PlateSpin Forge

Specs

PlateSpin Forge 11.3 Detailed Technical Specifications

Supported Windows configurations:

PlateSpin Forge supports servers for English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese Traditional, and Chinese Simplified versions of Microsoft Windows for the following release versions and server configurations. It supports only the NTFS file system on supported Windows systems. Forge mirrors the Microsoft support of BIOS and UEFI firmware. Disks must be partitioned with the MBR or GPT disk partitioning formats. Support includes both file-level and block-level replications for servers, except as noted.

Note: Protection of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 servers and clusters requires VMware ESXi 6.0 or higher. For upgraded systems, support for Microsoft Server 2016 is not available without rebuilding to PlateSpin Forge 11.3 Appliance 4, which provides VMware 6.5 U1.

Servers:
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 latest SP (32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 latest SP (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 latest SP (32-bit)
Clusters:

Support includes block-level replications with no driver. Driver-based block-based transfer is supported for incremental replications on Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher clusters on FC SANs only.

  • Windows Server 2016 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
Supported Linux distributions:

PlateSpin Forge supports protection for the following distributions of Linux. It supports only the EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, REISERFS, XFS, and NSS (OES) file systems on supported Linux systems. Forge mirrors the Linux support of BIOS and UEFI firmware. Disks can be partitioned with the MBR or GPT disk partitioning formats. Support includes only block-level replications using a blkwatch driver.

Servers:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
    • Versions: 4.x, 5.x, 6.0 to 6.9, and 7.0 to 7.3
    • Note: Support excludes the XFS v5 file system for RHEL 7.3 and distributions based on RHEL 7.3.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
    • Versions: 9.x, 10.x, and 11 SP1 to 11 SP4
  • Open Enterprise Server
    • Versions: 2 SP3, 11 SP1 to 11 SP3, and 2015 SP1
    • Distributions based on SLES
    • Note: For OES 2015 SP1, Forge supports NSS32-bit pools up to 8 TB in size; NSS64-bit pools are not supported.
  • Oracle Linux (formerly Oracle Enterprise Linux)
    • Versions: distributions based on RHEL
    • Note: Blkwatch drivers for UEK and RHCK are available for Oracle Linux 6.7 to 6.9 and 7.0 to 7.3.
  • CentOS
    • Versions: distributions based on RHEL
Requirement for a blkwatch driver:

Replication of protected Linux servers occurs only at the block level. PlateSpin Forge software requires a blkwatch driver compiled for a particular Linux distribution being protected. For a list of distributions that include the blkwatch driver, see Linux Distributions Supported by Forge in the PlateSpin Forge 11.3 User Guide.

Supported VM containers:
  • PlateSpin Forge ships with VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 1 as the protection VM container.
National language support:

PlateSpin Forge provides National Language Support (NLS) for installation and use on machines configured for English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, and Japanese languages. Documentation is available in these languages plus Spanish.

Web Interface access:

Most of your interaction with the appliance takes place through the browser-based PlateSpin Forge Web Interface. Supported web browsers are:

  • Google Chrome, version 34.0 and later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 11.0 and later
  • Mozilla Firefox, version 29.0 and later

Note: JavaScript (Active Scripting) must be enabled in your browser.

PlateSpin Forge 11.2 Detailed Technical Specifications

Supported Windows configurations:

PlateSpin Forge® 11.2 supports servers for English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese Traditional, and Chinese Simplified versions of Microsoft Windows for the following release versions and server configurations. It supports only the New Technology File System (NTFS) on any supported Windows system. Forge mirrors the Microsoft support of BIOS and UEFI firmware. Disks must be partitioned with the MBR or GPT (up to 57 partitions) disk partitioning formats. Support includes both file-level and block-level replications for servers, except as noted.

Servers:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 latest SP (32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 latest SP (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 latest SP (32-bit)
Clusters:

Support includes only block-level replications.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
Hyper-V hosts:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V Role
  • Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V Role
Supported Linux distributions:

PlateSpin Forge 11.2 supports protection for the following distributions of Linux. It supports only the EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, REISERFS, XFS, and NSS (Open Enterprise Server only) file system on any supported Linux system. Forge mirrors the Linux support of BIOS and UEFI firmware. Disks must be partitioned with the MBR or GPT (up to 57 partitions) disk partitioning formats. Support includes only block-level replications using a blkwatch driver.

Servers:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6, and 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, 10, and 11
  • Open Enterprise Server 2 and 11 (based on supported SLES distributions)
  • Oracle Linux (based on supported RHEL distributions; excludes Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • CentOS 4, 5, 6, 7 (based on supported RHEL distributions)
Requirement for a blkwatch driver:

Replication of protected Linux servers occurs only at the block level. PlateSpin Forge software requires a blkwatch driver compiled for a particular Linux distribution being protected. For a list of distributions that include the blkwatch driver, see Linux Distributions Supported by Forge in the PlateSpin Forge 11.2 User Guide.

