|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.
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.
Key features introduced in firmware release 8.0
Compression of Snapshots & Replicas:
|Other notable features included with EqualLogic Firmware|
|Peer Storage Architecture|
Peer Storage Architecture"Peer" describes the collaboration and equal partnership of a single, simple architecture. Arrays function as peers and work together to optimize utilization of SAN resources including cache, disks, network and I/O (input/output). This unique cooperation enables the even distribution of workloads, application performance optimization and comprehensive data protection.
The intelligence of virtual storage provisioning combined with the modular design of PS Series 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, add more members to help increase capacity, performance and network bandwidth.
Automatic Load Balancing
EqualLogic load-balancing automatically balances workloads with seamless distribution of data across multiple active storage resources. The result is optimized performance and availability of network connections, cache, controllers and drives.
Within a single SAN, storage pooling provides the ability to create sub-groups of arrays that enable you to 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.
EqualLogic point-in-time replication remotely replicates data from one PS group to another over a standard IP network over long distances. This safeguards your organization with high levels of data protection and disaster tolerance.
Synchronous Replication (Sync Rep) maintains two identical copies of a volume in two different storage pools within the same PS Series group for real-time data protection and assurance 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 10Gb Ethernet SAN/LAN networking fabric.
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 single volume Access Control Lists, helping you to improve scalability and simplify management by reducing administration tasks.
GUI with search feature
This GUI includes a search/find function to help you speed up common administration tasks. This function is useful in larger PS Series storage environments with many managed objects such as volumes.
|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 GUI helps eliminate the need for a dedicated management workstation or server and allows you to remotely manage virtually any aspect of your PS Series unified storage solution. The EqualLogic Group Manager is also available as a command-line interface (CLI) which enables scripting with either Perl or Python.
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 3.1?|
Optimize your EqualLogic SAN using SAN HQ.
Through monitoring and reporting, you can achieve your objectives:
SAN HQ helps ensure high availability and performance. It can also help you plan for and implement SAN expansion in the future:
SAN HQ is integrated with SupportAssist 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, including compressed data, 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 when you analyze your data:
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 4.8? |
Host Integration Tools for Microsoft® 4.8 offer support for EqualLogic Array Software 8.0 along with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) as part of a Hyper-V® or SQL cluster and these latest releases from Microsoft:
Application-consistent data protection and quick recovery of business-critical data with Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft® Edition (ASM/ME):
Optimization of Storage Performance:
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, NTFS, and ReFS 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:
|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:
|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. 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:
EqualLogic PowerShell Tools
PowerShell Tools provide a powerful, comprehensive set of PowerShell cmdlets for managing one or many EqualLogic PS Series groups. PowerShell Tools provide great benefits for efficiency:
High-Performance Computing (HPC) iSCSI Provider
Virtual Disk Service (VDS) Provider
EqualLogic™ Host Integration Tools for VMware (HIT/VMware) tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS Series arrays and FS Series FluidFS appliances with VMware® vSphere®, enabling consistent data protection, performance optimization and streamlined management and operations. HIT/VMware consists of the Dell Virtual Storage Manager for VMware (VSM), the EqualLogic vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA) Provider, the EqualLogic Storage Replication Adapter for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRA SRM), the EqualLogic Adapter for VMware vRealize Operations (formerly vCenter® Operations Manager) and the EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO).
VSM 4.5 is a component of HIT/VMware that provides efficiency, performance and data protection for Dell EqualLogic PS series storage while enabling additional functions and tasks that can be applied to VMware objects. VSM is integrated into VMware’s updated vSphere Web Client with convenient access to VSM functionality from many context sensitive menus.
The following are the new features in VSM 4.5:
Enablement of VMware Virtual Volumes
|Consistent data protection with VSM and traditional datastores|
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 4.5 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. VSM data-protection also includes these features:
VSM allows discovery and management of multiple EqualLogic groups from a single deployment of a VSM server. Multi-group management in VSM functionalities include:
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:
|EqualLogic VASA Provider |
EqualLogic VASA (vSphere API for Storage Awareness) 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, so you can view additional details about the storage array’s capabilities, including:
|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, making disaster recovery manageable, reliable and affordable.
EqualLogic Adapter for vRealize Operations Manager
The EqualLogic Adapter for vRealize Operations (formerly vCenter Operations) Manager integrates EqualLogic storage with vCenter Operations Management Suite. This integration allows vRealize Operations 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 with 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 1.4?
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 MPIO enables Linux platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, storage and network usage for optimized performance in customer environments.
|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)
|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: