EdgeWare™ OS, a 64-bit, Linux operating system developed by Cutting Edge, is a storage-centric, easy-to-use, network file system.
EdgeWare was designed to provide complete control over our ISS, MSS and family of m-DAR systems, and it enables the client to use these storage systems as NAS, iSCSI or Fiber Channel storage. EdgeWare is designed to function as an iSCSI or Fiber channel target, allowing Cutting Edge storage devices to attach easily to existing iSCSI or Fiber Channel storage environments. EdgeWare's ability to present multiple iSCSI and Fiber Channel block level volumes over an Ethernet network allows multiple application servers to utilize a single EdgeWare storage server as their storage resource. This enables the elimination of hard to manage direct attached storage (DAS) arrays, such as those running an individually attached SQL database or exchange server. These services can be moved to Cutting Edge storage systems running EdgeWare, to provide a powerful management interface, easily upgraded hardware, and a choice of capacities and performance levels.
The newest release of Cutting Edge's EdgeWare OS focuses on additional storage features and an improved web-based management user interface (UI). In addition, it offers enhancements in security, client support, network support, SNMP, remote mirroring, remote replication, and snapshot capabilities. This new release, with improved network management capabilities, offers customers a comfortable setting from which to protect, secure, and administer the Cutting Edge storage servers. A single copy of EdgeWare can be used to manage all attached Cutting Edge storage servers.
EdgeWare is also ideal for data protection services. It supports Disk to Disk (D2D) backup, Disk to Disk to Tape (D2D2T), Disk to Disk to USB (D2D2USB), mirroring, built-in remote replication, RAID 6, IP Failover, and other features that provide a high level of data protection. Cutting Edge storage servers can be easily attached to networks running Linux, HP-UX, Unix, Microsoft Windows, and other operating systems.
EdgeWare OS Security & Updates
EdgeWare OS can be updated locally or remotely using secure Red Hat Packages. In addition, local updates can be done by an administrator through a USB disk-on-key or a USB CD-ROM. EdgeWare OS allows system administrators to remove unused components and perform other storage management functions through encrypted HTTPS. To ensure the security integrity of the system, EdgeWare OS verifies each change and the signature of the system software against a system software signature that is stored on read-only media after download.
With Remote Mirroring, each EdgeWare enabled ISS and MSS allows real time block device replication of logical volumes. This allows network failover between two systems, where two volumes are mirrored to provide some of the best redundancy possible.
With the EdgeWare enabled ISS and MSS feature, organizations can improve their business continuation model by backing up directly to disk. This shortens their backup window while vastly improving TCO. This allows both public and private organizations that comply with federal regulations to eliminate the traditional form of backup; transferring data into tape, which is time consuming, generates multiple tape copies, and often leaves sensitive information exposed.
All ISS and MSS solutions offer IP failover between two systems. For maximum availability, two EdgeWare based systems can share the same virual IP address over the network. If one server goes offline, then the other server can recover network activity without causing interruption.
The EdgeWare NAS/iSCSI has the ability to transport data across networks using the iSCSI protocol. The EdgeWare OS can act as an iSCSI target using the same hardware platform allowing Integrated and Modular systems to be a target for remotely replication and remote mirroring operations.
Error Recovery Levels 1 and 2
EdgeWare error recovery level 1 monitors information packages that are sent over the network from the iSCSI initiator to the iSCSI target. Error Recovery Level 1 (ER1) also supervises network communication and recovers lost data during transmissions.
EdgeWare Error Recovery Level 2 (ER2) is used when there are multiple networks connections. ER2 inspects the vitality of the network connections and if a connection goes offline, then the EdgeWare OS searches for an operational connection and redirects all network traffic.
Multiple Snapshots and Snapshot Scheduling
The EdgeWare OS snapshot feature captures data from a point-in-time with the capability to aggregate multiple snapshots in sequence which can be used for backup or data retrieval. Snapshots can be scheduled from Graphical User Interface (GUI) on a minute, hourly, daily or weekly basis.
Web-Based Graphical User Interface
With easy to follow menus, and point-and-click icons, users can navigate quickly to setup logical volumes, file sharing, and RAID configuration among other multiple features. EdgeWare OS has a utility client that finds EdgeWare servers on the network and allows web-based management through secure access (HTTPS).
EdgeWare OS gives users the choice of 3 journaling systems that are optimized for current applications and provide data reliability and redundancy.
EdgeWare OS permits user and group authentication to an LDAP server for all network services and even the web-based administration. This allows other EdgeWare enabled servers to coexist in an existing LDAP management scheme.