CloudFS Minimum Requirements

This section provides information about support and requirements for system hardware, software, and object stores.

 

To see the current filer version and build number, click the i icon in upper right corner of the WebUI. The version and build number are included under CloudFS Version.

Supported Browser

The WebUI supports the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome version 59.03071 or above.
  • Firefox
  • Edge

Supported Platforms

  • All non Endโ€ofโ€Life (EOL) hardware
  • Panzura Freedom Filer for Amazon
  • Panzura Freedom Filer for Azure
  • Panzura Freedom Filer for VMware

ESXi Tested Compatibility

vCenter supports automatic and manual disk provisioning methods. ESXi supports only the manual disk provisioning method.

Freedom Version ESXi Version ESXi Build
7.1.9.3 and later ESXi 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 P01 15160138
7.1.4.0 and later ESXi 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 8169922
7.0.0.0 and later ESXi 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 4887370
6.1.0.2 and later ESXi 6.0 3029758
5.4.3.3 and later ESXi 5.5 1623387

Minimum System Requirements

Resource Requirement
CPU and Memory

Best practice:

  • 32vCPUs
  • 128GB memory

Standard production:

  • 16vCPUs
  • 64GB memory

Functional test only (non-production):

  • 4vCPUs
  • 16GB memory
Network A single 1โ€GbE virtual network interface

 

Minimum System Requirements for VM Filer Platforms

Size Gbps CPU Memory Drives
Small 1 Gbps

10 dedicated CPUs. On each CPU:

  • 2.2Ghz+
  • AES
64 GB

Metadata: SSD*

Data: HDD or SSD

Medium 5 Gbps

20 dedicated CPUs. On each CPU:

  • 2.2Ghz+
  • AES
128 GB

Metadata: SSD*

Data: SSD.

Note: Some use of HDD may be applicable in low stream environments (under 50 streams).

Large 10 Gbps

50 dedicated CPUs. On each CPU:

  • 2.2Ghz+
  • AES
512 GB All SSD*

 

  • Best practice: 32vCPUs, 128GB memory
  • Standard production: 16vCPUs, 64GB memory
  • Functional test (not for production): 4vCPUs, 16GB memory
  • For production deployments, Panzura recommends a minimum of 2TB capacity and requires SSDs for metadata. For cache, hard disks are supported but Panzura recommends SSDs. The disks must be thick provisioned and dedicated to the Panzura filer. VMware provides IO scheduling fairness between datastores and VMs. Since Panzura is a storage server, Panzura recommends weighting Panzura datastores as the highest priority IO consumer.

AWS-hosted VMs

Size Speed Name Storage
Small 1 Gbps *.2xlarge Provisioned IOPs
Medium 1.5 Gbps *.4xlarge Provisioned IOPs
Large 4 Gbps m5.10xlarge+ Provisioned IOPs

 

Azure-Hosted VMs

Size vCPU Memory: GiB Name Storage
Small 4 28 DS12v2 Managed Storage, Read-Only Host Disk Cache
8 56 DS13v2 Managed Storage, Read-Only Host Disk Cache
Medium 16 64 D16s Standard v3 Managed Storage, Read-Only Host Disk Cache
20 140 DS15 Standard v2 Managed Storage, Read-Only Host Disk Cache
Large 32 128 D32s Standard v3 Managed Storage, Read-Only Host Disk Cache
64 256 D64s Standard v3 Managed Storage, Read-Only Host Disk Cache

 

 

  • Consult Panzura Support for assistance in selecting the appropriate size for your environment.

 

Object Store Compatibility

The following table lists the cloud storage providers that have been tested for compatibility with this release.

Object Store Notes
Amazon AWS S3 All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support the public clouds. Government clouds are supported post-Freedom 7.1.8.0 version.
Cloudian All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support Cloudian
Dell/EMC โ€“ ECS Atmos All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support Dell/EMC - ECS Atmos version 3.2.2.0
Dell/EMC โ€“ ECSโ€ S3 All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support Dell/EMC - ECS S3 version 3.2.2.0
Dell/EMC โ€“ Virtustream All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support Dell/EMC
Google Cloud Storage All Freedom 8.0 and above versions support the public clouds.
Hitachi Cloud Provider - HDS / HCP All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support HDS/HCP version 7.2.3.18
IBM COS โ€“ Native All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support IBM COS โ€“ Native version 3.8.3.9
IBM COS โ€“ S3 All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support IBM COS โ€“ S3 version 3.14.3.8
IBM COS โ€“ Swift All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support IBM COS - Swift
IIJ GIO Service All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support IIJ
Microsoft Azure - Blob Storage All Freedom 7.1 versions support both public and government clouds.
Scality โ€“ S3 All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support Scality
StorageGrid All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support Storage Grid
Wasabi All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support Wasabi
WD ActiveScale System All Freedom 7.1 and above versions support WD Active Scale system

AT&T, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), and ATMOS have been discontinued by the company and are now end of life. For information on how to access support for these cloud providers, contact Panzuraโ€™s support team.

 

Maximum SMB Connections

To ensure Freedom filer stability, and that each filer is not overwhelmed by SMB connections, the following table delineates the maximum limits of SMB connections a filer will accept given resources (system memory, CPU) available. Freedom filers will not accept SMB connections beyond the stated limits in this table. These limits apply to filers deployed as VMs both in-cloud and on-premise. Please note that this table is not a substitute for proper sizing of filers. Please consult your Panzura Sales Engineer for complete recommendations.

 

 

CPU
    4 5 6 7 8 10 12 16 20 24 28 32 36

RAM

(GB)

4 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90
8 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90
16 100 125 150 175 200 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450
24 100 125 150 175 200 675 675 675 675 675 675 675 675
32 100 125 150 175 200 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900
64 100 125 150 175 200 945 1260 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800
128 100 125 150 175 200 945 1260 1890 2520 3150 3150 3150 3150
256 100 125 150 175 200 945 1260 1890 2520 3150 3780 3825 3825
384 100 125 150 175 200 945 1260 1890 2520 3150 3780 4410 5000
512 100 125 150 175 200 945 1260 1890 2520 3150 3780 4410 5000