Mass storage software includes applications and programs which are used for efficient data storage management in the mass storage drives. In this way, this software is an indispensable part of the storage systems.
Mass storage software refers to the applications used for management of storage in mass storage devices. Those devices will include disks, disk arrays such as RAID technologies and tape libraries. This type of mass storage hardware is not only used for storage but also for storage backups, as in the case of tape libraries. Backup management in the storage process will be also performed by the dedicated mass storage software.
Most of mass storage software includes solutions for the popular storage systems – direct attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SAN). The two latter solutions are network systems which use network connections to communicate between storage devices and client computers. Although both SAN and NAS solutions differ in storage capacity, speed and target users, the software used in them serves for almost identical purposes – it enables storage resources consolidation, access to the data for multiple users and data storage management.
Mass storage software is available with various storage servers as an integral part of their operating systems or separately, to be installed and cooperate with standard Windows or Unix/Linux OS.
The software used network systems which store the data of the users on disk arrays manages the complex processes of creating a powerful data center which consolidates all storage resources. The software also allows IT administrators to easily migrate any virtual machines from direct attached storage to shared storage on the network. Mass storage software is a ready solution offering complete and flexible data storage.