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QuantaStor v3 Key Features

Feature Description
QuantaGrid™ Scale-out Management Our integrated QuantaGrid™ federated management technology greatly simplifies scaling out your environment by enabling you to manage multiple QuantaStor appliances as a single unit. The appliances can be at the same site or across multiples sites, virtual or physical appliances, using a heterogeneous mix of storage. Scale-out has never been so easy.
Integrated Gluster™ Management (Scale-out NAS) QuantaStor makes Gluster deployments easy by fully integrating features like automatic peer setup, volume provisioning and other steps including volume expansion, and rebalancing.
SSD Caching QuantaStor provides integrated SSD read/write caching with our advanced ZFS based storage pools. Additionally, QuantaStor has integrated SSD cache management features for LSI Nytro & Adaptec RAID controllers which is ideal for XFS based storage pools for sequential IO workloads.
Software & Hardware Encryption QuantaStor supports hardware encryption via LSI SafeStore (Dell PERC/LSI MegaRAID) controllers using SED/FDE SAS drives as well as software based encryption for use with any controller hardware or disk type.
High Availability High-Availability enables automatic and/or manual fail-over of storage pools in the event of a hardware failure or hardware maintenance need.
iSCSI & FibreChannel Support QuantaStor was designed to be the easiest SAN on the market to manage and deploy with native support for the latest 10GbE network adapters as well as 8Gb FibreChannel via Qlogic QLE25xx and QLE24xx HBAs.
REST APIs Automation of your storage environment has never been simpler. With QuantStor's REST API support you can now fully automate all provisioning and management operations with ease. REST APIs can be also be accessed via command line scripting with the curl utility.
Continuous Pool Replication For XFS based storage pools QuantaStor offers continuous WAN or LAN replication for site-to-site DR failover deployments.
CIFS & NFSv3/v4 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 which integrates with Windows Shadow Copy so users can easily recover older versions of their files from within Windows on their own.
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, & Proxmox
Thin Provisioning / Over Provisioning Thin provisioning is a technology that enables you to allocate volumes without having to dedicate the storage until it is needed. It's a powerful tool because it allows you to eliminate the guess-work about how much a given application or virtual machine will require. With thin-provisioning you just make the volume (LUN) as large as you like (up to 2x the size of the storage pool), and then you can add more storage to the storage pool down the road as need requires.
NIC Teaming / Bonding NIC bonding allows you to bind together multiple network ports to boost aggregate bandwidth. It also gives you fault-tolerance as in the event one of the ports is disconnected traffic will continue to flow on the other connections in a round-robin fashion.
Object Storage integration with Amazon S3, SoftLayer Object Storage, & OpenStack SWIFT Within QuantaStor you can select any storage volume and make a backup of it to the Amazon S3 cloud. You can also turn your cloud storage into an NFS share making backups to the cloud easier and cheaper with automatic compression, deduplication and encryption of all your data.
Data Compression With our ZFS based Advanced Storage Pools we recommend the use of compression for improved performance (typically a 10% boost) and storage utilization.
Audit Logging QuantaStor automatically generates audit logs of all operations so that you can easily see what changes were made by who and when.
Big Data & Hadoop Based on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS the QuantaStor platform is flexible and customizable for use with Big Data applications like Hadoop. This means that you can extend QuantaStor by directly installing big data platforms like Cloudera Hadoop data and compute node services onto your QuantaStor appliances. Our goal is to enable you to tackle all your storage needs from scale-out Big Data to SAN/NAS in a single, easy to manage, Software Defined Storage platform.
Data Check-sums / Online Integrity Checks Data integrity checks are automatically computed for both data blocks and meta-data blocks with our ZFS based Advanced Storage Pool type.
Integrated with Citrix StorageLink for XenServer 6.x QuantaStor provides XenServer users with an advanced management StorageLink module which automates storage managment operations and enables one-to-one mapping of storage volumes to virtual machines. This has many advantages as it makes it possible to leverage QuantaStor to snapshot, clone and remote-replicate individual VMs.
No Hardware Limits QuantaStor works with all major standard server hardware so you can build your appliance to meet your IOPS and bandwidth requirements using the hardware vendor of your choice. Now you're in control of your hardware costs and can build faster more effective solutions with all the money you save.
Unlimited Sessions You can connect to a given volume (LUN) from all the nodes in your VMWare cluster or Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster without having to worry about upper limits on the initiator connection count found in other storage systems.
Remote Management CLI for Windows & Linux The remote management CLI allows you to easily script the management of your storage system(s). 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.
