IBM Cloud QuantaStor SAN/NAS Storage Servers

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QuantaStor’s SAN/NAS storage appliances provide a combination of file and block storage suitable for a broad spectrum of use cases. Each appliance contains SSD to accelerate write performance. QuantaStor’s web-based management interface, REST APIs and QS CLI make storage provisioning and automation easy.

Key Features

IBM Cloud offers 36 bay mass storage servers which are ideal for QuantaStor SAN/NAS deployments.
  • Provides NFS, SMB and iSCSI storage
  • Compression, AES 256 bit Encryption
  • Remote-replication between QuantaStor appliances across IBM data centers and on-premises locations for hybrid cloud.
  • Snapshot Schedules with long term snapshot retention options.
  • Hybrid SSD+HDD configuration provides economical capacity with performance
  • All-Flash configurations deliver maximum IOPS
  • Easy web-based management with Storage Grid technology
  • NIST 800-53, HIPAA, CJIS compliant
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant options available Q4/18
  • Advanced Role Based Access Controls
  • Automatable via QS CLI and REST API
  • VMware certified and VMware VAAI integrated

Multi-site Storage Management

Add additional drives to expand capacity. Additional appliances may be added to a given QuantaStor Storage Grid for easy management of all appliances across IBM data centers. OSNEXUS recommends provisioning 36 bay servers as expansion disk-enclosures are not available as an add-on after the initial server provisioning.

Performance

Each appliance is configured with at least one storage pool and each pool will deliver 400MB to 1.6GB/sec sequential throughput depending on block size and number of disks. IOPS are increased through the use of mirrored SSD storage
configured as a write log which in turn will increase IOPS to 10K to 20K depending on block size and access patterns. All-Flash configurations will deliver over 100K sustained R/W IOPS.

Quick Configuration Steps

Step One: Storage Management Tab → Controllers & Enclosures → Right-click Controller → Configure Pass-thru devices → Select all → Click OK
Step Two: Storage Management Tab → Storage Pools → Create Storage Pool → Click OK

For iSCSI Block Storage Provisioning:

For NFS/SMB File Storage Provisioning:

Reference Configurations

Hybrid Configuration Options

Small Tier - Hybrid SAN/NAS – 16TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2620v4
64GB RAM
8x 2TB
QS Small Tier (16TB) License
2x 960GB SSDs (write log)
2x 1TB SATA (mirrored boot)
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
File and/or Block storage for server virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V)
XenServer, etc)
Database Storage
Data analytics
NAS archive
Disk-to-disk backup
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Medium Tier - Hybrid SAN/NAS – 48TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2620v4
128GB RAM
8x 6TB
QS Medium Tier License
2x 960GB SSDs (write log)
2x 1TB SATA (mirrored boot)
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
File and/or Block storage for server virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V)
XenServer, etc)
Database Storage
Data analytics
NAS archive
Disk-to-disk backup
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Large Tier - Hybrid SAN/NAS – 128TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2650v4
128GB RAM
16x 8TB
QS Large Tier License
2x 960GB SSDs (write log)
2x 1TB SATA (mirrored boot)
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
Database Storage
Data analytics
NAS archive
Disk-to-disk backup
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Extra-large Tier - Hybrid SAN/NAS – 256TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2650v4
256GB RAM
32x 8TB
QS XL Tier License
2x 960GB SSDs (write log)
2x 1TB SATA (mirrored boot)
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
Database Storage
Data analytics
NAS archive
Disk-to-disk backup
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All Flash Configuration Options

QuantaStor 5 All-Flash SAN/NAS – 44.4TB Use Cases System View
2x Intel Xeon E5-2650v4
128GB RAM
12x 3.7TB SSD
QS Small Tier (16TB) License
2x 1TB SATA SSD (mirrored boot)
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
File and/or Block storage for server virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V)
XenServer, etc)
Database Storage
Data analytics
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QuantaStor 5 All-Flash SAN/NAS – 118.4TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2650v4
128GB RAM
32x 3.7TB SSD
QS Medium Tier License
2x 1TB SATA SSD (mirrored boot)
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
File and/or Block storage for server virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V)
XenServer, etc)
Database Storage
Data analytics
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