPS (R/W) 171K / 156K 263K / 211K 359K / 284K 354K / 228K 667K / 481K 694K / 493K
    RAID 5/6: MB/s (R/W) 295 / 283 707 / 704 2,244 / 2,346  2,831 / 1,688 2,811 / 2,978 2,823 / 2,982
    Total HDD/SED/SSDs 240
    3.5” SAS Disks 15K rpm: 450, 600 GB; 7.2K rpm: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 TB – SEDs 7.2K rpm 2, 3, 4 TB
    2.5” SAS Disks 15K rpm: 146, 300 GB; 10K rpm: 600, 900 GB & 1.2 TB; 7.2K rpm: 1 TB – SEDs 10K rpm: 600, 900 GB; 7.2K rpm: 500 GB, 1 TB
    2.5” SSD Disks SAS MLC: 200, 400, 800 GB, 2.0 TB
    Compatibility Supports any open O/S; Supports VMware, Citrix, Hyper-V
    Reliability RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15, 16, 30, 50, 60; Hot swap components; Hot spare drive; Automatic rebuild; Path failover
    Manageability FlashDisk Global Manager manages multiple FlashDisk units over network; Automated alerts


    FlashDisk FX-3U16 offers enterprise capability at a fraction of the price of competitors. This 3U storage system support 16 internal HDD, SED or SSD disks plus single or dual redundant failover and auto failback controllers. Each controller has four iSCSI 1GbE host ports plus modular plug-in Fibre Channel, SAS, iSCSI 10GbE or additional iSCSI 1GbE host ports that can be inserted and removed as needed. The FX-3U16 supports up to 16 host ports per system, the most in its class, and is a virtual “SAN-In-A-Box” that provides incredible flexibility for both primary storage and replication applications and can eliminate switch costs entirely. Any host port can be configured for either host I/O or remote replication.

    FX-3U16 supports a mix of SSDs, SEDs and HDDs internally and in 16-bay expansion shelves to optimize capacity, performance and price. It expands to 1,920 TB using 8 TB disk drives in 14 sixteen-bay 3U expansion shelves.

    Optional auto-tiering enables automated, policy-driven data migration between two tiers of storage making it easy to create a “hybrid” array with SSDs for speed and HDDs for capacity and SEDs for encrypted data security at rest while automatically optimizing access and cost.

    The FlashDisk Global Manager provides a centralized management pane and event notifications for all FlashDisk FX Series systems installed. This makes it very easy to manage a large, flexible virtual and tiered storage pool including primary storage, snapshot images, mirrored volumes and replicated volumes.

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    Storage Services
    Virtual Storage Pools Create, expand, and delete storage volumes as requirements change to maximize storage utilization.
    Snapshots Up to 256 snapshots per volume with 4,096 total snapshots and 256 volume copies. Mount and read snapshots, restore files and databases. Rollback to selected time. Application consistent snapshot agents are available for Windows and Linux applications.
    Mirroring Create mirror volumes, split mirrors, fast resync for data redundancy, backup, data mining and analysis.
    Volume Copy Reconstitute full volumes from snapshots, create multiple full versions to avoid overloading production.
    Thin Provisioning Create large virtual volumes and auto-allocate physical space as needed.
    SEDs & Secure Erase Self Encrypted Drives (AES-256) with FIPS 140-2 validation, Seagate Instant Secure Erase.
    FlashD2D Backup Scheduled zero-downtime tiered disk-to-disk backup or off-line to tape.
    Global Management Manage multiple FlashDisk systems from a single, easy to use GUI from any browser.
    Storage Wizard Wizard simplifies initial setup and enables advanced settings.
    Visual Calendar Scheduler Schedules all storage services including snapshots, volume copies, split mirrors, fast resync and replication easily and intuitively.
    Remote Replication Hardware-based synchronous and asynchronous replication of host LUNs between arrays, providing another layer of data protection.
    Automated Tiered Storage Automated, policy-driven migration of data blocks between storage tiers.


