- 2. IBM Cloud Scale-out Block Storage Cluster

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QuantaStor’s scale-out block storage configurations provide highly-available iSCSI block storage suitable for a variety of use cases. Each system contains SSD to accelerate write performance and each cluster must contain a minimum of 3x systems. QuantaStor’s web-based management interface, REST APIs and QS CLI make storage provisioning and automation easy.

Key Features

  • S3 & SWIFT Compatible REST API support
  • Hybrid HDD + SSD configuration to boost write performance
  • Easy web-based management of all systems with built-in QuantaStor storage grid technology
  • Easy expansion by adding systems and/or drives

Reference Configurations

Scale-out iSCSI Block Storage Configuration Options

Small Tier - Hybrid Block Storage – 16TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2650v4 or 4110, 64GB RAM, 8x 2TB SATA,
QS Small Tier License, 1x 800GB SSDs (write log),
2x 1TB SATA (mirrored boot),
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
Highly-available block storage for virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer)
Scale-out block storage with Cinder integration for KVM based OpenStack deployments
Highly-available block storage for databases
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Medium Tier - Hybrid Block Storage – 48TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2620v4 or 4110, 128GB RAM,
8x 6TB, QS Medium Tier License,
1x 800GB SSDs (write log), 2x 1TB SATA (mirrored boot),
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
Highly-available block storage for virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer)
Scale-out block storage with Cinder integration for KVM based OpenStack deployments
Highly-available block storage for databases
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Large Tier - Hybrid Block Storage – 128TB Use Cases System View
2x E5-2620v4 or 4110, 128GB RAM,
16x 8TB SATA, QS Large Tier License,
2x 800GB SSDs (write log), 2x 1TB SATA (mirrored boot),
2x 10GbE Private Network ports
Highly-available block storage for virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer)
Scale-out block storage with Cinder integration for KVM based OpenStack deployments
Highly-available block storage for databases
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View Design Provisioning Guide Deploy

Quick Configurations Steps

Step One: Storage Management Tab → Create Grid → Click OK
Step Two: Storage Management Tab → Add Grid Node → Enter 2nd System IP → Click OK
Step Three: Storage Management Tab → Add Grid Node → Enter 3nd System IP → Click OK
Step Four: Storage Management Tab → Modify Storage System → Set Domain Suffix → Click OK (do this for each system)
Step Five: Storage Management Tab → Controllers & Enclosures → right-click Controller → Configure Pass-thru devices → Select all → Click OK (do this for each system)
Step Six: Scale-out Block & Object Storage Tab → Ceph Cluster → Create Ceph Cluster → Select all systems → Click OK
Step Seven: Scale-out Block & Object Storage Tab → Ceph Cluster → Multi-Create OSDs → Select SSDs as journals, HDDs as OSDs → Click OK
Step Eight: Scale-out Block & Object Storage Tab → Storage Pools (Ceph) → Create Storage Pool → Select Erasure Coding Mode → Click OK
Step Nine: Cluster Resource Management → Create Site Cluster → Select All → Click OK
Step Ten: Cluster Resource Management → Add Site Interface → Enter IP address for iSCSI Access → Click OK
Step Eleven: Storage Management Tab → Hosts → Add Host → Enter host IQN → Click OK (do this for each host)
Step Twelve: Storage Management Tab → Storage Volumes → Create Storage Volume → Enter volume name, select a size, → Click OK
Step Thirteen: Storage Management Tab → Hosts → Right-click Host → Assign Volumes → Select volumes → Click OK