Disk array with high scalability and high performance, best suited for virtualization environment.
Virtualization with NEC Storage M Series
Simplified management of individual Virtual Machines (VM) and Virtual Desktops (VDI) in VMware environment
M Series supports VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) feature that enables storage features like backup & restore, snapshot, and Quality of Service (QoS) to be done at the VVOL level.
Assuring business performance through automatic SLA optimization
M series can control I/O flow by setting I/O threshold limits to each logical disk. Unlike many others, M Series allows both minimum and maximum thresholds to be used. It allows storage resources to be fairly allocated to normal priority applications while priority tasks preferentially acquire needed resources. M series stabilizes operations of the entire system, allowing you to meet SLAs that require guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS).
Cache partitioning to ensure stable performance in virtualization environment
By partitioning the cache memory and assigning them to the tasks, each task can use the cache memory without interfering each other.
Hybrid Data Tiering automatically tiers data to the most suitable device according to access frequency
M Series can create a multiple tiered pool with different types of devices, and bind multiple logical disks across the tiers. Once stored, data is automatically reallocated to a suitable tier through routine monitoring according to access frequency. Capacity can also be automatically moved between logical disks in the same tiered pool to ensure maximum use of each tier. This accomplishes both vertical and horizontal data optimization to maximize storage performance, and to optimize your investment in storage.
SSD L2 cache & Persistent Write ensuring stable & high-speed performance
M Series uses SSD which has a superior read performance as L2 cache, so throughput of frequently accessed data can be improved. In case of an error in one controller, Persistent Write will continue Fast Write operations, storing write data in SSD to keep data redundancy.
Expanding capacity and performance by simply adding drives using Advanced Dynamic Pool
M Series offers Advanced Dynamic Pool allowing storage managers to simply increase pool capacity by non-disruptively adding drives. It also automatically optimizes data across the pool to improve performance.
Minimize storage cost with capacity virtualization with Thin Provisioning
Thin provisioning maximizes storage investment efficiency by virtualizing logical volumes. Thin provisioning allows logical volumes to be oversubscribed, making the logical volume look as if it has more physical resources than actually in the system. When physical capacity is insufficient, new physical capacity can be non-disruptively added to the virtual volume. Thin provisioning allows lower initial investment cost and lower power cost.
Business Continuity with NEC Storage M Series
Data backup system that does not affect online business operations
Having to stop your business volume every day to back up data is highly inefficient. M Series Disk Array provides a snapshot function to save only the data sections that have changed (update differences) and a function to completely replicate (copy) an entire data volume without disrupting operations. The replicated volume can then be used for tape backup or batch processing, or to evaluate applications using the actual data.
Low-cost disaster prevention and response
Constructing a backup site can cost a great deal of money and resources. M Series’ Remote Data Replication (RDR) uses an IP line with iSCSI eliminating the need for an FC-IP converter. This enables development of cost-efficient disaster prevention and response measures. In addition, low-cost operation is possible due to reduced total network setup & operational cost.
Direct backup & restore to NEC HYDRAstor (HS Series) Storage
M Series can perform direct backup & restore to NEC HYDRAstor (HS Series) Storage without an external backup server or software.
Easy Operation with NEC Storage M Series
Intuitive GUI allows even first-time users to easily manage the storage unit
Storage capacity, disk load, and operational status of each component can be checked in a visual web browser window. Navigation windows show you how to set up replication, change capacity of a pool, and respond to failures. The easy-to-understand GUI environment eliminates operational errors.
Green technology with NEC Storage M Series
Advanced power-saving design that slashes power consumption
NEC has used its state-of-the-art power-saving technologies to produce a storage device that slashes previous power consumption level to achieve one of the best power ratings in the industry. M Series Disk Array uses a power-efficient processor and autonomously controls the operating mode to reduce the power consumption of the entire system. Low-power components such as 80 PLUS PLATINUM certified power supply have been used to the greatest extent possible, and reduction of the number of components lowered the power consumption still further. M Series Disk Array also operates in environments with temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius, 104 degrees Fahrenheit reducing air-conditioning energy use.
Low-power operations by visualization of power consumption and autonomous device control
The power consumption of all M Series units in the same infrastructure environment can be managed with real-time visualizations. In addition, components such as CPU, fan and HDD autonomously control power consumption based on storage unit usage. Energy efficient operations are also promoted by reduction of unnecessary power consumption when the storage unit is in the idle state.
Saving power resources by the autonomous MAID technology
M Series adopts MAID (Massive Array of Inactive Disks) technology for energy efficiency. HDD in a backup volume, for instance, is not used except for backup time. MAID technology can autonomously turn the motor of an HDD off (when idle) and on (when needed).
Data protection with NEC Storage M Series
Advanced security such as data-at-rest encryption
M Series uses a Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) to encrypt data. Furthermore, M Series features a variety of other security functions including access restrictions to the volumes, write-once-read-many definitions (WORM) and prevention of erroneous operations.