XCubeSAN XS5200

The Perfect SAN Storage for Mission-Critical Environments
The XCubeSAN XS5200 series is the newest generation of Dual-Active (Active-Active) SAN systems with high performance. It’s simple, secure, scalable, and affordable for enterprises. It brings enterprise-level features such as thin provisioning, SSD read and write cache, auto tiering, and snapshot to the SMBs. The XS5200 products are designed to be an ideal solution to the applications of mission critical data centers, high performance computing, virtualization integration, or media and entertainment environments.
Wide Ranging Product Portfolio
The XS5200 series features a wide range of form factors including:
  • XS5224: 4U 24-bay, LFF (Large Form Factor)
  • XS5216: 3U 16-bay, LFF
  • XS5212: 2U 12-bay, LFF
  • XS5226: 2U 26-bay, SFF (Small Form Factor)
Dual-Active Design
The XS5200 series features a Dual-Active controller architecture. Both controllers concurrently provide storage services in real time. Active-Active architecture doubles the available host bandwidth and cache-hit ratio which ensures there is no wasted resource in the system. If one controller fails, the other controller can transparently seamlessly take over all storage services. In addition to storage services, management services can be transparently passed to the secondary controller.
Ultra-high Performance
With its all-new hardware architecture and leveraging Intel® processor, 12Gb SAS 3.0 backplane, built-in 10GbE LAN, and the finely-tuned SANOS 4.0’s performance, the XS5200 series can deliver an astounding 12,000MB/s1sequential read and 8,000MB/s1 sequential write in throughput and over 1.5 million2 sequential IOPS.
XS5226, SFF 2U26
Design for All-flash Storage
QSAN XS5226 model (2.5” 2U 26-bay) is the industry’s first high-density all flash/low power SAN storage. It has accelerated performance, consolidated space, and two more storage bays (up to 8% more capacity) than the popular 2U 24-bay products available on the market. This can further lower the cost per TB, minimize IT rack space, and generate a smaller and greener footprint.
High Availability with No Single Point-of-Failure
The XS5200 series is a proven high-availability SAN storage system. All of the critical components in the XS5200 series are hot pluggable and designed with full redundancy. Additionally, dual-active controller design and automatic failover/failback mechanism and cache mirroring through NTB (Non-Transparent Bridge) bus to achieve Active-Active HA functionality allows the XS5200 series to withstand multiple component failures and achieve 99.999% availability.
Latest 12Gb SAS 3.0 Controller
12Gb SAS 3.0 is the latest and fastest drive interface available. It doubles the data transfer rate of SAS 2.0 (6Gb), while remaining backward compatible with 6Gb SAS 2.0 drives. The benefit is that you have the flexibility to purchase less expensive 6Gb SAS drives for initial installation or leverage investment of your existing 6Gb SAS drives and have a peace of mind knowing you can migrate to 12Gb SAS 3.0 by purchasing only new drives.
Built-in High Speed 10GbE LAN Ports
The base unit SAN controller comes with two onboard 10GBASE-T iSCSI ports per controller. The Dual-Active controller XS5200 SAN system has four 10GBASE-T iSCSI ports reaching 40Gb/s bandwidth when you aggregate all ports together. This base unit SAN system comes ready to support a variety of applications including data sharing, backup, video editing, and native virtualization support for VMware, Citrix, and Hyper-V.
Multipath Storage Access
MPIO (Multi Path Input Output) is a fault-tolerance and performance enhancement technique which allows the use of more than one path to the volume from the same host server. MPIO is supported in both iSCSI and Fibre Channel protocols.
SANOS 4.0 SAN Operation System

SANOS 4.0 is QSAN’s proprietary SAN storage operating system. SANOS 4.0 is equipped with a refreshingly simple to use web GUI and is easily deployable into any infrastructure. Based on the Linux kernel, SANOS delivers comprehensive storage functionality including advanced storage management, complete RAID level protection, fast RAID rebuild, storage pool migration, thin provisioning, SSD cache, auto-tiering, snapshot, data backup and disaster recovery, virtualization support, performance monitoring, scale-up support, and more.

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Advanced RAID Levels Technology

The most efficient and economical data protection method for enterprise and SMBs remains to be RAID technology. Using RAID has two advantages – high availability and better performance. SANOS supports complete RAID levels including RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, N-way mirror and also RAID EE technology including RAID 5EE, 6EE, 50EE, 60EE for reducing the long rebuild risk. You can choose the appropriate RAID level to best suit the application requirements.

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Enterprise Storage Features

QSAN’s in-house developed RAID stack technology has a proven track record of being deployed in enterprise environments for over ten years and is highly trusted by both SMB and enterprise customers globally. The advanced LVM (Logical Volume Manager) builds a solid foundation of disk virtualization to provide complete RAID level protection, enhanced performance, and many other enterprise-level storage features built on top.

