With the release of QuantaStor v3.6 a host of new enterprise features have been added to the platform via our integration with the ZFS filesystem. ZFS brings many features including compression, snapshots, smart cloning, smart replication, and SSD caching (ZIL/L2ARC).
- SSD write cache with ZFS, called 'ZIL' allows you to specify a pair of mirrored SSD drives to act as a large write-cache which greatly boosts IOPS for virtualization workloads.
- ZFS pools support compression which not only saves disk space it typically boosts performance by 10% with minimal processor load
- Creating storage volume snapshots are instant and space efficient. You can also setup schedules to automatically create snapshots and maintain a history of checkpoints for easy recovery.
- Replication of volumes to remote systems also leverages ZFS's smart replication capabilities to send just the incremental changes so network bandwidth requirements are minimal for DR configurations.
For a web based demo of the new features in v3.6 contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a 30 minute demo. For the full detailed list of changes in v3.6 please see the full Change Log here.
Software Defined Storage is all about elevating storage above the hardware and going beyond traditional protocols to produce a protocol agnostic platform that delivers SAN, NAS, BigData, and Object Storage in an easy to deploy software platform. The QuantaStor Software Defined Storage platform provides a flexible medium for deploying physical storage appliances and virtual storage appliances (VSA) alike.
Now in v3.5 we've added key scale-out technologies like Gluster support, CIFS support with advanced Avid media-editing capabilities, and new hardware support for STEC PCIe SSD, LSI Nytro MegaRAID and Adaptec 7xxx series controllers.
We've also expanded the capabilities of QuantaGrid so you can now manage over 16 QuantaStor appliances in a grid, virtual and/or physical as a single unit.
For more information on the full feature list and performance of QuantaStor v3 have a look at our new software product brochure here.
One of the big advantages of using StorageLink is that you can map iSCSI LUNs directly to XenServer virtual machines which makes cloud environments much more agile. Now you can move volumes (LUNs) between XenServer Resource Pools and leverage hardware cloning and remote-replication features to move your data around with much greater ease. For more information on how to setup and configure QuantaStor v2.7 with StorageLink please see our online documentation here.