By Calvin Zito, aka @HPStorageGuy
In the last post, I included a demo of Live Migration for Hyper-V, a demo we had done for the attendees of our HP StorageWorks Tech Day. Another demo that we did was to show the bloggers the new VMware vCenter Plug-in for our StorageWorks Arrays. With so many products coming out from the Enterprise Storage, Servers, and Networking team, sometimes communicating little gems like this get lost in the shuffle. But that's why this blog is here - so let's get on with talking about our vCenter Plug-in.
The new HP VMware vCenter plug-in maps ESX servers, datastores, and virtual machines to the LUNs presented by HP StorageWorks P2000 MSA G2, P4000, EVA, and XP storage arrays. This eliminates the tedious and error prone job of manually tracking this mapping in spreadsheets maintained by the VMware administrator. Additionally, HP VMware vCenter plug-in greatly increases the VMware administrator's visibility into the LUN's attributes, replication information, path configuration, and storage array health. This will save time for both the VMware administrator and the storage administrator when troubleshooting issues in the virtual environment.
I recorded a video of Zach Speck doing a demo for me over the Internet using our HP Virtual Classroom. The video quality isn't good enough for you to see the fine print in the vCenter GUI but I'll include some screen shots so you can see a high res image of what Zach was showing me.
Let me also give you a couple of useful URL's before the video. You can download the plug-in from hp.com by clicking here. A useful URL to also have is our site with this download and others, www.hp.com/go/softwaredepot. There is also a technical brief titled, "HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter" that gives more details. Finally, there's also an integration guide that details instructions for installing, configuring, and using the HP Storage Plug-in.
Here's the video (about 9 1/2 minutes long).
You might get a bit higher resolution by watching this video on YouTube.
Now here are some images that I promised. I'll include a links you can click on to see a larger image (on Flickr.com). First, here's the ESX Server overview screen. You see this starting at 2:24 (min:sec) in the video. (Click here for larger image)
At about the 3:00 mark, we see the Storage Overview Screen (click here for a larger version):
Next is the Properties screen, which is at 7:12 mark in the video (click here to see a larger version).
One last screen and this is one that isn't in the video (I had to keep the video under 10 minutes for YouTube) but I'll include the screenshot now is the Host Server Configuration screen. This information is taken from server tools like ILO, onboard management, System Insight Manager and the VMware administrator can also launch server management tools from this page. (Click here for a larger image)
(Editor's note: I made some formatting edits to this article on 29 July to fix errors introduced by the migration to the new blog platform)