SoftNAS Virtual Storage Solutions

AWS EC2 System Requirements


SoftNAS Cloud® System Requirements

Listed below is a table to assist with the setup decisions during the configuration required to accomplish various tasks and goals.
Configuration Note
General Purpose
Standard: a good starting point in regards to memory and CPU resources.  This category is suited to handle the processing and caching with minimal requirements for network bandwidth.
High Performance
Medium: good for workloads that are read intensive will benefit from the larger memory-based read cache for this category.  The additional CPU will also provide better performance when deduplication, encryption, compression and/or RAID is enabled.
Extreme Performance
High: This category can be used for workloads that require a very high speed network connection due to the amount of data transferred over a network connection.  In addition to the very high speed network, this level of instance gives you a lot more storage, CPU and memory capacity.
Base RAM
Required for kernel and system operations.
System RAM
8GB or more for best results
Paired with CPU by instance
Additional RAM
1 GB per 1 TB of deduplicated storage.
Recommended for best performance
e.g.: 50 TB deduplicated storage = 50 additional GB for deduplication tables.
Boot Disk
30 GB Hard disk for Linux boot and system disk (all EC2 instance types provide enough space to install and use SoftNAS Cloud®)
Data Disks
Elastic Block Storage (EBS) provides block data storage on Amazon EC2.
Software RAID
Recommended to configure EBS disks using SoftNAS software RAID for increased performance and data durability.
Up to 120 MB/sec
1 GbE
Small to Large instances provide up to 1GbE connectivity. Use High I/O instances to increase network throughput.
HA Networking
Not supported in Amazon EC2.
HA Host Failover
Configure multiple redundant SoftNAS Cloud® instances in separate availablity zones or different geographic regions.
Note: Refer to AWS for specific SSD performance metrics.
CRITICAL: Do not use ephemeral disks for write logs. Ephemeral disks are local instance disks providing a much larger second-level read cache than RAM, and are typically more than twice as fast as standard EBS volumes. However, the data stored here is temporary and therefore lost upon each reboot.

SoftNAS Cloud® System Capacities

Listed below is a table representing the capabilities of the SoftNAS Cloud® for Amazon Web Services.
SoftNAS Cloud® Capacity
Configuration Note
SoftNAS Cloud® Express
1 TB
SoftNAS Cloud® Standard
20 TB
SoftNAS Cloud® Enterprise
16 PB
RAM Cache
1 GB to 100 GB
Defaults to 50% total RAM for read cache
SSD Cache
low-speed level 2 cache
Ephemeral Cache
low-speed level 2 cache
Optional for read cache
Maximum Storage
16 PB
Maximum usable storage capacity with SoftNAS Cloud®, contingent on license.
# of Storage Pools
# of Volumes
# of Snapshots
# of Snapshot Clones
Unlimited Pools & Volumes
SnapReplicate Throttle
56Kb/sec to Unlimited bandwidth
Active Directory
Kerberos Integration
Files and Directories
NFS Exports:
Linux Default
iSCSI Targets
Linux Default
CIFS Shares
Linux Default
Firewall Ports:
22 (ssh), 443 (https)
Plus NFS, iSCSI, and CIFS as required by network
IP Tables Firewall
Off by default
May be configured, but is not required. Use an alternative method to set Security Groups unless added firewall protection on a SoftNAS Cloud® instance is required.
Copyright © 2017 SoftNAS, INC - All Rights Reserved