ProphetStor's Software-defined Storage Solution Does Orchestration

By Paula Bernier April 01, 2014

ProphetStor Data Services Inc. has announced the general availability of version 2.0 of its Federator SDS product. The software-defined storage solution enables centralized control of a variety of storage systems. It also allows for automated discovery, abstraction and delivery for big data analytics, cloud computing, high-performance computing, and OpenStack.

This is important because it addresses the fact that new applications, as well as virtual infrastructure, are creating a growing need for tools to better manage network resources, including storage, to enable businesses to meet their needs in a more affordable and efficient way.

Federator SDS 2.0 does orchestration of existing hardware and storage so data center administrators can manage storage resources from different vendors via a single pane of glass. It also provides a method through which administrators can classify and abstract those resources into virtual pools that can be automatically provisioned.

(To learn more about orchestration and software-defined solutions, join industry leaders at the next Software Telco Congress – The NFV Event, which will be held Aug. 11-14 at The Rio-Las Vegas, click here.)

While some are proposing the use of storage hypervisors to do the job, ProphetStor CEO Eric Chen says a better way is to use storage management orchestration, which “allows servers and critical applications the access to their targeted storage on a direct path, while adding the much needed management functions for users.”

Other key features of Federator SDS are:

  • automated storage provisioning for self-service;
  • dynamic monitoring and scheduling of resources for delivery of storage requests to meet the application requirement;
  • open HTTP REST storage and management API's for easy integration with other applications; and
  • storage pool classification by capabilities and performance.

"Software-based storage will slowly but surely become a dominant part of every datacenter, either as a component of a software-defined datacenter or simply as a means to store data more efficiently and cost-effectively," said Ashish Nadkarni, research director for storage systems at IDC. "With a consistent and coherent set of definitions, suppliers can collectively help buyers realize the vision for SBS platforms."

Nadkarni in an April 2013 press release said that software-based platforms will continue to grow faster than any other market segment in the file- and object-based storage market.

“This growth will primarily be driven by a rich and diverse set of data-intensive use cases across multiple industries and geographies," Nadkarni added.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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