|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:
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.
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.
EqualLogic Array Software includes EqualLogic Firmware, EqualLogic Group Manager and EqualLogic Manual Transfer Utility.
Key features introduced in firmware release 7.0
Access Control Policies
Features introduced in firmware release 7.0:
Features you have come to rely on:
|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 Manual Transfer Utility
|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?|
Optimize your EqualLogic SAN using SAN HQ.
Through monitoring and reporting, you can:
SAN HQ helps ensure high availability and performance. It can also help you plan for and implement SAN expansion in the future through:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Formatted reports, graphs and archives
|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 4.6? |
Host Integration Tools for Microsoft® 4.6 offer Storage Management integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 SP1 as well as support for Microsoft Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013.
Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft® Edition (ASM/ME) for Microsoft SharePoint Server (MOSS).
Enhancements with version 4.6 include:
|Protection for-business-critical data with ASM/ME for:|
Streamlining of storage management and operation:
|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 Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). VSS helps enhance protection, storage utilization and performance through compliant Dell EqualLogic SAN-based snapshots. ASM/ME benefits include:
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 Multipath I/O (MPIO) enables Windows platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, Storage and Network usage for optimized performance for customer environments.
|EqualLogic 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. Configuration of Multipath I/O (MPIO) between your Windows servers and a Dell EqualLogic SAN — a multistep operation with the basic Microsoft iSCSI driver — is vastly simplified with Remote Setup Wizard and Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface. This can result in significant time savings and the assurance that MPIO has been configured properly to help 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. EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard allows you to:
EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface
The EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface (RSWCLI) brings you the same functionality, ease of use, and benefits of RSW, but with a Command Line Interface.
EqualLogic PowerShell Tools
PowerShell Tools provide a powerful, comprehensive set of PowerShell cmdlets for managing one or many EqualLogic PS Series groups. PowerShell Tools:
High-Performance Computing (HPC) iSCSI Provider
Virtual Disk Service (VDS) Provider
|EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS Series arrays with VMware® host operating platform enabling consistent data protection, performance optimization and streamlined management and operation.|
|What's new in Host Integration Tools for VMware 3.5? |
HIT/VMware 3.5 provides EqualLogic users with centralized data protection and efficient management of multiple EqualLogic groups from vCenter.
HIT/VMware 3.5 is comprised of:
|•||Centralized management of multiple groups|
|•||Streamlined Replication configuration|
|•||Storage Recovery Replicas|
|•||Support for EqualLogic FS Series and Array Software 6.0 features|
|•||Enhanced graphical user interface (GUI) and installation procedure|
Protect Business-Critical Data:
Optimize Storage Performance:
|Streamline Storage Management and Operation:|
|EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager|
Auto-Snapshot Manager is a high-performance, space-efficient, hypervisor-aware data protection feature of Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays that enable fast, online protection of VMware virtual machines, virtual machine folders, datastores and clusters. ASM/VE provides a VMware vSphere plug-in interface that coordinates the creation, recovery and scheduling of snapshots and replicas with vCenter. This feature enhances protection, storage utilization and performance of VMware-based virtual infrastructures. The resulting hypervisor-aware snapshot and remote replicas can now be easily and rapidly created, managed and recovered.
|EqualLogic Storage Replication Adapter for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRA SRM)|
EqualLogic SRA SRM integrates VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (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 EqualLogic SAN-based replication feature thereby making disaster recovery manageable, reliable and affordable.
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 Multipath I/O (MPIO) enables VMware platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, storage and network usage for optimized performance for customer environments.
VSM allows discovery and management of multiple EqualLogic groups from a single vCenter. Multigroup management in VSM supports the following functionality:
Managing datastores has traditionally been a tedious process because IT managers have to separately provision volumes in the array and then create and manage datastores in vSphere. Datastore management unifies these two steps into one UI by automating storage provisioning thereby simplifying the datastore creation and management process.
|Virtual Desktop Deployment |
Virtual Desktop Deployment feature enables automated rapid creation of VDI desktops and leverages EqualLogic’s thin clone technology to deploy space-efficient VDI desktops. It helps save time and storage space, and enables fast provisioning of additional desktops and redeployment of desktop pools.
EqualLogic vSphere Storage APIs (VASA) Provider tightly integrates EqualLogic with vSphere, providing end-to-end storage capability view of the EqualLogic storage within the vSphere UI. This helps users with better storage allocation and management, all from a familiar interface.
- End-to-end EqualLogic storage visibility to the VMware users
- Integration and support for VMware storage profiles
- EqualLogic storage array events and alarms for critical events related to space, capacity allocation and accessibility 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
|EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Linux tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS Series arrays with Linux host operating platform enabling performance optimization, and streamlined management and operation.|
What’s new in Host Integration Tools for Linux 1.2?
Feature enhancements include:
|Protect Business-Critical Data: |
|Optimize Storage Performance: |
|Streamline Storage Management and Operation:|
|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 Multipath I/O (MPIO) enables Linux platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, storage and network usage for optimized performance for customer environments.
|Host Performance and Configuration Tuning Suite (eqltune)|
eqltune verifies a Linux system for optimal set of iSCSI performance configuration. Helps users optimally tune a Linux system to work with EqualLogic array thereby enhancing performance and usability.
EqualLogic Volume Re-Thinning 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 re-thinning and perform on-demand re-thinning.
EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface (RSWCLI)
|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 enable 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.