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Learn about EqualLogic Software

Dell EqualLogic software gives you enterprise power with everyday simplicity. Through end-to-end solutions, you can efficiently move the right data to the right place at the right time and for the right cost. Inspired by users, the advanced software features built into the EqualLogic PS Series enable organizations of all sizes to implement high-end storage solutions without additional licensing fees.

EqualLogic advanced software virtualizes and simplifies your storage environment to help you:
  • Protect business-critical data
  • Optimize storage performance
  • Streamline storage management and operations
Take advantage of your existing investments and maximize the capabilities of PS Series arrays. Let EqualLogic do the work for you through a suite of advanced software: 

EqualLogic Array Software,
including EqualLogic Firmware, Group Manager and the Manual Transfer Utility, delivers advanced Storage Area Network (SAN) functions that automatically virtualize and optimize storage resources while providing advanced data protection and SAN management.

Dell Storage Update Manager provides guided update management to simplify the process of updating the firmware for your EqualLogic platforms, including PS Series, FS Series and disk drives, with a single tool to facilitate both single-member and multimember group updates so you can easily take advantage of the latest firmware features.

EqualLogic SAN Headquarters, a full-featured monitoring and analysis tool for EqualLogic PS storage arrays, helps strengthen your ability to analyze and optimize storage performance and resource allocation and helps you proactively manage and service your storage environment.

EqualLogic Host Integration Tools
enable efficient data protection and simplify management of the EqualLogic SAN through tight integration with Microsoft®, VMware® and Linux® operating platforms and applications. These tools can reduce the time you spend on storage management while increasing the reliability and performance of your environment.
 

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EqualLogic Array Software includes EqualLogic Firmware, EqualLogic Group Manager and EqualLogic Manual Transfer Utility.
EqualLogic Array Software

EqualLogic Firmware
EqualLogic Firmware is a SAN operating system that's integrated across the entire family of EqualLogic PS arrays. Its unique peer storage architecture helps deliver consistent performance through virtualization and optimization of resources across the SAN.

The Dell Storage Update Manager application can help you analyze your current Dell EqualLogic storage configurations to determine which components, if any, can or need to be updated. Using a firmware update wizard, Storage Update Manager guides you and simplifies the update process for your EqualLogic platforms, including PS Series, FS Series, disk drives* and language packs. It provides an outline of all components that require updating and the estimated time to complete the process. Deployed as a standalone Java application, Storage Update Manager runs independently of Group Manager and SAN Headquarters but offers a similar interface and help features.

EqualLogic’s latest firmware (release 7.0) offers enhanced features to help you easily manage new and existing PS Series arrays, including:

  • Robust and scalable Access Control Policies for streamlined administration
  • Newly redesigned GUI with search functionality
  • RAID policy recommendations to help promote RAID best practices
  • New technologies with backward compatibility including a 64-bit kernel firmware version for newer arrays and support for 4K sector volumes and 4K native sector (4Kn) drives
Key Features

Key features introduced in firmware release 7.0

Access Control Policies
Access Control Policies enable or restrict host access to volumes and storage objects and allow users to set and reuse policies. This feature provides an efficient alternative to Access Control Lists, helping you to improve scalability and simplify management by reducing administration tasks.

Updated GUI with search feature
The latest GUI has a new look and feel and includes a search/find function to help you speed up common administration tasks. This function is useful in larger EqualLogic storage environments with many managed objects such as volumes.

RAID policy recommendations
RAID policy recommendations promote RAID best practices by hiding options that are not suitable for production data and systems.

64-bit kernel
A 64-bit kernel allows the latest generation of PS Series arrays (PS41x0, PS61x0, PS62x0) to use larger amounts of memory than previous firmware releases. The latest release also includes a 32-bit version to support previous-generation PS Series hardware.

4K sector support
With EqualLogic firmware 7.0, you now have the ability to create 4K sector volumes for host operating systems and the hypervisors that support them, or you can easily provision volumes in the existing 512-byte formats. Additionally, firmware 7.0 will support the future introduction of arrays with 4K native sector (4Kn) high-capacity drives.

