Archive for October, 2014

EMC Isilon InsightIQ 3.1 is now available!

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

The latest release of EMC® Isilon® InsightIQ includes new and enhanced reports that help you become a rock star at managing space on your cluster.

New file system reports

The following new reports are available to help you manage cluster capacity, deduplication, and quotas in OneFS. For useful tips about these reports, refer to the InsightIQ 3.1 User Guide.

Usable capacity reporting
Do you often wonder how much free space is on your cluster when accounting for the space that is being used to protect your data? The usable capacity report is an excellent resource that helps you prevent your cluster from reaching capacity. The report anticipates how much protection overhead you might need in addition to capacity that is already reserved for snapshots and virtual hot spares. Essentially, the report breaks down an estimate of how much capacity can be used for storing data and how much capacity can be reserved for protecting your data. Keep in mind that this report only provides estimates.

Usable capacity report in InsightIQ 3.1

Deduplication reporting

Running a deduplication job in OneFS by using SmartDedupe® software module creates free space on your cluster. In OneFS, you can assess the amount of disk space you’ll save before you start a deduplication job. You can also do this in InsightIQ 3.1. However, InsightIQ also lets you view historical and current information about how much space is saved by deduplication over a specific range of time.

Two sections from the deduplication report in InsightIQ 3.1. Historical deduplication job information is not cumulative.

Two sections from the deduplication report in InsightIQ 3.1. Deduplication job information is not cumulative.

Quota reporting
The quota report enables you to simplify quota management in OneFS. This report displays information about quotas created through the SmartQuotas® software module. You can view quotas that are assigned to specific directories, the limits defined by those quotas, and the amount of data stored in the directories that those quotas are applied to. This information can help you compare the data usage of a directory to the quota limits over time, and predict when a directory is likely to reach its quota limit.

A section from the quota report in InsightIQ 3.1. Historical data is generated by quota reports in OneFS.

Two sections from the quota report in InsightIQ 3.1. Click on a directory to view quota limit usage over time. Historical data is generated by quota reports in OneFS.

Enhanced reporting

InsightIQ 3.1 includes enhancements to cache reporting and exporting capabilities on file system analytics reports. For example, you can now view information about L3 cache usage in performance reports and download the data from file system analytic reports to CSV files.

Upgrading or installing InsightIQ 3.1

If you want to install this release, review the InsightIQ 3.1 Installation Guide for requirements and procedures. If you want to upgrade to this release, first explore your upgrade options covered in the Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide, and then perform the procedure provided in the InsightIQ 3.1 Installation Guide.

For more information about all the features, fixes, and changes in functionality in this release, refer to the InsightIQ 3.1 Release Notes. For information about using InsightIQ to monitor your cluster, refer to the InsightIQ 3.1 User Guide.

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The top 3 operational differences between EMC Isilon OneFS 6.5 and OneFS 7.0

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

isilon-onefs-7-0Attention all current EMC® Isilon® OneFS 6.5 users: OneFS 6.5 will reach its end of service life (EOSL) on June 30, 2015. OneFS 7.0 introduces several new features, enhancements, and operational changes. If you need to upgrade to OneFS 7.0, you might be wondering what’s different about this version and how these differences will affect your day-to-day administrative tasks. You can learn more by looking at the Administrative Differences in OneFS 7.0 white paper.

The top three changes that OneFS 6.5 users should prepare for are:

  • Administration using role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Authentication using access zones
  • Managing groups of nodes in SmartPools

Role-based access control

In OneFS 6.5, you can grant web and SSH login and configuration access to non-root users by adding them to the admin group. The admin group is replaced with the administrator role in OneFS 7.0 using RBAC. A role is a collection of OneFS privileges, usually associated with a configuration subsystem, that are granted to members of that role as they log in to the cluster.

For information about role-based access, including a description of roles and privileges, see Isilon OneFS 7.0: Role-Based Access Control.

An important note!

After you upgrade to OneFS 7.0, make sure you add existing administrators to an administrator role.

Access Zones

In OneFS 7.0, all user access to the cluster is controlled through access zones. With access zones, you can partition the cluster configuration into self-contained units and configure a subset of parameters as a virtual cluster with its own set of authentication providers, user mapping rules, and SMB shares. The built-in access zone is the “System” zone, which by default provides the same behavior as OneFS 6.5, using all available authentication providers, NFS exports, and SMB shares.

For information about access zones, see the OneFS 7.0.2 Administration Guide.

SmartPools

In OneFS 6.5, a group of nodes is called a disk pool. In OneFS 7.0, a group of nodes is called a node pool, and a group of disks in a node pool is called a disk pool. Also, Isilon nodes are automatically assigned to node pools in the cluster based on the node type. This is called autoprovisioning. Disk pools can no longer be viewed or targeted directly through the OneFS 7.0 web administration interface or the command-line interface. Instead, the smallest unit of storage that can be administered in OneFS 7.0 is a node pool. Disk pools are managed exclusively by the system through autoprovisioning.

An important note!

