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NetApp releases Virtual Storage Console 4.0

NetApp has released the latest version of its vCenter plug-in which ties together VM and storage management all within the vSphere Client. The update includes far more capability for Cluster Mode and interestingly online alignment of VMs.

So, What’s New?

The Monitoring and Host Configuration capability adds support for the following:

  • Data ONTAP® for Cluster-Mode
  • Management of consolidated storage controller credentials. These credentials apply to the Monitoring and Host Configuration capability, the Provisioning and Cloning capability, and the Optimization and Migration capability.
  • Scanning for and flagging indirect paths used to access data for Cluser-Mode based NFS exports, and providing a list of potential direct data paths
  • The NFS VAAI Plugin. This is a software library that integrates with Virtual Disk Libraries and allows VMware software to execute certain primitives on NetApp storage controllers.

The Provisioning and Cloning capability enables you to perform the following tasks:

  • Provision and manage NFS and VMFS datastores on storage systems running Data ONTAP for Cluster-Mode
  • Use the Monitoring and Host Configuration capability to add and remove storage systems

A new capability, Optimization and Migration, enables you to perform the following tasks:

  • Review the alignment status of virtual machines
  • Perform online alignment of virtual machines by migrating them into optimized VMFS datastores
  • Migrate a group of virtual machines into new or existing datastores

The Backup and Recovery capability enables you to perform the following task:

  • Back up and restore a virtual machine even if a VMware consistency snapshot fail

The Virtual Storage Console 4.0 can be downloaded from here (NOW login required)

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  1. yash
    September 25th, 2012 at 15:24 | #1

    Hi

    We have installed the VSC 2.1.1 plug-in in our Vsphere client and we are able to see what datastores are comming from which filer.Is there a way we can pull this data and store in a file .This will help us have a offline copy of the data.

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