Other notable features included with EqualLogic firmware

Peer storage architecture
"Peer" describes the collaboration and equal partnership of a single, simple architecture. Arrays function as peers and work together to share resources including cache, disks, network and I/O (input/output). This cooperation enables the even distribution of workloads, application performance optimization and comprehensive data protection.

Rapid provisioning
The intelligence of virtual storage provisioning combined with the modular design of EqualLogic storage arrays enable you to quickly and easily expand storage capacity without affecting data availability. You can start with a single storage array, and as storage, performance and network requirements grow, you can add more members to help increase capacity, performance and network bandwidth.

Automatic load balancing
EqualLogic load-balancing features automatically balance workloads by seamlessly spreading data across multiple active storage resources, helping maximize performance by intelligently optimizing the available network connections, cache, controllers and drives.

Storage pools
Storage pooling provides the ability, within a single SAN, to create sub-groups of arrays that enable you to optimally configure and prioritize applications for the required level of service. You can configure separate storage pools within a single SAN to help build an efficient, flexible, easy-to-manage storage environment.

Point-in-time replication
EqualLogic point-in-time replication remotely replicates data from one PS group to another over a standard IP network over long distances, helping provide your organization with high levels of data protection and disaster tolerance.

Synchronous Replication
Synchronous Replication (Sync Rep) maintains two identical copies of a volume across two different storage pools in the same PS Series group for real-time data protection ensuring that a viable, hardware-independent copy of the volume is always available.

Data Center Bridging
Data Center Bridging (DCB) is designed to improve quality of service with consistent and even traffic flow in a converged SAN/LAN networking fabric.

 


Features

Features introduced in firmware release 7.0:

  • Access Control Policies
  • Updated GUI with search feature
  • RAID policy recommendations
  • 64-bit kernel version for newer arrays
  • 4K sector support

Features you have come to rely on: 

  • Peer storage architecture
  • Online data and volume movement
  • Rapid provisioning
  • Storage pools
  • Automatic load balancing
  • Intelligent tiering of data across hybrid models that combine solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard drives
  • Thin provisioning
  • Nondisruptive array upgrades
  • Nondisruptive array removal
  • Automatic RAID placement
  • Writable snapshots
  • Point-in-time replication
  • Volume cloning
  • Thin clones
  • Instant volume restore
  • Volume consistency sets
  • Synchronous Replication
  • Volume Unmap
  • Volume Undelete
  • Support for SED drives and IPsec
  • Data Center Bridging
  • Microsoft Active Directory integration
  • Integration with the VMware vStorage APIs
  • VMware Thin Provisioning awareness
  • SAN Data Copy Offload
  • SAN Zero Offload and Scalable Lock Management for VMware
  • Roles-based administration
  • Auditing of administrative actions
  • Auto-start disk monitoring system
  • Email home
  • Enclosure monitoring system

EqualLogic Group Manager
EqualLogic Group Manager helps you simplify and streamline storage administration and allows you to manage EqualLogic PS Series block arrays and FS Series NAS appliances through a single unified storage interface. This browser-based GUI helps eliminate the need for a dedicated management workstation or server and allows you to remotely manage virtually any aspect of your EqualLogic unified storage solution. The EqualLogic Group Manager is also available as a command-line interface (CLI).

 

 

EqualLogic Group Manager 

EqualLogic Manual Transfer Utility
The EqualLogic Manual Transfer Utility is a host-based tool for Windows and Linux operating systems that enables replication of large amounts of data using removable media. This easy-to-use utility helps your organization set up replication to minimize downtime risks and eliminate network congestion.

Storage Area Network Headquarters (SAN HQ) provides consolidated performance and robust event monitoring of multiple virtualized EqualLogic SAN groups distributed across different data centers.

What’s new in SAN HQ 3.0?
  • SupportAssist automatic diagnostic data collection and transmission to Dell Support, enabling automatic creation of additional types of support cases
  • Support case tracking, for a clear view of all of your open Dell EqualLogic support cases being monitored by SupportAssist, including a description of the case, progress on resolution and other information for tracking the case
  • Automatic notifications within EqualLogic Group Manager if the PS Series Group is not actively being monitored by SAN HQ
  • Improved network health monitoring that indicates the percentage of all retransmitted TCP segment packets sent from the network port on the array
  • Support for EqualLogic Array Software 7.0 features and Dell EqualLogic arrays including the newly released PS6210 series
EqualLogic SAN HQ 3.0 – monitoring and analysis tool

Optimize your EqualLogic SAN using SAN HQ.

