Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) is a “hard” SAN-based RAID system built on a variety of Intel chipsets to provide maximum capacity for data storage. This feature allows an Intel server with multiple drives to be easily added to an existing virtualized storage environment in order to increase the amount of storage available and improve overall network performance. Since RST utilizes dedicated physical storage devices, there is no need for additional physical servers or the need for virtualization.
RST uses a proprietary controller that allows users to define physical and logical configurations, including IOPS (input/output operations per second), IOPS thresholds (the amount of input/output operations that are defined as IOPS) and data-plane partitions. RST also provides the ability to add or remove partitions on a physical device without affecting the I/O scheduler. This feature can significantly increase the storage capacity of the system, especially when more than one drive is attached.
Since RST uses a number of different controllers, it is important to check that the controller that is being used in the RST system is compatible with the host operating system. This compatibility ensures that the virtualized I/O scheduler will be able to identify and properly prioritize the requests for access to resources that are part of the virtual storage system. It is important to ensure that the device drivers that are used in the virtualization of the system are also compatible with the host operating systems that the host server runs. It is also important to ensure that the device drivers that are being used in the virtualization of the system are also compatible with the I/O scheduler of the host server.
Storage management systems (storage management systems, SMS, etc.) that are built with a virtualized architecture are designed to provide a complete system solution to the host operating system and any application or workload that is running on the host server. The built-in virtual storage system is designed to provide the administrator with a complete virtual server that can be used to create virtual machines, configure and manage virtual storage volumes and provide a robust and secure storage solution for the virtualization of applications and workloads.
Virtualization is the process of running software applications or workloads in a virtual environment, rather than on physical hardware. Virtualization takes place by providing an operating system and the virtualization software to each virtual machine. As a result, virtual machines that have the same hardware specifications as physical machines, but do not share the same memory, disks and network configuration, are referred to as “virtual machines”.
Physical servers and physical storage can be combined into virtual servers using a virtualization management tool that works with a database that maps the logical partitioned files on physical drives into physical drives on the virtual server. Virtualization allows an application or workload to run on a virtual machine, while the virtual management tools provide an efficient storage management interface for managing the physical storage of the application or workload. Virtualization is beneficial for applications that require high uptime reliability and are used on a number of different types of hardware platforms. However, if an application or workload requires a great deal of memory and performance, then virtualization is not the best option for the virtualization solution.
The Intel Iostat file-based SAN uses NFS (Network File System) to provide a virtualized file system on an existing physical NAS device. The NAS device must have the correct file system permissions to access files stored on the NAS device. Once the file system has been installed, the Iostat device provides I/O scheduling and priority, allowing multiple physical drives to be used simultaneously for data storage purposes and for scheduling access to the storage device.
The primary benefit of Iostat is that it provides a highly cost-effective storage solution for network storage devices. The Iostat file system offers a simple and easy-to-use interface with automated management capabilities that allow users to configure the device for optimal performance. The Iostat file system also supports both data deduplication and fault tolerance.