Written by Shanky Chandra Gowri - Product Marketing Manager for EqualLogic
This is turning out be an exciting week!
After releasing SAN Headquarters v2.2.0 yesterday, we are now pleased to announce the release the new EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware® (HIT/VMware) v3.1.1 vSphere™ Plugin. This version brings support for VMware vSphere 5.0 and other new features in HIT/VMware.
HIT/VMware includes a comprehensive set of tools that provide tight integration of EqualLogic PS Series arrays with VMware for enhanced protection, performance and management. These are in addition to the functionality that is inherent in EqualLogic firmware which optimizes EqualLogic in VMware environments. HIT/VMware includes the following tools that integrate into the familiar vSphere client interface, helping you to easily manage day-to-day storage operations:
- Auto- Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition (ASM/VE)
- Datastore Manager
- Virtual Desktop Deployment Utility
- Multipath I/O (MPIO), delivered as a separate download
- Storage Replication Adapter for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRA SRM), delivered as a separate download
HIT/VMware 3.1.1 provides you with enhanced storage visibility and datastore management as well as improved performance and availability through tight integration with VMware vSphere 5.0, vSphere Storage APIs (VASA), vSphere Storage Dynamic Resource Scheduling (DRS) and VMware vCenter SRM 5. Let’s take a deeper look at some of these features.
HIT/VMware 3.1.1 supports VMware vSphere 5.0 on EqualLogic storage. You can benefit from the advanced features in VMware vSphere 5.0 on your EqualLogic arrays
With advanced integration with VASA and DRS, you now have an end-to-end storage capability view of the EqualLogic storage within the vSphere user interface (UI). This helps you better allocate and manage storage, all from a familiar interface. You can also view the EqualLogic storage array events and alarms for critical events related to space, capacity allocation and accessibility from the vSphere UI. Tight integration with vSphere Storage DRS benefits you with optimal performance gains by leveraging DRS load balancing and EqualLogic load balancing capabilities, thereby ensuring a better solution with VMware and EqualLogic.
HIT/VMware 3.1.1 makes it easy for VMware customers to snap, replicate and clone datastore clusters. All datastores in a cluster can be backed up in one shot—helping you save time and space. HIT/VMware 3.1.1 also supports enhanced management of access control (ACL) policies for datastores. Streamlined management of access control helps you in better securing your data.
Upgrades to newer versions of HIT/VMware can now be performed with the click of a button. This saves time and administrative overhead.
VMware SRM 5.0 now supports failback. EqualLogic SRM/SRA v2.0 integrates SAN-based replication feature with VMware SRM 5.0 making failback rapid, manageable and reliable.
Check out this video overview of the new features - HIT/VMware 3.1.1.
Customers with an active support contract can download HIT/VMware 3.1.1 vSphere Plugin and EqualLogic SRM/SRA v2.0.0 from the EqualLogic Support website at no additional cost. If you have not registered on the EqualLogic Support website, go to the Support site registration page to create an account.
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