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Nexsan BEAST BT60
Datacenter Workhorse Storage Platform

Nexsan BEAST BT60

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The Nexsan BEAST is a practical, accessible and hard-working storage platform that enables organizations to lower their storage costs while maintaining maximum uptime with the highly reliable system.

The Nexsan BEAST storage array offers an enterprise level solution that has been optimized for capacity with the raw capacity of 4.8PB in a full rack. The BEAST will allow your organization to stay ahead of the enormous data growth in areas such as backup, archive, digital video surveillance and more.

  • Reliability - featuring anti-vibration design and Cool Drive Technology
  • Availability - using redundant hot swappable active components
  • Density - up to 60 drives in 4U
  • Energy efficient - delivering up to 85% reduction in power while lowering your cooling needs through the use of AutoMaid
  • Easy to manage - remotely managing one or many systems within a single, intuitive GUI
  • Optimized for sequential streaming applications

Density and Capacity

Nexsan BEAST is designed for 3.5” SATA drives in a dense space, so there’s no extended rack needed. The BEAST is optimized for performance and longevity by eliminating the rotational vibration of the drives and continuing the legacy of the (Nexsan) SATABeast. BEAST systems consume less than one-third of the power in one-third of the rack space of typical arrays, with up to 480TB of capacity in just one 4U and up to a total of 1.44PB in a fully-scaled 12U configuration.


BEAST systems are fully redundant with hot swappable components such as controllers, hard-disk drives, power supplies, and fans giving you a storage platform you can count on. The Nexsan BEAST exceeds the most stringent reliability demands, leveraging an innovative mechanical design including Cool Drive Technology and anti-vibration design that significantly reduce head and vibration in the unit while improving system reliability and performance. The reliability of BEAST is qualified through extensive stress-testing before shipment. Array-based snaps and asynchronous replication extend BEAST’s data protection capabilities. All of this reliability increases uptime, saves valuable IT resources time and ultimately lowers the overall total cost of ownership.

Budget Accessible

We understand your IT budget is not increasing at the same rate your storage requirements are growing. The BEAST is a perfectly practical storage to meet your growing business needs. Nexsan BEAST is optimized for dense capacity providing you a lower cost per terabyte and the lowest overall TCO so you don’t have to compromise on quality when your budget is tight.

Energy Efficient

With all that capacity and industry leading density, you can save cash and the planet at the same time. Conserve energy without sacrificing performance when you need it. Users of BEAST systems can engage Nexsan AutoMAID disk management capabilities to reduce power consumption by up to 85 percent, reducing operation expenses and extending the overall life of the system.

Simply Sensible

You get everything you need, nothing you don’t. From the rail kit installation, to the easy-to-setup and integrated GUI management system, Nexsan BEAST is just that simple. With 8Gb FC and 1GbE iSCSI and up to two 60 bay expansion units, nothing else does more for less. The Nexsan BEAST is ideal for backup, standard archive and continuous data streaming bulk storage applications.


Nexsan BEAST BT60 Specifications
System Form Factor 4U / 60 Drives
Expansion Unit Model BT60X
Maximum # of Expansions 2
Maximum Drives 180
Raw Storage Max up to 1.44PB in 12U
3.5" 7.2K SATA Drives (TB) 2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Max Volumes per System 255
RAID Levels 0, 1, 1+0, 4, 5, and 6
1GbE iSCSI Ports per Controller 2 or 4
8Gb FC Ports per Controller (optional) 2
10/100 MbE Management Port 1
Multiple RAID Engines per Controller Y
Dual Active/Active Controllers Y
Mounting Rails Included Y
LUN Security via CHAP Y
VMware, Xen, Hyper-V & Windows Compatible Y
Stress Test Individual Drives Y
Test all Drives in the System that will Ship Y
Array-based Snapshots and Replication Y
Anti-Vibration Design Y
Cool Drive Technology Y
Standard 1000 mm Rack Y
Dimensions - Width 19 in / 482.6 mm
Dimensions - Height 6.93 in / 176 mm
Dimensions - Depth 34.02 in / 864 mm
Dimensions - Depth with Required Front Bezels 36.08 in / 916.5 mm
Dimensions - Depth with Required Front Bezels and Rear Handles 38.96 in / 916.5 mm
Maximum Installed Weight with Mounting Rails, all Drives and Controllers 205.5 lbs / 93.4 Kg
Standard Dual Power Supplies (Redundant, Load Sharing, Hot-Pluggable, Auto-Sensing) 200- 240V
Peak Power Consumption (@240V) 1578 Watts
Idle Mode Power (AutoMaid Level 4) 213 Watts
Operating Temperature Range 5˚C to 30˚C (41˚F to 86˚F)
Operating Humidity Range 20% to 80% Non-Condensing
Operating Altitude 0 to 2,133 m (0 to 7,000 ft)
0 to 12,192 m (0 to 40,000 ft)


