Key Features

QuantaStor Key Features

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Feature Description
Advanced RBAC Security Model Create custom roles or modify existing roles to better match the needs of your organization. QuantaStor goes far beyond basic role-based-access-controls (RBAC) by grouping authorization of actions/operations into roles which are separate from resource groups which indicate what subset of resources a given user can use. Powerful security tools enable multi-tenancy and scoping of permissions to just the user's objects, or to all objects in the user's associated resource group(s), or to the entire grid of appliances.
Advanced Server Integration QuantaStor monitors the server internals (temperature, fans, power supplies, CPU, firmware, etc.) for all major server models from Dell, HPE, Cisco, Intel, Supermicro, and Lenovo. Monitoring is tied into the QuantaStor call-home system so that administrators can more easily manage and monitor the hardware in distributed hybrid-cloud configurations.
Advanced CHAP Policy Management QuantaStor supports per target/volume CHAP (Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol) settings, as well as default CHAP settings at a User level and at the Resource Group level for multi-tenant environments. This ensures that as storage volumes (LUNs) are provisioned within a resource group they're automatically protected as per its CHAP policy settings. This also enables CHAP settings to be changed in one place and instantly applied to all volumes in a given resource group simplifying management and security policy enforcement.
Advanced Storage Analytics With Advanced Storage Analytics, users can visualize file, block, and object storage utilization in graphs, charts, and real-time dashboards to better understand their storage needs and simplify capacity planning. The QuantaStor web-based grid management interface also includes real-time visual presentation of block storage performance, network utilization, CPU and memory utilization, object storage utilization, and network health diagnostics.
Ansible Automation The Ansible module enables users to quickly and easily set up playbooks to automate the provisioning of file, block and object storage within QuantaStor storage grids, which is ideal for highly dynamic environments like software development, testing, continuous integration, and analytics.
Automated Storage Tiering With QuantaStor SDS Automated Storage Tiering, IT Administrators can easily setup scheduled movement of data from expensive all-flash pools of storage into low-cost hybrid storage pools automatically based on file age. QuantaStor Network Shares are accessible via NFS and SMB protocols and the Backup Policies can be used to backup data to or from Windows servers, Linux-based servers, and 3rd party NAS filers including NetApp, EMC Isilon, EMC VNX, and S3 compatible object storage when combined with QuantaStor Cloud Containers.
Audit Logging QuantaStor appliances automatically maintain audit logs of all operations with time-stamps, user ID, task/operation, client IP, and description so that systems meet regulatory security compliance requirements set forth by CJIS, HIPAA, and other standards.
Automated Snapshot Schedules / Instant Roll-back Create automatic snapshot schedules of storage volumes and network shares in just a few clicks to ensure easy recovery of deleted files and instant roll-back capabilities. This allows for instant recovery back to a previous point in time to recover lost files or other data. Snapshots are also a powerful tool in the fight against ransom-ware since snapshot roll-back can be used to rewind to a point-in-time before a given attack took place.
Backup Policies Backup policies make it easy to backup any server, desktop or NAS filer via NFS and/or SMB directly to QuantaStor. Backup policies can be configured in outbound-copy mode to backup to 3rd party NAS filers and servers or configured in inbound-copy mode to backup from a server or filer directly to a QuantaStor Network Share.
Big Data & Hadoop Extend QuantaStor by directly installing big data platforms such as Cloudera Hadoop CDH data and compute node services directly onto QuantaStor appliances.
Bit Rot Protection Data integrity checks are automatically computed for both data blocks and meta-data blocks. QuantaStor support Bit-rot detection and protection on all storage types through ZFS technology for SAN/NAS deployments and Ceph technology on scale-out S3/SWIFT object storage deployments.
Citrix XenServer Storage Repository Integration QuantaStor provides XenServer users with an advanced Storage Repository modules that automates storage management operations and enables one-to-one mapping of storage volumes to virtual machines to snapshot, clone and remote-replicate individual VMs.
CHAP Authentication QuantaStor 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.
CJIS Compliance QuantaStor is compliant to the Criminal Justice Information Systems security policy requirements.
Client Support VMware ESX/ESXi, Windows 7, 10, 2003 Server, 2008 Server, 2012 Server, Windows Hyper-V, Apple Macintosh OS/X, Citrix XenServer 5.x/6.x/7.x, Linux (RedHat, SUSE, CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu), OnApp, and Proxmox.
Configuration and Security Analytics The Configuration Analyzer enables one-click analysis of network, security, and performance settings across all QuantaStor appliances in a given storage grid, making it easy to validate a storage configuration before production deployment.
