PowerFlex is a software-defined storage platform that provides predictable performance and resiliency at scale. PowerFlex is comprised of lightweight building blocks. The four main components include the “Storage Data Server” (SDS) which is the supplier of storage, the “Storage Data Client" (SDC) which is the consumer of storage, the “Metadata Manager” (MDM) which is the storage cluster manager, and the “Storage Data Replicator” (SDR) which handles replication activities. Supporting components include the “PowerFlex Gateway” used for installation, centralized log collection, and facilitating REST API calls to and from the MDM. The PowerFlex Lightweight Installation Agent, which receives software packages from the gateway and installs them on it's local host. The PowerFlex Graphical User Interface (GUI) also known as the presentation server which is the primary HTML5 interface for daily operations. For non-graphical operations the “PowerFlex Command Line Interface" (scli) is used.
In this lab we will cover a brief history of the product and dive into the latest features and functionality offered.