SANblox – RHEL Solution Profile



Permabit’s Albireo technology allows companies to extend their virtual infrastructure to include the benefits of inline data efficiency. The Permabit Albireo SANblox™ appliance provides inline deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning to virtual servers and desktops utilizing new or existing Fibre Channel (FC) attached storage.

This solution profile reviews best practices for implementing Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and SANblox with leading enterprise storage arrays. As a Red Hat Technology Partner, Permabit has worked with leading storage providers to develop operational guidelines for storage arrays fronted by the SANblox appliance that are being used by servers or desktops running the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system.

Target Audience

This document is intended for:

  • Enterprise storage administrators
  • SAN administrators
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux administrators
  • Linux application administrators

Benefits of Using SANblox with VMware

SANblox delivers data reduction technologies that enhance the storage savings already provided with the thin-provisioning capabilities provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux. SANblox data deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning offer substantial storage savings by delivering data reduction to enterprise storage arrays. Because SANblox is implemented as a separate appliance with its own dedicated processor and memory, none of these features consume additional processing resources on the enterprise array or have any performance impact on the array’s data management capabilities. In addition, they do not require any configuration changes on Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. By using the data reduction technologies of SANblox with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you can increase array hardware use and reduce acquisition and operational costs.

While deduplication and compression both reduce the amount of consumed storage, these savings remain hidden from Red Hat Enterprise Linux administrators because the Linux view of the storage is at the SANblox LUN layer, and SANblox LUNs represent their provisioned capacity. Red Hat Enterprise Linux can also be configured as an intermediate gateway that delivers advanced CIFS and NFS-based file sharing for SANblox-enabled enterprise storage.

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