Configuration Workflow Manager The Configuration Workflow Manager guides users through basic QuantaStor appliance set up, block storage provisioning, file storage provisioning and storage grid set up.
Customizable Web User Interface Web User Interface dashboard views are customizable allowing users to turn on and off storage mangement section and web interface tab views.
Data Compression Storage Pools have compression enabled by default which both increases usable capacity and increases performance by reducing the amount of data written to disk. Virtualization deployments typically have compressible data and gain an additional 30 percent or more usable storage space due to compression.
Data Shredding Devices and storage pools can be easily shredded using industry standard data scrubbing options including 4-pass DoD 5220 22-M section 8-306 procedure, 4-pass NNSA Policy Letter NAP-14.1-C procedure and the US Army AR380-19 method.
Docker integration via Flocker For QuantaStor customers that either have existing Docker container deployments or those that would like to use Docker with QuantaStor, OSNEXUS has developed an open-source QuantaStor plugin for Flocker. The QuantaStor Flocker plug-in provides fast, local and persistent data for Docker containers and also supports Flocker Storage profiles
Encryption-at-Rest QuantaStor supports "one-click” full drive encryption with AES-256 as well as hardware based encryption on systems with LSI RAID with SafeStore enabled. Software encryption and decryption performance is accelerated by much as 8x through the use of Intel’s AES-NI technology found on Intel Xeon® processors. Hardware encryption is FIPS 140-2 certified and requires special FDE/SED enterprise SAS drives available from a variety of vendors listed in the LSI SafeStore HCL.
Encryption-on-the-Wire QuantaStor's delivers NAS storage via SMB3 which is automatically encrypted with Windows clients on Windows 8 and newer versions. On-the-wire encryption is available for iSCSI and NFS access via IPSec, and S3/SWIFT based access is encrypted via HTTPS using SSL/TLS with strong ciphers.
Encryption & Security Policy compliance CJIS, HIPAA and other security policy standards require a broad set of security features ranging from end-to-end encryption to password policy enforcement to audit logging and more. QuantaStor is continually enhanced with each new release to keep up with security compliance requirements set forth by CJIS and other agencies.
Erasure Coding Erasure coding is supported on all scale-out S3/SWIFT object configurations and scale-out NAS configurations. This provides maximum usable capacity along with high-availability and fault-tolerance by using Reed-Solomon algorithms, spreading data across appliances so that environments can scale from 100TB to 100PB.
Global Namespaces (NFSv4 referrals + DFS) As an environment grows and additional appliances are deployed it becomes increasingly difficult for users and to track and manage their storage across a disparate set of NAS filers. QuantaStor solves this problem with global namespaces (aka Network Share Namespaces) which presents visibility to any/all Network Shares from any/all appliances in a given grid. When deployed with highly-available storage pools users get the ease of access found with scale-out NAS with the high-performance that comes with our ZFS based storage pools. QuantaStor's global namespace present storage over over SMB using the Microsoft DFS protocol and via NFS using NFSv4 referral technology. Namespaces can also span sites and the grid of appliances encompassing up to 64x appliances and over 64PB of storage.
Hardware HBA, RAID Controller, and SAN Integration QuantaStor hardware module plug-in framework for integrates with third-party hardware including HBAs, RAID controllers, and SANs enabling the use of advanced enterprise hardware and RAID capabilities from variety of vendors to be integrated into QuantaStor appliances and storage grids. Management integration includes enclosure and device identification, and management operation integration so that administrators can provision hardware RAID using, handle hot-spare management, disk identification and other management task completely within the QuantaStor web management interface and REST APIs.
High-Availability High-Availability is a must have requirement for almost all use cases and is available on SAN/NAS and S3/SWIFT object configurations. SAN/NAS configurations require 2x servers with HBA or SAN connectivity to back-end storage while scale-out S3/SWIFT configurations use RAID controllers and cluster technology to replicate data across nodes to ensure high-availability while providing an additional layer of fault-tolerance. QuantaStor's SAN/NAS based HA failover is one of the fastest in the industry which is made possible by our highly parallelized HA failover system and IO fencing system that ensures quick failover of our ZFS based Storage Pools whether they're large (100s of disks per pool) or small (less than 50 disks per pool). NVMe high-availability coming Q3/2018.
Host Groups Hosts are often combined into clusters or pools for use with Microsoft MSCS, Hyper-V, VMWare, and XenServer. The Host Group object is a grid wide object which allows administrators to easily assign Storage Volumes to a cluster of hosts in just a couple of clicks. Traditional storage systems require that Host Initiator entries and Host Initiator Groups be setup per appliance simultaneously as a group rather than assign a volumes to each host individually.