Through monitoring and reporting, you can:
  • Improve performance by identifying performance bottlenecks
  • Effectively allocate group resources by identifying underutilized resources
  • Improve availability by proactively identifying problems
  • Identify requirements for storage growth

SAN HQ helps ensure high availability and performance. It can also help you plan for and implement SAN expansion in the future through:

EqualLogic SAN HQ 3.0 – monitoring and analysis toolSupportAssist

With SAN HQ 3.0, Dell continues to build additional SupportAssist capabilities designed to proactively collect data and detect failures in your EqualLogic storage infrastructure. When enabled by your storage administrator, system log and diagnostic data will be transmitted to Dell Support to help accelerate issue detection and streamline resolution. SAN HQ, working with SupportAssist, can now enable even more types of support cases to be opened automatically. For these cases, Dell Support will proactively begin working the issue and notify you that a case has been opened. New support case tracking allows IT managers to view and track cases, delivering a more preemptive and automated support process that helps improve productivity and accuracy while helping you gain insight and control.

RAID reliability reporting

SAN HQ offers a regular analysis of all storage pools and alerts you when RAID settings should be reconfigured, based on best practices. This proactive approach is designed to enhance reliability. You can also determine potential reliability improvements by evaluating the impact of alternative RAID settings.
EqualLogic SAN HQ 3.0 – monitoring and analysis tool

Multigroup management

SAN HQ enables centralized monitoring of multiple EqualLogic PS Series groups from a single graphical user interface (GUI). You can see information at a glance and quickly focus on groups with potential issues, monitoring them closely through detailed reports and analysis. Multi-site support provides a single-pane view of EqualLogic groups to streamline monitoring and analysis.

Comprehensive analytics

SAN HQ’s in-depth analytical tools enable flexible, granular views of SAN resources and provide notification of hardware, capacity and performance-related issues. You’ll receive comprehensive information on configuration, capacity, input/output (I/O) performance and network performance for EqualLogic PS Series groups, pools, members, disks, volumes and volume collections. And you can effectively allocate group resources by:

  • Better understanding storage capacity usage over time 
  • Addressing underutilized resources 
  • Identifying performance bottlenecks and other potential issues before they occur
EqualLogic SAN HQ 3.0 – monitoring and analysis tool

Intuitive views

SAN HQ presents data in multiple, intuitive views:

  • Normalized View identifies random data spikes and removes them from the equation for a realistic view of normal operations.
  • Live View displays data captured in brief session intervals at quick polling rates to help you diagnose or analyze a situation in less time.
  • SAN HQ also has a single sign-on capability for launching EqualLogic Group Manager, part of the EqualLogic Array Software.

Experimental analysis

SAN HQ collects information on current hardware configuration and distribution of reads and writes, and reports on performance relative to a specific workload. You can perform experimental analyses to determine if a group has reached its full capabilities, or whether they can increase the group workload without impacting performance. You can also plan for optimal EqualLogic SAN performance configuration by using RAID Evaluator and identifying the effect of different RAID policies on the performance levels of the EqualLogic group.


Events and alerts

SAN HQ provides performance-related email alerts and hardware alarms so that you can take action and avoid potential downtime.

Formatted reports, graphs and archives

Generate customizable reports on performance, capacity utilization, trends and group configurations to quickly detect potential issues.

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EqualLogic Host Integration Tools (HIT) for Microsoft tightly integrates the EqualLogic PS Series arrays with the Microsoft host operating platform and host applications. This integration enables consistent data protection, performance optimization and streamlined management and operation.

What’s new in Host Integration Tools (HIT) for Microsoft 4.7?

Host Integration Tools for Microsoft® 4.7 offer Storage Management integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 R2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 as well as support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 CU2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP3.

