Deployment Model: On-premise and SaaS
Technology: Unified Computing and FlexPod
Current version: 4.XX
Publisher: OSNEXUS

Server and desktop virtualization environments require highly-available block storage that can deliver consistent performance with minimal downtime. QuantaStor Software Defined Storage appliances are designed with high-availability and scale-out features needed for mission-critical desktop and server virtualization solutions. (VAAI certified).

Scale-out Highly Available Block Storage Virtualization environments are often performance limited by a storage appliance’s ability to deliver solid transactional performance as the number of guest VM workloads increase. To solve this problem and the need for high-availability, QuantaStor delivers a scale-out storage architecture that expands up to 2PB of storage per cluster by adding more storage storage appliances with its storage grid technology. With scale-out block storage there is no down time with near instantaneous failover of workloads when an appliance is disabled or turned off. Using enterprise scale-out storage technologies including Ceph and iSCSI, QuantaStor appliances are compatible with existing virtualization infrastructure platforms. Scale-up Highly Available Block Storage For applications such as cluster databases that are inherently highly-available, QuantaStor can be configured with scale-up ZFS-based storage pools that deliver both file and block storage via all major protocols including NFS, CIFS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel. QuantaStor’s ZFS-based Storage Pools also provide the broadest set of enterprise storage features including data compression, remote replication, snapshots, thin provisioning and encryption.