HPE NV-DIMM Support QuantaStor supports HPE’s NV-DIMM technology for use in scale-out object and block storage configurations.
Hyper-scale Storage Grids Provision up to 64x storage appliances and over 64PB of storage in a single grid with support for all major server vendors (HP, Dell, Cisco, IBM/Lenovo and SuperMicro). QuantaStor's unique Storage Grid technology enables organizations to manage all appliances as a homogeneous grid which spans sites with a heterogeneous mix of hardware.
Integration with GlusterFS QuantaStor fully integrates GlusterFS technology into the platform so that scale-out NAS configurations can be deployed with ease completely through the QuantaStor grid wide web management interface or in an automated fashion via REST APIs or QS CLI. Simply put, there is no easier way to deploy and maintain Gluster based storage environments than with QuantaStor SDS.
Integration with Ceph object and block storage QuantaStor fully integrates Ceph technology into the platform so that scale-out S3/SWIFT configurations can be deployed with ease completely through the QuantaStor grid wide web management interface or in an automated fashion via REST APIs or QS CLI. Simply put, there is no easier way to deploy and maintain Ceph based storage environments than with QuantaStor SDS.
Intelligent Hot Spare Management and Pool Provisioning In case of a failed drive, QuantaStor SDS' global hot spare management system dynamically provisions disk hot spares, failover proceses and storage pools to maintain continuous uptime with intelligent disk eclosure, capacity and disk type awareness.
iSCSI & FibreChannel Support Native support for the latest 100GbE/40GbE/10GbE network adapters as well as Fibre Channel via Qlogic QLE26xx, QLE25xx and QLE24xx HBAs.
Intuitive grid-wide Web User Interface QuantaStor's web-based user interface provides a rich experience which enables users to manage all their appliances as a homogeneous storage grid. The web management interface is accessible from all QuantaStor appliances and is pure native HTML5 + JS with full support for all major web browsers.
Instant Snapshots Create instant snapshots of SAN and NAS storage with just a few clicks or automate the creation of snapshots using a Snapshot Schedule or custom script of your own. Snapshots can be created as read-only or read-write accessible and this is adjustable at any time.
Instant Snapshot Recovery Accidental file deletion and data recovery is enabled through volume and network shares snapshots that can be created automatically on a schedule. Windows users accessing Network Shares via SMB can access and recover files by right-clicking on the share and viewing 'Previous Versions..' which greatly simplifies the file recovery process for IT organizations.
No Hardware Limits QuantaStor works with all major standard server hardware to meet IOPS and bandwidth requirements using a hardware vendor of your choice. For more information on our reference configurations for Dell, HPE, SuperMicro, Cisco, and Lenovo hardware please see our Reference Configurations page here.
NIST Compliance QuantaStor SDS is compliant with the security controls and associated assessment procedures defined in NIST publication 800-53 and the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) resident in nonfederal systems and organizations in publication 800-171.
NVMe Support QuantaStor supports the use of NVMe with all storage types including SAN, NAS and object storage. Support for highly-available NVMe storage pools using persistent-reservation device locking on dual-ported NVMe devices is under development and will be generally available in 2H/2018.
OpenStack Integration QuantaStor object storage integrates with OpenStack by adding it as an OpenStack Swift end-point to the Keystone OpenStack Identity Service so that OpenStack services can use the object storage to store image data and metadata.
Online Storage Pool Expansion "Hot-plug" drives into storage appliances and their associated disk expansion chassis or add new disk expansion units (JBOD) to expand storage pools with a few clicks and zero downtime.
Online Volume Resize Storage Volume (LUN) expansion is always thinly provisioned allowing resizing of volumes to make them larger without wasting space. Reserved space on thick-provisioned volumes can also be reduced dynamically at any time.
Quality of Service (QoS) Controls QuantaStor offers storage read and write bandwidth limiting, referred to as Quality of Service (QoS) controls, to ensure reliable and predictable service quality for all applications and users of a given appliance. In a shared or multi-tenancy environment, QuantaStor QoS controls are enabled for storage volumes via policy management.
RAID Layouts All major RAID layouts are supported including RAID0, RAID1 (2x and 3x mirrors), RAID5, RAID6, RAID10, RAID50, RAID60 and triple-parity (RAID7/70). QuantaStor offers both hardware RAID and software RAID (ZFS) at the storage pool level providing a broad set of configuration choices.
Real-time Stats The QuantaStor web management interface provides real-time stats on a variety of important metrics including memory, CPU, I/O wait, network RX/TX throughput and more. Third party monitoring systems can also be installed into QuantaStor appliances including CopperEgg, Librato Metrics, Nagios, Splunk, Zabbix, and others. For more information on how to setup and integrate with 3rd party monitoring systems please see the guides on the OSNEXUS wiki here.
