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EMC Storage Integrator (ESI) 3.9 Is Here

ESI is our windows server + windows server Hyper-V plugin, it’s very similar to our VSI plugin but is targeting our windows based customers who are either running windows server as bare betal or as Hyper-V

For an overview about the plugin itself, please read the blog post I wrote some time ago, https://itzikr.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/esi-for-windows-suite-3-6-emc-xtremio/

Ok, so what’s new with this version (3.9) for our XtremIO customers?

Support For XtremIO Snapshots


Creating Snapshot of Volume
Below is the wizard which is used for creating snapshot for XtremIO Volume.
Read-only snapshots are only supported from XtremIO 4.0, So for XtremIO 3.0
this snapshot type option will be disabled


Create Snapshot of another Snapshot
In Volume & Snapshot tab for XtremIO storage system, ESI will give option for
creating snapshot from another snapshot. The selected snapshot will be the
source for creating a snapshot. On selection of a snapshot , this option will be
available as a context menu.


 

Refresh XtremIO Volume
A XtremIO volume can be refreshed from Snapshot of that particular
Volume. This option will be available in Volume & Snapshot tab. On
selection of Volume/Snapshot , this option will be available as a context
menu.


Below is the wizard which is used for Refresh/Restore .
All the snapshots of the selected volume of the selected are listed


Restore XtremIO Volume
A XtremIO volume can be restored from snapshot (read-only) of that
particular Volume. This option will be available in Volume tab. On selection
of Volume, this option will be available as a context menu.


Below is the wizard which is used for Restore Snapshot
All the read-only snapshots of that are listed .


Best practices for Host Provisioning with XtremIO 4.0

Host Best Practices are the set of optimal settings/configurations which are
recommended for achieving the optimized performance.
It is divided into three categories:


1.Storage Side Settings
a)Specifying Disk Logical Block Size


2.Hypervisor Settings (VMWare ESX)
a)Disk Settings.
b)Native Multipathing Settings


3. Host Settings
i)Windows Host
a)HBA Queue Depth Settings
ii)Linux Host
a)HBA Settings
b)Native Multipathing Settings

 

Best practices for Host Provisioning , setting Disk
Logical Block Size.

Recommended Disk Logical Block Size for Windows or Linux Operating System
and Other Operating System is 4KB and 512B respectively.


Best practices for Windows Host Provisioning with
XtremIO 4.0

Below wizard depicts the best practices for Windows Host Provisioning with
XtremIO 4.0 storage system


Best practices for Host Provisioning with XtremIO 4.0
and VMware ESX

Below wizard depicts the best practices for Host Provisioning with XtremIO 4.0
storage system and VMWare ESX


Best practices for Linux Host Provisioning with
XtremIO 4.0

Below wizard depicts the best practices for Linux Host Provisioning with
XtremIO 4.0 storage system.


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