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FlashDisk VX-2500


Redundant Controller Systems

Host Interface SAS 6 Gb SAS + iSCSI iSCSI 1 Gb 8 Gb Fibre Channel FC + iSCSI
Models VX-2534R VX-2574R VX-2552R VX-2528R VX-2548R
Number of Host Ports 4 4 + 4 12 8 8 + 4
RAID 5/6: IOPS (R/W) 137K / 59K 135K / 48K 102K / 39K 150K / 71K 148k / 58K
RAID 5/6: Throughput MB/s. (R/W) 2,395 / 951 2,343 / 922 752 / 571 2,767 / 1,094 2,707 / 1,061

Single Controller Systems

Host Interface SAS 6 Gb SAS + iSCSI iSCSI 1 Gb 8 Gb Fibre Channel FC + iSCSI
Models VX-2532S VX-2574A VX-2556S VX-2524S VX-2544S
Number of Host Ports 2 2 + 2 6 4 4 + 2
RAID 5/6: IOPS (R/W) 66K / 47K 83K / 43K 83K / 43K 77K / 57K 74K / 56K
RAID 5/6: Throughput MB/s. (R/W) 1,382 / 862 1,181 / 655 925 / 401 1,312 / 873 1,291 / 877

Number of Total SAS/SSD Disks 144
3.5” SAS Disks 15K rpm: 300, 450, 600 GB – 7.2K rpm: 1, 2, 3 TB
2.5” SAS Disks 15K rpm: 73, 146, 300 GB; 10K rpm: 300, 450, 600, 900 GB; 7.2K rpm: 1 TB
2.5” SSD Disks SLC: 100, 200, 400 GB – MLC: 200, 400, 800 GB
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
Warranty and Service One year warranty; On-site service; 24×7 automated “call home” to US call center; Live technical phone support

VX-2500 RAID systems feature (24) 2.5” disks in a 2U base unit. Expansion shelves offer both (12) or (24) 2.5” disks in a 2U shelf or (16) 2.5” or 3.5” disks in a 3U shelf for maximum flexibility.

Virtual Servers and key applications need the speed and RAID 6 data protection that FlashDisk delivers.

The VX-2500 Series supports up to 144 disk drives with six 2U or 3U expansion shelves and expands to 312 TB with 3 TB disk drives.

VX-2534R with 4 SAS 6 Gb ports.

Rear view of Fibre Channel, SAS and iSCSI Base Systems and common SAS Expansion Units.

VX-2574R with 4 SAS and 4 iSCSI ports.

VX-2552R with 12 iSCSI GbE ports.

VX-2528R with 8 Fibre Channel 8 Gb ports.

VX-2548R with 8 F/C and 4 iSCSI ports.

VX-2310R & VX-2510R expansion with 4 SAS 6 Gb ports.

VX-3410R expansion with 4 SAS 6 Gb ports.



    • Supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Virtual Servers and Applications
    • Supports any open O/S
    • No host software or drivers needed
    • Cluster: Windows, Novell, UNIX, Ljnux . . .

    Connectivity, Capacity & Scalability

    • Supports up to 144 disks
    • Up to 8 F/C 8 Gb, 4 SAS 6 Gb or 12 GbE hosts
    • 2 GB of cache per controller, 4 GB optional
    • Scales to 310 TB with 6 expansion shelves

    Iometer Performance

    • Throughput MB/s: 2,767 read; 1,094 write
    • IOPS: 150K read; 71K write

    Reliability & Serviceability

    • RAID 6 dual parity data protection
    • Hot-swappable drives, power supplies, fans, BBUs, AC inlets, optional controllers
    • Hot spares with automatic drive rebuilds
    • Supports drive path failover & load balancing
    • No single point of failure configurations

    Centralized & Remote Management

    • FlashDisk Global Manager out-of-band storage services management over Ethernet
    • Automatic event and alert notification
    • FlashAlert 24-hour “call-home” service

    VX-2500 virtualized tiered storage expands to 144 TB with (144) 2.5” disks, up to 1 TB, in seven 2U shelves with 24 drives each. It also allows 2U or 3U expansion shelves containing 12, 16 or 24 disks for exceptionally flexible tiering of storage to application needs to 310 TB. It provides performance, reliability, advanced storage services and features FlashD2D – a unique scheduled, zero-downtime disk-to-disk backup. Its FlashDisk Global Manager provides a centralized management pane for all FlashDisk VX Series systems installed and centralized event notifications. This makes it very easy to manage a large, flexible virtual and tiered storage pool including primary storage, snapshot images and mirror volumes. It offers storage based or server based replication (CA ARC-serve Replication) for business continuity and disaster recovery.

