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HELIOS : HEN-9596-X-4U

HELIOS : HEN-9596-X-4U

Rackmount NAS Network Attached Storage Enterprise

Enterprise 96 Bay Disk-less Rackmount NAS

A superior performance packed in our 96-bay rackmount appliance.

Meet Helios HEN-9596-X-4U  the enterprise Pro-NAS workhorse with dual processors that simplifies storage needs at the push of a button. The simplicity of the web interface powers you to make most configuration changes with the click of a mouse. Our NAS solutions are powered by the world’s #1 storage OS, FreeNAS.

File sharing across platforms

File sharing across platforms empowers you to connect various clients from different architectures. Clients running any enterprise operating system can connect with either SMB/CISF style Windows file shares, Network File System (Unix or Unix-like shares), and Apple File Shares. If that wasn’t enough why not also harness the power of FTP, iSCSI (block sharing) and WebDAV? Supporting various platforms is now easy, Windows, Mac OS X, and several Linux distributions can now connect with no additional software or configuration. There’s also bundled-in support for Time Machine backups for offices with clients that run Apple OS X.


Intuitive web interface

We understand our clients and their needs. We understand that simplifying complex administrative tasks is vital to streamlining workflow for system administrators. Every day-to-day administrative task can be done from the convenience of your mouse and a web browser. The step-by-step setup process further simplifies configuration. Tasks such as volume creation or setting devolved permissions for specific shares or updating your system can be done with confidence. For folks who prefer hands-on control, there’s also the option to log into the FreeBSD shell prompt. From the software design to feature selection and testing the storage OS is designed with one key goal – ease of use.

Enterprise-grade ZFS protection

Our storage OS is powered by ZFS which is designed for data integrity inside and out. RAID-Z, the software RAID that is part of ZFS offers single parity protection like RAID 5, but without the “write hole” vulnerability thanks to the copy-on-write architecture of ZFS. The additional levels RAID-Z2 and RAID-Z3 offer double and triple parity protection, respectively. A software mirror option is also available. When creating a new volume the setup wizard form updates with available parity options depending on the number of disks you have selected, thus removing the guesswork from the process. Every ZFS filesystem is also verified with checksums from top to bottom to ensure data integrity. If inconsistencies are found, parity blocks can be used to repair corrupt data. A regular scrub is turned on by default and can be rescheduled or configured from the web interface.

On-demand, enterprise-level snapshots make data loss a thing of the past

Accidents can happen, which is why and thanks to ZFS, snapshots of the entire filesystem can be made and saved at any time. As long as a snapshot exists, administrators can access files as they were when the snapshot was made. Snapshots can be made on a one-off basis or scheduled as a cron job from the web interface. At any time, the entire filesystem can be rolled back to the most recent snapshot. Older snapshots can be cloned and accessed to recover data from that version of the filesystem. From the web interface, users can see how much space a particular snapshot is occupying on the volume and delete, clone, or roll back to individual snapshots as needed.

Local and remote replication

Snapshots aren’t just local backups, in fact, they can be saved in remote locations as well. Replicating snapshots of the file system to a remote ZFS file system creates an exact duplicate. Backing up large amounts of data often can consume large bandwidth which is why ZFS snapshots can be sent incrementally, bringing down the size of each backup to just the changes that were made since the last snapshot. When disks fail or data on disk becomes inconsistent or corrupt it is straightforward to restore a remotely saved backup onto a fully functioning machine within minutes.


We understand the value of data which is why encryption is at the forefront of our product design. Entire volumes can be encrypted during initialization, providing industry-standard AES-XTS encryption which can be hardware-accelerated (when the processor has AES-NI capability). Encrypted volumes can only be read by FreeNAS systems in possession of the master key for that volume. The user can optionally create a passphrase to add extra protection for their system against loss or theft. Encryption allows for confidence when retiring and recycling hard drives because the drives no longer need to be wiped provided the master keys are obliterated.

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