Where to do it? Layers in the storage stack

Storage operations, such as compression, tiering, and replication, may happen throughout the "storage stack", and in some cases the same general operation could happen in more than one layer of the stack. When there is a choice, choosing correctly can make a big difference in performance and scalability. But before I talk about these different … Continue reading Where to do it? Layers in the storage stack

Cluster quorum and Spectrum Scale

Spectrum Scale systems are organized into clusters. File systems and underlying resources are owned by clusters, managed by clusters, and possibly exported to remote clusters. Within a cluster, there is a need for certain management functions. Because we would like the cluster to remain active even in the face of systems or network links failing, … Continue reading Cluster quorum and Spectrum Scale