OSNEXUS Announces QuantaStor 5.6 Release with New Innovations in NAS Storage Tiering and Ceph Technology

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OSNEXUS, the leading developer of grid-scale software-defined storage solutions, today announced the availability of QuantaStor 5.6. This release introduces several new features including NAS storage tiering to cloud platforms, S3 Reverse Proxy capabilities for IBM Cloud Direct Link, scale-out Ceph technology upgrades, and enhanced hardware enclosure visualization capabilities for Ceph.

Hardware enclosure visualization capabilities for Ceph with QuantaStor 5.6.

Advancing Ceph Adoption

“QuantaStor 5.6 is a major step forward in ease-of-use for deployment, management, and monitoring of scale-out QuantaStor configurations which are built on Ceph technology. Our goal with this release was to make it even easier to deploy and maintain Ceph clusters within QuantaStor,” said Steven Umbehocker, CEO of OSNEXUS. “One of the highlights in this update is the new hardware visualization system that correlates OSD and Journals to the exact drive slots for every major system manufacturer, most notably the Western Digital Serv60+8 and the HPE Apollo line of systems.”

Starting with this release QuantaStor now includes Ceph v14 (Nautilus), enabling customers to leverage new Ceph RGW features such as S3 object locking.

Along with the new visualization features, this release adds major improvements to the OSD and Journal management system with additional intelligence built into the automated provisioning system. Among other features, the improved system automates journal mirroring and enables customers to use all media types (NVMe, SAS, SATA, and PMEM) for data, caching, and metadata.

NAS Storage Tiering to Cloud Object Storage

QuantaStor now supports NAS to cloud storage tiering to IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS), Azure Blob, AWS S3, and S3 Compatible storage enabling automatic data migration to the cloud as a low-cost archive option. When data is migrated the system creates links so that files appear to be local even after migration. Local caching provides greater read & write performance and lowers costs by reducing the number of S3 PUT/GET operations.

S3 Reverse Proxy for IBM Cloud Direct Link

QuantaStor now includes an S3 Reverse Proxy management feature designed specifically for IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS) by enabling IBM Cloud Direct Link customers to set up a highly-available S3 reverse proxy in just a few clicks.

“This continues our commitment to IBM Cloud and brings another tool to IBM Cloud customers and architects that boosts security while simplifying hybrid cloud deployment and maintenance,” said Steven Umbehocker, CEO of OSNEXUS. “Now IBM Cloud Direct Link customers can maintain a highly-available S3 Reverse Proxy to their IBM COS storage and at the same time take advantage of other QuantaStor benefits like the NAS gateway to IBM COS and the new NAS to IBM COS (S3) storage tiering features.”

For more information on QuantaStor, visit osnexus.com or go to osnexus.com/trynow to try QuantaStor today. QuantaStor is available for download under a 30 day Trial Edition license (up to 1PB) as well as via a free Community Edition license (up to 4 systems and 160TB).


Founded in 2010, OSNEXUS enables organizations to manage their storage ranging from small sites to hyper-scale deployments across global datacenters with its QuantaStor™ industry-leading Software Defined Storage (SDS) platform. The QuantaStor platform provides scale-out file, block, and object storage technology as a single, easy-to-manage solution.

QuantaStor, deployed by Global 500 companies worldwide, addresses a broad set of storage use cases including server virtualization, big data, cloud computing, and high-performance applications through scale-out physical and virtual storage appliances.

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