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Figure 1: Up to 8 clustered managed by a single XMS
In this blog I’ll explore how multi-cluster management using a single pane of glass benefits administrators.
Multiple Clusters View
In XtremIO v4.0, the GUI supports both multiple clusters in a single view. In Figure 2 shown is the All Clusters dashboard view. Here we can view specific clusters’ key metrics on the left in the Storage pane, and aggregated performance and history views on the right. Navigation bar can be used to find a cluster and to navigate between a specific cluster and between all clusters view as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Clusters can be selected in the left hand column
From the menu bar, the Inventory icon is to be clicked (as shown highlighted in Figure 2) to display the Inventory workspace. This workspace takes the place of the Hardware workspace in earlier versions of the XtremIO GUI. With the All Clusters tab selected, we can see a list of all the hardware elements in the managed clusters. To view the hardware elements of a particular cluster, the cluster’s tab needs to be selected on the navigation bar. Once a particular cluster has been selected, we can toggle between the Inventory List and the Graphical View as seen in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Inventory in the left hand column
Please note: we substituted the icons in this picture to quickly show the list in the Inventory view. Actual icons in the XtremIO GUI will be different.
The Configuration workspace has been redesigned to accommodate multi-cluster management and to leverage the tags feature in XtremIO v4.0 as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Use tags to simplify storage management
The tagging operation work in 3 stages:-
Figure 5: Create Volume Screen
Figure 6: Create Tag Interface
In Summary, XtremIO 4.0 helps us to manage multiple clusters with the following benefits:-