Data store zones can be used to create different tiers of service – for example, by setting up different zones for ordinary and high-performance SANs in the cloud. Zones can also be used to create private clouds for specific users.

Data store zones have types which are inherited by the data stores in the zone. Later data stores can be attached to a compute resource/compute zone of the same type. Data stores can be moved from one data store zone to another, but the zones should be of the same type. For more information refer to Zone Types. The table below demonstrates the available data store zone types for different data stores:

Data Store TypeData Store Zone Type
LVMVirtual/Smart
Integrated StorageVirtual/Smart
SolidFireVirtual/Smart
vCloud DirectorVPC
VMwareVirtual

A data store zone consists of several data stores sharing the same permissions. Data store zones can be used to create different tiers of service. Zones can also be used to create private clouds for specific users. This section contains information on how to create data stores and manage them within the data store zone.


Create Data Store Zone

To create a new data store zone:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu and click the Data Store Zones icon.
  2. Click the Create Data Store Zone button.
  3. On the screen that follows:
    • Label - give your data store zone a name.
    • Server type - choose the server type from the drop-down box:
      • Choose the virtual server type to create a Xen, KVM, or CloudBoot zone
      • Choose the smart server type to create a smart server zone.
      • Choose the Virtual Private Cloud server type to create a vCloud Director server zone.

    The zone's type cannot be changed after the zone is created.

    • Location group - select the location group you wish to assign this data store zone to from the drop-down list.
    • Instance Package VSs - move the slider to the right if you want the zone to be used when creating Instance Package VSs only. If you enable this option, the zone will not be available in the virtual server creation wizard's Resources step for custom VSs (VSs built by setting resources manually).
  4. Click Save.

Create Solidfire Data Store Zone

To create a new data store zone:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu and click the Data Store Zones icon.
  2. Click the Create Data Store Zone button.
  3. On the screen that follows:
    • Label - give your data store zone a name.
    • Server type - choose the server type from the drop-down box:
      • Choose the virtual server type to create a Xen, KVM, or CloudBoot zone
      • Choose the smart server type to create a smart server zone.

    The zone's type cannot be changed after the zone is created.


    • Location group - select the location group you wish to assign this data store zone to from the drop-down list.
  4. Click Save.
  5. You will be redirected to the Data Store Zone overview page. On that page you will see Unassigned Data Stores which can be added to this Data Store Zone.
  6. Click the + icon to assign a required SolidFire Data Store(s).
  7. Afterwards click the Edit icon to proceed with SolidFire Data Store zone settings.
  8. On the page that follows specify the following options, which will be applied while selecting this data store zone when creating a virtual server or adding a disk to an existing virtual server:
    • Default max iops - the maximum number of Input/Output operations per second.

    • Default burst iops - the number of burst IOPS.

    Both maximum and burst IOPS values cannot exceed 15000.

    • Min disk size - the minimum size of a disk to be added to a virtual server. 
  9.  Click Save.

Edit Data Store Zone

To edit data store zones:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Admin > Settings menu, and click the Data Store Zones icon. The screen that appears will show all data store zones currently set up in the cloud.
  2. To change the zone's name and location group, click the Actions button next to the data store zone you are interested in, then click Edit
  3. On the page that loads you can change the following data tore zone details:
    • Label - give your data store zone a name.
    • Location group - select the location group you wish to assign this data store zone to from the drop-down list. You can change the already assigned location group only if there are no disks or ISOs built on data stores of current zone.
    • Instance Package VSs - move the slider to the right if you want the zone to be used when creating Instance Package VSs only. If you enable this option, the zone will not be available in the virtual server creation wizard's Resources step for custom VSs (VSs built by setting resources manually).
  4. Click Save.

Attach Data Stores to Data Store Zone

To add a data store to a zone:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Admin > Settings menu and click the Data Store Zones icon.
  2. Click the label of the zone you want to add a data store to.
  3. On the screen that follows, click the + icon next to the unassigned data store you want to add.

    When you add a data store to a data store zone, the data store inherits the zone's type. For more information refer to Zone Types.


Remove Data Stores from Data Store Zone

To remove a data store from a zone:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu and click the Data Store Zones icon.
  2. Click the label of the zone you want to remove a data store from.
  3. On the screen that appears, click the "" icon next to the data store you want to remove, to delete it.

Delete Data Store Zone

Delete data store zones:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Admin > Settings menu, and click the Data Store Zones icon. The screen that appears will show all data store zones currently set up in the cloud.
  2. Click the Actions button next to the zone you want to remove, then click Delete. 
  3. Confirm the deletion. 

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