iXsystems’ TrueNAS Firmware Update Delivers Compelling Performance, Replication, and Graphing Improvements


July 5, 2016

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TrueNAS 9.10 Release provides up to 40% improved performance and more options to replicate data and graph system telemetry

San Jose, CA – July 5, 2016 – Enterprise storage vendor iXsystems today announced the release of Version 9.10 of its TrueNAS enterprise storage array firmware. TrueNAS 9.10 represents the third generation of core software for the award-winning line of enterprise storage arrays and is available to all new and existing TrueNAS users. At the center of TrueNAS 9.10 is an update to the FreeBSD 10.3 operating system which brings significant performance improvements and provides the foundation for the next generation of network fabrics including 100GbE Ethernet.

“My lab benchmarks show TrueNAS 9.10 serves file and block data up to 40% faster than TrueNAS 9.3, especially with higher-end fabrics like 10 and 40GbE. These results should translate to noticeable real-world gains and are just the beginning of what we can do with this solid new platform,” said Josh Paetzel, iXsystems Senior Storage Architect.

In addition to performance gains for the SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI and Fibre Channel protocols, TrueNAS 9.10 also introduces bidirectional TrueSync replication which allows primary and backup storage hosts to efficiently reverse roles, bringing the other host up to date as needed. This new feature is just one of the many improvements to the TrueNAS High Availability and replication architecture to deliver faster, more resilient live failovers in service of upgrades or outages. TrueSync replication is available between TrueNAS systems on the same LAN or across the globe.
For users who actively monitor their storage infrastructure, the TrueNAS 9.10 update expands TrueNAS performance telemetry graphing to include iSCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces, plus the ability to visualize telemetry data on a local Grafana or Graphite server. TrueNAS provides the user with 50 built-in metrics through its web interface and now exposes over 100 metrics to an external server for best-in-class storage system performance analytics.

“TrueNAS 9.10 brings with it a new operating system base that incorporates many new features and performance improvements, all while maintaining its hallmark of stability,” says Kris Moore, Director of FreeNAS and TrueNAS Development for iXsystems. “The new FreeBSD 10.3 base will provide the platform for TrueNAS to continue to grow its feature-set in 2016 and beyond.”

TrueNAS updates are available through the TrueNAS software updater, a component of the TrueNAS administration interface. TrueNAS users will be notified of the availability of the TrueNAS 9.10 update and should contact iXsystems Technical Support if they have any questions.
To learn more about TrueNAS send an email to sales@iXsystems.com, call 1-855-GREP-4IX, or visit www.iXsystems.com/TrueNAS.

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