Computer Science Department
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Brick-based Storage with Automated Administration

Gregory R. Ganger, John D. Strunk, Andrew J. Klosterman

August 2003

Keywords: Self-management, autonomic computing, storage management, data centers

This white paper describes a new project exploring the design and implementation of self-* storage systems: self-organizing, self-configuring, self-tuning, self-healing, self-managing systems of storage bricks. Borrowing organizational ideas from corporate structure and automation technologies from AI and control systems, we hope to dra-matically reduce the administrative burden currently faced by data center administrators. Further, compositions of lower cost components can be utilized, with available resources collectively used to achieve high levels of reliability, availability, and performance.

20 pages

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