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Software Defined Storage

Software Defined Storage is the concept of having storage infrastructure controlled and automated by intelligent software, rather than the hardware itself.

Our range of software defined storage servers can have huge benefits for your business. Through the years Broadberry’s server and storage solutions have been presented with a number of awards, consistently besting the likes of HPE, DELL and Fujitsu to be named “Best Storage Appliance” and “Best Server” by leading magazines.

Almost three decades of providing award-winning, enterprise-grade solutions has allowed us to attract some of the world’s largest names as clients, including the likes of NASA, Sony, Sky, the BBC, Virgin, Toshiba, Toyota, ITV, CERN and many more.

Software Defined Storage

Broadberry supply a wide range of software defined storage types, including -

  • Hyper-converged infrastructure software
  • Unified block, file and object
  • Storage virtualisation
  • Scale out block and file
  • Scale out block
  • Scale out file
  • Scale out object
CyberStore 212S 12GB/s Storage Server

2U, 12 Drive Bays, SAS / SATA Rackmount Storage Server

Form Factor:
Drive Size:
3.5" Storage Servers
Drive Bays:
12 Drive Bays
Storage Capacity:
from: £2,626
CyberStore 224S 12GB/s Storage Server

2U, 24 Drive Bays, SAS / SATA Rackmount Storage Server

Form Factor:
Drive Size:
2.5" Storage Servers
Drive Bays:
24 Drive Bays
Storage Capacity:
from: £2,847
CyberStore 316S 12GB/s Storage Server

3U, 16 Drive Bays, SAS / SATA Rackmount Storage Server

Form Factor:
Drive Size:
3.5" Storage Servers
Drive Bays:
16 Drive Bays
Storage Capacity:
from: £3,144
CyberStore 424S 12GB/s Storage Server

4U, 24 Drive Bays, SAS / SATA Rackmount Storage Server

Form Factor:
Drive Size:
3.5" Storage Servers
Drive Bays:
24 Drive Bays
Storage Capacity:
from: £3,336
CyberStore 436S 12GB/s Storage Server

Large Capacity 4U, 36 Drive Bays, SAS / SATA Rackmount Storage Server

Form Factor:
Drive Size:
3.5" Storage Servers
Drive Bays:
36 Drive Bays
Storage Capacity:
from: £3,696
CyberStore 472S 12GB/s Storage Server

Ultra High-Density 4U, 72 Drive Bays, SAS / SATA Rackmount Storage Server

Form Factor:
Drive Size:
2.5" Storage Servers
Drive Bays:
72 Drive Bays
Storage Capacity:
from: £4,361
CyberStore 490S Petabyte Storage Server

Ultra High-Density 4U, 90 Drive Bays, SAS / SATA Rackmount Storage Server

Form Factor:
Drive Size:
3.5" Storage Servers
Drive Bays:
90 Drive Bays
Storage Capacity:
from: £9,384

In today’s world, Broadberry customers demand zero downtime. Downtime can be disastrous for many companies, often leading to financial losses for you and a boost for your competitors.

SDS is the next step in the quest for more highly available, flexible and cost-effective storage solutions that separate the storage software from its hardware.

Software defined storage is built to perform on any industry-standard or x86 system, shedding the software’s reliance on proprietary hardware, unlike traditional storage area network (SAN) and traditional networked-attached storage (NAS) symptoms. Old-school traditional storage is monolithic, essentially sold as a bundle of hardware and proprietary software. The real advantage and usefulness of SDS is in the fact that its independent from any particular hardware.  

SDS does not actually separate the storage itself from the hardware. Instead its just a layer of your technology stack that provides a multitude of services using industry standard servers rather than proprietary hardware. SDS does not abstract what’s actually stored, rather the things that control storage requests. It is a software layer between the physical storage and the data request that enables you to decide how and where data is stored.

Broadberry software defined storage solutions gives you more control, more freedom and better functionality. Which is why some of the world’s biggest organisations such as CERN, Tesco and Google have invested in it.

One vital area where you can enjoy benefits is with the addition of a number of significant protocols. Many leading server providers charge extra for key protocols, while with Broadberry software defined storage these protocols are included for free. Thin provisioning, data deduplication, iSCSI, fibre channel (FC), NFS, SMB (CIFS), compression and deduplication for improved performance, data resilvering, replication, auto tiering, backup, snapshots, disaster recovery and many more protocols are available with your Broadberry SDS server.

You’re also able to take full advantage of virtualisation as our servers are compatible with VMware and Hyper-V, and can be used to create a software defined data centre.

As all features are built into the software, there’s minimal setup of hardware necessary. A lower cost in hardware and a lower cost of maintenance are two perks you enjoy when you choose a Broadberry software defined storage server.

More openness, more efficiency and a lower TCO are the hallmarks of Broadberry SDS servers. Expansion through JBODs is easy and cost-effective, you add as you need and pay as you grow.

