Software is the key differentiation and the “secret sauce” in the PowerFlex offering. PowerFlex software components not only provide software-defined storage services, they also help simplify infrastructure management and orchestration with comprehensive ITOM and LCM capabilities that span compute as well as storage infrastructure, from BIOS and Firmware to nodes, software and networking.
The core foundational component in the PowerFlex family that enables Software Defined Storage (SDS) services is called simply PowerFlex, to represent the core value it enables for the platform. Additionally, PowerFlex Manager is a comprehensive IT Operational Management (ITOM) and Life Cycle Management (LCM) tool that drastically simplifies management and ongoing operation.
PowerFlex (previously VxFlex OS) is the software foundation of PowerFlex software-defined storage. It is a scale-out block storage service designed to deliver flexibility, elasticity, and simplicity with predictable high performance and resiliency at scale.
PowerFlex consists of the following components:
Storage Data Client (SDC)
Storage Data Server (SDS)
Meta Data Manager (MDM)
PowerFlex Manager is the software component in PowerFlex family that enables ITOM automation and lifecycle management capabilities for PowerFlex systems.