Storage Foundation is available as part of InfoScale Storage and InfoScale Enterprise.
SFW and SFW HA have the same functions except for the feature of clustering support. SFW HA adds Cluster Server (VCS) support. SFW retains the cluster option for Failover Cluster feature.
InfoScale Storage and InfoScale Enterprise differ in the clustering support available. InfoScale Enterprise provides clustering support using VCS. Whereas, InfoScale Storage provides clustering support using Microsoft Failover Cluster.
Storage Foundation provides a comprehensive solution to storage management in an integrated graphical view. SFW lets you configure and manage the local and the remote storage that is attached to your system while your system remains online.
With Storage Foundation, you can do the following:
Manage domain-wide storage from a single console.
Create and configure software RAID while systems remain online and available.
Optimize storage system performance by online capacity monitoring and storage load balancing.
Provides the ability to configure and manage different volume layouts: Concatenated, striped, mirrored, mirrored striped, and RAID-5 volumes. Supports up to 32-way mirrors on a mirrored volume.
Provides automatic detection of failed disks and the ability to repair fault-tolerant volumes on those disks without interrupting applications using the volumes.
Provides a storage migration path with the ability to upgrade existing partitions to the new "dynamic" volumes (volumes based on Storage Foundation technology).
Supports online extending of all volume types.
Supports a cluster environment that runs under Microsoft Cluster Service software.
Supports mounting a volume without requiring the use of a drive letter.
Supports moving of storage between computers with the Import and Deport Dynamic Disk Group functions.
Provides a command-line support for administrators who prefer this method over a graphical user interface (GUI).
For a Server Core installation of Windows Server, only the SFW command line interface (CLI) is available.
Provides a command-line support for administrators to manually pause or resume the tasks running.
You can pause or resume a task only on a node where the task is running. In case of a CVM cluster, if a command is executed from a slave and a task begins on a master node, then the task can be paused only on the master node.
The details of the tasks that are paused or resumed are shown in Alerts.
The following tasks can be paused and resumed: