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SoftNAS Cloud® System Requirements

Listed below is a table to assist with setup decisions during the configuration required to accomplish various tasks and goals.


Recommended

Configuration Note

Compute

For more in-depth guidance on instance size recommendations, see https://www.softnas.com/wp/products/instance-size-recommendations/

Developer Edition

D4v3

Limited performance and functions. Advanced capabilities such as SnapReplicate and SNAP HATM are not available.

General Purpose

D8v3



Higher Performance

D16v3


High Performance

D32v3


Memory


Base RAM - Light Use

14GB 

Minimum recommended for advanced features such as SnapReplicate and SNAP HATM

Base RAM - General Use

28 GB 

Premium or Standard storage

Base RAM - Heavy Use

114 GB 

Local SSD, large-scale use with increased RAM caching, premium or standard storage

Additional RAM

1 GB per 1 TB of deduplicated storage.

Recommended for best performance


e.g.: 50 TB deduplicated storage = 50 additional GB for deduplication tables for best performance.


Storage


Boot Disk

30 GB Hard disk for Linux boot and system disk (included)


Data Disk - General

Standard Azure Data Disks (DS Standard Series)


High IOPS

Azure Premium Storage (DSv2 Standard Series)


RAID 10

Recommended for I/O-intensive applications and databases


RAID 5/6

Recommended for best space utilization (tradeoff: slower write performance)


Network


Up to 120 MB/sec - 1GbE

Less overhead cost


500+ MB/sec - 10 GbE

Better performance (requires more resources)

Consider MTU 4000 configuration for optimal performance



Note: As of version 3.4.8 SoftNAS does not support launching SoftNAS Cloud VMs on the classic portal. The Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is the only supported platform.

SoftNAS Cloud® System Capacities

Listed below is a table representing the capabilities of the SoftNAS Cloud® for Microsoft Azure.


SoftNAS Cloud® Capacity

Configuration Note

Editions


SoftNAS Cloud® Developer Edition

100 GB

Limited performance and functions. Advanced capabilities such as SnapReplicate and SNAP HATM are not available.

SoftNAS Cloud® General Purpose

16 PB

Available as Azure subscription and BYOL from SoftNAS.

SoftNAS Cloud® High Performance

DS4v2

Available as Azure subscription and BYOL from SoftNAS.

SoftNAS Cloud® Extreme PerformanceDS14v2Available as Azure subscription and BYOL from SoftNAS.

Memory



RAM Cache

1 GB to 100 GB

Defaults to 50% total RAM for read cache

SSD Cache

low-speed level 2 cache

Optional

Ephemeral Cache

low-speed level 2 cache

Optional for read cache

Storage


Maximum Storage

16 TB/16PB

16 TB - Maximum usable block storage capacity on Azure Marketplace, contingent on instance type.
16PB - Can be extended up to 16 petabytes by leveraging multiple Azure Blob storage accounts.

  1. of Storage Pools

Unlimited


  1. of Volumes

Unlimited


  1. of Snapshots

Unlimited


  1. of Snapshot Clones

Unlimited


SnapReplicate

Unlimited Pools & Volumes


SnapReplicate Throttle

56Kb/sec to Unlimited bandwidth


Active Directory

Kerberos Integration


Files and Directories

Unlimited


Network


Schedules

Unlimited


NFS Exports:

Linux Default


iSCSI Targets

Linux Default


CIFS Shares

Linux Default


Firewall Ports:

22 (ssh), 443 (https)

Plus NFS, iSCSI, and CIFS, and AFP as required

IP Tables Firewall

Off by default

May be configured, but is not required. Use an alternative method to set Security Groups unless added firewall protection on SoftNAS Cloud® instance is required.