    VX-2500 supports single or dual redundant controllers with mirrored cache for SAS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel or “Multi-Protocol RAID” with either Fibre Channel or SAS plus iSCSI hosts.

    The VX-2500 is a “SAN-In-A-Box” that can attach to multiple hosts without switches. FlashDisk delivers exceptional performance with over 2,800 MB per second data throughput using SAS 6 Gb disk drives and 48 Gb SAS backend expansion buses. High performance TrueRAID6, with dedicated hardware ASIC for high speed dual distributed parity, protects against two simultaneous drive failures and ensures fast and successful disk rebuilds.


    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. Server flush agent supports Windows and Linux applications.
    Thin Provisioning Option Provides dynamic storage allocation and maximizes storage utilization.
    Remote Replication Option Storage based replication for business continuity and disaster recovery.
    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.
    FlashD2D Backup Scheduled zero-downtime tiered primary to secondary disk-to-disk backup. Enables off-line copy to tape.
    Global Management Manage multiple FlashDisk VX Series systems from a single, easy to use GUI from any browser on the web.
    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.


    System Options
    Thin Provisioning Enables high storage utilization with virtual storage on demand.
    Remote Replication Available on “multi-protocol” models with added iSCSI replication ports.
    Advanced Storage Services Increases snapshots from 64 to 256 per volume; from 1,024 to 4,096 total and increases volume copies from 64 to 256 total.
    LUN Masking Enables volume protection needed in SAN environment.
    Cache upgrade Expands 2 GB controller cache memory to 4 GB cache.
    External Options
    FlashNAS Appliance High performance NAS filer with snapshots; CIFS/NFS/AFP; NSPF
    CA ARCserve Replication Protects availability of systems, applications and data
    2U RAID Base Unit
    RAID controller Single/Dual redundant 64-bit, 11th generation controller
    RAID levels supported 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 1+0, 15, 16, 30, 50, 60
    Host interfaces 6 Gb SAS, 8 Gb F/C, GbE, 10 GbE
    Expansion shelf interface 6 Gb SAS, 4 lanes – 24 Gb per port – up to 48 Gb per array
    Number of drives – Total capacity (24) 2.5” disks per base unit – 312 TB maximum
    On-line capacity expansion Automatically adds new drives to existing array – “on-the-fly”
    Cache memory capacity 2 GB, expandable to 4 GB per controller
    Non-volatile cache Li-ION battery powered backup to flash memory
    Maximum LUNs 1024 total, 64 per host ID
    Maximum number of hosts 4 SAS, 64 iSCSI 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 460 W each; dual AC inlets
    2U or 3U Expansion Shelves
    Expansion architecture Single/Dual SAS (Serial Attach SCSI) bus
    Expansion shelf architecture Multiplexed access to each drive within the shelf
    Maximum drives/capacity 12, 16 or 24 disks per expansion shelf – 48 TB per shelf maximum
    Removable drive trays Hot swappable; individual drive locks
    Power supplies Dual hot-swappable; 460/530 Watts each
    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 14 Operating Systems including Windows, Linux, and UNIX
    Platforms supported Intel, SUN, HP, IBM RS-6000, Apple, SGI
    Cluster support Supports 9 industry-standards including Windows, Linux, and Veritas
    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 @ 8/10A; 240 VAC @ 4/5A; 460/530 W with PFC
    RAID unit dimensions 3.4”/5.1”h x 17.5″w x 19.6″d
    RAID unit weight Approximately 63/77 lbs. fully loaded with drives
    Operating temperature 0° to 40° C
    Cooling system Two dual hot-swap, ball bearing blowers; <51 dB-A
    Compliance FCC, UL, CE, CSA
    Warranty & Service
    Standard warranty One year, next day on-site and toll-free hotline; Options up to 24×7 on-site
    Installation and service On-site installation; 24×7 service available