Enhancements with version 4.7 include: 
  • Support for Dell EqualLogic PS Series Firmware v7.0 features, such as Access Control Policies and 4k sectors 
  • Enhanced functionality in Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition (ASM/ME) for improved grouping of managed hosts
  • New PowerShell Tools for management of ASM/ME, Remote Setup Wizard, and multipath I/O (MPIO) settings
Host Integration Tools
Protection for-business-critical data

Application-consistent data protection and quick recovery of business-critical data with Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft® Edition (ASM/ME):

  • SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Hyper-V™
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server(MOSS)
  • NTFS File System

 Optimization of Storage Performance:

  • MPIO Device Specific Module (DSM) for Microsoft Windows

Streamlining of storage management and operation:

  • Storage Management Provider (SMP) for management of EqualLogic storage from native Windows tools, including WMI, PowerShell and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012
  • PowerShell Tools that enable management of EqualLogic storage
  • Remote Setup Wizard (RSW)
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) Internet SCSI (iSCSI) Provider
  • Virtual Disk Service (VDS) Provider
  • VSS Hardware Provider
  • Volume rethinning tools

 

EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition

Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition (ASM/ME) is a high-performance, space-efficient, application-aware data protection feature. It enables fast online backups and quick restores of Microsoft Hyper-V™ virtual machines (VMs), Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and NTFS file systems. Through an easy-to-use graphical interface, ASM/ME coordinates the creation, recovery and scheduling of Smart Copies by using Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS). VSS helps enhance protection, storage utilization and performance through compliant Dell EqualLogic SAN-based snapshots. ASM/ME benefits allow you to:
  • Centralize data protection
  • Manage multiple Windows hosts from a single central host
  • Provide consistent and usable Smart Copies (snapshots, clones and replicas)
  • Help ensure fast and efficient online backup and recovery with SAN-based Smart Copies and data copy offload
  • Create and manage Smart Copy schedules to help ensure that the right data is backed up at the right time with minimal administrative overhead
  • Centralize the configuration of storage settings, including MPIO, on multiple hosts
  • Remote installation of Host Integration Tools to multiple remote hosts
  • Enable a centralized view of volumes, collections, schedules and Smart Copies for all the hosts in the HIT Group
  • Protect and restore all virtual machines on a clustered shared volume (CSV) with a single snapshot for improved space utilization and reduced administrative overhead
  • Generate at-a-glance overviews of multiple Windows hosts and applications as well as a centralized view of volumes, collections, schedules and Smart Copies for all the hosts using an intuitive dashboard view
EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition
Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Provider

VSS Provider allows backup software products to perform off-host backups, eliminating the extensive system configuration and scripting that are required for snapshot-based backups. With VSS Provider, backup software products can leverage the EqualLogic SAN-based backups for improved performance and low overhead.
EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO)

The unique peer storage architecture of EqualLogic storage arrays automatically balances workloads by seamlessly spreading data across multiple active storage resources and optimizing available network connections, cache, controllers and drives. EqualLogic MPIO enables Windows platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, storage and network usage for high availability and improved performance for customer environments You can easily configure MPIO between your Windows servers and a Dell EqualLogic SAN with ASM/ME or PowerShell Tools.

EqualLogic MPIO DSM:

  • Enables intelligent and dynamic routing of your iSCSI storage area network (SAN) traffic load over multiple network paths between the server and the EqualLogic PS Series group
  • Provides increased bandwidth, reduced network latency, automatic connection management, failover and load balancing
  • Centralizes configuration of EqualLogic MPIO on multiple hosts from a single server

 

EqualLogic Remote Setup WizardEqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard

With the EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard (RSW), the tasks of discovering and setting up storage arrays and server connections are simplified using an intuitive, step-by-step user interface. For future upgrades, the RSW helps you quickly and easily add EqualLogic arrays for online scale-out of storage capacity and linear, incremental performance improvement. EqualLogic RSW allows you to:

  • Automate discovery of uninitialized PS Series arrays
  • Simplify initialization of new PS Series arrays
  • Set up PS Series groups

 