AutoMAIDWith ever-increasing volumes of data, IT departments are looking for storage systems that minimize both the rack space required and power and cooling expenses. Buildings with infrastructures designed 10 years ago are now reaching their limits on what they can support with power and cooling ranking among the top concerns of new datacenters.

Nexsan is the industry leader in both of these areas. AutoMAID power management technology, built in to the E-Series disk arrays, can save up to 87% on power and cooling bills, as explained in this paper.

Best Usage Scenarios

AutoMAID allows the administrator to define policies that place drives into progressively lower power states based on disk activity. In a typical disk array, there may be several RAID disk sets. The AutoMAID power management policy is per RAID set, not necessarily across all of the drives in the storage system. AutoMAID policies are based on the time of day, day of the week, and amount of time elapsed since the last access to the disk set. A true “set and forget” setting, AutoMAID allows the administrator to define the policies that will allow for the least disruption to productivity by users. If a Nexsan storage system is not idle, AutoMAID does not kick in; only when RAID sets hit policy limits on inactivity does AutoMAID begin to progressively transition to lower power usage.

One common use for AutoMAID is for backup to disk. At 10PM the backups start, and all drives are running at full speed to complete the nightly backup as quickly as possible. But at 7AM the backups are done, and that RAID disk set will not be accessed for another 15 hours. So a policy is set that says if none of the disks are accessed for 30 minutes, go into a power savings state. Then at 10PM the first write takes about 30 seconds longer than usual, then the entire disk set runs at full speed while backups are being performed.

Another common use is when large scientific projects are being stored. Perhaps the scientists are working on the Mars data, and the Moon data is sitting idle. This is the ideal time for AutoMAID to spin down the RAID disk set housing the Moon data until the Moon data is accessed again. The nice thing about AutoMAID is that the policies are easy to set up and change. Users and applications are unaware of the power efficiencies that are occurring. If a set of disks is being actively accessed, they will stay running at full speed for all users. It couldn’t be simpler or more effective.

Ideal for Backup-to-Disk and Bulk Storage Applications

Lastly in video surveillance, the storage system can be configured with 7 RAID disk sets, one for each day of the week. In this configuration only one RAID disk set needs to be powered up at any given time to accept that day’s data, resulting in startling power savings. Of course all drives are accessible as needed, should someone wish to view or process the video captured on prior days.

Technical Details

There are 5 levels of power savings that AutoMAID supports in the E-Series:

Level 1
Level 1:
Heads parked/unloaded
Sub-second recovery time
About 15% to 20% savings
Level 2
Level 2:
Heads unloaded (slows to 4000 RPM)
15 second recovery time
About 35% to 45% savings
Level 3
Level 3:
Stops spinning (sleep mode; powered on)
30 to 45 second recovery time
About 60% to 65% savings
Level 4
Level 4:
Stops drive electronics
30 to 45 second recovery time
About 70% savings
Level 5
Level 5:
Turn off E60X expansion enclosure
30 to 46 second recovery time
About 87% savings with SATA
About 92% savings with 15K SAS

AutoMAID Industry-Leading Power Efficiency


From Anywhere To Anywhere

That’s because–whether you’re across town or halfway around the world–you can manage all Nexsan storage products remotely. Our management capabilities are intuitive and easy to use. They require minimal training. And all of our interfaces provide different levels of security to ensure proper authentication and prevent unwanted users from gaining access.

