New Features in EMC ViPR 2.0
EMC ViPR Version
This article applies to EMC ViPR 2.0.
Commodity Hardware Support
Commodity hardware support enables you to provision and manage commodity storage hardware from EMC ViPR.
- HP SL 4540
A separate license is require to use commodity hardware.
EMC ECS Appliance powered by ViPR Support
The ECS appliance is a complete hyperscale storage infrastructure with a range of configurations that provide from 360TB to 2.9PB of storage.
The ViPR REST API is compatible with ECS systems.
ViPR integration with EMC ScaleIO
The integration of EMC ViPR and EMC ScaleIO enables users to leverage commodity hardware to build an infrastructure that combines the compute, networking, and storage layers into a single IT platform.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Support
The ViPR Controller natively supports block storage management for Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
- Hitachi Unified Storage Virtual Machine (HUS-VM)
- Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform (HDS VSP)
You now can configure multiple tenants through the ViPR user interface.
Management of Geo Scale Deployments
- Geo protection and access for ViPR object
- Ability to create tenants and projects across all federated instances as global resources, which allows ViPR SRM to create reports that aggregate tenant level reports from multiple datacenters
- Single-sign-on across ViPR instances
EMC ViPR Controller assumes that the physical infrastructure (storage arrays, networks, hosts) in geo-distributed data centers is not shared and there is no requirement for replicating data between the data centers, for example using ViPR supported protection technologies such as SRDF, RecoverPoint, or VPLEX. Geo federation of ViPR instances does not provide disaster recovery capabilities for EMC ViPR Controller or the storage arrays managed by ViPR Controller.
EMC ViPR object geo-protection provides full protection against a site failure due to a disaster or other problem that causes a site to go offline, and works across all types of ViPR supported hardware, including supported file storage arrays. The geo-protection layer protects object data across geo-distributed sites, and ensures that applications seamlessly function in case of a site failure.
The ViPR Controller supports an IPv4-exclusive environment, IPv6-exclusive environment, and dual stack environment (mixed mode with both IPv4 and IPv6 configured).
FIPS 140-2 compliant
ViPR runs only in FIPS 140-2 mode.
- Section 508 compliant
Non-Native Block Array Support through OpenStack
To manage third-party storage systems that are not natively supported, ViPR communicates with the OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) Service drivers to discover, and provision storage systems that ViPR does not support natively. To manage the third-party storage systems through ViPR's user interface or API, add the OpenStack Block Storage Provider to ViPR and the physical assets.
VPLEX and RecoverPoint Enhancements
- VPLEX and RecoverPoint integration
- RecoverPoint Failover in VPLEX environments
- VPLEX Local volume mirrors
- VPLEX Snapshots
- Brocade Fibre Channel Routing
- Cisco Inter-VSAN Routing
Fibre Channel Switch Routing Enhancements
- Fibre Channel routing in ViPR enables Brocade switches from separate fabrics to communicate without merging the fabrics.
- Inter-VSAN routing in ViPR enables Cisco switches from separate VSANs to communicate without merging the VSANs.
File Feature Enhancements
- VNX CIFS File System Provisioning
- Discovery of VNX File Virtual Data Movers (VDM) and NetApp Vfiler
Support for Applications that use the Centera SDK
You can use applications currently integrated with the Centera SDK API to write Content Addressed Storage (CAS) data to ViPR. ViPR 2.0 is completely integrated with the CAS SDK API except for some advanced retention features not supported in this version.
Enhancements and Changes to the ViPR User Interface
You can now select physical storage systems directly and add them to the virtual array, without having to select the networks first.
The ViPR user interface now provides an easier workflow of the interface which includes the following changes:
- An expanding side menu for administrators and users has replaced the tabs.
- Tenant Settings are now in the User mode.
- You can configure networks from ViPR, Physical Assets, and the Virtual Array.
- Virtual pool options are now grouped into panels.
- You can now use the Edit Virtual Array page to add and manage networks, storage pools, and storage ports for a virtual array.
- ViPR now has resources pages for Volumes, Block Snapshots, Consistency Groups, Export Groups, File System, and File Snapshots. These resources are for projects and can delete resources from the Resources Pages.
Enhancements and Changes to the ViPR API
The EMC ViPR REST API Reference document lists all API changes.
The ViPR REST API is backwards compatible and any applications written in earlier versions remain compatible with ViPR 2.0.
Enhancements and Changes to the ViPR CLI
The EMC ViPR CLI Reference document lists all CLI changes.
Enhancements and Changes to ViPR Compute Stack Integrations
- VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite version 5.7, 5.7.1, and 5.8
The following are available for use with the EMC ViPR Plug-in for VMware vCenter Orchestrator:
- VMware vCloud Automation Center version 6.0, and 6.0.1
- vCenter Orchestrator version 5.1 and 5.5
Enhancements and Changes to ViPR Licensing
ViPR licensing is capacity-based for the Controller and for base unstructured data (object, block, and HDFS). Additionally, a license is needed for access methods object, HDFS, and CAS.
There are no capacity limitations associated with the access method licenses.
At a minimum you need to obtain at least a Controller license and upload it to the ViPR virtual appliance.
Thepage shows the installed licenses and the page provides additional details.
EMC ViPR has adopted a new model for delivering a majority of your technical content in the way you've come to expect as an experienced Web user. Searchable, relevant, technical articles delivered to the EMC Community Network in HTML enable you to search from outside the community using popular Web search engines, or within the community itself using its built-in search features. Technical content is written by EMC technical writers and subject matter experts.
The community's content is public, and you are free to view and download it. To contribute to the community, create a login and establish your site member credentials. Having your voice heard is a great way to improve your own experience while benefitting the entire community.
If you prefer top-down navigation or would like to view the full scope of available documentation, the community's EMC ViPR Product Documentation Index article ( https://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-35557 ) provides categorized links to all articles supporting your version of the product. It's a great place to start.
The EMC Online Support site ( https://support.emc.com/ ) provides some customer documentation only available to registered customers, such as release notes and security configuration guides. The support site also includes access to software downloads, service requests, support knowledge base, and other customer support tools.