Open-ESS - Integrated All-Flash SAN/NAS

Open-ESS integrates the ESS block-level linearization stack into an easy to install SAN/NAS appliance software package. Based on the widely used Open-E DSSv7 SAN/NAS package.  Open-ESS brings best-of class Flash performance to low cost SAN/NAS applications.

Quick Start Guide

This is a quick guide to installing Open-ESS for users that are used to Open-E installations.

For information about Open-E DSSv7, click here.

Step 1: Download install files. You will need to two files:



You need to install Open-E from the above version. The ESS software is compiled to run with the kernel includes with this version.

Step  2: Install Open-E as usual from version "b21661...iso" downloaded above.

Step 3: After Open-E is installed, from the Open-E web interface, select "Maintenance" and "Software update" to reach the "System Software Update" section.

Upload the "70594....170421.upd" file.
Accept the update.

Step 4: From the console, press <ctrl><alt>W to access the "Hardware Configuration" menu. This menu should have an ESS option you have never seen before. This is the "ESS Admin Text Utility".

Step 5: The first time you run the ESS utility, you must run the option "Check for Updates" to download the latest ESS release. The software includes with the "70594...upd" file is not a complete ESS release and you must download an update to continue. The downloaded update is small (less than 1MB) and digitally signed to insure you get a complete, intact, unmodified download.

Step 6: Once the update is downloaded, exit the ESS text utility and re-run it. The downloaded update actually updates the text utility itself, so you need to re-run it to run the latest code.

Step 7: Enter an ESS license key using the first option in the ESS text utility. You will need an ESS "serial number" and "capacity". The capacity is the usuable capacity of your array in gigabytes.

You should contact "" to get these numbers. Demos activations are available.

Step 8: Create an ESS array using the ESS text utility.

Step 9: Once the ESS array is created, you can use the Open-E web admin utility to create a volume group. Under "Configuration" and "Volume Manager" and "Volume Groups" you should now see an Enterprise Storage Stack "Unit ESS-md0". Create the default "vg00" volume group using this device.

At this point you can use Open-E with the vg00 volume group as the SSD array managed by ESS.

Open-ESS is the integration of WildFire's Enterprise Storage Stack into the Open-E DSSv7 SAN/NAS storage manager.

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