Right this moment, storage vendor iXsystems is launching a brand new R-series hyperconverged infrastructure equipment for its TrueNAS product line—and the primary beta launch of TrueNAS SCALE, a Debian Linux-based model of the TrueNAS storage distribution.
The brand new R-series home equipment are designed to run both conventional, FreeBSD-based TrueNAS, or the brand new Debian-based TrueNAS SCALE. The sequence launches with 4 fashions—all rack-mounted—starting from the 1U, 16-bay TrueNAS R10 to the as much as 12U, 52 bay TrueNAS R50. All 4 fashions supply Ethernet connectivity as much as twin 100GbE, in addition to non-compulsory twin 32Gb Fibre Channel and Intel Xeon CPUs. The three bigger fashions are expandable by way of separate JBOD shelves as nicely.
TrueNAS itself is an OpenZFS-based storage distribution, which might be bought preinstalled on NAS or put in by customers on their very own generic PC gear. It affords customers the wealthy function set of the ZFS filesystem—together with block-level checksums and information therapeutic, superior storage topologies, atomic COW snapshots, speedy uneven replication, and extra—together with a broad vary of community sharing protocols, together with SMB, NFS, sFTP, and iSCSI.
Ars has been masking TrueNAS—previously FreeNAS—on and off since 2011. In these 9 plus years, it has been a FreeBSD-based distribution, and whereas it supplied some restricted compute performance—based mostly on FreeBSD jails, which had been a mature resolution earlier than Linux containers had been a lot as a gleam in anybody’s eye—it centered totally on easy storage.
The primary public alpha of TrueNAS SCALE is obtainable now, alongside the brand new R-series . TrueNAS SCALE modifications each the bottom working system and total purpose of the unique TrueNAS.
TrueNAS SCALE is predicated on Debian Linux to be able to present Docker-friendly Linux containerization and extra industry-standard virtualization than FreeBSD can. It additionally shifts the distribution’s focus from pure storage to a blended, hyperconverged setting, wherein launching and sustaining containers and digital machines are as well-integrated as managing the storage beneath them.
As of right this moment, iXsystems describes the TrueNAS SCALE alpha as having SMB (Home windows filesharing), NFS, and iSCSI working nicely, with the Linux KVM (Kernel Digital Machine) hypervisor well-integrated. Kubernetes, together with the scale-out performance permitting administration and distribution of containers throughout a whole farm of SCALE home equipment, is current however nonetheless solely in uncooked API kind, with a person interface anticipated in a forthcoming beta launch in December.
We plan to evaluation TrueNAS SCALE right here in late November, because the undertaking will get nearer to its subsequent launch.