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Nexsan BEAST

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Lower storage costs and get maximum uptime with Beast’s practical and hardworking, reliable storage platform, giving you 600TB in 4U. Beast is built specifically for applications with enormous data growth like backup, archive, digital video surveillance, and more.


There are plenty of things to worry about every day and storage shouldn’t be one of them. The BEAST is built to withstand some pretty tough storage environments outside the data center like ships, subway stations, and storage closets that are less than ideal environments. We make it easy to use the BEAST—our customers say, “you just set it and forget it.”



600TB in just 4U, or combine systems for over 6PB in a 42U rack.



Starts as small as 40TB and scales to over 1.8PB in one configuration.



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



Improve energy efficiencies and cost-savings.

Anti-Vibration Design™

Anti-Vibration Design™

Reduce rotational head vibration to increase drive performance.

Cool Drive Technology™

Cool Drive Technology™

Reduce heat to increase drive reliability and longevity.


Feature BEAST
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 for application-consistent snapshots and asynchronous replication to support demanding data protection requirements.
VMware, Xen, Hyper-V & Windows Compatible Compatibility with the leading virtualization tools.
Stress Testing to Improve Reliability All disk drives are individually stress tested and then, prior to shipment, all drives are again tested within the system.
Disk bays / Rack U 60 | 4U
Expansion Unit BSTX
Maximum Drives with Expansion 180
Maximum Raw Capacity (chassis/total) 600TB | 1.8PB
Max Cache per Controller 16GB
3.5” 7.2K Drives (TB) 2 | 4 | 6 | 8 | 10
Simultaneous Fibre Channel and iSCSI Y
1Gb iSCSI Ports per Controller 2 or 4
10Gb iSCSI Ports per Controller (optional) 2
8Gb or 16Gb FC Ports per Controller (optional) 2
10/100 MbE Management Port 1


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.


Front View

Front View

Rear View

Rear View

Drive Pull-out View

Drive Pull-out View

Front Bezel-Down View

Front Bezel-Down View

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
  E-Series 18V E-Series 32V E-Series 48VT E-Series 60VT BEAST
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.

Regulatory Approvals


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.


Download the Nexsan BEAST Storage Array Data Sheet (PDF)

Download the Nexsan BEAST Storage Array Spec Sheet (PDF)