EqualLogic PowerShell Tools

PowerShell Tools provide a powerful, comprehensive set of PowerShell cmdlets for managing one or many EqualLogic PS Series groups. PowerShell Tools:

  • Help manage EqualLogic PS Series groups, pools, volumes, snapshots, replicas and schedules in the preferred object-based scripting environment for Windows platforms
  • Automate routine PS Series management tasks
  • Integrate data center processes that involve PS Series tasks
  • Utilize Active Directory to support single sign-on
  • Provide advanced management of ASM/ME, Remote Setup Wizard and MPIO settings

High-Performance Computing (HPC) iSCSI Provider

HPC iSCSI Provider enables EqualLogic iSCSI storage support in Microsoft HPC server. It allows HPC nodes to boot from EqualLogic iSCSI volumes and enables the HPC server to provision those volumes.

Virtual Disk Service (VDS) Provider

VDS Provider simplifies creation and management of EqualLogic volumes using Microsoft Storage Manager. IT managers can use the familiar Microsoft VDS and Microsoft Storage Manager to create and manage EqualLogic volumes.

High-Performance Computing (HPC) iSCSI Provider

EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware® (HIT/VMware) tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS series arrays and FS series FluidFS appliances with the VMware host operating platform, enabling consistent data protection, performance optimization and streamlined management and operation. HIT/VMware consists of the Dell Virtual Storage Manager for VMware (VSM), which includes vSphere® Storage APIs (VASA) Provider; EqualLogic Storage Replication Adapter for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRA SRM); vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPS) Adapter 1.0; and EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO).

What's new in VSM 4.0?

VSM 4.0 is a component of HIT/VMware that provides efficiency, performance and data protection for Dell EqualLogic PS series storage while enabling along with additional functions and tasks that can be applied to VMware objects. It now integrates natively into VMware’s vSphere web client with a completely redesigned GUI and offers role-based access controls (RBAC), VM-centric data protection, template-based scheduling and new data-protection workflows.
Virtual Storage Manager

The following are the new features in VSM 4.0:

  • Native integration with vSphere web client, featuring a completely redesigned GUI
  • Support for EqualLogic Array Software 7.0 features, including Access Control Policies and the new EqualLogic PS6210 series arrays
  • Improved system scheduling with new scheduling templates that can be used for both snapshots and replication
  • VMware entity-based data protection scheduling views that promote greater storage efficiency
  • New cluster-based Access Control List (ACL) generator
  • More comprehensive datastore table views
  • Global search of snapshots and replicas
  • Support for VMware ESX(i)™ 5.5, vSphere Web Client 5.5 and vCenter Server™ 5.5

Consistent data protection with VSM

VSM offers high-performance, space-efficient data protection of VMware VMs and datastores within folders and clusters. It enables you to perform VM-based snapshot and restore operations in addition to traditional datastore-based snapshot, restore, failover and failback operations on Dell EqualLogic PS Groups. VSM enables users to configure replication from top to bottom all in a single interface. Version 4.0 enhances the historical view of system and data protection scheduling with scheduling templates that may be used for both snapshot and replication operations. The resulting snapshots, replicas and clones can now be more easily and rapidly created, managed and recovered. All of these features allow VSM to enhance the protection, storage utilization and performance of VMware-based virtual infrastructures.

Storage Recovery Replicas provide a simplified storage recovery solution across single and multi-site vCenter installations managing multiple EqualLogic groups. This feature delivers a simpler mechanism for replication of one or more datastores that can be stored on one or more PS series groups to a secondary PS series group, potentially at a geographically remote location, using just one VSM and vCenter server for disaster tolerance. VSM also offers recovery from replicas on secondary sites, including failover and failback of virtual machines and their data. Additional VSM data-protection features include.
  • VM consistent and usable snapshots, clones and replicas
  • The ability to create and manage snapshots and replica schedules, ensuring that the right data is backed up at the right time with little administration effort
  • Support for the synchronous replication (SyncRep) configuration of volumes on Dell EqualLogic groups  
  • All user-configured schedules are displayed within a table for easier viewing
  • Updated GUI integrated into the familiar vSphere Web client interface
  • New data recovery search capabilities allow you to quickly find snapshots, storage recovery replicas, inbound replicas and outbound replicas across your environment
Multi-group Management

