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NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) Support

On Roadmap|SANsymphony|Core Product

Problem to solve:
SCSI isn't the best protocol anymore for fast storage devices. Many storages nowadays have fast NVMe or SAS SSDs which offers much more IO Performance and short IO latencies. However, the performance is often limited over the FC transport if some server needs big IOs and some needs fast small IOs. The small IOs are often been blocked by the limitation of SCSI to only have one queue.
Small and stable latency is often much more important than pure bandwidth.

Proposed Solution:
First NVMe over Fabrics for frontend ports support, so the Datacore cache can be used with full protentional and fast small cached reads.
Second NVMe over Fabrics for mirror/backend ports, so that Datacore can retrieve the full storage performance in read and write.

306

Access-based Enumeration (ABE) for CIFS/SMB

On Roadmap|vFilO|Planned

Problem to solve:
By default, when user open some shared network folder, SMB displays full list of files and folders on it (of course only if user have permission to access share). Access Based Enumeration (ABE) allows you to hide specific files and folders for user who don’t have access permission. This is a mandatory feature for an enterprise-class file server, or a NAS to be saved the VDI user profile, for security reasons.

Proposed Solution:
Implement ABE compatible functionality, to allow to hide objects (files and folders) from users who don’t have NTFS permissions (Read or List) on a network shared folder in order to access them.

285

Allow specific LUN ID to be set when serving virtual disk to host.

Under Consideration|SANsymphony|Core Product

Problem to solve:
When serving a virtual disk to host, DataCore Management takes the first available LUN ID, normally 0. In most cases we use specific LUN IDs to better find them on the host, e.g. when creating new datastores or assign Raw LUNs. So we have to manually correct the LUN ID in the "Path"-tab and refresh host storage. The actual problem is that VMware sometime keeps the old and the new IDs. This leads to error behavior as the old LUN ID paths are marked "unavailable".

Proposed Solution:
Please make it possible to specify LUN ID on serving a virtual disk. Actually the feature already exists, but the field is greyed out and set to auto select.

284

Quota

On Roadmap|vFilO|Planned

Especially in larger environments with potentially multiple tenants, it is necessary to be able to control the use of bandwidth and storage capacity. At the moment, this is only possible rudimentarily.

Problem to solve:
It is desired to provide shares and volumes with appropriate quotas in terms of usage, bandwidth, etc. So far, only the Volume Threshold is possible here, this functionality should be significantly expanded.
Doing this will also help deploying Multi-Tennand environments and their handling.

Proposed solution:
Implement Quota Management

273

Extend Size of Pool Disks

Under Consideration|SANsymphony|Core Product

Problem to solve:
Some Storage Arrays have the ability to resize the LUNs they present to SANsymphony. SANsymphony recognizes the new resize and counts it against the License Capacity, but it cannot detect the addition of the resized disk. The procedure to allow this to be detected is to mirror with a bigger disk then break it for SSV to see the new size. Often the additional space is just left unusable in the Pool.

Proposed Solution:
Allow SANsymphony to recognize the increased size when a LUN is extended in a Pool.

260

Native Compression

Released|SANsymphony|Done

Problem to solve:
Due to exponential data growth, IT organizations are faced with a correlating and costly increase in demand for data storage. Other storage vendors in the market provide compression functionality to combat this problem. Today DataCore SANsymphony does not have an effective and native ability to optimize the capacity utilization related to this data growth, and puts DataCore at a competitive disadvantage.

Proposed solution:
Provide native compression functionality, to allow for the reduction of storage capacity utilized and close the competitive gap that currently exists with SANsymphony.

237

Disk remove from pool takes much too long

Under Consideration|SANsymphony|Core Product

Problem to solve:
We have the challenge right now to reorganize our two disk pools with 40 TB each and built up new disk pools by using the existing disks. We have observed that removing a disc from the DiskPool is done at about 32GB/hour.
As the disk removal cannot speeded up today if though the Backend Storage is able to deliver over 1 Gb/s and is more or the less idling most of the time. We expect more than 100 days to finish the reorganization of the disk pools. Now I’m in the uncomfortable situation to explain this slow progress to my boss. I don’t want imagine what this slow removal means if I have to do this again with much larger Disk Pools.

Proposed Solution:
From my perspective an enhancement is needed to accelerate this ugly slow removal of a disk from a disk pool. A switch with options, such as – default (32 GB/h), fast (0.5TB/h), faster (1TB/h), automatic, urgent (as fast as possible) would be extreme helpful. possibly depending on the Tier class; Flash and NVMe can faster then NL Disk.
- Automatic in the sense that they the disk removal don't degrade the latencies or throughput for production. It would be great to have an box for
o entering the acceptable latency for the Backend and Frontend and
o limit the max. throughput used for migrations in the Backend

The possibility to give a little bit more speed after the end of production or on weekends would also be great. It could be something like shown in the following link of a Router which shows a timetable. I would have a better screenshot, but unfortunately I cannot attach screenshots here.

https://service.avm.de/help/de/FRITZ-Box-7590/017p1/hilfe_heimnetz_smarthome_wochentaegliche_schaltung

222

Async Replication Enhancements

Released|SANsymphony|Done

Problem to solve:
As IT organizations continue experience exponential data growth they need to have a reliable data storage solution that is not only highly available but is also capable of native disaster recovery functionality. SANsymphony's current asynchronous replication functionality needs to be able to scale at the rate business experience this data growth. This includes being able to scale to meet the rate of data changes written to the replication buffer and to be written to a replication site. There are also a number of stability improvements that can be made to asynchronous replication to improve existing and new customer user experience.

Proposed solution:
Enhance SANsymphony's asynchronous replication feature to allow for increased replication buffer scalability, greater control over the transmission of data from source to destination, and address the top most commonly reported bugs for asynchronous replication.

216

Native Inline Deduplication

Released|SANsymphony|Done

Problem to solve:
Due to exponential data growth, IT organizations are faced with a correlating and costly increase in demand for data storage. This increase in demand is often accompanied with a duplicity of data, further driving up the cost of storage. Other storage vendors in the market provide in-line deduplication to combat this problem. Today DataCore SANsymphony does not have an effective and native ability to optimize the capacity utilization related to this duplicate data growth, and puts DataCore at a competitive disadvantage.

Proposed solution:
Provide native in-line deduplication functionality, to allow for the reduction in data written to the backend storage and close the competitive gap that currently exists with SANsymphony.

199

VMware vCenter Plugin v2

On Roadmap|SANsymphony|3rd Party Integrations

Need the ability to provision storage, interact with data services and have VM to storage visbility, natively in vCenter.