Enterprise Grade Web 2.0 Management Interface QuantaStor Manager is our web based management application for managing your QuantaStor system(s). Simply enter the IP address of your QuantaStor storage system into any major browser and you can manage your storage system from nearly anywhere. QuantaStor Manager is a true web application as it was developed using the latest in Web 2.0 development tools to give you that rich experience you get from a traditional desktop application (no page refreshes) without having to install anything on your desktop. With multiple systems in a grid the same holds true. Login to any node in the grid and you see the same grid-wide single pane of glass that is enabled by our QuantaGrid federated management technology.
Instant Recovery from Snapshot Deleted a file by mistake, or perhaps you need to recover some files from several weeks back, or recover from a bad driver install? Recovery from these common scenarios is made easy with volumes and network shares snapshots which you can have created automatically on a schedule for you.
Automated Snapshot Schedules Snapshot schedules allow one to create automatic snapshots of one or more storage volumes and/or network shares automatically on a schedule. 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.
CHAP Authentication CHAP stands for 'Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol' and it allows you to apply a password on each volume so that you can effectively control and secure access to your LUNs/volumes. QuantaStor also 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.
Volume Resize Growing an existing storage volume to make it larger is just a couple of clicks away. Volume expansion is always thinly provisioned so you can resize volumes to make them larger anytime without wasting space.
Online Pool Grow/Relayout Running out of disk space? You can hot-plug more drives into the system and grow your ZFS based storage pools while they're online. With QuantaStor you get true zero-downtime expandability.
Advanced CHAP management CHAP authentication has always been a challenge to manage and maintain as most storage systems require that a CHAP user/pass be set on each storage volume individually. QuantaStor supports per target/volume CHAP settings, but it also supports a default CHAP settings at a User level and at the Storage Cloud level. This way, as you create volumes within a storage cloud they're automatically protected and when you need to change the CHAP settings you can do it in one place and have it instantly applied to all the storage volumes in the cloud. That not only makes it easier to manage, it makes it must easier to maintain a secure SAN.
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 so that you have a broad set of configuration choices at your disposal to meet and exceed your performance requirements.
User Groups User groups represent an arbitrary collection of users and allows administrators to group teams of people together independently from storage clouds. This makes adding teams to multiple clouds easier and reduces complexity.
Storage Volume Groups Databases are often split up between multiple LUNs where one contains the index, another contains the data, and perhaps 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 you can combine these volumes (LUNs) together to improve organization and you can perform macro level operations on the storage volume groups like snapshot and clone.
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 you to combine these hosts into a group within the storage system so that you can assign storage to all the hosts at once as a group rather than having to painstakingly assign a given volume to each host one at a time. This can be particularly painful with traditional systems when you have to assign several volumes to several hosts. With QuantaStor's easy to use storage assignment dialogs and Host Groups we make it a snap.
Storage Clouds An innovative patent-pending feature that allows you to divide up the storage system into multiple private storage clouds so that the storage system can effectively be utilized and administered by multiple groups of users. Storage clouds enforce 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 Quotas With storage quotas you can set limits on the maximum amount of storage that can be thin-provisioned, 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 clouds so you only need to create one per cloud and it covers all the users within that cloud. Users can also be members of more than one cloud.
SSD Optimized When combined with LSI MegaRAID controllers and integrated LSI FastPath software you can attain extremely high IOPs numbers with a QuantaStor based SSD solution.
Remote Replication Remote replication allows you to replicate storage volumes and network shares over a LAN or WAN to another QuantaStor system. Ideal for replicating critical work-loads to a disaster recovery site.
Advanced RBAC security model Create custom roles or modify existing ones to better match the needs of your organization. QuantaStor goes beyond basic RBAC by not only allowing you to indicate 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.
Instant Snapshots With volumes and shares residing in Advanced ZFS Storage Pools you can create instant snapshots of volumes which are read/write accessible.
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.
Hardware RAID Controller Integration LSI Nytro MegaRAID, LSI MegaRAID, HP P8xx/P4xx, Adaptec 7xxx/6xxx/5xxx, STEC, & Fusion IO
QuantaStor has a dynamic plug-in framework for the integration of 3rd party hardware RAID controllers so that you can leverage the advanced capabilities of enterprise hardware RAID from LSI, Adaptec, HP, Dell, and IBM. QuantaStor also supports LSI Warpdrive, Fusion IO and STEC PCIe SSD storage. Management integration includes operations like create/delete RAID unit, hot spare management, dynamically growing RAID unit, disk identification, enclosure layout views and more.