Features

Feature Matrix: All Features

Feature Description Benefit
Scale-out storage Expand storage capacity and performance by adding more nodes Cost effective non-disruptive capacity and performance expansion
Storage type support Supported storage types with protocols:
  • SAN (iSCSI, FC)
  • NAS (NFS, CIFS)
  • object storage (Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift)
Efficient resource utilization
Quality of Service Administrators can specify the performance ceiling for applications or workloads Resource management
Flash-based SSD acceleration Accelerate IOPS using SSD caching technology High performance (IOPS) for applications and data delivery
Real-time data replication Provide better data availability and performance by creating duplicate data (up to 10 copies) Configure data availability
Remote data replication Replicate data to remote or branch locations Data consistency across the infrastructure
Data deduplication Reduce the capacity required for storage eliminating duplicate information Efficient resource utilization
Data compression Reduce the capacity required for storage by compressing the data on the fly before writing it to disk Efficient resource utilization
Thin provisioning Optimize utilization of resources by virtually providing more resources than are physically available Optimize resource usage
Continuous data protection Up to the minute efficient backups and quick recovery, using storage snapshot technology Infrastructure resilience and availability
Data encryption Real-time data encryption/decryption technology using Intel AES-NI (when available) or by 256 bit software encryption Data security
Erasure coding Provides network RAID-like protection technology across storage nodes Infrastructure resilience
Performance tiering Specify different storage resources for applications or workloads to match their requirements Applications and workloads get the storage and compute resources to match their requirements
Data balancing Balance data equally across storage devices Infrastructure resilience
Load balancing Data requests and delivery are balanced equally across storage nodes Infrastructure performance
Self-repairing Missing or damaged data blocks are repaired by using RAID, data replication, or erasure coding technologies Infrastructure resilience
Cloud backup and restore Backup data to Amazon S3 storage (or storage that mimics Amazon S3) Data protection
Software RAID Provides RAID technology within individual storage nodes Data protection
Plug and play architecture Storage nodes can be added without disruption to services or applications. Device configuration is not needed when a storage node is added. Data protection
IP takeover Seamless service take over from storage node to storage node when issues occur within the same cluster. Infrastructure resilience
Data location awareness Data is moved closer to applications for improved performance Efficient resource utilization
Data migration As applications request data, data stored on legacy storage is automatically moved to VirtualStor. Efficient resource utilization
Decentralized architecture VirtualStor deploys as three or more nodes across an infrastructure. As VirtualStor deploys, storage becomes a single massive storage entity. If one of the nodes encounters issues the other nodes take over, ensuring service continuity. Infrastructure resilience
Open management API Administrators can use VirtualStor APIs for further management in their infrastructure. Infrastructure agility
Monitoring and alerts VirtualStor can monitor your storage and devices and send alerts to administrators. Ease of management
System high availability If a VirtualStor node encounters issues, the remaining nodes take over or balance the workload. This prevents a single point of failure. Infrastructure resilience
VAAI support Support VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration(VAAI) to utilize storage hardware to accomplish certain tasks Improve VMware I/O performance
Memory caching cluster Clustering unused memory as a cache for applications and workloads High performance (IOPS) for applications and data delivery and infrastructure resilience
Amazon S3 resource pools Create Virtual Storage pools of Amazon S3 storage Infrastructure flexibility
NAS consolidation NAS storage is absorbed into the single massive storage entity Infrastructure flexibility
SAN volume clone Copy-on-write clones for SAN volumes from an existing snapshot Infrastructure resilience
OSD high availability in Active-Active mode If an object storage device (OSD) enounters issues, workload traffic is redirected or load balanced to OSD that are working properly Infrastructure resilience
Multi-path support for external attached storage External attached SAN storage can be configured with multiple paths to prevent single path failures Infrastructure resilience
Caching pool Administrators can create cache pools for slower storage pools to increase hot data accessing performance Improved application and workload performance
SAN (FC) access control Administrators can define user access to SAN (FC) storage Data protection
Central logging and notifications Administrators can proactively monitor their infrastructure Ease of management
Cluster status dashboard Administrators have at-a-glance access to all storage nodes Ease of management

Architecture

Feature Description Benefit

Performance

Feature Description Benefit
VAAI support Support VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration(VAAI) to utilize storage hardware to accomplish certain tasks Improve VMware I/O performance
Memory caching cluster Clustering unused memory as a cache for applications and workloads High performance (IOPS) for applications and data delivery and infrastructure resilience
Caching pool Administrators can create cache pools for slower storage pools to increase hot data accessing performance Improved application and workload performance

System Resilience

Feature Description Benefit
SAN volume clone Copy-on-write clones for SAN volumes from an existing snapshot Infrastructure resilience
OSD high availability in Active-Active mode If an object storage device (OSD) enounters issues, workload traffic is redirected or load balanced to OSD that are working properly Infrastructure resilience
Multi-path support for external attached storage External attached SAN storage can be configured with multiple paths to prevent single path failures Infrastructure resilience

Data Protection

Feature Description Benefit
SAN (FC) access control Administrators can define user access to SAN (FC) storage Data protection
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