Eliminating Storage Headaches Through Self-Management
The complexity of managing storage is growing rapidly as the storage attached to distributed computing systems gets larger. This has reached the point where cost of managing a device is several times the purchase cost, and the planning for medium-to-large installation can require many months.
Storage Systems Program in HP Labs has been working on addressing these issues through the Forum technology. Forum's goals include the realization of a self-configuring storage system. The Forum solver (a storage-savvy optimization engine) takes as input the device and application attributes, as well as business requirements. It uses these to achieve Quality of Service objectives as a capacity planning and configuration tool for storage systems.
I will describe the key aspects of the Forum architecture and technologies including: the algorithms that constitute the Forum solver, the device and workload characterizations used by the Forum, and the ongoing validation. I will conclude with a brief description of open issues and future directions.
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