Before you upgrade to OneFS 7.0, you must configure disk pools into a supported node pool configuration. Disk pools must contain nodes of the same type, according to their node equivalence class. Disk pools that contain a mixture of node types must be reconfigured.

For information about how to prepare your Isilon cluster for upgrade to OneFS 7.0, see the Isilon OneFS 7.0.1 – 7.0.2 Upgrade Readiness Checklist.

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Top EMC Isilon support documents for September 2014

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

For the past year, this blog has featured articles about the latest EMC® Isilon® support-related content, including the top 20 most viewed support documents for each month.

We’ll continue to share the most viewed knowledgebase articles and documentation, and we’ll also expand the scope of these monthly updates to include recently published content, from videos to white papers.

Most viewed knowledgebase (KB) articles

Check out September’s top 10 most viewed KB articles.

  1. How to download OneFS 7.1.1 (172492)
  2. OpenSSL Multiple Vulnerabilities in EMC products (188456)
  3. OneFS 7.1.0.3 SMB and Authentication Rollup Patch (174372)
  4. OpenSSL Heartbeat Vulnerability (Heartbleed) in EMC products (185965)
  5. Best practices for NFS client settings (90041)
  6. How to upload files to Isilon Technical Support (16759)
  7. OneFS 7.0.2.9: SMB and Authentication Rollup Patch (172623)
  8. Where can I download the EMC Procedure Generator? (109414)
  9. How to safely shut down an Isilon cluster prior to a scheduled power outage (16529)
  10. OneFS 7.0: Active Directory clients cannot connect to the cluster after the machine account password is changed (169843)

Most viewed product documentation

Check back next month.

New Isilon support content

Check out these links to new support content published in September (login to the EMC Online Support site is required for all content except videos). For example, if you’re looking for information about access zones, there’s a new video about implementing access zones in your cluster environment, and a white paper to help you upgrade your cluster configured with access zones.

Tell us what you want to know! Contact us with questions or feedback about this blog at isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, contact isicontent@emc.com.

 

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Ask EMC Isilon experts about video surveillance

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

Do you have a question about EMC® Isilon® products that you’d like an expert to answer? You have the opportunity to get your questions answered in the Ask the Expert forum on the Isilon Community.

Ask the Expert forums are regularly scheduled events on the EMC Community Network (ECN), which cover many topics and products. For example, previous Isilon Ask the Expert forums covered topics such as scale-out data lakes and SMB protocol support. Next week, you can connect directly with experts about video surveillance solutions (VSS) and Isilon products.

About this month’s ATE topics

Video surveillance technology has been evolving in leaps and bounds. However, this evolution brings challenges, such as complexity and staggering storage demands. For example, if a company uses 100 cameras and decides to retain the footage captured at a high definition resolution (1080p) for 30 days, they might need up to 190 terabytes of storage.

Video also consumes a lot of network bandwidth. Depending on where cameras are located and how they’re used, a company needs to tailor their IT infrastructure to support streaming video feeds and archiving video data. Additionally, companies need to consider how to deploy a VSS within an existing IT infrastructure, and then integrate video management software (VMS) applications into their current operating environments to process the video data. This is a big shift from closed surveillance systems of the past. These days, repurposing IT assets and approaches is commonplace for video surveillance.

EMC Isilon OneFS configured as a tier 2 target for archiving video data.

EMC Isilon OneFS configured as a tier 2 target for archiving video data.

What’s the bottom line about how EMC Isilon helps with video surveillance? “It’s about simplicity at scale,” says Bryan Berezdivin, Chief Solutions Architect for the EMC Emerging Technologies Division of EMC. When more cameras are added, camera technology changes, or camera configurations are changed to provide higher resolutions or higher frame rates, more storage is needed. Isilon enables customers to easily add more storage and handle these frequent changes in the system with no modifications on the VMS applications.

Last week, EMC announced Isilon as a core solution for video surveillance. You can use the ATE forum to ask questions about deploying Isilon as a core solution, migrating your data, or configuring your Isilon cluster to support specific VSS workflows and architectures.

How to submit your questions to the forum

RSVP today for next week’s Ask the Expert discussions to get email updates about the event.  Questions will be answered between October 13 -27, 2014 by Frank McCarthy (Director of Video Surveillance Solutions within the Global Corporate Practice at EMC), Bryan Berezdivin, Ken Mills (Senior Manager, Business Development for Isilon products), and Joe Catalanotti (Product Marketing Manager with EMC). You can submit your questions to the Ask the Expert forum on the Isilon Online Community.

These experts have extensive experience in the video surveillance industry and with Isilon products. They can answer questions about Isilon topics such as configuration, data protection, disaster recovery, and VSS architectures. Or you can ask about the latest video technology and trends. Learn more about these experts on the Isilon Community site.

If you’re interested in more ATE forums, keep visiting the Isilon Community or ECN event page for upcoming events.

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Have a question or feedback about Isilon content? Visit the online EMC Isilon Community to start a discussion. If you have questions or feedback about this blog, contact us at isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, contact isicontent@emc.com.

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