is a storage management operating system

  • Open-E DSS V7 provides NAS (Network Attached Storage) and SAN (Storage Area Network) functionality, including iSCSI Target and Fibre Channel.
  • Being compatible with VMware, Citrix and MS Hyper-V, the software is an ideal tool for cloud and virtualization environments.
  • Open-E DSS V7 provides your business with continuous data protection and replication, automatic active/active failover and ensures high availability.

open-e data storage software

Why Open-E Data Storage Software V7

We understand there are many solutions to choose from when selecting your storage software. You should consider our product if you want to quickly get more from your existing hardware, accelerate performance, minimize downtimes and assure uninterrupted business operations. With Open-E DSS V7, you will also experience significant time, cost and storage volume savings.

Features and Benefits

Robust and Award-Winning

iSCSI Functionality

IP Address restrictions, CHAP, MPIO, iSCSI Failover, SCSI-3 persistent reservation, Session Management

NAS Functionality

Windows Active Directory/Primary Domain Controller, NIS, Intern/external LDAP, ADS and NIS User/Group ID Synchronization, File System with Journaling, User and Group Quota, Antivirus

Network Clients & Protocols

Supports Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS 8.0 - 10.5.8, X, SMB/CIFS, FTP, Secure FTP, HTTPS, Apple Talk, NFS v2, v3, iSCSI, Fibre Channel


WORM, NDMP v3.0, Backup-Agents (Backup Exec®, Retrospect®, BrightStor®), Data (File) Replication, Volume Replication

Compatible with Industry Standards

Supports Legacy Hardware

Supports older hardware to ensure backward compatibility

Supports Latest Hardware

Supports all the latest hardware, including the latest multiple CPU's which ensures forward compatibility

Supports Popular Backup Software

Unlike most of the competitors, Open-E includes backup-agents to support the world's most popular backup applications like Backup Exec®, Retrospect®, BrightStor® - so you can leverage your existing investment and expertise

Supports Appliance API

To further ensure compatibility, Open-E has an open storage API to communicate between different software programs and detached appliances which ensures easy third-party integration for maximum compatibility

Easiest to Manage

Initial Configurations Wizard

As soon as Open-E starts, the Setup Wizard helps you with all the network and system settings - you get up fast, with built-in help, and can see immediate results

Task and Schedule Manager

Tasks can be automatically scheduled for data, volume replication and snapshots - making it easy to setup, so you can concentrate on other tasks

Automated Update and Rollback of OS

The automated update and rollback makes it easy to update and get the latest features and is also simple to rollback if there is an issue that needs to be resolved first - reducing system downtime

Monitoring & E-mail Notification

Automatically notifies the system administrator via e-mail when there are RAID or HDD problems, making it easy to troubleshoot and quickly fix problems

Most Stable

Linux Operating System

Open-E runs on a Linux Platform because of its proven stability, unlike others which are less stable or which have limited and diminishing support for new hardware

Journaling Support

The system tracks and logs changes prior to affecting the main file system, making the file system more reliable

Price-Performance Leader

Independent OS

Open-E uses its own independent OS and is device independent which does not require the expense of another copy of Windows and allows you to use more hardware options (legacy or modern)

Continuous Data Protection

Provides continuous backup/replication of data - far superior to 24 hour snapshot backups (lose approx. 17 e-mails in between backups, versus up to 10,000 on an Exchange e-mail system) - also much quicker to restore (20 minutes vs. 3-5 hour tape backup). If available, usually an expensive option for other storage software

High-Availability over 2 Nodes

Open-E can recognize hardware/software failure and immediately re-starts the application on another system without requiring admin intervention or downtime which further reduces downtime at no extra cost

System Requirements

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Processor 64bit 2GHz CPU

Memory 2 GB RAM

HDD HW RAID controller with 16 SATA disks

Network Network Interface Card (multi-cards 1 Gb/s recommended for bonding)

Note: Minimum hardware requirements allow running all functions separately with a limited number of clients or users.

Note: Recommendations below are only examples and may vary depending on destinated usage.

iSCSI (only) Storage with 20 LUNs with direct attached HDDs

Processor 64bit Quad Core 2GHz CPU

Memory 8 GB RAM

HDD HW RAID controller with 16 SATA disks

Network 1 x 10GbE interface or 4 x 1GbE interface

iSCSI HA storage cluster, serving 20 LUNs

Processor 2 x 64bit Quad Core 2GHz CPU

Memory 16 GB RAM

HDD HW RAID controller with 16 SATA disks

Network 2 x 10GbE interface and 1 x 1GbE interface

NAS (only) storage with 100 clients and ADS authentication

Processor 64bit Quad Core 2GHz CPU

Memory 8 GB RAM

HDD HW RAID controller with 16 SAS disks

Network 1 x 10GbE interface or 6 x 1GbE interface

Storage for virtualization / cloud using NFS data access for VMware

Processor 64bit Quad Core 2GHz CPU

Memory 8 GB RAM

HDD HW RAID controller with 16 SAS disks

Network 1 x 10GbE interface and 1 x 1GbE interface

FC storage serving 20 target LUNs

Processor 64bit Quad Core 2GHz CPU

Memory 8 GB RAM

HDD HW RAID controller with 16 SAS disks

Network 1 x 1GbE interface

FC HBA 2 x 8Gb ports

Cheap NAS solution for 10 users and software RAID configuration

Processor 64bit Dual Core 2GHz CPU

Memory 4 GB RAM

HDD Integrated SATA controller with 4 SATA disks

Network 2 x 1GbE interface