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In this section, you will find information relevant to planning your instance - this includes such elements as instance of VM sizing, various storage types, RAID Considerations, ports and security, as well as general information about the platform that you may need to plan your deployment.

Product Introduction

SoftNAS™ Cloud is a network attached storage (NAS) virtual appliance. Our products are commercial-grade storage management solutions for businesses that require high-speed, reliable storage at affordable prices.

SoftNAS Cloud® supports the following platforms:

  • Cloud computing platforms such as Amazon EC2®, VMware vCloud® Air™, and Microsoft® Azure™

  • On-premise Computing Infrastructure such as VMware vSphere®.

Architecture and Technology

SoftNAS Cloud® runs as a Linux®-based, 64-bit CentOS redistribution guest OS treated as a VM in a virtual server environment. In many use cases, storage devices are attached to the physical hardware layer, then presented to SoftNAS Cloud® as a VM running Linux.

SoftNAS Cloud® operates on an industry-standard Linux platform, and uses a derivative of the Zettabyte File System® (ZFS), an open-source project originally released on OpenSolaris® by Sun Microsystems, Inc. This makes SoftNAS Cloud® able to leverage many ZFS features and add layers of functionality for NAS solutions in virtual computing and cloud computing.

An Apache webserver provides robust, secure access along with Secure Shell® (SSH). Storage is accessible via TCP/IP protocols including NFS v3, NFS v4, SMB/CIFS (Microsoft® Windows File Shares),  AFP (Apple® Filing Protocol) and iSCSI.

SoftNAS Cloud® is packaged with a primary administration interface called SoftNAS StorageCenter™, which provides commercial-grade storage administration and management functionalities for businesses of all sizes.

Cloud Computing:

SoftNAS Cloud® provides the highly-available network storage backbone needed for business-critical cloud applications in the following environments:

Premise-Based Computing:

SoftNAS Cloud® installs from a download to act as a virtual server appliance. Run as many instances of SoftNAS Cloud® VM as are needed in any of the following environments:

SoftNAS Cloud®™, SoftNAS StorageCenter™, SnapReplicate™, and SNAP HA™ are trademarks of SoftNAS Inc. All other trademarks referred to in this guide are owned by their respective companies.

Using Our Documentation

SoftNAS has organized its documentation according to task based and platform based documentation. This means you can find what you are looking for by simply selecting the subject you wish to know about, and drilling down to the appropriate location. Task based pages such as this one are organized into platforms, allowing you to narrow your focus to the content  and platform relevant to you. Content that is common across platforms is listed in All Platforms, and content specific to, or primarily focused on a given platform is organized accordingly. We hope you find this format simple and easy to use. See the links below to begin your journey. Remember, if you don't find the subject matter you are looking for, check the All Platforms section.