The physical storage resources under the control of the DataCore software may consist of internal drives, direct-attached arrays and SAN-attached disk subsystems connected to the DataCore nodes (standard Windows servers). DataCore software-defined storage services automatically bridge between the native storage interface of the device to the SAN protocol through which the hosts connect. For example, capacity from a direct-attached SAS disk array will be presented to the hosts as virtual disks accessible via iSCSI and/or Fibre Channel . The software supports a heterogeneous mix of storage devices potentially consisting of dissimilar models and brands, each with different disk interfaces, capacities, RAID levels, densities, rotational speeds, flash technologies and performance characteristics.
Because the DataCore software runs on top of the Windows Server operating system, it can manage any block storage device supported by a Windows driver. Essentially, the DataCore node appears to be a standard host connected to the disks.
Note: Only block storage devices are supported in the physical pool. File servers and NAS heads/gateways may get their storage from the virtual storage pool controlled by the DataCore software.
Storage Packaging Supported
- Internal disk drives
- External JBODs
- External storage systems
Storage Interfaces Supported
- Direct-attached and SAN-based connections
- Fibre Channel
- Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) via CNA switches
- Flash Memory Cards and Solid State Disks (SSDs)
- Standard Magnetic Rotating Disk Drives (HDDs)
Cloud Storage Supported
- Public cloud storage from Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and others through cloud gateways or by running DataCore instance in the cloud.
- Direct integration with OpenStack Cinder Block Storage Services
All of the popular disk manufacturers are supported. These include the following:
- Dot Hill
- Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)
- Oracle (Sun)
- Texas Memory Systems (TMS)
- Violin Memory
- Western Digital