    System Options
    Advanced Storage Services Increases snapshots from 64 to 256 per volume; from 128 to 4,096 total and increases volume copies from 64 to 256 total.
    LUN Masking Enables volume protection needed in SAN environment.
    FX-3U16 RAID Base Unit
    RAID controller Single/Dual redundant 64-bit, 13th generation controller
    RAID levels supported 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 1+0, 15, 16, 30, 50, 60
    Host interfaces 1GbE, 10GbE (copper or fiber), SAS 6Gb, FC 8Gb, FC 16Gb
    Expansion shelf interface SAS 6Gb, 4 lanes – 24Gb per port – up to 48Gb per array
    # HDD/SED/SSDs – Total capacity 16 (2.5”/3.5”) disks in 3U16 base; 1,440 TB max.; (14) 3U16 expansions
    On-line capacity expansion Automatically adds new drives to existing array – “on-the-fly”
    Cache memory capacity 16 GB per controller, included standard
    Non-volatile cache Li-ION battery powered backup to flash memory
    Maximum LUN size 512 TB
    Maximum number of LUNs 1024 total, 64 per host ID
    Maximum number of hosts 8 SAS or 64 Fibre Channel
    LUN mapping/filtering Configurable per logical partition
    Host adapters available for PCI-X, PCI Express
    Power supplies and AC inlets Dual hot-swap redundant 530 W each; dual AC inlets
    EX-3U16 Expansion Shelf
    Expansion architecture Dual/Quad SAS (Serial Attach SCSI) bus
    Expansion shelf architecture Multiplexed access to each drive within the shelf
    Maximum drives/capacity 16 (2.5”/3.5”) disks per 3U16 shelf to 96 TB; up to 14 expansion shelves
    Removable drive trays Hot swappable; individual drive locks
    Power supplies Dual hot-swappable; 530 Watts each; 320 Watts typical draw
    Cooling system Dual hot-swappable fan modules
    Active components No active data path components on the midplane
    S.E.S. monitoring controllers Dual, hot-swappable SCSI Enclosure Services modules
    Controls and Indicators
    LCD front operation panel 2 x 16 character display, push button controls.
    LED indicators LED power, battery, controller, and system status
    Alerting Audible and visual alerts
    Component failure Failure indication through LCD and GUI
    LCD front operating console View/edit logical RAID/physical drives, setup hot-spare drives, map hosts, check parity, enable write-back cache, rebuild failed drive, view logs…
    Operating systems Supports Windows, Linux, MAC OS X, AIX and UNIX
    Platforms supported Intel, SUN, HP, IBM RS-6000, Apple, SGI
    Cluster support Supports 9 industry-standards on Windows, Linux and UNIX
    Hypervisor support VMware ESX, Citrix XenServer, Windows Hyper-V, RHEL KVM
    Remote monitoring ports RJ45 10/100 Ethernet
    Communication protocols TCP/IP, SNMP, SSH
    Storage Management
    Event notification Automatic event and problem alert notification
    FlashAlert call home service 24-hour call center available for immediate action
    Manage out of band Ethernet
    FlashDisk Global Manager GUI Manage storage services of multiple FlashDisks from any web browser
    Uninterruptible power supply Required when using write-back cache
    Redundant AC power Dual 90-260 VAC Inlet, 47-63 Hz
    Power consumption 100 VAC @ 6/10A; 240 VAC @ 3/5 A; 530 W with PFC; 340 W draw
    RAID unit dimensions 5.1″h x 17.5″w x 21″d
    RAID unit weight Approximately 77 lbs. fully loaded with drives
    Operating temperature 0° to 40° C operating;  -40° to 60° C non-operating
    Cooling system Two dual hot-swap, ball bearing blowers; 60 dB-A
    Compliance FCC, UL, CE, CSA
    Warranty & Service
    Standard warranty Three year factory warranty and toll free hotline during business hours
    Service contracts Optional on-site service, spare parts and advance parts replacement
    Secure site Customizable service programs for classified sites
    Installation and service On-site installation; 24×7 service available