Koji Watanabe

“Storage based replication, HDID and VMware   – how it all fits together”

Blog Post created by Koji Watanabe Employee on Jan 18, 2019

There are already a number of interesting contributions available in this community looking at various aspects of this topic. This blog is intended to give an overview of these different aspects and to assist with navigation to more detailed content.

 

Managing the complexity and total cost of ownership in the Data Center is a challenge for any large enterprise. Besides hardware consolidation (using server and storage virtualization), the standardization of methodologies and tools is one way to achieve this, due to more simplified license and version management.

 

Data protection and the efficient use of capacity is a common requirement of workloads across the DC. Storage based replication is a well understood method to provide HA and DR for many mission critical applications and it helps to reduce the need to implement unique, solution specific, methodologies for different workloads. The VSP product family offers snapshot, cloning and replication capabilities to support these requirements.

 

The storage functionality on its own is a good first step, however a common tool to manage the functionality on context of the application adds even more value, as the solution profile for HDID describes:

 

Data protection is complicated. Each application and data source has its own unique method for making backup copies. Do you use separate solutions for physical and virtual machines, and for Oracle and SAP HANA platforms, and for remote replication?

 

HDID is well integrated into the Hitachi Vantara product portfolio and allows customers to benefit from a common tool to manage Backup/Recovery for many common applications.

The functionality of HDID goes well beyond this basic Backup/Recovery also helping to address requirements like Data Governance. However this kind of “Enterprise Copy Data Management” is beyond this blog and covered in depth by Rich Vining.

 

Now let's have a closer look at VMware integration.

 

Hitachi Vantara for several years provides a set of adapters that simplifies the integration of VSP storage functionality into the VMware ecosystem.

 

One of these adapters is responsible for the integration with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM), which manages replication between two sites and allows failover of VMs and datastores between sites all managed from vCenter. SRM can use its own software replication but can also take advantage of array-based replication if the datastores are hosted on capable hardware such as the Hitachi arrays.

 

Managing the replication setup and policies manually requires significant knowledge.

With the recent release of HDID 6.7, new functionality was introduced for VMware and also integrated into the VMware Site Recover Adapter (SRA). So now HDID can be used to manage storage replication configuration and policies.

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You can get more details about the HDID integration with VMware Site Recovery Manager and vRealize Orchestrator as well as other updates for the VMware adapters in Paul's blog.

 

Here some details for the second major integration topic.

 

vRealize Orchestrator is a VMware tool that allows tasks to be automated using workflows. Hitachi Vantara has produced workflows that automate some HDID tasks such as backing up or restoring a VM. These workflows can be invoked from vSphere allowing a user to invoke HDID tasks straight from the VMware interface.

 

Here a short illustration how the combination of HDID, VMware and VSP storage support a work split between“Backup Admin” and “vSphere Admin” for protecting VMs.

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A short introduction to the way how “Backup Admins” can create HDID policies for VMware either using the HDID GUI or API, can be found at John Wesley’s blog.

 

Here, let me introduce Hitachi Unified Computing Platform CI (UCP CI). UCP CI v2.0 have been available beginning in August 2018. This version supports some new hardware like Hitachi Advanced Server DS220. For Virtualization solution, UCP CI v2.0 supports DS120, 220, 240, and All Hitachi VSP Storage series.

 

The new release of version 2.1 updated the UCP CI system in December 2018. This version adds supporting Hitachi Advanced Server DS225 with GPU solution. UCP CI architecture consists of Intel-based rackmount servers, Hitachi Storage and Switches. (Product Overview)

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Here are two solutions which are provided from Hitachi.

  • HDID provides policy-based replication solution integrated with VMware.
  • UCP CI provide pre-validation configuration and turn-key solution.

They can work together and help owner to reduce configuration and operation cost.

 

 

Today, I introduced the replication solution using HDID and the turnkey-solution with UCP CI. If you are interested in them, please check it out on the Hitachi Vantara website.

 

Thank you for taking time to read this article.

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