3PAR Saturation

3PAR SSMC 3.4 – What’s New ?

HPE have just released SSMC 3.4, it looks like a small update, but it brings a big change and many new features. Therefore, I would say the right Version should be 4.0.

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What’s New in SSMC 3.4?

The key new features in SSMC are:

  • Appliance Deployment – Now a Linux based appliance VM
  • New Setup Sizing Guidelines – Small, large or medium deployments available depending on the number of 3PAR systems you are managing
  • InfoSight Integration – Tighter integration with InfoSight
  • Performance Analytics – Includes simplified reporting indicating if system is overstretched or performing well
  • Replication – Enhancements to management

Let us get a deeper look at the new features:

Download SSMC

To get the latest 3.4 version of SSMC you can download it from the HPE Software Depot. Once downloaded you will find an ISO with the name format HPESSMC-.iso. When you mount the ISO you will find the appliance image file in there HPE_SSMC__VMware_Image plus the migration tool (HPE_SSMC__Migration_Tool) which will allow you to migrate your current settings to the new appliance.

SSMC Appliance

In the Past, we installed the SSMC as a service on an existing Windows or Linux Host, now it is a standalone Linux based appliance. Today supported operating systems to run the appliance on are VMware ESXi version 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 or 2016. The 3PAR OS can be 3.2.1, 3.2.2 or 3.3.1.

SSMC Deployment

During the Deployment you can choose the initial settings like IP address and you can choose between three Sizing Options:

SSMC 3.4 Deployment


Use the Small deployment option to manage up to 8 arrays and 128K objects. This deployment needs 4 vCPUs, 16GB memory and min 500GB Disk Space.


With the Medium deployment option, you can manage up to 16 arrays and 256K objects. This deployment needs 8 vCPUs and 32GB memory and min 500GB Disk Space.


The large deployment option allows management of up to 32 arrays and 500K objects. This deployment needs 16 vCPUs and 32GB memory and min 500GB Disk Space.

SSMC Migration

If you are already running SSMC 3.2 or 3.3, you can use the migration tool contained in the SSMC ISO, install it on the same host where the older SSMC is installed and migrate the configuration to the new appliance.

The Text-based User Interface (TUI)

Once the SSMC appliance has been deployed using the initial setup wizard you make any further configuration changes through the The Text-based User Interface (TUI).  To access the TUI you will open the console of the SSMC appliance and logon with the username ssmcadmin.  You can find the password for the ssmcadmin account on page 55 of the Admin Guide.

The Text-based User Interface (TUI) used to manage SSMC appliance

InfoSight Integration

If configured, The SSMC is now able to pull information from HPE InfoSight back into the SSMC Console.This brings you advanced system performance and reporting analytics into The SSMC. You have to enable it in SSMC “Global Settings > Application” and enable InfoSight, as described in a previously in  Configuring 3PAR with InfoSight.

SSMC Global Settings

Performance Analytics

In the past, we were able to get a lot of Performance Information from 3PAR Storage – how many IOPS, MB/s, latency, for disks, volumes, groups, HBA etc. but you needed specialist skills to interpret the values. A common question was are these performance values good or bad.

Now InfoSight and SSMC calculate saturation levels and headroom availability with respect to throughput and shows it on easy to interpret graphs. This can be done in Real-time, because analytics from InfoSight are now built inside SSMC. New Statistical models detect hotspots, saturation and a lot more. Thanks to the connection with InfoSight, it is also showing “How is my 3PAR performing against other similar Systems in the whole World”.

To see this, add the new Panels to your Dashboard or use the new Dropdown Menu “Analytics” on the System Page.

3PAR Saturation

There is also a new “Advanced Analytics” category in the System Reporter.

SSMC 3.4 Advanced Analytics

Initially all the analytics features will only work with all-flash (SSD only) arrays.


There are also some enhancement for Synchronous Data & File Persona Replication Configuration and management.

SSMC Documentation

The following new manuals are available for SSMC 3.4

Admin Guide

Release Notes

User Guide










SSMC 2.2 – What’s New

A new release of SSMC is now available from the 3PAR Software depot.  As the numbering would suggest SSMC 2.2 is  evolution and not revolution.  2.2 adds additional features and scalability, lets take a look at what’s new:


  • Number of systems supported doubles from 16 to 32
  • Support for the new 8000 and 20,000 series is added
  • iSCSI VLAN tagging

Additional block features

The following features can now be configured using SSMC

  • Adaptive flash cache

  • Priority optimization



Remote Copy

  • Topology diagram
  • Async streaming – also announced at HP Discover makes it’s first appearance
  • RC links performance
  • Peer persistence enhancements

Remote Copy

File persona

  • Multiple NICs supported
  • Support usage of the RCIP port for File
  • New AV vendors

System reporter

  • System reporter gets some additional reports including AFC
  • Compare by feature
  • Export to CSV / PDF

If your new to using SSMC check out my newbies guide.


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Installing 3PAR SSMC

The 3PAR SSMC (StoreServ Management Console) is now the go to management tool for 3PAR systems.  In this how to guide we will be covering how to download and install the 3PAR StoreServ Management Console. If you are working with an older system running 3PAR OS 3.1.3 you will need to use the 3PAR Management Console.  Be sure to checkout my post on installing the 3PAR Management Console to get up and running.

StoreServ Management Console Requirements

As above first assure your system is running 3PAR OS 3.1.3 or above. SSMC is a web based console which requires you to install the SSMC server on either a Linux or Windows based server. This post will deal with the procedure to get SSMC installed on a Windows server.

First ensure your SSMC server meets the following requirements taken from the HPE SSMC release notes 3.1.

Supported host platforms

Supported browsers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox

The minimum physical requirements
• Two logical processors
• 4 GB RAM
• 2 GB free disk space
• Supported 64-bit operating system

Whilst the above is the minimum recommended specs for installation.  The table below shows the recommended specs depending on the scale of your 3PAR infrastructure.

Table showing specifications for different sized 3PAR estates

Port 8443 on the SSMC server must be open to inbound connections.

SSMC Install

Before you begin you will need to download SSMC from the 3PAR Software Depot

1 Double click the setup file to begin

SSMC Install Welcome Screen

2 Read through the introduction and click next

Introduction screen

3 Agree to the license agreement

Accepting the HPE license agreement

4a If you are upgrading from a previous version of SSMC, a box will pop up advising that a previous version was detected just click OK. If you are not upgrading skip to step 7.

detected existing version requesting upgrade

4b You will then see a screen informing you the old version is being removed

removing old version

4c Next you are given the option to use existing SSMC data which preserves the connections to existing systems. If you are upgrading move to step 7, for a fresh install read on.

confirming using existng ssmc data

5 If you are not upgrading next you will select the install location. Just leave it at default unless you have reason to change it and choose next

Confirming installation folder

6 The default port is 8443, leave it at this unless you have a specific reason to change it

Setting access port to 8443

7 You will see a summary screen of your options just click install

Pre-installation screen showing settings selected

8 You will then see a screen reminding you that inbound connections to port 8443 need to be open

Port 8443 warning

Finally you will see the install summary screen followed by the install complete screen

Next you will need to add your 3PAR systems to SSMC. I have covered this in my SSMC Administrator Console post.

If you wish to install any of the other 3PAR management tools check out these related posts:

Installing The 3PAR Management Console

Installing The 3PAR CLI

Finally you can read more about the SSMC install process and more in the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console Administrator Guide