In previous versions of PS Series Firmware, if an array was unable to start properly due to a multiple drive failure, for example, you would be unable to troubleshoot that array remotely over the network – as the networking configuration would also be unavailable in that state.
In that troubled state, you were required to be in close proximity to the array, and then using a laptop with a Terminal Emulator, like Putty, for example, you could establish a physical session to the array console using a serial cable.
With PS Series Firmware v8, array networking information is automatically and additionally stored in a special area outside of the array’s database.
So, in the same scenario above with the array being unable to start properly, a network interface will automatically be enabled by using the information stored in the additional copy of the networking configuration.
The array can then be troubleshot remotely over the network and restarted once the issue is resolved to bring it back to its normal operating state.
Figure 4: Network Interface
Just like #hashtags, that run rampant in Social Media these days, are used to describe topics and enable users to search for topics using the tags – PS Series Smart Tags allow Storage Administrators to create and apply multiple tags to volume objects.
You can then use those tags to organize, search and filter volume objects. For example, you can tag a volume that is in use by a database server with the Applications=Database-Server tag.
You can then sort all volume objects in Group Manager by that tag to view all volumes in use by database servers in your organization.
Definitely a great tool with lots of flexibility and customization capabilities to support your unique requirements.
The supported languages for PS Series Firmware continue to be: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese.
This means that the Group Manager GUI, events, error messages, product documentation and Online Help are now or will all soon be available in these languages.
With previous versions of PS Series Firmware, you were required to download and install Language Packs from the Support Site if you wanted Group Manager to display in one of the supported languages.
With PS Series Firmware v8, Language Packs are no longer required. The Group Manager GUI now defaults to the language regional settings of your Operating System and web browser.
So, if your regional settings are set to display in one of the supported languages, then the Group Manager GUI will also follow suit. How great!
The PS Series 6610 is… (Let’s see? Where to begin?)
Dell’s latest, ultra-dense, high-capacity, compression-capable storage array. With two storage controllers with 32 GB of memory each – and up to 84 disk drives for a total system capacity of over half a Petabyte per array – this thing is a beast!
Figure 5: Dell PS Series 6610 arrays
With our continued strong partnership, Dell and VMware collaborate to provide some great integration solutions in their products. Check out this newly updated guide to learn more about the storage-related features in VMware vSphere that are made possible by leveraging the advanced features and intelligence within Dell PS Series arrays to maximize the benefit to VMware environments.
VMware vSphere v6.0 introduces a new feature, Virtual Volumes (VVol). Dell PS Series Firmware v8 provides support for VVol.
Enabled by the second-generation VASA Provider included with Dell Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) v4.5, VVol enables PS Series storage to be Virtual-Machine aware.
With VVol, a Virtual Machine is a group of virtualized volumes on the PS Series array. This enables Storage Administrators to gain visibility into the storage consumption and performance per Virtual Machine vs. at the traditional SAN-Volume level.
Also, VVol provides vSphere Administrators with granular storage policies that are based on capabilities advertised by the PS Series array - such as RAID type, Disk Speed, Disk Type, and Disk Encryption. This enables the creation of customized policies that can be applied both at the Virtual Machine and VMDK level.
Furthermore, even though cloning a legacy Virtual Machine was always a relatively quick operation (because it was accelerated with VAAI Full Copy), cloning and restoring a VVol-based Virtual Machine is an almost-instant operation - as no actual data movement is required, and the operations are fully offloaded to the array.
Sounds like interesting stuff? I agree! Read up on VSM v4.5 and VVol more in these papers:
Dell Multipathing Extension Module (MEM) v1.3 for VMware vSphere
The Dell MEM, is a multipathing plugin to vSphere, which provides high-availability, improved performance, simplified management and more efficient operation of a Dell PS Series array.
Dell’s latest MEM release, v1.3, includes support for PS Series Firmware v8, as well as VMware vSphere v6, including VVol.
Learn about the benefits of the PS Series MEM v1.3 for VMware vSphere in this newly updated report:
Also, Dell just released SAN HeadQuarters v3.1 Early Production Access and HIT/Microsoft v4.8 Early Production Access – with new support for the latest features in PS Series Firmware v8, including support for PS6610, Replication Borrowing, Delegated Space in Multiple Pools, and more.
And let us not forget the new updates to FS Series Firmware v3, with new NAS features such as Access-Based Enumeration, CIFS HomeShares, Multi-client subnet support, NAS container shrinking, and NAS container thin-provisioning.
Thank you for reading – and be sure to check out the updated materials referenced in this blog for more information.
Have a great day!
Article ID: SLN311839
Last Date Modified: 08/14/2018 01:43 PM
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