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INFINIDAT Host PowerToolsTM for VMware is an application that provides the VMware administrator with provisioning capabilities and with an easing of the process of volumes backup and recovery.

INFINIDAT encourages a close cooperation between the storage administrator and the VMware administrator, as well as other applications administrators. According to this vision, the storage administrator maintains an overall control over the storage environment, and sets policies to be followed by all of the applications. Application administrators are granted with an autonomy to provision storage and to operate within the policies set by the storage administrator. This approach enables InfiniBox to intelligently automate most of the processes, and to monitor the administrator actions so as to prevent mistakes that can lead to downtime.

Combining these advanced management capabilities provided by InfiniBox in tight integration with VMware's newest and most advanced tools enables the storage and VMware administrators to provide a faster, better and more agile service to the business.

INFINIDAT strongly encourages organizations to adopt this policy-driven approach which accelerates business processes, but of course customers may also opt out of it. Working in this approach, Host PowerTools for VMware offers a read-only mode for the VMware administrator, where all changes are carried out by the storage team only.

Host PowerToolsTM is a trademark of INFINIDAT.

Terminology

InfiniBox

The INFINIDAT storage system that Host PowerTools connects to.

Host

A computer system to which the InfiniBox  is attached and accessible for data storage and I/O.

Volume

A set of disk blocks presented to an operating environment as a range of consecutively numbered logical blocks with disk-like storage and I/O semantics.

OVF / OVA

OVF (Open Virtualization Format) is an industry standard developed by VMware for distribution purposes. It describes, in XML format, metadata related to virtual machine image.

This format is supported, among other platforms, by VMware vCenter 4.0 and above.

The OVA contains an OVF file along with other files needed for the deployment of the virtual machine.

VASA Provider

VASA (VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness) is a set of APIs that allows storage vendors to provide vSphere with information about specific disk arrays for a tighter integration between storage and the virtual infrastructure.

The shared information includes details on storage virtualization, including health status, configuration, capacity and thin provisioning.

LUN

Logical Unit Number. An identifier of the volume.

Pool

The pool is a logical space that contains volume, snapshot and clones. The pool allocates physical and virtual storage space for these entities. The pool also determines a policy for automatic extension in case of space depletion.

Role-based access control

INFINIDAT restricts system access to users according to roles and operations.

The available roles are system administrator, a read-only user, pool administrator (that is restricted to a given set of pools) and the host_tools (see below).

host_tools

This user accesses the InfiniBox using the Host PowerTools.

This user has access to all of the InfiniBox pools.

VASA Provider

The installation of Host PowerTools for VMware also includes a VASA Provider. VASA (vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness) is a set of APIs that improve the way the vSphere vCenter operates on storage arrays. Storage awareness capabilities include RAID and native thin provisioning, all visible to the customer from within the vCenter.

The VASA Provider also provides information about the InfiniBox topology, capabilities and state, including events and alerts.

Once the VASA Provider is installed, you can see it registered in vCenter (under Home > Storage Providers).

Download site for the installation file

Host PowerTools for VMware installation file is provided in an OVA format. The OVA file is available from:

http://repo.infinidat.com/#host-power-tools-for-vmware

Related documentation

Application Repository documentation on the Support site.


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