SSMC 3.1 What’s New

SSMC 3.1 is now available for download from the from the software depot, this post will have a quick look at what’s new. The install process remains as before and I have covered this in detail previously. Firstly the SSMC 3.1 release supports 3PAR OS 3.3.1 and hence a number of the enhancements relate to the new functionality in 3.3.1.

Some of the key new features include:

Block Provisioning:

  • Removes the option for the volume type TDVV (Thin Deduped Virtual Volume). This is now depreciated in 3.3.1 and become a property of a volume to enable dedupe. Covered previously in my dedupe deep dive.
  • Support for compression, which also becomes a volume property available to SSD’s in 3.3.1
  • Support for monster 15TB drives

File Persona:

  • Ability to create FTP shares
  • Support for POSIX security modes i.e. Linux based security permissions

Remote Copy:

  • 3DC Peer Persistence configurations another 3.3.1 is added to SSMC as well as support for synchronous long distance setup

HPE 3PAR Storage Federation:

  • Allows the creation of a compressed volumes on the target system
  • Ability to schedule Peer Motion migrations
  • Adds support for migrating from legacy HPE 3PAR F-Class,T-Class and non 3PAR system to 3PAR i.e. online import facility

System Reporter:

Lots of enhancements in this area –

  • Ability to edit threshold alerts on systems running HPE 3PAR OS 3.3.1 and later
  • Support for SSMC and SMTP server running IPv6
  • Shows compression stats on capacity reports
  • Space forecasting is available on system and CPG capacity

You can see the full list of enhancements here.

 

 

SSMC 2.3 – What’s New?

SSMC 2.3 is now available for download from the 3PAR Software Depot, the documentation that goes with it can be found here.

 

Those that follow the blog regularly will know that my long standing gripe is the navigation within SSMC. Unfortunately this does not seem to have been addressed in 2.3, this release focuses mainly on bringing additional functionality to the console and improving reporting. Some of the highlights of the new release include:

Volumes

  • VV templates are now supported. They can  be created via the main menu, block persona, templates

VV Template

  • Additional actions are available from the host set menu so volume can be exported at this level

host set export

  • Dedupe estimation available via the actions menu
  • Capabilities view shows if a volume is configured for AFC, AO, RC or QoS. This can be seen when looking at a volume and selecting settings from the action menu.

Capabilities

AO

  • The additional control over AO which was previously only available via the CLI is now in the GUI. I am still really interested to try this feature which allows min and max space settings to be set for each tier so you have more control over where the system pushes regions.

System

  • Layout view from the system pane allows the utilisation for each physical device to be viewed.  This is useful but I would still like to see a pictorial view displaying all the physical cages and which drive slots are populated and with which disk type.  This would make planning disk upgrades much easier.

  • Services view shows information for VASA Provider, SNMP Trap Destinations, SMI-S CIM Server, and WSAPI Provider

services

  • Capacity Efficiency, Deduplication, Snapshot Efficiency, and Thin Reclamation views have been added to the Systems list pane.

compaction

 

      Reporting

  • Reports previously had to be saved to PDF or CSV and mailed to anyone else who needed to see them. Now these same reports can be saved within SSMC to an NFS or SMB share. To save to the shared directory you need to setup a shared directory path which you find under main menu, general settings.

settings

  • Default single click reports are now available. You select to run the default reports and in one hit it runs all the reports without asking you for prompts. These cover off some of the common performance reports you will want to see for things like node disk and port performance.

default reports

This is great new feature which will get you up and running quickly when you want to look into performance issues. An example of the default reports you will see when you choose to run them  is shown below.

report list

  • Additional compare by reports, these reports cover things like controller node CPU, volumes and drives

I have updated my SSMC from 2.2 to 2.3 and everything went smoothly and all my settings were preserved. It is a simple next, next through a wizard which I have documented previously.

 

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