Virtual Storage Containers
Make Storage Consolidation Possible
Eliminate Storage Complexity with Virtual Storage Containers
Storage Consolidation, reducing the number of storage systems to one solution that addresses all storage requirements, is a goal for many organizations. Despite this goal, most organizations are forced to purchase a storage system per use case. To make storage consolidation possible, IT needs a solution that uses storage resources efficiently, doesn't compromise data integrity or resiliency, and provides a mechanism enabling IT to control how they provision those resources. Virtual Storage Containers (VSCs) are self-contained storage environments operating within the StorONE Engine. They enable IT to provision the Engine's resources so that one storage solution can address an entire data center's storage needs.
Virtual Storage Containers Powered by the StorONE Engine
The StorONE Engine is efficient and can deliver hundreds of thousands of IOPS from fewer flash drives, and PBs of capacity from a few dozen hard disk drives (HDD). Our Virtual Storage Containers (VSC) enables you to control and provide resources to deliver Use Case Specific Quality of Service (QoS). With VSCs, you will meet the demands of your organization's storage needs without the expense of overprovisioning or the risk of under provisioning.
VSCs are Hardware Agnostic
With StorONE, drives of different capacities and from different manufacturers are grouped into pools by the class of the drive; Storage Class Memory, NVMe Flash, SAS Flash, and HDD. IT sets use case-specific performance QoS by the pools they select. A high-performance application may connect to a VSC with Storage Class Memory and NVMe Flash. A mainstream application may connect to a VSC with SAS Flash and HDD allocated. Secondary storage (backup/archive) use cases may be connected to a VSC with mostly hard disk drive allocation.
The abstraction from physical hardware also means future flexibility. IT can add new higher-density drives within an existing pool, and those drives' total capacity is automatically available to the VSCs that use it. vRAID automatically maintains data accessibility even when VSCs share different capacity drives. IT can also introduce new storage media types as they are introduced in the future, grouping them into a new pool and making that pool available to existing VSCs.
VSC Specific Data Resiliency
In addition to performance, you will also set data resiliency per use case with VSCs. Configure StorONE's vRAID within each VSC to deliver per use case drive redundancy settings. Set the frequency that your data is protected and how long it is retained by vSnap, which is StorONE's immutable snapshot technology. Disaster Recovery requirements can also be set per VSC with StorONE's replication technology vReplicate.
VSC Specific Security
In addition to immutable snapshots, use StorONE's vEncrypt to set encryption on a VSC basis. If the application using that VSC can encrypt data, like VMware and Oracle, then encryption for those VSCs can be left inactive. You are enabled to activate encryption for your specific VSC with other applications that don't support encryption.
Consolidation Done Right
When it’s time to consolidate your storage systems into one place, StorONE's VSCs allow you to do this at your own pace. No matter the use-case, or the timing, you can consolidate your systems safely and efficiently to the StorONE engine and gain confidence that you will not have to do a storage refresh, or migration again.