Pillar Data Systems’ Axiom Storage systems provide networked storage with a high degree of flexibility, enabling organizations to deploy SAN- or NAS-based systems, or a combination of the two, in addition to having multiple tiers of storage on a single platform. This has advantages over the traditional approach to storage in that it provides a single point of control, and also a single storage pool, which can be shared among both SAN- and NAS-based storage. It also includes the management software, which allows administrators to create policies to manage service levels and ensure that the expected quality of service is delivered.
One of the differentiators claimed by Pillar Data Systems is that multiple tiers of storage and different types of storage architecture can reside together under a single software license, which, in times of budget reductions, has to be seen as an advantage.
Within the system, storage can be configured with high, medium, low, and archive priorities with resources automatically applied to fit the requirements of the application, and to maximize utilization of the available assets. Data is arranged on the disks according to the performance required. High-priority data is written on the outermost tracks, which also speeds up retrieval. Lower performance data is placed on the inner tracks.
One of the differentiators for Pillar Data Systems is that the software is included with the Axiom product. The AxiomONE software incorporates a single graphical user interface (GUI) for all of the array management tools and includes features such as continuous data protection and virtual tape. There is also capacity management, which provides capacity planning based on historical data by volume, file system, or application, and there is also a WORM file system for compliance.