VSM allows discovery and management of multiple EqualLogic groups from a single deployment of a VSM server. Multi-group management in VSM functionalities include:
  • Group information display
  • Details on members, volumes, events, warnings and critical errors in the group within vCenter
  • The ability to set up end-to-end replication configuration, including replication partnership for multiple datastores from a single, easy-to-use vCenter interface
  • Comprehensive and flexible end-to-end management of replication partnerships and replication services to easily establish and view one or more partnerships for replication from a source group
  • Wizard-based configuration of replication establishment, including schedules and templates
  • The ability to easily find and recover, or clone from datastores, as well as to perform selective restoration of VMs
Datastore Management

Managing datastores has traditionally been a tedious process because IT managers have had to separately provision volumes in the array and then create and manage datastores in vSphere. VSM unifies these two steps into one UI by automating storage provisioning, thereby simplifying the datastore creation and management process. You can create, manage, and monitor datastores on Dell EqualLogic PS series and FS series arrays from within a single VSM table. Datastore management can:
  • Help simplify datastores provisioning and managing as well as storage-usage monitoring in the VMware vSphere client.
  • Offer selective restoration of virtual objects and datastores through a selective restore of VMs from snapshots that include multiple objects. Only the selected VMs are restored.
  • Streamline management of access control for datastores, which helps to better secure data. Access Control Policies can be defined for datastores and also be cloned and deployed on multiple datastores. A new cluster-based ACL generator has been added to take advantage of new Access Control Policies within EqualLogic array software 7.0 and assist with cluster changes.
  • Help you create, resize and delete FS series datastores (containers and the NFS exports) from vCenter.

EqualLogic vSphere Storage APIs (VASA) Provider

EqualLogic VASA Provider tightly integrates EqualLogic with vSphere, providing an end-to-end storage capability view of EqualLogic storage in the vSphere UI. This provides better storage allocation and management, all from a familiar interface. Through this integration with VSM, Dell EqualLogic PS series arrays can pass storage attributes, alarms and events to VMware vSphere, which enables you to view additional details about the storage array’s capabilities, including:
  • End-to-end EqualLogic storage visibility to the VMware users
  • Support for VMware Storage Profiles
  • EqualLogic storage array events and alarms for critical events related to space, capacity allocation and accessibility that are available within vCenter UI
  • Storage capability view for datastores — vSphere users can see the EqualLogic storage array RAID mix, snapshots, replication and the solid-state drive (SSD) mix for each datastore
  • Integration with Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)— VASA interacts with VMware Storage DRS to ensure that VMs only move datastores when there is a performance gain given the characteristics of EqualLogic storage

EqualLogic Storage Replication Adapter for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRA SRM)

EqualLogic SRA SRM integrates VMware vCenter SRM with EqualLogic storage arrays through vStorage APIs and offers centralized automated disaster recovery management, automation and testing for the entire virtualized data center. With SRA SRM, VMware SRM utilizes the EqualLogic SAN-based replication feature, thereby making disaster recovery manageable, reliable and affordable.

vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPS) Adapter 1.0

The EqualLogic vCOPS adapter integrates EqualLogic storage with vCenter Operations Management Suite. This integration allows vCOPS to assimilate EqualLogic storage metrics in its operations management tasks. Through this integration, VMware administrators can gain comprehensive insights on the capacity, performance and health of EqualLogic storage through alerts and metrics provided by the adapter. This allows administrators to incorporate EqualLogic storage into their overall IT operations and management practices, and helps simplify infrastructure complexity. It also enables administrators to perform long-term data-driven capacity planning and efficient root-cause analysis of problems on physical EqualLogic resources, all from within the confines of VMware’s virtual environment.

EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO)

The unique peer storage architecture of EqualLogic storage arrays automatically balances workloads by seamlessly spreading data across multiple active storage resources and optimizing the available network connections, cache, controllers and drives. EqualLogic MPIO enables VMware platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, storage and network usage for optimized performance for customer environments.

