As data generated by smart meters for electric and gas monitoring as well as water transmission and distribution systems continues to increase, storage systems must scale to meet the needs of energy and utility companies. In addition, regulatory and compliance requirements are driving the need for companies to manage and store data for long periods of time. QuantaStor SDS helps energy and utility companies manage and secure their data assets while accelerating analytics processing and IT agility with its grid architecture. The grid architecture enables physical and virtual storage appliances to span global datacenters, on-premises sites and the cloud. Leveraging open source file systems and protocols including NFS, CIFS, SMB, iSCSI and ZFS, QuantaStor SDS allows access to file, block and object storage for fast and efficient performance, the ability to handle massive data sets and multi-petabyte backup and recovery or disaster recovery scenarios.

Advantages of QuantaStor SDS for Energy and Utilities

Big Data

Big Data requires storage architectures that not only scale but are flexible enough to handle a wide range of workloads ranging from real-time data processing and analytics, archiving and “cold” data storage. With the ability to scale to 64 petabytes and 64 nodes, QuantaStor SDS is an ideal solution for Big Data workloads. Key features include scale-out NAS capability, Global Namespace support, a flexible storage pool architecture and integrated RAID management.

High Availability

QuantaStor’s grid technology enables users to deploy a highly efficient business continuity solution for remote backup and disaster recovery (DR) either locally, across global datacenters or in the cloud. QuantaStor utilizes snapshots and remote replication protocols to create a complete copy of the selected storage volumes and network shares from the primary to secondary DR site. Key features include remote and multi-directional replication, file protection with snapshots and single console multi-site management.

Encryption and Security

To counter cyber threats and ensure compliance, QuantaStor SDS includes end-to-end security coverage enabling multi-layer data protection “on the wire” and “at rest” for enterprise and cloud storage deployments. Combining protocol-level encryption with SMB, IPsec and HTTPS across any storage grid, hardware and software disk drive encryption with Intel AES-NI technology and advanced user security featuring role-based access controls, QuantaStor SDS end-to-end security is ideal for any energy or utility company use case.

High-performance Computing

As High-performance Computing (HPC) becomes critical for companies that need to get the most value out of their information assets, QuantaStor’s HPC Storage Solution works alongside compute systems to meet both high performance and high availability storage requirements for applications including computational fluid dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, Seismic Data Processing and simulations. QuantaStor plays an important role in HPC deployments by providing IT architects with the latest in storage software and hardware compatibility so that the HPC solution can be designed specifically to meet any extreme workload need.

Further Reading:
Technical Whitepaper: Energy Industry Storage Solutions
Technical Whitepaper: End-to-End Security and Encryption with QuantaStor SDS
Assigning Network Share Ownership Using Active Directory
Hardware Accelerated Encryption with Intel AES-NI Technology and QuantaStor SDS
Enabling Strong Storage Security with TLS
Remote Replication and Disaster Recovery with Software Defined Storage