Broadberry SDS servers offer flexibility, allowing you to configure and deploy storage systems your way. Choosing the type of hardware and whether to deploy on container, virtual or cloud platforms.

Because of this, its possible to utilise existing hardware rather than needing to purchase a new set of hardware to add functionality. Not only will it extend the life of existing storage assets but it aids in avoiding hardware lock-in and decreases the overall TCO. SDS is future proof and features independence from hardware vendor lock-in.

There are a wide variety of other advantages, including but not limited to future proofing of IT assets, enhanced performance, far greater scalability, better programmability and automation, greater efficiency, and overall agility.

With Broadberry you’ll never suffer from vendor lock-in, a very common practice in this industry.

When you aren’t bound by vendor lock-in, you’re able to enjoy full choice in the type of hardware you use with your server. You’re able to choose the hardware accessories that best fit both your budget and your functional requirements.  

The freedom you have to switch your software whenever you want is invaluable in the long run. The business is forever changing and evolving. If you are limited by vendor lock-in, it could leave you unable to take advantage of opportunities that become available.

With Broadberry, you can sleep soundly at night knowing that if you ever want to change software, either to upgrade or to take advantage of a better fit, you won’t be blocked from doing so.

As your business continues to grow, as will your requirements for storage. The lack of vendor lock-in, the wide range compatibility, the huge efficiency, the lowered cost and the freedom to make your own choice regarding your choice in hardware.  

Broadberry SDS servers feature full compatibility with all major server operating systems, including the likes of Open-E DSS Jovian, Windows Storage Spaces Direct, Nexenta, FreeNAS, OSNexus and many more. You will have the full range of options available to your business.

Broadberry’s range of enterprise grade software defined storage solutions are ideal for improving the power, the efficiency and the quality of your data centre.

Configure your CyberStore storage appliance with a wide range of open-source operating systems for an enterprise-grade, cost-effective storage solution.

Redhat Gluster

Overwhelmed by growing data stores? Easily manage all your big, unstructured, and semistructured dat


The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open so


Ubuntu Server brings economic and technical scalability to your datacentre, public or private. Wheth


The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free oper


OpenSUSE is a Linux-based project and distribution sponsored by SUSE Linux GmbH and other companies

Arch Linux

Arch Linux is a Linux distribution for computers based on x86-64 architectures, composed predominant


FreeBSD is an operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. A lar


OpenIndiana is a free and open-source, Unix operating system derived from OpenSolaris and based on i


Fedora Server is a short-lifecycle, community-supported server operating system that enables seaso

Compatible with all major operating systems, the CyberStore range of open storage servers can be pre-configured with these storage operating systems.

Open-E DSS

Open-E Data Storage Software V7 is a Linux-based data storage software used for building and manag

OS Nexus

QuantaStor is a unified Software Defined Storage (SDS) platform designed to scale up and out to make


StorPool is a block-storage software that uses standard hardware and builds a storage system out of

Excelero NVMesh

Excelero’s Software-Defined Storage NVMesh enables customers to design Server SAN infrastructures

Red Hat Ceph Storage

The power of Ceph can transform your organisation's IT infrastructure and your ability to manage vas

Open-E JovianDSS

Open-E JovianDSS is a ZFS- and Linux-based Data Storage Software designed especially for enterprise-


FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralised and easily accessible place for your data. Use F


Openfiler is a free storage operating system which provides file-based as well as block-based networ


NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source NAS distribution based on the latest FreeBSD 11-1 releases which


NexentaStor is an OpenSolaris or more recently Illumos distribution optimised for virtualisation, st


Rockstor Personal Cloud Server is a powerful local alternative to public cloud storage that mitigate


Amahi is software that runs on a dedicated PC as a central computer for your home. It handles your e

Now more feature-rich than ever, Windows Server operating system works perfectly with our open-standards storage solutions.

Windows Storage Spaces Direct

Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly ava

Starwind VSAN

StarWind VSAN eliminates any need in physical shared storage by simply mirroring internal hard disks

Data Core SANsymphony

With DataCore, you can preserve past investments and avoid hardware vendor lock-in while modernising

Windows Storage Server 2016

Microsoft Windows Storage Server is based on the Windows Server operating system, and it is specific

The Broadberry CyberStore range of unified storage servers support all major file systems for maximum compatibility.



The Broadberry CyberStore range of unified storage servers support all major file systems for maximum compatibility.

Our Rigorous Testing

Before leaving our UK workshop, all Broadberry server and storage solutions undergo a rigorous 48 hour testing procedure. This, along with the high-quality industry leading components we use ensure all of our server and storage solutions meet the strictest quality guidelines demanded from us.

Un-Equaled Flexibility

Our main objective is to offer great value, high-quality server and storage solutions, we understand that every company has different requirements and as such are able to offer un-equaled flexibility in designing custom server and storage solutions to meet our clients' needs.

Trusted by the World's Biggest Brands

We have established ourselves as one of the biggest storage providers in the UK, and since 1989 supplied our server and storage solutions to the world's biggest brands. Our customers include: