QuantaStor 5 Screenshots
The following screenshots highlight key features including storage provisioning, grid technology, storage cluster management, configuration analysis tools and more.
QuantaStor’s has a built-in Getting Started page which simplifies most common configuration and setup activities down to a set of 3 to 5 steps. This helps new and experienced storage administrators to quickly ‘get started’ without having refer to our online documentation.
Storage media like SSDs, HDDs, and NVMe media are combined to create fault-tolerant and highly available Storage Pools. Storage Pools provide a logical entity from which all types of storage may be provisioned including file storage (Network Shares), and block storage (Storage Volumes).
Block storage devices (aka LUNs) are called Storage Volumes in the QuantaStor model. Storage Volumes may be accessed via both iSCSI, FC, and via iSCSI RDMA (iSER). Volumes provisioned from scale-out Storage Pools may also be accessed via the Ceph RBD protocol.
QuantaStor puts the expertise of a Solution and Support Engineering into the software itself with grid self-analysis tools which detect Security, Performance, Network, and other configuration issues, then compiles it into a report with a recommended action to resolve each item.
Storage Pools aggregate storage media devices (SSDs, HDDs, NVMe) together into fault-tolerant and highly-available pools of storage from which file, block, and object storage may be provisioned. QuantaStor’s supports two different storage pool types, one based on ZFS technology and the other based on Ceph technology.
QuantaStor removes the complexity out of deployment, configuration, monitoring, and management of Ceph based storage. Within a single storage grid QuantaStor can manage as many as 32x Ceph clusters. Cluster creation can be automated via QuantaStor’s REST API or done via the web interface in just a few clicks.
Storage Volumes must be assigned to one or more Hosts or Host Groups for them to be accessible on a SAN. Storage Volumes may be assigned to both FC WWPN and iSCSI IQN based initiators.
QuantaStor has one of the most powerful and easy to use security systems in the industry. Each Role is collection of permissions which grants the Users associated with a given Role the rights to do certain operations. In addition to this Users may be associated with a Resource Group to which can scope access to a subset of resources (volumes, pools, shares, etc). The combination of Roles and Resource Groups enables easy enforcement of the security methodology of following the ‘rule of least privilege’.
QuantaStor’s Cloud Container feature enables the mapping of IBM Cloud Storage, AWS S3, Google Object Storage, Azure Blob Storage, Dropbox, Backblaze and Ceph RGW based storage to be accessed as NAS storage via NFS and SMB protocols.
QuantaStor’s Remote Replication Schedules enable IT administrators to setup replication of both Network Shares and Storage Volumes to another QuantaStor system in just a few clicks. Schedules drive both interval and calendar based asynchronous replication and may encompass any number of Storage Volumes and Network Shares across many systems which simplifies to formation of Digital Twins.
QuantaStor does block level incremental (delta based) replication which is fast and efficient. Setup of remote replication is a two step process, the first of which is to setup a Storage System Replication Link between a pair of appliances which sets the bandwidth limit, ports to be used, and options like compression and encryption. Next, Replication Schedules are created to indicate what to replicate, how often, and what pool to used as the destination for a given policy/schedule.
QuantaStor integrates with email, SNMP, Slack, Pagerduty, and other messaging systems to notify IT staff when maintenance is required. Custom alert handler scripts may also be added to communicate directly with internal logging systems.