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ProphetStor Federator Software-Defined Storage

Define Storage The Way You Want...

ProphetStor Federator is an integrated software-defined storage controller that simplifies and automates storage discovery, abstraction, and delivery.

It Is Time To Define Storage

ProphetStor Federator Software-Defined Storage provides the core functions of storage discovery, abstraction, pooling, classification, and provisioning.

Federator storage federation technology enables multiple pools of physical storage (block, file, object) abstracted as virtual storage pools, to work together in a coordinated manner, for data storage, access, migration, and management. Federator recognizes the built-in functionalities of individual storage resources, and uses them to define storage on-demand matching the requirements of storage requests.

ONE SIMPLE SOLUTION

Flexible

Federator provisions storage across disparate vendor storage systems as well as standardized commodity storage hardware managed centrally. Legacy storage systems that have outlived their use may be repurposed, and redeployed easily with Federator.

Automatic discovery of supported storage systems along with their storage characteristics, eases the deployment process, allowing racks of storage to be deployed rapidly, and scale without limits. Abstraction of physical resources into virtual pools that can be classified by their capabilities, and performance provides differentiated data services in a single federated storage platform.

SLA’s can be easily created with storage service offerings; offerings are presented in a service catalog through customized user portals for user self-provisioning; freeing administrators to focus on optimization and handling other more important tasks.

Intelligent

User self-provisioned storage is delivered auto-matically, and instantly through an intelligent resource scheduler that dynamically selects the storage pool that meets the capabilities and performance requirements.

IOPS Provisioning (input/output operations per second) through service offerings provides stor-age QoS (quality of service) for applications by reserving IOPS on for applications.

Separation of control and data planes allows continuous operations, and minimizes service disruptions during planned control plane events or failures.

When Swift object storage is deployed in the infrastructure, Federator intelligently orchestrates data movement between primary block and file storage, and object storage, reducing network traffic and freeing up resources in application servers.

Standardized

Federator provides an open Federator Storage Adapter that enables advance storage functionalities on standardized commodity hardware.

Storage systems connect to Federator via industry standard SMI-S, and CDMI protocols; storage vendors can also leverage the open Federator Storage Adapter design that includes a HTTP REST API, to maximize functionalities from their storage arrays. In addition, ProphetStor also develops customized storage connectors for proprietary storage protocols on request.

Federator supports block storage with iSCSI and fibre channel protocols, and file storage with NFS and CIFS protocols. Object storage is delivered through OpenStack Swift, with Swift API and AWS S3 API.

Built for OpenStack, Federator provides a standards-based storage federation platform for storage systems to plug into OpenStack easily.


How It Works

ProphetStor Federator abstracts physical storage and provisions storage automatically through Storage Offerings.

  • Discover
  • Pool
  • Classify
  • Offer
  • Provision

Discover

Federator provides automatic storage discovery through SMI-S and CDMI standards, and supports manual discovery. Storage resources are then imported in the Federator platform to be utilized.

Pool

Discovered storage resources are imported, along with their associated storage characteristics, and abstracted into virtual storage pools for storage federation.

Classify

Virtual storage pools are classified based on their capabilities, and performance characteristics. In addition, administrators can set an arbitrary cost value for each virtual storage pool to differentiate costs of different storage tiers.

Offer

Administrators create service catalogs with Storage Offerings for user self-provisioning. Storage Offerings can be defined for capabilities, and performance such as thin provisioning, and IOPS.

Provision

User can request for storage through customized self-service portals such as OpenStack Dashboard, and applications can automatically request for storage through open HTTP REST API’s.


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