Learn more about Thin Provisioning (QThin) >
Learn more about SSD Cache (QCache) >
Learn more about Auto Tiering (QTiering) >
Learn more about Snapshot (QSnap) >
Learn more about Local Volume Clone (QClone) >
Learn more about Remote Replication (QReplica) >

Scale-up Solution
The XS5200 SAN provides a massive scale-up capability by connecting either our XD5300 expansion enclosures. It can support up to an impressive 286 disk drives or up to 2.6PB of raw storage space when using 10TB NL-SAS drives.
High Density, High Flexibilty, and High Scalability
The expansion XD5300 series is the best scale-up solution for XCubeSAN XS5200 customers. It is available in 4U LFF 24-bay (XD5324D), 3U 16-bay (XD5316D), 2U 12-bay (XD5312D), and the world’s first 2U SFF 26-bay (XD5326D). These can support up to ten expansion enclosures. For ultimate flexibility, there is no restriction on mixing different form factors of expansion enclosures together. Users can choose different form factors of expansion enclosures in accordance to their needs and budget.
Modular I/O Ports for iSCSI SAN and Fibre Channel SAN
Each XS5200 SAN controller has two host card slots that can be configured as iSCSI SAN, Fibre Channel, or a mix of both. There are various types of optional host cards available to match your specific need, including 16Gb Fibre Channel, 10GbE iSCSI, and 1GbE iSCSI. You can choose the appropriate host card for your initial requirement and as your business grows you can add extra host cards to enhance system connectivity.
In dual controller configurations, the system can support up to 20 ports of 10GbE iSCSI or 8 ports of 16Gb FC connectivity3. Both 10GbE iSCSI with SFP+ interface and 10GBASE-T interface can coexist and deliver concurrent data services and maximize uptime. Utilizing these numerous ports, you can cost-effectively connect multiple host servers directly to the XS5200 series without using an FC switch or Ethernet switch.
Cache-to-Flash Memory Protection Technology

In the event of power loss, the I/O cache data stored in volatile memory will be lost. This can cause data inconsistencies, especially in database applications. The XS5200 series can provide an optional Cache-to-Flash memory protection function that will safely transfer the memory cache data to a non-volatile flash device for permanent preservation. The optional Cache-to-Flash module comes with an M.2 flash module and either a BBM (Battery Backup Module) or an SCM (Super Capacitor Module).

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Enable Mission Critical Applications
Mission critical applications such as OLTP (On-Line Transaction Processing) applications, virtualized data center and data warehouses, HPC (High Performance Computing), and e-mail, web, file serving in large enterprise usually require direct access to drives (block-level devices), heavy I/O workloads and low I/O latency. With QSOE 2.0 (QSAN Storage Optimization Engine) technology and next generation storage platform, the XS5200 series provides extreme IOPS and is accelerated performance enterprise-class storage systems designed for these I/O critical applications. Leveraging the powerful Intel® Xeon® multi-core processor to offload iSCSI stack and Fibre Channel stack to a dedicated core to accelerate performance and reduce I/O latency. QSOE 2.0 can boost performance by 50% and deliver stable high performance to enable all your mission critical business applications and remove your performance bottleneck.
Live Database Management
The XS5200 series is built for mission-critical database applications. Its five 9’s high availability, dual active controllers, Cache-to-Flash memory protection, and efficient array-based backup solutions are all tailor-made for database applications. By using QCache or all flash solutions, database latency can increase performance up to 400%. Thanks to this performance increase, you can consolidate more databases into the XS5200 series and reduce database licensing fees by up to 50%. Using the free QSnap/QClone/QReplica enterprise storage functions reduces database backup time from hours to minutes by utilizing incremental copy-on-write technology. Running your SQL Server environment or Orcale 12c database environment on the XS5200 series means:
  • Accelerated database performance with stunning throughput and high random IOPS
  • Reduce or eliminate planned/unplanned downtime utilizing the redundant components, high availability and non-disruptive operations
  • Reduce storage and data management costs and increase ROI (Return On Investment)
  • Accelerate application test/develop process and deployment
Server Virtualization Solution
The XS5200 series is a virtualization-ready SAN storage system. It supports vMotion, DRS, HA from VMware and Live Migration from Hyper-V and XenMotion from Citrix. You need a Dual-Active SAN storage solution to construct a failsafe server virtualization deployment. Because all the VM image files are stored in the XS5200 SAN storage protected by the Dual-Active high availability. No matter if it is the failure of VM or a physical server or storage system, the server virtualization solution has no single point-of-failure from head to toe and can provide non-stop services at all times. The XS5200 Dual–Active SAN storage is most definitely “best practice” for server virtualization.
Video Editing
The XS5200 series is an ideal storage solution for pre-production and post-production environments. Superior performance and high throughput make the XS5200 series work seamlessly with popular video editing applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, AVID Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, etc.
Green Technology

At QSAN, we pride ourselves on our commitment to build highly efficient and low carbon footprint devices. To safeguard the earth and our environment, the XS5200 product range uses various green technologies for energy savings and minimization of your carbon footprint.