Advanced RBAC Security Model Create custom roles or modify existing roles to better match the needs of your organization. QuantaStor goes beyond basic RBAC by not indicating which actions/operations a given role has permissions for, it allows you to scope that permission to just the user's objects, or to all objects in the user's associated cloud(s), or to the entire system. Advanced CHAP Management QuantaStor supports per target/volume CHAP (Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol) settings, default CHAP settings at a User level and at the Storage Cloud level. As volumes are created within a storage cloud, they're automatically protected. CHAP settings can be changed in one place and instantly applied to all cloud storage volumes for easier management and SAN security. Audit Logging Automatically generates audit logs of all operations to see changes made by individual IT administrator. Automated Snapshot Schedules Create automatic snapshot schedules of one or more storage volumes and/or network shares automatically. This allows for instant recovery back to a previous point in time to recover lost files or other data. With QuantaStor all snapshots are read-write and any volume snapshot can be instantly 'promoted' to a primary/original storage volume. Big Data & Hadoop Extend QuantaStor by directly installing big data platforms such as Cloudera Hadoop data and compute node services onto QuantaStor appliances. Bit Rot Protection Data integrity checks are automatically computed for both data blocks and meta-data blocks with QuantaStor's ZFS-based Advanced Storage Pool type. Ceph Storage QuantaStor integrates the open-source Ceph technology into the QuantaStor grid management system that makes set up, management and monitoring for scale-out block storage easy. CIFS & NFS Support NAS file sharing support makes it simple to create network shares accessible over both CIFS & NFS. For quick file recovery QuantaStor also supports instant snapshots of network shares that integrate with Windows Shadow Copy enabling users to easily recover older versions of files from within Windows. Citrix StorageLink for XenServer 6.x Integration QuantaStor provides XenServer users with an advanced management StorageLink module that automates storage management operations and enables one-to-one mapping of storage volumes to virtual machines to snapshot, clone and remote-replicate individual VMs. CHAP Authentication QuantaStor allows you to associate a default password to each user account (and storage cloud) so that users can easily change the CHAP password for all their devices all at once without having to update each volume one by one. Client Support VMware ESX/ESXi, Windows XP, 7, 2003 Server, 2008 Server, 2012 Server, Windows Hyper-V, Apple Macintosh OS/X, Citrix XenServer 5.x/6.x, Linux (RedHat, SUSE, CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu), OnApp, and Proxmox. Data Compression Storage Pools have compression enabled by default which both increases usable capacity and increases performance by reducing the amount of data written to disk. Virtualization deployments typically have compressible data and gain an additional 30 percent or more usable storage space due to compression. Encryption QuantaStor supports "one-click” full drive encryption with AES-256 as well as on-the-wire encryption via SMB3, IPSec, and HTTPS. Encryption and decryption performance is accelerated by much as eight times through the use of Intel’s AES-NI technology found on Intel Xeon® processors. Gluster Management GlusterFS is fully integrated into QuantaStor providing automatic peer setup, volume provisioning, volume expansion and rebalancing. Hardware & Software Encryption Encryption is integrated into hardware (LSI SafeStore) and software (LUKS). QuantaStor provides a number of options to ensure that data is secure and meets industry compliance requirements such as HIPAA. Hardware RAID Controller Integration QuantaStor has a dynamic plug-in framework for integrating third- party hardware RAID controllers enabling the use of advanced enterprise hardware RAID capabilities from LSI, Adaptec, HP, Dell, and IBM. QuantaStor also supports LSI Warpdrive, Fusion IO and STEC PCIe SSD storage. Management integration includes operations such as create/delete RAID unit, hot spare management, dynamically growing RAID unit, disk identification and enclosure layout views. High Availability Both single-node and multi-node solutions can leverage hardware accelerated RAID to ensure fault-tolerance in the event of a disk failure. Multi-node scale-out configurations are highly available with near instant failover. Host Groups Hosts are often combined into clusters or pools for use with Microsoft MSCS, Hyper-V, VMWare, and XenServer. The host group object allows IT administrators to combine hosts into a group within the storage system to assign storage to all hosts simultaneously as a group rather than assign a volumes to each host individually. Hyperscale Provision up to 64 storage appliances and petabytes in a single grid with support for all major server vendors (HP, Dell, Cisco, IBM/Lenovo and SuperMicro) all managed as a single grid storage system. iSCSI & FibreChannel Support Native support for the latest 10GbE network adapters as well as 8Gb FibreChannel via Qlogic QLE25xx and QLE24xx HBAs. iSCSI Storage Gateway Mode Support for using QuantaStor as an iSCSI storage gateway appliance in front of QuantaStor or 3rd party storage appliances including NetApp and EMC systems. Intuitve UI QuantaStor's web-based UI provides a rich experience from within a traditional desktop or tablet web browser without having to install client software. Instant Snapshots With volumes and shares residing in Advanced ZFS Storage Pools, IT administrators can create instant snapshots of volumes that are read/write accessible. Instant Snapshot Recovery Accidental file deletion and data recovery is enabled through volume and network shares snapshots that can be created automatically on a schedule. No Hardware Limits QuantaStor works with all major standard server hardware to meet IOPS and bandwidth requirements using a hardware vendor of your choice. Object Storage QuantaStor delivers object storage support via both S3 and SWIFT using integrated Ceph technology. All object storage configurations require a minimum configuration of a 3x appliance node grid each with at least 3x disks or logical disk drives per appliance. Online Pool Grow/Relayout "Hot-plug" drives into storage appliances and grow ZFS-based storage pools while they're online. Achieve true zero-downtime expandability with QuantaStor appliances. Quality of Service (QoS) Controls QuantaStor offers storage read and write bandwidth limiting, referred to as Quality of Service (QoS) controls, to ensure reliable and predictable service quality for all applications and users of a given appliance. In a shared or multi-tenancy environment, QuantaStor QoS controls are enabled for storage volumes via policy management. RAID Layouts All major RAID layouts are supported including RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, RAID10, RAID50, and RAID60. QuantaStor offers both hardware RAID and software RAID at the storage pool level providing a broad set of configuration choices. Remote Replication Replicate storage volumes and network shares over a LAN or WAN to another QuantaStor system with remote replication. Ideal for replicating critical workloads to a disaster recovery site. Remote Management CLI The QuantaStor remote management CLI allows storage management scripting and automation. The CLI runs on both Windows and Linux and includes an XML output mode for easy parsing and integration with custom applications and provisioning tools. REST APIs QuantStor's REST API support enables automated provisioning and management operations. REST APIs can be also be accessed via command line scripting. Scale-out Management QuantaStor's grid management technology simplifies scale-out storage by letting IT administrators manage multiple local or global, virtual or physical QuantaStor appliances as a single unit. SSD Caching Integrated SSD read/write caching is included with advanced ZFS-based storage pools as well as SSD cache management features for LSI Nytro and Adaptec RAID controllers, both ideal for XFS based storage pools for sequential IO workloads. SSD Optimized Achieve high IOPs numbers with QuantaStor-based SSD solution with LSI MegaRAID controllers and integrated LSI FastPath software. Storage Clouds Segment storage system into multiple private storage clouds utilized and administered by multiple groups of users. Storage clouds create a security envelope that ensures that cloud users can only see their resources and those resources that exist within the storage cloud(s) to which they are a member. Storage Volume Groups Databases are often split up between multiple LUNs where one contains the index, another contains the data, and another contains the database log file. In such cases a given application or machine image will be comprised of multiple storage volumes. Using storage volume groups combine volumes (LUNs) together to improve organization and perform macro-level operations on the storage volume groups such as snapshot and cloning. Storage Quotas Set storage quota limits on the maximum amount of storage that can be thin-provisioned or the maximum amount of storage that can be physically utilized and the maximum number of volumes that can be provisioned. Storage quotas are associated with storage clouds to create one per cloud and cover all users within that cloud storage pool. Users can also be members of more than one storage cloud. Thin Provisioning/ Over Provisioning Allocate volumes without having to dedicate the storage until it is needed. With thin-provisioning make the volume (LUN)s as large as needed (up to 2x the size of the storage pool). User Groups User groups represent an arbitrary collection of users and allow administrators to group teams of storage users together independently from storage clouds. This makes adding teams to multiple clouds easier and reduces complexity. Volume Resize Volume expansion is always thinly provisioned allowing resizing of volumes to make them larger without wasting space. Volume Shadow Copy Support Support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) to enable integration with backup applications including NetBackup, BackupExec and CommVault. Volume Utilization Metrics Volume utilization metrics can be collected for a tunable number of days (default is 60) to enabled charge-back accounting based on hourly IO utilization and storage utilization.

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