Overland Storage announced the availability of RAINcloud OS 4.1, its newest enterprise software for the company’s market-proven SnapScale series of geographically-distributed, clustered scale-out data storage solutions that are optimized for cloud and distributed enterprise environments.
The Overland Storage RAINcloud OS 4.1 is the next major software release for SnapScale that includes software-defined storage services that intelligently and automatically execute operational data management and data protection operations without requiring manual intervention. With its self-provisioning, self-balancing and self-healing capabilities, SnapScale’s storage resources seamlessly grow and shrink based on user needs, and are distributed for optimal performance, and recovered or rebuilt without any downtime. The data mobility tools included in RAINcloud OS 4.1 enable customers to build private clouds for sharing and synchronizing data for anywhere, anytime access.
The software-defined storage services in RAINcloud OS 4.1 deliver new customer benefits including Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0, which improves read and write performance for Windows clients and servers when accessing SnapServer storage. New NFS version 4 provides performance enhancements and better security for UNIX users. In addition to this, Windows-only Tree improves Permission Handling and Authentication enabling Windows and UNIX/Mac users to easily share files in mixed environments. In this new version, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) allows administrators to set permissions and specify access to directories through name lookup to and from a unique user identifier (UID).
New version alsp provides highly-available with rolling updates, which provides 99.999% uptime with full system redundancy. After installing RAINcloud OS 4.1, future software versions automatically occur without requiring a cluster reboot or shut down. Added VMware version vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 certification for NFS and iSCSI allows administrators to consolidate storage and run virtual machines on a SnapScale cluster. Continuous Data Protection with High-Performance Snapshots enables more efficient capacity utilization, and offers up to 3x improvements in write performance in this new version. Additionally, SnapScale enterprise storage products have completed the VMware certification process for interoperability with vSphere 5.1 and 5.5. in a VMware-virtualized infrastructure.