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 email@example.com 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.
QuantaStor v2.6 adds cloud service integration with Librato Metrics, PagerDuty.com, and Softlayer Cloud Storage
Simplified IT support integration with PagerDutyStorage system monitoring should be simple and should fit in with how you monitor all servers. That's why we're big fans of PagerDuty and we've integrated it into QuantaStor v2.6 so you can get alerts sent directly to your IT support team by setting a simple token in the QuantaStor Alert Manager. For more information on PagerDuty please see our new Wiki article here.
Simplified system monitoring with Librato MetricsAlso in our latest v2.6 release is integrated support for Librato Metrics. With Metrics you can now monitor all kinds of stats about your QuantaStor systems including performance IO stats and CPU load from the cloud. For those using QuantaGrid to combine systems the data from all the systems in your grid is automatically aggregated into a common Dashboard so you can see the status of all the systems at a glance. For more information about Metrics please see the Librato site here and our Wiki article here.
Enhanced cloud backup features with SoftLayer Cloud StorageFinally, we've expanded our support for Cloud Backup to include SoftLayer's OpenStack SWIFT based Object Storage service which works both inside and outside the SoftLayer cloud. Using QuantaStor's cloud containers you can create an NFS share of unlimited capacity for use to do offsite backups in the datacenter of your choice.
For more details on the exact changes made in v2.6 please see the change log on our Wiki here.