SANtricity software overview

E-Series systems include SANtricity software for storage provisioning and other tasks.

SANtricity software consists of these management interfaces:

Note: EF600 and EF300 storage arrays do not support mirroring, thin volumes, or SSD Cache features.

SANtricity System Manager

System Manager is web-based management software embedded on each controller. To access the user interface, point a browser to the controller's IP address. A setup wizard helps you get started with system configuration.

System Manager offers a variety of management features, including:

Performance

View up to 30 days of performance data, including I/O latency, IOPS, CPU utilization, and throughput.

Storage

Provision storage using pools or volume groups, and create application workloads.
Data protection

Perform backup and disaster recovery using snapshots, volume copy, and remote mirroring.
Hardware

Check component status and perform some functions related to those components, such as assigning hot spare drives.
Alerts

Notify administrators about important events occurring on the storage array. Alerts can be sent through email, SNMP traps, and syslog.
Access Management

Configure user authentication that requires users to log in to the system with assigned credentials.
System Settings

Configure other system performance features, such as SSD cache and autoload balancing.
Support

View diagnostic data, manage upgrades, and configure AutoSupport, which monitors the health of a storage array and sends automatic dispatches to technical support.

SANtricity Unified Manager

Unified Manager is web-based software used for managing your entire domain. From a central view, you can see status for all newer E-Series and EF-Series arrays, such as the E2800, EF280, EF300, E5700, EF570, and EF600. You can also perform batch operations on selected storage arrays.

Unified Manager is installed on a management server along with the Web Services Proxy. To access Unified Manager, you open a browser and enter the URL pointing to the server where the Web Services Proxy is installed.

Unified Manager offers a variety of management features, including:

Discover storage arrays

Find and add the storage arrays you want to manage in your organization's network. You can then view the status of all storage arrays from a single page.
Launch

Open an instance of System Manager to perform individual management operations on a particular storage array.
Import Settings

Perform a batch import from one storage array to multiple arrays, including settings for alerts, AutoSupport, and directory services.
Mirroring

Configure asynchronous or synchronous mirrored pairs between two storage arrays.
Manage Groups

Organize storage arrays into groups for easier management.
Upgrade Center

Upgrade the SANtricity OS software on multiple storage arrays.
Certificates

Create certificate signing requests (CSRs), import certificates, and manage existing certificates for multiple storage arrays.
Access Management

Configure user authentication that requires users to log in to Unified Manager with assigned credentials.

SANtricity Web Services Proxy

The Web Services Proxy is a RESTful API server that can manage hundreds of new and legacy E-Series arrays. The proxy is installed separately on a Windows or Linux server.

Web Services includes API documentation that allows you to directly interact with the REST API. To access the Web Services API documentation, you open a browser and enter the URL pointing to the server where the Web Services Proxy is installed.

Command line interface (CLI)

The command line interface (CLI) is a software application that provides a way to configure and monitor storage arrays. Using the CLI, you can run commands from an operating system prompt, such as the DOS C: prompt, a Linux operating system path, or a Solaris operating system path.