ActiveStor is extremely easy to manage even when deployed at scale. Offering a single point of management with an intuitive interface and many automated management functions, the PanFS storage operating system eliminates the need for islands of storage while delivering many advanced enterprise management features.
IT staff can face serious challenges when traditional NAS systems are scaled to support large technical workloads without the manageability functionality needed to support greater scale. In fact, some legacy NAS systems even present management challenges when attempting to scale beyond the limitations of a single box! Scale-out NAS is designed for scaling capacity and performance by adding storage nodes. Scaling to high capacity is easily supported, but substantial deployment and management effort may result if scalability is not joined with global namespace, adaptive automation, and simple centralized management.
At scale, the challenges of managing NAS include:
IT staff in technical research and enterprise environments seek easy-to-use and easy-to-manage storage that can be quickly deployed and expanded. Unfortunately, increased scalability can mean increased complexity, resulting in greater management effort and cost. True scale-out NAS solutions eliminate the need for multiple islands of storage by providing a single, global namespace. As a result, the same level of effort is required to manage hundreds of storage nodes as is required to manage a single node.