Saturday, 26 November 2011

SAN/iQ 9.5

Released: 2011-10-17
To download HP P4000 Software: http://www.hp.com/go/P4000downloads
For more information on HP P4000 SANs: http://www.hp.com/go/p4000
For more information on HP P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance: http://www.hp.com/go/vsa

List of Enhancements:

1a: Application Managed Snapshots for ESX
1b: Application Managed Snapshots for Hyper-V
2: A consolidated SAN Status Home Page for the entire P4000 environment
3: Improved VSA installation and deployment
4: Peer Motion Data Mobility with Cluster Swap
5: Remote Copy performance improvements
6: Storage Replication Adapter for VSphere Site Recovery Manager 5.x
7: Best Practice Configuration Wizards
8: Additional Spanish language support

1a: Application Managed Snapshots for ESX

The HP P4000 Windows Solution Pack is replaced by the Application Integration Solution Pack, which will include the Application Aware Snapshot Manager. This tool will allow users to take Application Aware snapshots for both VMware and Windows volumes and create application consistent, point in time copies for speedy and reliable recovery of VMs.

i: Users configure IP addresses of Virtual Center server in CMC.
iii: CMC communicates with Virtual Center server during snapshot process.
iii: Virtual Center quiesces VMs and takes VMware snapshot. VMware tools within guest quiesces applications.
iv: SAN/iQ hardware snapshot contains VMware snapshots, which are visible to ESX when SAN/iQ snaps are presented to host.

Figure 1: Virtual Center Server IP address is configured as "Controlling Server" in CMC


1b: Application Managed Snapshots for Hyper-V

SAN/iQ 9.5 supports the Hyper-V VSS writer allowing users to take quiesced snapshots of Hyper-V VMs. Users may now schedule local and/or remote application aware snapshots of Hyper-V VMs.

i: Enabled with P4000 Application Aware Snapshot Manager.
ii: SAN/iQ communicates with the Hyper-V host during snapshots process.
iii: VMs are quiesced by Hyper-V VSS writer.
iv: SAN/iQ snapshots contain application consistent snapshots of VMs.

Figure 2: HP P4000 Application Aware Snapshot Manager provides the ability to take application consistent snapshots of Hyper-V or VMware virtual machines.


2: A consolidated SAN Status Home Page for the entire P4000 environment

i: All new home page for CMC.
ii: Provides single pane of glass view of entire P4000 environment.
iii: Key information for all Management Groups displayed in a single view.
iv: Customizable views.
v: " Undockable " to allow monitoring of SAN Status while performing other administrative tasks.

Figure 3: SAN Status Home Page


3: Improved VSA installation and deployment

All new installer for P4000 VSA – speeds and simplifies install process for one or a thousand VSAs.

i: Single installer can install VSA, FOM and CMC.
ii: Go from " zero " to a fully functional virtual SAN in just a few easy steps.
iii: Scriptable install tool allows ROBO customers to script install once and deploy VSA quickly at multiple remote locations. (Scriptable option for VMware version only in v1)
iv: Available approximately four weeks after SAN/iQ v9.5 general availability

Figure 4: Zero to VSA host discovery


Figure 5: Zero to VSA network configuration


4: Peer Motion Data Mobility with Cluster Swap

i: Cluster Swap functionality allows users to replace or upgrade P4000 clusters with just a few clicks. No maintenance windows and no downtime.
ii: New Edit Cluster menu guides users to better decisions when adding, removing or exchanging systems.
iii: Migrate data online between tiers.

Figure 6: Peer Motion capabilities simplified with new tools for online data mobility.


5: Remote Copy performance improvements

i: Improved change tracking mechanism
ii: Less time required to " scan " volumes
iii: Able to support more frequent snaps especially for large volumes with low change rates
iv: Reduces RPOs for DR solutions
v: Fifty percent performance improvement for remote copy of 2 TB volume with 10 gb changes

6: Storage Replication Adapter for VSphere Site Recovery Manager 5.x

i: New SRA to support new VMware Site Recovery Manager release with Vsphere 5
ii: Automated failback now supported
iii: Included on HP P4000 Application Integration Solution Pack

Figure 7: SRA Installer


7: Best Practice Configuration Wizards

i: Failover Manager for two–system configuration
ii: H/W RAID-6 for single–system configuration
iii: Suggest replicating volumes when expanding clusters from one to more than one system.

Appendix: Supported Platforms and Upgrade Paths

The following storage systems are supported by SAN/iQ 9.5:

HP StorageWorks P4800 G2 Storage System
HP StorageWorks P4500 G2 Storage System
HP StorageWorks P4300 G2 Storage System
HP StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (ESX and Hyper-V)
HP LeftHand P4300 Storage System (G1)
HP LeftHand P4500 Storage System (G1)
HP LeftHand P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance
NSM 2120 G2
NSM 2060 G2

Direct upgrades to SAN/iQ 9.5 can be performed from the following SAN/iQ versions:

SAN/iQ 9.0
SAN/iQ 8.5
SAN/iQ 8.1
SAN/iQ 8.0
SAN/iQ 7.01 (two system reboots automated by new upgrade management)

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