Archive for February, 2016

Announcing EMC Isilon InsightIQ 4.0

Risa Galant

Risa Galant

Principal Technical Writer at EMC Isilon Storage Division
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We’re on a roll!  EMC Isilon InsightIQ 4.0 is available now. If your mission includes monitoring and analyzing the performance and file systems of Isilon clusters, InsightIQ is your hero.  It provides powerful performance monitoring and reporting tools to help you maximize the performance of your EMC Isilon scale-out storage system. InsightIQ includes innovative, advanced analytics to optimize applications, correlate workflow and network events, and accurately forecast future storage needs.

InsightIQ 4.0 Cool New Features

You can use InsightIQ to check that your cluster is operating at peak performance, compare changes in performance across metrics such as network traffic, client activity, and CPU usage, correlate critical cluster events with performance changes, determine how workflows, software, and systems affect cluster performance over time, create reports to help identify performance bottlenecks or to validate a theory, and more.  And of course, InsightIQ 4.0 is fully compatible with OneFS 8.0.0.0 and IsilonSD Edge, right down to InsightIQ cleverly leveraging the benefits of the redesigned OneFS 8.0.0 File System Analytics job. And InsightIQ 4.0 is now available as a $0 licensed product, which means that you can get community support through the EMC Community Network (ECN) Isilon Community.

But wait, there’s more:

  • You can monitor and predict usage of Isilon storage clusters. Prediction is based on the rate of growth of capacity usage over time and extrapolated to identify when the capacity reaches 90%.
  • You can take advantage of the enhanced dashboard, including at-a-glance infographics that provide current health, status, and operations information for your monitored cluster:
IIQ4 dashboard

InsightIQ 4.0’s enhanced dashboard infographics display current health, status, and operations information. (Click for larger image.)

  • You can easily monitor IPv6 data breakouts. InsightIQ 4.0 reports IPv6 breakouts as separate clients instead of presenting them as one big generic IPv6 client group.
  • You can optionally communicate telemetry data to EMC through EMC Secure Remote Support.

More information

To learn more, check out the InsightIQ Info Hub. There you’ll find a fascinating collection of InsightIQ-related information, including release notes, user and installation guides, videos, and links to EMC Community Network (ECN) blog posts and discussions.

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Let us know what you think. If you have feedback for us about this or any other Isilon technical content, email us at mailto:isicontent@emc.com. And thank you!

Announcing IsilonSD Edge

Risa Galant

Risa Galant

Principal Technical Writer at EMC Isilon Storage Division
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Watch out, world: IsilonSD Edge is here! IsilonSD Edge is the software-defined OneFS storage solution you’ve been waiting for. IsilonSD Edge is deployed as a virtual instance of OneFS on a VMware ESXi host running on industry-standard hardware. It runs Isilon OneFS 8.0, so you get the same core functionality as the latest OneFS release while enabling your remote sites to have their own on-site storage solutions. That means that you can extend your data lake from your core data center to your edge locations, including remote and branch offices.  Bonus:  you can download and use a production-ready version of IsilonSD Edge for free! The free license allows you to deploy as many clusters as you’d like for as long as you’d like. You also get access to resources available on the EMC Community Network (ECN) Isilon community.

Go get it!

Download IsilonSD Edge here. While you’re there, check out the cool videos showing IsilonSD Edge in action.

More information

To learn more, check out these resources:

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Announcing OneFS 8.0.0

Risa Galant

Risa Galant

Principal Technical Writer at EMC Isilon Storage Division
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EMC Isilon OneFS 8.0.0 release has some great new and updated features that provide benefits on both the hardware and software sides. For example:

  • You can apply file filtering rules to allow or deny file writers to a specific access zone based on criteria that you specify. You can also apply filtering rules to allow or deny file writes to SMB shares.
  • You can configure overlapping base directories for access zones.
  • You can configure multiple DNS servers for each access zone, also known as multi-tenancy.
  • You can store data in the cloud using CloudPools, enabling you to take advantage of lower-cost cloud storage.
  • The clusterwide event log groups related alerts and enables you to configure a maintenance period to stop alerts from being generated while you’re performing maintenance tasks on the cluster.
  • Simultaneous and rolling upgrades are supported between OneFS 8.0.0 and later releases. When you upgrade from OneFS 8.0.0 and later versions, you can roll back the active upgrade to the earlier version of OneFS. The new upgrade features are available only when you upgrade between OneFS 8.0.0 and later releases.