You can configure Nexsan E-Series and Beast products through our unique, secure and intuitive Web-based GUI tool. The interface uses standard HTML and is compatible with all mainstream browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, etc.) that aren’t hardware-, software- or Java-runtime-specific. The embedded Web-browser GUI operates over the 10/100 Mb/s dedicated Ethernet management ports, and supports e-mail alerts and SNMP traps. We also provide a standard serial port for local and direct system configuration.

In addition to the GUI, Nexsan Storage Tools – a comprehensive set of storage management software tools for Windows Server families–make it easy to manage and configure multiple units from a single GUI. Nexsan Storage Tools provide support for Windows Virtual Disk Service (VDS) and Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and include MPIO support for Nexsan RAID storage systems.


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Efficient, Versatile Modular StorageCompare:

Efficient, Versatile Modular Storage

Nexsan BEAST and E-Series are ultra-reliable, high performance block storage systems that enable organizations to boost their storage ROI by scaling capacity while controlling infrastructure and energy costs. BEAST is a hard working, capacity optimized storage array that offers enterprise level reliability at an affordable price point. BEAST helps organizations stay ahead of the enormous capacity growth that occurs in backup, archive, and digital video surveillance use cases.

E-Series storage arrays and expansion units can be deployed with mix and match HDDs and SSDs to optimize capacity, performance and cost. This versatile enterprise-class SAN or DAS solution helps handle the enormous data growth, demanding workloads, and high resiliency requirements in media & entertainment, government, healthcare, HPC, financial, surveillance and service provider sectors.

  E-Series 18V E-Series 32V E-Series 48VT E-Series 60VT BEAST BT60
  E-Series 18V E-Series 32V E-Series 48VT E-Series 60VT BEAST BT60
Max. Storage Capacity / Unit 144TB 57.6TB 384TB 480TB 480TB
Max. No. of Drives / Unit 18 32 48 60 60
Max. Capacity with Expansion 432TB 172.8TB 1.15PB 1.44PB 1.44PB
Form Factor (Unit / Expansion) 2U/6U 2U/6U 4U/12U 4U/12U 4U/12U
Mix of HDDs & SSDs Yes Yes Yes Yes  
AutoMAID Power Efficiency Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced RAID Rebuild Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Encryption at Rest Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Anti-Vibration Design Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Active Drawer Technnology Yes Yes Yes Yes  


Warranty: Three Years Advance Replacement

Nexsan Technologies storage systems are warranted for three full years from the date of shipment. Upon verification of component failure and issuing of a Return Material Authorization (RMA), replacement equipment will be advance-shipped to the customer. An RMA can be obtained by phone, fax or email and will accompany all replacement equipment shipped. Warranties are non-transferable without prior consent from Nexsan. Extended Warranties are available for purchase.

Basic Support

Nexsan customers who prefer to perform simple hardware replacement themselves and do not need 24x7 care choose Basic support. As needed, replacement parts are advance-shipped within one business day of diagnosis of a hardware fault. Basic support includes Nexsan Technical Support by phone and email during standard Nexsan Business Hours. Software upgrades are available for an additional charge. Software/Firmware Updates are free. Nexsan E-Series and SATABeast RAID products include Basic Support with the Standard Warranty.

Enterprise Support

Nexsan Enterprise support offers an enhanced level of service to simplify maintenance and improve overall system availability. Enterprise support includes 24x7 phone and email support, as well as Next Business Day onsite hardware replacement for our customers who do not need the around the clock response of the Premium Support program. Under this coverage a trained field engineer will respond to your location on the next business day following diagnosis of a hardware issue.

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Premium Support

Nexsan customers who require infrastructure operation 24x7x365 choose Premium support for fast, 24x7 response and onsite hardware replacement. Once a hardware issue is diagnosed by phone, a Nexsan Technical Engineer arrives onsite, within 4 hours, if needed. Premium support also offers enhanced response times to software support issues and an exclusive support hotline for around-the-clock access. Software/firmware updates and upgrades are included.

Onsite Spares

This program provides customers with on-location spares for maximum convenience and protection of critical storage devices. The Onsite Spares Program enables customers have all commonly used spare parts located in their facility for rapid replacement and restoration of operations. Along with optional 24x7 phone support, customers can be assured of rapid resolution to any problem. Replaced components can be advance-shipped for constant availability.