The Dell PowerVault Modular Disk Storage Array vCenter Plug-in (MD vCenter Plug-in) is a VMware vCenter Server Plug-in that provides integrated management of Dell MD Storage Arrays from in a VMware Web Client session. The Web Client is a single management interface that you can use to manage the VMware infrastructure and all of your day-to-day storage requirements. Instead of learning another management application, you can focus on the entire virtual infrastructure.
Unless otherwise noted, later references to "MD Storage Array vCenter Plug-in" or "MD vCenter Plug-in" in this document are used interchangeably to represent the MD VMware vCenter Plug-in.
You can create hardware snapshots, virtual disk copies, synchronous, and remote replication when these premium features are enabled on the storage array. The MD vCenter Plug-in uses an application server to facilitate the interface between the Web Client and the MD Storage arrays are based on the authenticated logged-in user and the privileges assigned to that user's role.
The MD vCenter Plug-in requires that a VMware vCenter server is installed in the environment. The MD vCenter Plug-in does not function in a configuration with only a Web Client and an ESXi host configuration.