New Features in OneFS 8.0.0

The following new features are included in OneFS 8.0.0. For details, see the OneFS 8.0.0 Release Notes. You’ll need to log in to EMC Online Support to access release notes.

Authentication

  • You can apply file filtering rules to a specified access zone, including any SMB shares and NFS exports within the access zone.
  • Multi-tenant DNS support enables different tenants on the same Isilon cluster to use different DNS servers to perform hostname lookups. DNS servers are configured by a new network object called a groupnet that’s associated with a single access zone. The DNS cache maintains separate caches for separate groupnets. Groupnets are supported by the SMB, NFS, HDFS, and Swift protocols.
  • You can configure access zones to have a shared base directory, allowing the access zones to share data. Access zones that share a base directory should also share authentication providers.

Cluster configuration

  • You can store your data in the cloud with the CloudPools licensed module. CloudPools supports EMC Isilon, EMC Elastic Cloud Storage Service, EMC ECS Appliance, Amazon S3, and Microsoft Azure as cloud providers. Through file pool policies, you can define which data on your cluster to archive to the cloud. Although file data is moved to remote storage, the files remain visible in OneFS.

Events, alerts, and cluster monitoring

  • The isi statistics commands are now OneFS API-based and support Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). See the OneFS 8.0.0 CLI Administration Guide for details.
  • Here are just some of the many improvements to the clusterwide event log. Be sure to check the OneFS 8.0.0.0 Release Notes for details.
    • Related events are placed in an event group, and those events are managed at the group level – allowing you to resolve or ignore related events with a single action.
    • Alerts are distributed through channels, providing flexibility in determining when notifications should be sent and how, and the distribution list for each notification.
    • You can avoid notification of numerous maintenance events by scheduling maintenance periods. Updating event groups is suspended during the maintenance period and resumes when the period ends.
    • Command-line interface (CLI) commands for the clusterwide event log are now OneFS API-based and support Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). See the OneFS 8.0.0 CLI Administration Guide for details.

File system

  • OneFS 8.0.0 is based on FreeBSD 10, improving CPU usage and overall system performance.

Migration

  • New migration controls enable you to monitor and to pause running NetApp migrations.
  • You can schedule NetApp migrations to run during off-peak hours and make them dormant when network usage is high by specifying a sleep schedule. (This feature is not supported for VNX migrations.
  • Migrating data from NetApp SnapLock volumes is supported in SmartLock Enterprise mode.
  • A single migration ID ties a migration workflow together. You can trace the history of NetApp and VMX migrations by providing the migration IDs.

SMB

  • With SMB continuous availability, you can allow clients to create persistent handles that can be reclaimed after an outage, and specify how long to retain the persistent handle. You can use the continuous availability feature to force strict lockouts on users attempting to open a file that belongs to another handle. This feature is available for servers using Windows 8 or Windows 2012 R2 or higher.
  • You can enable server-side copy so that file data doesn’t have to traverse the network. Avoiding network traversal can improve performance for file copy operations performed by Microsoft Windows clients.

Upgrading to OneFS 8.0.0

All upgrades from earlier releases to OneFS 8.0.0 require a simultaneous reboot of the cluster.

If you want to upgrade to this new release, explore your upgrade options by reviewing the Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide. Then, prepare for the upgrade process by reviewing the following documents:

When you’re ready to upgrade, download the OneFS 8.0.0 installation file from the Download section of the EMC Online Support site.

More information

For more technical information about all of the new OneFS 8.0.0 features and enhancements, refer to the OneFS 8.0.0 Documentation Info Hub.

Let us know!

Let us know what you think. If you have feedback for us about this or any other Isilon technical content, email us at isicontent@emc.com. And thank you!