EqualLogic MPIO enables intelligent and dynamic routing of your iSCSI SAN traffic load over multiple network paths between the server and the EqualLogic PS series group. It provides increased bandwidth, reduced network latency, automatic connection management, failover and load balancing.
EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Linux tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS Series arrays with the Linux host operating platform, enabling performance optimization and streamlined management and operation.

What’s new in Host Integration Tools for Linux 1.3?

Feature enhancements include:
  • Support for EqualLogic Array Software 7.0 and the new EqualLogic PS6210 Series arrays 
  • Support for Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5.9, 5.10, 6.4 and 6.5; SUSE® Enterprise Linux Server (SLES) 11 SP2, SP3
  • Support for Oracle Linux 5.10 (UEK2) and 6.5 (UEK2 and UEK3)
Protect Business-Critical Data:
  • Auto-Snapshot Manager/Linux Edition (ASM/LE) for Linux file system
Optimize Storage Performance:
  • Multipath I/O (MPIO) 
  • Host Performance and Configuration Tuning Suite (eqltune)
Streamline Storage Management and Operation:
  • Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface (RSWCLI)
  • EqualLogic Volume Rethinning Facility (eqlvolume)
EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO)

The unique peer storage architecture of EqualLogic storage arrays automatically balances workloads by seamlessly spreading data across multiple active storage resources and optimizing the available network connections, cache, controllers and drives. EqualLogic MPIO enables Linux platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, storage and network usage for optimized performance in customer environments.
  • EqualLogic MPIO allows intelligent and dynamic routing of your Internet SCSI (iSCSI) SAN traffic load over multiple network paths between the server and the EqualLogic PS Series group.
  • It provides increased bandwidth, reduced network latency, automatic connection management, failover and load balancing.

Host Performance and Configuration Tuning Suite (eqltune)

eqltune verifies a Linux system for the optimal set of iSCSI performance configurations. It helps users optimally tune a Linux system to work with EqualLogic arrays, thereby enhancing performance and usability.

EqualLogic Volume Rethinning Facility (eqlvolume)

eqlvolume, which requires version 6.0 or later of the PS Series Array Software, manages the available storage on thin-provisioned volumes. It helps display information on mount points using Dell EqualLogic volumes, recommend volumes for rethinning and perform on-demand rethinning.

EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface (RSWCLI)

With the EqualLogic RSWCLI, traditionally tedious tasks of discovering and setting up storage arrays and server connections are simplified using an intuitive, step-by-step user interface. MPIO configuration between your Linux servers and a Dell EqualLogic SAN is vastly simplified with RSWCLI. This can result in significant time savings and the assurance that MPIO has been configured properly to maximize the availability and performance of your deployment. For future upgrades, the Remote Setup Wizard helps you quickly and easily add EqualLogic arrays for online scale-out of storage capacity and linear, incremental performance improvement.

  • RSWCLI automates discovery of uninitialized PS Series arrays.
  • It simplifies initializing new PS Series arrays, setting up PS Series groups, configuring server connection and MPIO.
EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/Linux Edition

Auto-Snapshot Manager/Linux Edition (ASM/LE) is a high-performance, space-efficient, file system consistent data protection feature of Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays that enables fast, online protection of Linux file system, folders and files. ASM/LE provides a command line interface (CLI) that coordinates the creation, recovery and scheduling of snapshots and replicas. The resulting file system-consistent snapshot and remote replicas can now be easily and rapidly managed, and recovered. ASM/LE:
  • Guarantees consistent and usable Smart Copies (snapshots, clones and replicas). This offers users data integrity of the file system-consistent Smart Copies and ensures fast and efficient point-in-time online backup and recovery of a Linux file system by using SAN-based Smart Copies in the backend.
  • Enables users to create and manage Smart Copy schedules ensuring that the right data is backed up at the right time with minimal administration overhead.
  • Enables mounting of Smart Copy on a different machine.
  • Supports the Linux file systems ext3, ext4, xfs and gfs2.
  • Offers Soft Deletions for Smart Copies: When Smart Copy clones stored on PS Series arrays running Array Software 6.0 or later are deleted, they are held in a volume recovery bin for up to seven days where they can easily be stored.
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