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Learn about EqualLogic Software

Learn about EqualLogic Software
Auto-Snapshot Manager / VMware Edition
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Learn About EqualLogic Software

Dell EqualLogic software gives you enterprise power with everyday simplicity by offering end-to-end solutions so you can efficiently move the right data to the right place at the right time for the right cost. EqualLogic PS Series is inspired by its users with built-in advanced software features enabling high-end storage to organizations of all sizes with no additional licensing fees.


The EqualLogic advanced software features enables IT professionals to:
  • Virtualize storage environments easily
  • Protect business critical data
  • Optimize storage performance
  • Streamline storage management and operations

By using the advanced features in EqualLogic, IT departments can leverage existing investments and maximize the capabilities of PS Series. Let EqualLogic do the work for you, while still maintaining control of your storage environment.


Advanced Software includes:

EqualLogic Array Software, including* EqualLogic Firmware*, *EqualLogic Group Manager* and *EqualLogic Manual Transfer Utility provides you with advanced SAN functions that automatically virtualizes and optimizes storage resources and provides advanced data protection and SAN management.

EqualLogic SAN Headquarters, a full-featured monitoring and analysis tool for EqualLogic PS storage arrays, helps strengthen your ability to analyze and optimize storage performance and resource allocation.

EqualLogic Host Integration Tools enable efficient data protection and simplify management and operation of the EqualLogic SAN through tight integration with Microsoft® , VMware® and Linux® operating platforms and applications. These tools can reduce the time spent on storage management while increasing the reliability and performance of the environment.

EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Microsoft tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS Series arrays with Microsoft host operating platform and host applications enabling consistent data protection, performance optimization and streamlined management and operation.

EqualLogic volumes view

What’s new in Host Integration Tools for Microsoft 4.5?
HIT/Microsoft 4.5 offers enhanced reliability and availability for SharePoint deployments, improved storage efficiency with volume unmap as well as timely support for the latest EqualLogic arrays and Microsoft software.

Feature enhancements include the following:
  • Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition (ASM/ME) for Microsoft SharePoint Server (MOSS)
  • Enhancements to Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition(ASM/ME) including:
    Centralized configuration of MPIO on multiple hosts
    Centralized view of volumes, collections, schedules, and smart copies for all the hosts in the HIT Group
  • Single Sign-on for PowerShell
  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Support for new EqualLogic Array Software 6.0 features



Protect Business Critical Data :
Optimize Storage Performance:
    Multipath I/O (MPIO), now with centralized configuration

Streamline storage management and operation:

EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition
Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft®  Edition (ASM/ME) is a high performance, space-efficient, application-aware data protection feature Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays that enable fast online backups and quick restores of Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs), Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and NTFS file systems. Through an easy-to-use graphical interface, ASM/ME coordinates the creation, recovery and scheduling of Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) - compliant Dell EqualLogic SAN-based snapshots helping enhance protection, storage utilization, and performance.
  • Provides centralized data protection capabilities to backup and protect multiple Microsoft hosts from a single central host.
  • Guarantees consistent and usable smartcopies (snapshots, clones and replicas). A key benefit to IT managers is the data integrity of these application-consistent smartcopies.
  • Uses the SAN-based smartcopies and data copy offload ensuring fast and efficient online backup and recovery.
  • Enables users to create and manage smartcopy schedules ensuring that the right data is backed up at the right time without much administration overhead.
  • Allows centralized configuration of MPIO on multiple hosts
  • Gives a centralized view of volumes, collections, schedules, and smart copies for all the hosts in the HIT Group
  • In clustered environments, ASM/ME supports protecting and restoring all virtual machines on a Clustered Shared Volume (CSV) with a single snapshot thereby benefiting customers with improved space utilization and reduced management overhead.
  • Easy to use graphical interface that is highly intuitive. Dashboard views help IT managers with an at-a-glance overview of multiple Microsoft hosts and applications as well as centralized view of volumes, collections, schedules, and smart copies for all the hosts.

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Provider
VSS Provider allows backup software products to perform off-host backups. This capability eliminates the extensive system configuration and scripting that are required for snapshot-based backups. With VSS Provider, backup software products can leverage the EqualLogic SAN-based backups for improved performance and lower overhead.

EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO)
The unique peer storage architecture of EqualLogic storage arrays automatically balances workloads by seamlessly spreading data across multiple active storage resources, and optimizing the available network connections, cache, controllers, and drives. EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO) enables Windows platforms to intelligently leverage EqualLogic SAN architecture, Storage and Network usage for optimized performance for customer environments.
  • EqualLogic Multipath I/O (MPIO) enables intelligent and dynamic routing of your iSCSI SAN traffic load over multiple network paths between the server and the EqualLogic PS Series group.
  • Provides increased bandwidth, reduced network latency, automatic connection management, failover and load balancing.
  • Easy to use centralized configuration of EqualLogic MPIO on multiple hosts from a single central server

EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard
With the EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard (RSW), traditionally tedious tasks of discovering and setting up storage arrays and server connections are simplified using an intuitive, step-by-step user interface. Configuration of Multipath I/O (MPIO) between your Windows servers and a Dell EqualLogic SAN – a multi-step operation with the basic Microsoft iSCSI driver – is vastly simplified with Remote Setup Wizard and Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface. This can result in significant time savings and the assurance that MPIO has been configured properly to maximize the availability and performance of your deployment. For future upgrades, the Remote Setup Wizard helps you quickly and easily add EqualLogic arrays for online scale-out of storage capacity and linear, incremental performance improvement.
  • Remote Setup Wizard automates discovery of uninitialized PS Series Arrays.
  • Simplifies initializing new PS Series arrays, setting up PS Series groups, configuring server connection and multipath I/O.

EqualLogic Remote Setup Wizard Command Line Interface (RSWCLI)
With the EqualLogic RSWCLI, traditionally tedious tasks of discovering and setting up storage arrays and server connections are simplified using an intuitive, step-by-step user interface. Configuration of multi-path I/O (MPIO) between your Windows servers and a Dell EqualLogic SAN is vastly simplified with RSW CLI. This can result in significant time savings and the assurance that MPIO has been configured properly to maximize the availability and performance of your deployment. For future upgrades, the Remote Setup Wizard helps you quickly and easily adds EqualLogic arrays for online scale-out of storage capacity and linear, incremental performance improvement.
  • RSWCLI automates discovery of uninitialized PS Series Arrays.
  • Simplifies initializing new PS Series arrays, setting up PS Series groups, configuring server connection and multipath I/O.

EqualLogic PowerShell Tools
PowerShell Tools provide a powerful, comprehensive set of PowerShell cmdlets for managing one or many EqualLogic PS Series groups.
  • PowerShell Tools help manage EqualLogic PS Series groups, pools, volumes, snapshots, replicas and schedules in the preferred object-based scripting environment for Windows platforms.
  • Automates routine PS Series management tasks.
  • Integrates data center processes that involve PS Series tasks.
  • Utilizes Active Directory to support single-sign-on

High Performance Computing (HPC) iSCSI Provider
HPC iSCSI Provider enables EqualLogic iSCSI storage support in Microsoft HPC server. Allows HPC nodes to boot from EqualLogic iSCSI volumes, and allows the HPC server to provision those volumes.

Virtual Disk Service (VDS) Provider
VDS Provider simplifies creation and management of EqualLogic volumes using Microsoft Storage Manager. IT managers can use the familiar Microsoft VDS and Microsoft Storage Manager to create and manage EqualLogic volumes.

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