Remote Replication Replicate storage volumes and network shares over a LAN or WAN to another QuantaStor system with remote replication. Ideal for replicating critical workloads to a disaster recovery site.
Remote Management CLI QuantaStor's remote management CLI allows storage management scripting and automation. The CLI is available on Windows and Linux (RHEL & Debian/Ubuntu) and includes an XML (--xml) output mode for easy parsing and integration with custom applications and provisioning tools.
REST APIs QuantaStor's REST API support enables automated provisioning and management operations. Every feature of QuantaStor is accessible via REST APIs, CLI and the web user interface so that all aspects of deployment and provisioning can be automated via scripting.
S3/SWIFT Object Storage QuantaStor delivers turn-key object storage support via both S3 and SWIFT. All object storage configurations require a minimum of a 3x appliance node grid and scales to 64x appliances and over 64PB of storage. The QuantaStor SDS platform integrates with the open-source Ceph technology to ensure that your data is stored in an open format on a "forever file-system" that will be enhanced and maintained for decades to come by a large community of contributor companies and individuals including OSNEXUS.
SAN/NAS Storage Gateway QuantaStor allows administrators to create Software iSCSI HBAs on appliances which enable QuantaStor SDS appliances to connect to back-end SANs via iSCSI. By front-ending SAN storage QuantaStor can be used to aggregate storage from 3rd party storage appliances including HPE, NetApp and EMC systems to form large high-performance systems that deliver a richer enterprise SAN/NAS feature while boosting the ROI and usable life-span of traditional FC/iSCSI SANs.
Scale-out Block Storage QuantaStor integrates open-source Ceph technology into the QuantaStor grid management system that makes set up, management and monitoring for scale-out block storage easy. Storage is accessible via iSCSI and the native Ceph RBD client for optimal performance.
Scale-out Management QuantaStor's grid management technology simplifies scale-out storage by letting IT administrators manage multiple local or global, virtual or physical QuantaStor appliances as a single unit.
Slack Call-home Alerting Users can receive call-home alerts from all appliances in a given storage grid through a Slack channel in addition to the traditional methods.
SMB3/CIFS & NFS Support NAS file sharing support makes it simple to create network shares accessible over SMB3/SMB2/CIFS, NFSv3 and NFSv4 protocols. For quick file recovery QuantaStor also supports instant snapshots of network shares that integrate with Windows Shadow Copy enabling users to easily recover older versions of files from within Windows.
Storage Grid Dashboard A tile-based view of all appliances within a storage grid, their health, and a summary of storage utilization statistics
SSD/NVMe Read Caching & Write Journal Technology SSD read caching and SSD write journal features of QuantaStor Storage Pools integrate with the ZFS-based ZIL and L2ARC technologies. For S3/SWIFT object and other scale-out configurations QuantaStor integrates with SSD read/write cache management features of the LSI and Adaptec RAID controllers as well as with software SSD journalling features such as those found in Ceph.
SSD Optimized Achieve high IOPS numbers with QuantaStor-based SSD solution with LSI MegaRAID controllers and integrated LSI FastPath software.
Storage Clouds Segment storage system into multiple private storage clouds utilized and administered by multiple groups of users. Storage clouds create 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 Volume Groups Databases are often split up between multiple LUNs where one contains the index, another contains the data, and 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 combine volumes (LUNs) together to improve organization and perform macro-level operations on the storage volume groups such as snapshot and cloning.
Storage Quotas Set storage quota limits on the maximum amount of storage that can be thin-provisioned or 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 storage clouds to create one per cloud and cover all users within that cloud storage pool. Users can also be members of more than one storage cloud.
Thin Provisioning/
Over Provisioning
Allocate volumes without having to dedicate the storage until it is needed. With thin-provisioning make the volume (LUN)s as large as needed (up to 2x the size of the storage pool).
User Groups User groups represent an arbitrary collection of users and allow administrators to group teams of storage users together independently from storage clouds. This makes adding teams to multiple clouds easier and reduces complexity.
Virtual Storage Appliance QuantaStor Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) are cloud-hosted virtual SAN/NAS Linux storage appliances that support all major protocols including iSCSI/FC and NFS/CIFS/SMB for file, block and object storage.
VMware Certified QuantaStor is certified for use via NFS, iSCSI and FC on VMware v5 & v6.
VMware VAAI Integrated QuantaStor is certified for use with VMware VAAI for iSCSI/FC block storage based DataStores on both VMware v5 & v6.
Volume Shadow Copy Support Support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) to enable integration with backup applications including NetBackup, BackupExec and CommVault.
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.