Software Defined Storage

 Software Defined Storage   OrkestraTM  SDS

Storage services scaled and shared on commodity hardware with your customer's choice of media tier, speed and quality of service.



Orkestra™-SDS is the software defined storage appliance. Orkestra SDS provides a number of provizioning interfaces including a CINDER plug-in for OpenStack. The Orkestra SDS CINDER plug-in for OpenStack allows any number of storage nodes to be managed by the SDS appliance providing a scaleout block storage solution for the datacenter. Orkestra SDS is part of the Orkestra™ datacenter solution suite. Orkestra™-SDS is a complete data center storage provizioning solution for storage consumers in the datacenter. The set of datacenter storage consumers that can be provisioned are:

- Entire tenant spaces using MPSTOR’s vitual storage array solution MP_VSA.
- Virtual Machines within a tenant space using the OpenStack Horizon dashboard and the MPSTOR CINDER Appliance.
- Datacenter services such as CEPH, SWIFT, LUSTRE using the Orkestra SDS dashboard.
- Datacenter server nodes using the Orkestra SAM dashboard.

Orkestra™-SDS allows the enterprise to start with minimum hardware configuration expand as demand grows. Orkestra™-SDS integrates MPSTOR’s storage management stack (Orkestra™-SAM), and OpenStackTM - the open-source cloud operating system, to produce a turnkey, software defined, storage provizioning platform. Orkestra™-SDS  is supplied with a web-based, graphical user interface, which provides a comprehensive range of configuration, administration functionality.

Orkestra™-SDS requires three easy steps to deploy;

- CREATING A STORAGE ZONE: The datacenter administrator creates a storage zone into which Orkestra™-SDS imports all the storage providers assigned to it. 

- PROVISIONING STORAGE: Storage is now provisioned by the SDS tools and OpenStack plugins from any of the registered storage providers to any storage consumer in the datacenter. 

- MANAGING STORAGE: Orkestra-SDS provides a single pane of management for provisioning, alerting, monitoring, capacity management and storage usage metrics.




Software Defined Storage is based on the principles of storage virtualization, which allows storage services to behave as virtual appliances that run on commodity hardware and that can be launched on demand, releasing hardware resources when their tasks are complete. This enables new storage resources and functionality to be added dynamically, without being tied to dedicated and inflexible storage silos.


Flexible and Future Proof

Orkestra is a highly flexible platform, which allows a wide variety of services to be quickly and easily deployed. Its open-platform and open-API architecture allows it to be easily adapted to meet future end user services needs.

Low CapEx and Open Platform

CapEx costs are cut by using open platform hardware, leveraging open-source software developments and eliminating vendor lock-in. In addition, the ability to run multiple storage services on the same hardware platform increases asset utilization and further reduces CapEx costs.

Programmable and Invisible

Orkestra’s software-defined infraestructure allows service providers to easily configure policies for automating the provision of services to end users. End users can self-serve their needs with the perception of unlimited resource availability.

Policy Driven and SLA Tiers

Service provider can customise their service offering to their customer needs by defining SLA and QoS policies for their end users to select from. This maintains flexibility and responsiveness, without sacrificing operational officiency.

Scale-Out and Scale-Up 

Storage services can be scaled out and scaled-up using Orkestra’s ability to automatically recognise, register and manage new hardware as it is added, while retaining the ability to offer a range of block, object and file storage services.

Virtualized and Multiple Tenant

Orkestra has an integrated storage hypervisor, which abstracts the storage array management from the underlying storage devices and creates the end user perception that any quantity and quality of storage can be attached to a VM, irrespective of the number and location of tenants being served.

Low OpEx and Automated

With the ever increasing demands to provide a range of services, at different SLA levels, labour costs are now the dominant operating cost overhead. Orkestra cuts labour costs by over 50% through process automation and allowing the end-user to easily self.serve their own resource requirements.

Better Utilized and Managed 

All storage resources, whether utilized or free, are dynamically tracked in a common management database (CMDB), allowing the Orkestra platform to provide accurate, real time, capacity utilization and capacity forecasting functionality.

















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Web download, Plug and Boot from USB/DOM/CD
Management Tools  
User dashboard panel
Start/Stop/Backup Virtual Machine
Create/Delete/Snapshot/Attach to VM block storage over SAS,iSCSI,FC,FCoE fabrics
Flexible creation of per VM Firewall Rules
View and Monitor Network, Compute and Storage usage
Attach public IP address to Tenant VMs
FTP import/export of ISO/IMG and AMI images
Object Storage (SWIFT)
Volume to S3/Cloudfiles/ATMOS Backup
Supported Ethernet Ports 4
Volume to Host Mapping
Supported Nodes No Limit
Block Storage Management
Thin Provisioning, Snapshot, Replication
RAID 0,1,10,5,6,Hot Swap,Hot Spares
Disk support SAS,SATA,SSD
Number of supported devices No Limit
File Storage Protocols  
Block Storage Protocols
iSCSI Gige, 10 Gige (with Teaming/Bonding/AFT)
4G/8G Fibre Channel Target
3G/6G SAS Target/Initiator Support
FCoE Target/Initiator support
JBOD Expansion
Automation and Multitenancy  
Host Aggregates/Storage Aggregates
Automated storage provisioning policy
IO and Bandwidth throttle per storage volume
Datacenter CMDB browser and Operations Dashboard
Traffic Analysis and Capacity management
Storage Provisioning to nodes and services
Single pane of management (compute/storagwe nodes)
HA-Dual Controller  
Active-Active Dual Controller
Failover/Back on Disk Channel Failure
Failover/Back on Controller Failure
Ethernet and Ping Disk Heartbeat
CPU Support  
Uni-Processor/64 Bit UP64
Symmetrical Multi Processor/64 Bit SMP64
Virtual Storage Array  
VirtIO Disk Support
MPStackware AMI image
Xen/VMWARE/KVM Support
Image Vault Support  
VPN Image
Windows Image
Wide range of Linux 32/64 bit Images
FTP upload of VM image to Orkestra Glance Service
Hardware Monitoring
Email Notification on Information, Warning,Critical Events
Logging, Analytics Function
Supported Network Clients  
Microsoft, Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS 10.x

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