Most administrators have multiple monitors so that they can manage multiple applications with one general view. Unfortunately, what ends up happening is that your monitors start looking like a pop up virus—a window for storage, a window for networking, a window for email and a window for Internet.
EMC and VMware brought an end managing storage to your virtual environment. If you haven’t heard already, EMC has released new VMware EMC storage plug-ins. Now I don’t know about you, but as a consultant and integrator I can tell you mounting NFS shares to VMware is a bit of a process. If you’re not familiar with either Celerra or Virtual provisioning, adding NFS storage can be a hassle, no doubt.
1. You have to create the interfaces on the Control Station.
2. Create a file system.
3. Create NFS export and add all host to root and access boxes.
4. Create a Datastore.
5. Scan each host individually until storage appears in every host.
EMC VSI unified storage plug-in will allow you to provision NFS storage from your Celerra right from Virtual center client. The only thing that needs to be completed ahead of time is the DataMover interfaces. Once you configure the interfaces, you’ll be able to provision NFS storage from you Virtual Center client. When you are ready to provision storage download and install the plug-in and NaviCLI from your Powerlink account, open your Virtual client, right click your host, select EMC->provision storage and the wizard will take care of the rest. When the wizard asks for an array, select either Celerra or Clariion (if you select Celerra you will need to enter the root password). The great thing about the plug-in is that it allows VMware administrators the ability to provision storage from your VC interface.
The EMC VSI pool management plug-in allows you to manage your block-level storage and your VC client as well. We all know the biggest pain is having to rescan each host over and over again just so they each see the storage. Congratulations! The VSI pool management tool allows you to both provision storage and scan all HBA’s in the Cluster, all with just a single click. With EMC storage viewer locating your LUN, volumes are just as easy. Once installed, the storage viewer will allow having a full view into your storage environment right from your VC client.
In summary, these plug-ins will increase your productivity and give some room back to your monitors. If you don’t have Powerlink accounts sign up for one at www.powerlink.emc.com. It’s easy to sign up for and will have more information on how to manage VMware and EMC products.
Hope you have enjoyed my experience from the field!