Software components

Storage Foundation includes the following components:

Client software

The client software includes the console and runs on the supported Windows server and client operating systems. The client enables you to configure and manage the storage that is attached to local and to remote hosts.

Server software

The server software, which runs on a managed server, is the common repository for all storage objects.


The providers run on a managed server. Providers are similar to drivers. Each provider manages a specific hardware or software storage component.

The providers discover the existing physical and logical entities and store that information in the Storage Foundation distributed database. Providers update the database whenever there is a change in the physical or the logical entities present in the hardware or software.