Open source tools manage data centre storage

Microchip Technology claims to be the first company to address the need for simple configuration, deployment and management of server storage platforms.

It offers production-ready open source tools for managing its Adaptec Smart Storage host bus adapter (HBA), SmartHBA and SmartRAID offerings in OpenStack data centres.

Available for public and private cloud infrastructure suppliers, the readily deployable open source tools and plug-ins, remove complexity for customers that are connecting storage resources to its Adaptec line-up of storage controller solutions in heterogeneous data centres powered by OpenStack.

The pre-qualified and tested Adaptec Smart Storage tools are scalable and customisable, simplifying management of large networks of cloud servers within enterprise-class infrastructures, says Microchip.

There are three components in the Adaptec Smart Storage OpenStack tools. There is a plug-in for metal as a service (MaaS) and a bare-metal deployment tool from Canonical. The second component is a scripted service formula, or charm, created with Canonical’s Juju modelling tool. This allows users to remotely deploy Adaptec ARCCONF in any type of cloud environment so the adapters and attached devices can be configured and managed remotely using the Juju dashboard. Finally, there is a plug-in for the OpenStack Horizon graphical user interface (GUI) that allows users to discover, configure and conveniently manage both Adaptec Smart Storage standard adapters and custom embedded solutions.

“The $6.1 billion market for OpenStack continues to post double-digit growth rates globally, across public and private clouds in nearly every conceivable use case, including containers, VMs and bare metal,” said Danny Carreno, senior manager of ecosystem development and operations at the OpenStack Foundation. “The open infrastructure community driving this growth is itself growing, with companies like Microchip integrating projects like the OpenStack Horizon Dashboard to support Microchip’s Adaptec line-up of storage controller solutions. Their investment in the open infrastructure community can make it easier for operators to rapidly configure, deploy and manage storage resources in data centres powered by OpenStack.”

Microchip’s newest Smart Storage portfolio includes a comprehensive family of Adaptec SAS/SATA adapters and IC solutions providing enterprise-grade reliability, high performance, feature-rich management and compelling total-cost of ownership.

The Adaptec Smart Storage open source tools and documentation including a manual and specification details are available now. Technical support is also available, unless the tool code is changed by the customer.

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