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Nexsan BEAST Elite F
Industry-Leading Reliability with Superior Performance

Nexsan BEAST Elite F

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Nexsan BEAST Elite F Storage
USA: FREE Ground ShippingNexsan BEAST Elite F 16Gb Fibre Channel
Dual Controller, 4 16Gb FC and 4 1GbE iSCSI connections populated with 30, 45 or 60 of the following drive options: 1.92TB, 3.84TB, or 7.68TB QLC SSDs
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USA: FREE Ground ShippingNexsan BEAST Elite F 10GbE iSCSI
Dual Controller, 4 10GbE iSCSI and 4 1GbE iSCSI connections populated with 30, 45 or 60 of the following drive options: 1.92TB, 3.84TB, or 7.68TB QLC SSDs
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Overview:

The BEAST Elite storage platform delivers industry-leading reliability with enhanced performance.  The BEAST Elite storage platform is a complete refresh of the BEAST platform that increases throughput and IOPs by 25% while maintaining the architecture’s price/performance leadership. Connectivity has been tripled, providing twelve high speed Fibre Channel or iSCSI host ports, reducing the need for network switches.

BEAST Elite is architected to support 16TB HDDs which expand the capacity to over 960TB in 4U and 2.88PB in 12U, all within a standard rack configuration.

BEAST Reliability with QLC drives for enhanced performance and unbeatable economics

The BEAST Elite storage platform has been architected for the most demanding storage environments and is built to provide ultra-reliable, high performance storage that seamlessly fits into existing storage environments. BEAST Elite F provides an all-in enterprise storage software feature set with encryption, snapshots, robust connectivity with FC and iSCSI, and support for asynchronous replication.

BEAST Elite F supports QLC NAND technology that has been designed to accelerate access to extremely large datasets at unrivaled price/ performance metrics for high capacity, performance-sensitive workloads. The BEAST Elite F delivers the speed for less in environments where performance is critical but the cost of SSDs has historically been too high.

The BEAST Elite F includes higher performance RAID controllers providing twice the performance and more than doubling the controller memory cache to 36GB per controller. Connectivity has been tripled, providing twelve high speed Fibre Channel or iSCSI host ports, reducing the need for network switches.

We fit in tight spots

BEAST Elite F includes support of the new E-Flex Architecture which allows users to select any two of the three available expansion systems: E18X, E48X and BT60X to a maximum expanded capacity of 1.38PB. This gives organizations the flexibility to size the systems to petabytes as storage needs evolve.

Ideal Applications for BEAST Elite F With QLC SSDs

BEAST Elite F is a perfect fit for video and content delivery, real-time analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data.

  • Real-Time Analytics and Big Data
    Get a performance uplift for the big data “back end” and deliver more value with high-capacity storage that’s affordable and blazing fast.
  • Business Intelligence
    Mine massive data sets using faster, deeper queries - letting you build more responsive and detailed analytics for better insights.
  • Read-Intensive Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    Get the kind of speed that AI Algorithms depend on to quickly identify patterns in large data sets with fast, high-capacity storage.
  • Machine and Deep Learning
    Support your machine learning initiatives with quick access to the data sets with high availabilit and low latency for analytics.
  • Content Delivery, Video on Demand, Content Streaming
    Deliver more content or video to more users more consistently with support for massive parallel requests and streams.
  • NoSQL Databases
    Breathe fresh life into data-driven workloads like content classification and tagging as well as user profile acceleration.

Features:

INDUSTRY-LEADING RELIABILITY WITH SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE

The BEAST Elite and Elite F provide an all-in enterprise storage software feature set with encryption, snapshots, robust connectivity, and support for asynchronous replication.

High-Density

High-Density

960TB in just 4U, or combine systems for over 9.6PB in a 42U rack.

Highly-Scalable

Highly-Scalable

Starts as small as 60TB and scales to over 2.16PB in one 12U configuration.

Ultra-Reliable

Ultra-Reliable

All systems are stress-tested to deliver the highest reliability out of the box.

AutoMAID®

AutoMAID®

Improve energy efficiencies and cost-savings.

Anti-Vibration Design™

Anti-Vibration Design™

Reduces vibration to increase drive performance.

Cool Drive Technology™

Cool Drive Technology™

Reduce heat to increase drive reliability and longevity.

Specifications:

Feature BEAST Elite F
Enterprise Features
High Availability Dual, redundant hot-swappable components with battery-backed mirrored cache
Cool Drive TechnologyTM Optimizes air flow and component cooling to increase reliability
Anti-Vibration Design Reduces Rotational Vibration to improve system performance and reliability
AutoMAID Power Management Configurable power savings of up to 87% reduces operating expenses and extends the overall life of the system
Array-based Snapshots and Replication Snapshot and replication are embedded into Beast Elite F for application-consistent snapshots and asynchronous replication to support demanding data protection requirements
Key Third Party Integrations Windows, VMware, Veeam, Commvault, Hyper-V and Xen
E-Flex Architecture Enables the selection of up to 2 expansion systems or a mix thereof:
E18X | E48X | BT60X
Performance up to 150,000+ IOPs
Storage Enclosures
Disk bays / Rack U 60 | 4U
Expansion Unit E18X | E48X | BT60X
Maximum Drives with Expansion 180
Maximum Raw Capacity (chassis/total) 460.8TB | 1.38PB
Max Cache per Controller 36GB
Storage Media
2.5” QLC SSD Drives (TB) 2 | 4 | 6 | 8 | 10
Host Connectivity
Simultaneous Fibre Channel and iSCSI Y
1Gb iSCSI Ports per Controller 4
10GbE iSCSI Ports per Controller (optional) 4 to 6*
16GbE FC Ports per Controller (optional) 4 to 6*
10/100/1000 MbE Management Ports 2

*2 extra ports per controller of either FC or 10GbE can be ordered, independent of the interface choice for the standard 4 ports. 

AutoMAID:

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

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Nexsan Products
Nexsan BEAST Elite F Storage
USA: FREE Ground ShippingNexsan BEAST Elite F 16Gb Fibre Channel
Dual Controller, 4 16Gb FC and 4 1GbE iSCSI connections populated with 30, 45 or 60 of the following drive options: 1.92TB, 3.84TB, or 7.68TB QLC SSDs
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USA: FREE Ground ShippingNexsan BEAST Elite F 10GbE iSCSI
Dual Controller, 4 10GbE iSCSI and 4 1GbE iSCSI connections populated with 30, 45 or 60 of the following drive options: 1.92TB, 3.84TB, or 7.68TB QLC SSDs
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