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RAID Controller

Dual-active controller (Model : XS5224D / XS5216D / XS5212D / XS5226D)

Single-upgradable controller (Model : XS5212S / XS5226S)


Intel® Xeon® D-1500 4-core processor (8-core processor models are also available)

(per Controller)

DDR4 ECC 8GB, up to 128GB (four DIMM slots, insert two DIMMs or more will boost performance)

Host Connectivity
(per Controller)

Host Card Slot 1 (optional)

  • 4 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports
  • 2 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports
  • 4 x 10GbE iSCSI (SFP+) ports
  • 2 x 10GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports
  • 4 x 1GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports

Host Card Slot 2 (optional)

  • 4 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports (Slot 2 provides 20Gb bandwidth)
  • 2 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports (Slot 2 provides 20Gb bandwidth)
  • 4 x 10GbE iSCSI (SFP+) ports (Slot 2 provides 20Gb bandwidth)
  • 2 x 10GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports
  • 4 x 1GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports


  • 2 x 10GBASE-T iSCSI ports
  • 1 x 1GbE management port

Expansion Connectivity (per Controller)

Built-in 2 x 12Gb/s SAS wide ports (SFF-8644)

Drive Type

XS5224 / XS5216 / XS5212

  • Mix & match 3.5″ 2.5″ SAS, NL-SAS, SED HDD
  • 2.5” SAS, SATA SSD (6Gb MUX board needed for 2.5″ SATA drives in dual controller system)


  • 2.5″ SAS, NL-SAS, SED HDD
  • 2.5” SAS, SATA SSD (6Gb MUX board needed for 2.5″ SATA drives in dual controller system)

Expansion Capabilities

Up to 10 expansion units using XD5300 series 12Gb SAS expansion enclosure

  • XD5324 (4U 24-bay, LFF)
  • XD5316 (3U 16-bay, LFF)
  • XD5312 (2U 12-bay, LFF)
  • XD5326 (2U 26-bay, SFF)

Max. Drives Supported

  • XS5224 (4U 24-bay, LFF) : 284
  • XS5216 (3U 16-bay, LFF) : 276
  • XS5212 (2U 12-bay, LFF) : 272
  • XS5226 (2U 26-bay, SFF) : 286

(H x W x D)

19” Rackmount

  • XS5224 (4U 24-bay, LFF) : 170.3 x 438 x 515 mm
  • XS5216 (3U 16-bay, LFF) : 130.4 x 438 x 515 mm
  • XS5212 (2U 12-bay, LFF) : 88 x 438 x 515 mm
  • XS5226 (2U 26-bay, SFF) : 88 x 438 x 491 mm

Memory Protection

Cache-to-Flash module (optional)

  • Battery backup module + Flash module (to protect all memory capacity)
  • Super capacitor module + Flash module (to protect up to 16GB memory per controller)

LCM (LCD Module)

USB LCM (optional)

Power Supply

80 PLUS Platinum, two redundant 770W (1+1)
AC Input
100~127V    10A, 50-60Hz
200~240V    5A, 50-60Hz
DC Output
+12V        63.4A
+5VSB      2.0A

Fan Module

2 x hot pluggable/redundant fan modules

Storage Management

  • RAID level 0 ,1 ,0+1 ,3 ,5 ,6 ,10 ,30 ,50, 60, and N-way mirror
  • RAID EE level 5EE, 6EE, 50EE, and 60EE
  • Flexible storage pool ownership
  • Thin Provisioning (QThin) with space reclamation
  • SSD Cache (QCache1)
  • Auto Tiering (QTiering1)
  • Global, local, and dedicated hot spares
  • Write-through and write-back cache policy
  • Online disk roaming
  • Spreading RAID disks drives across enclosures
  • Background I/O priority setting
  • Instant RAID volume availability
  • Fast RAID rebuild
  • Online storage pool expansion
  • Online RAID level migration
  • Online volume extension
  • Online volume migration2
  • Auto volume rebuilding
  • Instant volume restoration
  • SED & ISE drive support
  • Video editing mode for enhanced performance
  • Disk drive health check and S.M.A.R.T attributes
  • Storage pool parity check and media scan for disk scrubbing
  • SSD wear lifetime indicator
  • Disk drive firmware batch update

iSCSI Host Connectivity

  • Proven QSOE 2.0 optimization engine
  • CHAP & mutual CHAP authentication
  • SCSI-3 PR (Persistent Reservation for I/O fencing) support
  • iSNS support
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) support
  • Jumbo frame (9,000 bytes) support
  • Up to 256 iSCSI targets
  • Up to 512 hosts per controller
  • Up to 1,024 sessions per controller

