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Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Steve Burkett
Valued Contributor

Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Calvin Zito over at his HP Around the Storage Block blog has posted some video and podcasts with snippets of information about what's coming in SAN/iQ 9.5, as revealed by HP at this years VMworld.

 

Main points I've gleaned so far:

 

Application Managed Snapshots for VMware

 

New feature, whereby triggering a P4000 snapshot will also cause your vCenter server to snap all the VM's in that datastore, in a quiesced state, in the hardware snap. So if you then attach that snapshot to your ESXi servers, you can see your VMware snapshot within, the VM's are all in a consistent state and you can restore using the VMware Snap Manager.

 

So if you set up a snapshot schedule in your P4000, it'll also at the same time be taking regular VMware snapshots. With the VMware snapshot it will ask the VMtools installed in the guest Windows VM's to use VSS to get a quiesced state snapshot, for application/database consistency.


CMC

 

Introduces a new 'SAN Status Homepage' which gives summary of multiple management groups rather then having to log in to each management group manually. Can put this homepage on a second monitor for easy view of your complete P4000 environment

 

Remote Copy

 

Improvements to performance, dramatic improvements in speed of volume scans, now down to seconds rather then minutes which means you can have aggressively scheduled snapshots and copy's to your remote site.

 

VSA

 

Zero to VSA:  Now much easier to install VSA. Also adds the ability for scriptable configuration and installation of VSA's so you can deploy consistently to multiple branch offices in a shorter amount of time.

 

Peer Motion support

 

Adds support for HP's Peer Motion software which gives the ability to migrate data online between tiers of storage or to a completely new SAN without interruption in service.

 

 

 

SAN/iQ 9.5 is due for general availability in October. Fingers crossed!

 

30 REPLIES
cheazell
Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

For me the big question will be what Hardware Version will the VSA support and therefore what Nics can we use & Will Jumbo Framces be supported.

Bart_Heungens
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Hi,

 

Just upgraded to version 9.5... Worked all without issues, all volumes stayed nicely online... As expected...

 

VM version is 8, VMware Tools running (3rd party-independent)

 

NIC of the VM is flexible, also E1000 is selectable but didn't try that yet... Have some other tests planned before...

 

I do not see anything regarding Jumbo Frames though I assume this is something more for ESX instead of the VSA itself... Of all the installations that I do already with physical and virtual storage nodes, I do not suggest using Jumbo Frames... A lot of hassle and no real speed advantages...

 

Kr,

Bart

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Aart Kenens
Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

What about the integration with vCenter? Anyone tested?

Bart_Heungens
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

What do you mean with the integration of vCenter? Or what do you expect?

 

Yes I have it running already...

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Aart Kenens
Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Can these snapshots be offloaded towards a backup device?
Eg: HP dataprotector 6.2?

Because now the only way to offload snapshot from the Lefthand is by using ZDB and this only supports RDM.
Bart_Heungens
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Currently you can already connect snapshots to other servers for backups so I don't see the issue there?

 

New is that integrated snapshots can be created now from VMFS volumes... This means that all VM's will be queiesced by vCenter before the P4000 snapshot is taken...

 

I didn't have the time yet to test this, I will put it on my shortlist of things to try... But I see these options in the CMC so I assume it will work also...

 

 

Kr,

Bart

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Aart Kenens
Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

I am assuming you're testing a beta of the SANIQ9.5?

Is it possible to aquire this release through HP? We are evaluating our backup solution and this plays a major role in our decision.

 

 

Bart_Heungens
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Hi,

 

I am in the released control set group of users that are installing the final code of 9.5 and reporting feedback... Since I am a heavy P4000 consultant/implementer/trainer which visited HP Discover, it opened some doors for me... Untill now no issues reported, all looks running fine...

 

I expect (I am not working for HP...) the code to be released soon, mentioned dates are october...

 

 

Kr,

Bart

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rules
Occasional Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Multiple vCPU's will be properly supported in this version I hope?

Bart_Heungens
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Didn't see it in the list, didn't test it yet either...

 

 

Kr,
Bart

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RonsDavis
Frequent Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Are they incorrectly supported now?
rules
Occasional Advisor
RonsDavis
Frequent Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

I checked my own CPU usage, and sure enough I'm using one CPU about twice as much as the other. This doesn't mean it isn't supported though. Support told me to use two CPUs, and it may not be perfectly balanced, but in what world would it be?
As for the upgrade to 9.0 not working with multiple CPUs, just move it down to one, upgrade and move it back. I didn't run into that problem myself, since my hosts were 32 bit, and in replacing the hosts, I just did a fresh 9.0 install.
Northwoods
Frequent Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Per a little bird, SAN/iQ 9.5 will be released on Tuesday, October 4th.

Davy Priem
Regular Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

SAN/IQ 9.5 is now available.

Aart Kenens
Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Yup, just checked CMC and its there.

Downloading as we speak, time for some testing. 

Steve Burkett
Valued Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

SAN/IQ 9.5.00.1215 release notes look to be here.  Having problems getting the CMC to download the files at the moment.

 

Bart_Heungens
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Hi,

I had to try myself some times to re-connect... I assume the FTP server is sometimes a little over charged...

I noticed that it downloads now in blocks so that you don't loose a lot of files when disconnected... In my case it was around 1.5GB which was downloaded in 5 or 6 times...

 

Downloaded this night, upgraded this morning... Worked great, everything stayed online...

 

Kr,

Bart

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Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

It was also visible on the software depot this early morning @ https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=P4000SW

 

But a few hours later they flipped it back to 9.0.

I hope this isn't another form of "EVA-4400 sickness syndrome"...

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ROnanian
Occasional Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

The "Upgrades" tab in CMC was unable to check for upgrades for a few hours. A few minutes ago it started working again, and offered to start downloading 9.5...I've got that coming in now.
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Oh, the joy of web pages... and now the 9.5 software is back on the link I mentioned...

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Aart Kenens
Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

I cannot get it installed.

 

installation on "FOM" termniated unexpectedly. The storage system closed the connection before the installation finished. Canceling all further installations.

 

Anyone has a clue?

Fred Blum
Regular Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

*CAUTION FOR VSA and FAILOVER MANAGER UPGRADES: SAN/iQ version 9.0 and above is built as a 64-bit virtual machine and is not compatible with 32-bit virtual environments. If running ESX 2.5 through 3.5, PRIOR TO UPGRADING TO SAN/IQ 9.0, ensure your processor architecture is 64-bit capable with the VT processor extensions enabled in the BIOS. If your environment is not 64-bit capable do not upgrade to SAN/iQ 9.0 VSA or FOM. (Note: ESX 4.0 and higher and Microsoft Hyper-V already support 64-bit hardware only.)

 

Did you check?

Aart Kenens
Advisor

Re: Coming in SAN/iQ 9.5

Hi Fred,

 

Our cluster is an ESXi 4.1 Environment. But our FOM resides on a seperate ESXi 4.1 Free edition. (HP DL380G5)

Our FOM is installed on a CentOS 4/5 (32bit).

Could this be the problem? That our FOM is running on a 32bit CentOS?