3PAR designs its systems to provide huge time savings for storage administrators. Below is a video of our new InForm Management Console (IMC) 4.1, announced today, showing how incredibly easy it is to configure and operate 3PAR's Remote Copy application.
Things that the demo didn't show that are advantages of 3PAR's single software architecture are:
Here is a brief description of all the software functions available through IMC 4.1. As you can see, it's a pretty comprehensive list of features:
- System Manager: used for viewing performance and utilization stats and configuring hardware elements.
- Host Manager: used for configuring hosts that access 3PAR arrays - including Autonomic Groups, which are used to configure groups of servers to storage simultaneously and Virtual Domains, which restrict access between servers and storage resources according to group membership.
- Provisioning Manager: used for provisioning both thin and thick volumes as well as setting up Virtual Copy (snapshot) volumes for them. Changing the class of service for volumes by re-striping them over additional drives or different types of drives and/or RAID levels through Dynamic Optimization is also done through the Provisioning Manager.
- Event Manager: used to display logs,events and alerts.
- Hardware Inventory Manager: does what it sounds like - reports on what is in your array.
- Layout Grid Manager: displays the logical layout of data in chunklets and logical disks that comprise the virtual volumes in 3PAR arrays.
- Performance Manager: displays performance stats for array components such as ports, disks, and virtual volumes.
- Remote Copy Manager: the demo above shows what this does - configuring remote replication and managing the process of failover and failback.
- Security Manager: used to configure array users and control access, including Virtual Domains for making virtual private arrays.
- Task Manager: used to manage tasks that are running on 3PAR arrays, according to administrator privileges.