||SANtricity Storage Manager software provides management functionality and a graphical representation of the E-Series storage, with an easy-to-use interface for customization and ongoing operations.
|Enterprise Management Window
||The EMW gives a comprehensive view of all E-Series storage systems in the management domain. From the EMW, administrators can add and remove hosts and storage systems, monitor the health of the storage and report its high-level status, configure alert notifications, run scripts to perform batch management tasks, and launch the applicable Array Management Window for a selected storage system to perform detailed configuration and management operations.
|Array Management Window
||Each individual storage system is managed through a dedicated Array Management Window. The AMW is used to configure and reconfigure volumes (including attributes such as size, name, modification priority, cache settings, and segment size), define hosts and host groups, grant host or host group access to sets of volumes (called storage partitions), monitor the health of system components, view the Event Log and storage profile, assign hot spares, and monitor storage system performance.
||Intelligent cache tiering, using the SSD Cache feature, enhances performance and application response time by leveraging the superior performance of SSD media for the most frequently accessed blocks of data. There is nothing to manage using the SSD Cache feature, because the caching is data-driven in real time; users are not required to set up complicated policies to define the trigger for data movement between tiers. SSD Cache accelerates data access through the caching use of solid state disks located in the drive trays to enhance performance and is expandable up to 5TB per storage system.
||I/O path protection
||I/O path protection offers load balancing and multipath capabilities for path failover in the event of a connection, HBA, or server failure.
||All management tasks can be performed while the storage remains online with complete read/write data access. This allows storage administrators to make configuration changes, conduct maintenance (including firmware upgrades), or expand the storage capacity without disrupting I/O to its attached hosts.
|Disaster Recovery—Remote Volume Mirroring
||Synchronous and asynchronous data replication software delivers simple, efficient, and flexible remote disaster recovery for business-critical applications.
||RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10
||With support for multiple RAID levels, SANtricity software offers the flexibility to address varying performance and capacity requirements and service levels.
|Dynamic Disk Pools
||Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) enables dynamic rebalancing of drive count changes. DDP provides added data protection with faster rebuild times during a drive failure. Dynamic Disk Pools ensure sustained performance in the event of drive failures for better reliability and availability.
|Proactive Drive Health Monitoring
||Proactive Drive Health Monitoring examines every completed drive I/O and tracks the rate of error and exception conditions returned by the drives, as well as drive performance degradation that is often associated with unreported internal drive issues. Using predictive failure analysis technology, when any error rate or degraded performance threshold is exceeded—indicating that a drive is showing signs of impending failure—SANtricity software issues a critical alert message and takes corrective action necessary to protect the data.
|Background media scans
||Background media scans proactively check drives for defects and initiate repairs before they can cause problems. This includes rewriting sectors that may not have been properly written, reallocating defective sectors, and finding and repairing parity inconsistencies.
|Logical Copy—NetApp Snapshot™ software
||Snapshot software creates a point-in-time image, or logical copy, of a storage volume, enabling secondary servers to access a suspended version of production data for a variety of applications including backup, application testing or development, information analysis, and data mining.
||Volume Copy creates a complete physical copy (clone) of a volume in a storage system. The clone volume is a unique entity that can be assigned to any host and used by applications that require a full point-in-time copy of production data (such as backup, application testing or development, information analysis, or data mining) without affecting the performance of the production volume.
||The Recovery Guru provides troubleshooting assistance and determines the appropriate procedure to use for recovery, so that operations can be restored as fast as possible. The Recovery Guru displays detailed information about a particular problem and lists the recovery steps to restore operations.