Fibre Channel Host Connectivity

  • Proven QSOE 2.0 optimization engine
  • FCP-2 & FCP-3 support
  • Auto detect link speed and topology
  • Topology supports point-to-point3 and loop
  • Up to 256 hosts per controller

High Availability

  • Dual-Active (Active/Active) SAN controllers
  • Cache mirroring through NTB bus
  • ALUA support
  • Management port seamless failover
  • Fault-tolerant and redundant modular components for SAN controller, PSU, FAN module, and dual port disk drive interface
  • Dual-ported HDD tray connector
  • Multipath I/O and load balancing support (MPIO, MC/S, Trunking, and LACP)
  • Firmware update with zero system downtime


  • Secured Web (HTTPS), SSH (Secure Shell)
  • iSCSI Force Field to protect from mutant network attack
  • iSCSI CHAP & mutual CHAP authentication
  • SED & ISE drive support

Storage Efficiency

  • Thin Provisioning (QThin) with space reclamation
  • Auto Tiering (QTiering1) with 3 levels of storage tiers


  • DHCP, Static IP, NTP, Trunking, LACP, VLAN, Jumbo frame (up to 9,000 bytes)

Advanced Data Protection

  • Snapshot (QSnap), block-level, differential backup
    • Writeable snapshot support
    • Manual or schedule tasks
    • Up to 64 snapshots per volume
    • Up to 64 volumes for snapshot
    • Up to 4,096 snapshots per system
  • Remote Replication (QReplica)
    • Asynchronous, block-level, differential backup based on snapshot technology
    • Traffic shaping for dynamic bandwidth controller
    • Manual or schedule tasks
    • Auto rollback to previous version if current replication fails
    • Up to 32 schedule tasks per controller
  • Volume clone for local replication
  • Configurable N-way mirroring
  • Integration with Windows VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service)
  • Instant volume restoration
  • Cache-to-Flash memory protection1
    • M.2 flash module
    • Power module: BBM or SCM (Super Capacitor Module)
  • USB and network UPS support with SNMP management

Virtualization Certification

  • Server Virtualization & Clustering
  • Latest VMware vSphere certification
  • VMware VAAI for iSCSI & FC
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2 Hyper-V certification
  • Microsoft ODX
  • Latest Citrix XenServer certification

Easy Management

  • USB LCM1, serial console support, online firmware update
  • Intuitive Web management UI, secured web (HTTPS), SSH (Secured Shell), LED indicators
  • S.E.S. support, S.M.A.R.T. support, Wake-on-LAN, and Wake-on-SAS

Green & Energy Efficiency

  • 80 PLUS Platinum power supply
  • Wake-on-LAN to turn on or wake up the system only when necessary
  • Auto disk spin-down

Host Operating Systems Support

  • Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
  • SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) 10, 11, 12
  • RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 5, 6, 7
  • CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) 6, 7
  • Solaris 10, 11
  • Free BSD 9, 10
  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
Warranty & Regulatory


System : 3 years
Battery backup module : 1 year
Super capacitor module : 1 year


Operating Environment


Operating temperature : 0 to 40°C
Shipping temperature : -10 to 50°C

Relative Humidity

Operating relative humidity : 20% to 80% non-condensing
Non-operating relative humidity : 10% to 90%

1 The function is optional and is not included in the default package.
2 The feature is based on RAID level migration of disk groups on the fly in thick provisioning pools.
3 16Gb Fibre Channel only supports Point-to-Point topology.

Form Factors Models Host Connectivity (per Controller)

4U 24-bay, LFF


Host Card Slot 1 (optional)

  • 4 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports
  • 2 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports
  • 4 x 10GbE iSCSI (SFP+) ports
  • 2 x 10GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports
  • 4 x 1GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports

Host Card Slot 2 (optional)

  • 4 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports (Slot 2 provides 20Gb bandwidth)
  • 2 x 16Gb FC (SFP+) ports (Slot 2 provides 20Gb bandwidth)
  • 4 x 10GbE iSCSI (SFP+) ports (Slot 2 provides 20Gb bandwidth)
  • 2 x 10GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports
  • 4 x 1GbE iSCSI (RJ45) ports

3U 16-bay, LFF


2U 12-bay, LFF



2U 26-bay, SFF



D : Dual-active Controllers
S : Single-upgradable Controller

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QSAN XCubeSAN XS5200 Datasheet (Lite) (Deutsch) 2018-03 Download
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QSAN XCubeSAN Quick Installation Guide (Deutsch) 2017-06 Download
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