If your distribution does not include the blkwatch driver, you can create a custom driver by following the steps found in the Knowledgebase Article 7005873.

Supported VM containers:
  • PlateSpin Forge ships with VMware ESXi 5.5 GA2 Update 2 as the protection VM container.
Web interface access:

Most of your interaction with the appliance takes place through the browser-based PlateSpin Forge Web Interface. Supported web browsers are:

  • Google Chrome, version 34.0 and later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 11.0 and later
  • Mozilla Firefox, version 29.0 and later

Note: JavaScript (Active Scripting) must be enabled in your browser.

PlateSpin Forge 11.1 Detailed Technical Specifications

Supported Windows configurations:

PlateSpin Forge® 11.1 supports servers for English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese Traditional, and Chinese Simplified versions of Microsoft Windows for the following release versions and server configurations. It supports only the NTFS file system on any supported Windows system. Forge mirrors the Microsoft support of BIOS and UEFI firmware. Disks must be partitioned with the MBR or GPT (up to 57 partitions) disk partitioning formats. Support includes both file-level and block-level replications for servers, except as noted.

Servers:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64‑bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (64‑bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 latest SP (32‑bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (64‑bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32‑bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 latest SP (64‑bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 latest SP (32‑bit)
Clusters:

Support includes only block-level replications.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 server-based Microsoft Failover Cluster
Hyper-V hosts:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V Role
  • Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V Role
Desktops:
  • Windows 8.1 (requires the High Performance power plan)
  • Windows 8 (requires the High Performance power plan)
  • Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions
Supported Linux distributions:

PlateSpin Forge 11.1 supports protection for the following distributions of Linux. It supports only the EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, REISERFS, XFS, and NSS (Open Enterprise Server only) file system on any supported Linux system. Forge mirrors the Linux support of BIOS and UEFI firmware. Disks must be partitioned with the MBR or GPT (up to 57 partitions) disk partitioning formats. Support includes only block-level replications using a blkwatch driver.

Servers:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6, and 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, 10, and 11
  • Open Enterprise Server 11 SP1 and 11 SP2
  • Oracle Linux (standard kernels based on supported RHEL distributions; excludes Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)
  • CentOS 4, 5, 6, 7
Requirement for a blkwatch driver:

Replication of protected Linux servers occurs only at the block level. PlateSpin Forge software requires a blkwatch driver compiled for a particular Linux distribution being protected. For a list of distributions that include the blkwatch driver, see Linux Distributions Supported by Forge in the PlateSpin Forge 11.2 User Guide.

If your distribution does not include the blkwatch driver, you can create a custom driver by following the steps found in the Knowledgebase Article 7005873.

Supported VM containers:
  • PlateSpin Forge ships with VMware ESXi 5.5 GA2 Update 2 as the protection VM container.
Web interface access:

Most of your interaction with the appliance takes place through the browser-based PlateSpin Forge Web Interface. Supported web browsers are:

  • Google Chrome, version 34.0 and later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 11.0 and later
  • Mozilla Firefox, version 29.0 and later

Note: JavaScript (Active Scripting) must be enabled in your browser.

Technical Information

Supported operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

  • Open Enterprise Server

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux

  • CentOS

Web interface access:

Most of your interaction with the appliance takes place through the browser-based PlateSpin Forge Web Interface. Supported web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox..

Hardware specifications, PlateSpin Forge 700 Series:
  • Processors
    • 2 x 10-core (20-thread) Intel Xeon Silver 4114 CPU @ 2.2 GHz (Turbo: 3.0 GHz)

  • Memory (RAM)
    • 128 GB (16 GB x 8) User-expandable to 768 GB

  • Storage reserved for system software
    • 300 GB

  • Storage available for backups
    • Over 20 TB

  • Gigabit Ethernet Cards
    • 6

  • Dual-channel Fibre Channel card (4 Gbps, 300 iops)
    • Optional

  • RAID controller
    • Yes, RAID 6

  • Remote Access Card (DRAC)
    • Yes

  • DVD-ROM drive
    • No

  • Redundant power supplies
    • Yes

  • Rails and cable management arm
    • Yes

  • Rack-mount form factor
    • 2U

Hardware warranty:

Micro Focus has contracted with Dell to provide broken hardware replacement (ProSupport) services through their global network of qualified technicians, ensuring fast, efficient and worldwide warranty service – and this for the duration of five years after the purchase of a PlateSpin Forge system. Details about this program can be found in the PlateSpin Forge Getting Started Guide that ships with each appliance. To learn more about ProSupport services, visit https://www.dell.com/prosupport

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