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H17827 White Paper Dell EMC Unity: Operating Environment (OE) Overview Software overview for Dell EMC Unity Family (Unity and Unity XT) Abstract This white paper introduces the software-related features for the Dell EMC Unity Family which includes Unity X00/F, X50F models as well as Unity XT X80/F models. Each software section includes links to other white papers that provide additional details on the feature functionality and usage. For details on the hardware platform for X00/F and x50F Dell EMC Unity models, see the Dell EMC Unity: Introduction to the Platform white paper available on Dell EMC Online Support. For details on the hardware platform for X80/F Dell EMC Unity models, see the Dell EMC Unity XT: Introduction to the Platform white paper available on Dell EMC Online Support. January 2021
Revisions 2 Dell EMC Unity: Operating Environment (OE) Overview | H17827 Revisions Date Description May 2016 Initial release Unity OE 4.0 December 2016 Updated for Unity OE 4.1 July 2017 Updated for Unity OE 4.2 March 2018 Updated for Unity OE 4.3 August 2018 Updated for Unity OE 4.4 January 2019 Updated for Unity OE 4.5 June 2019 Updated for Unity OE 5.0 January 2021 Metro node updates The information in this publication is provided “as is.” Dell Inc. makes no representations or warranties of any kind with re spect to the information in this publication, and specifically disclaims implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Use, copying, and distribution of any software described in this publication requires an applicable software license. Copyright © 2021 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell, EMC, Dell EMC and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners. [2/15/2021] [White Paper] [H17827]
Table of contents 3 Dell EMC Unity: Operating Environment (OE) Overview | H17827 Table of contents Revisions ............................................................................................................................................................................. 2 Table of contents ................................................................................................................................................................ 3 1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................... 5 1.1 Audience ............................................................................................................................................................. 5 1.2 Terminology ........................................................................................................................................................ 5 2 Dell EMC Unity Family Overview ................................................................................................................................. 7 3 Software Overview ....................................................................................................................................................... 8 3.1 Software Operating Environment ....................................................................................................................... 8 3.2 Initial Configuration ............................................................................................................................................. 9 3.3 Management ..................................................................................................................................................... 10 3.3.1 Unisphere ................................................................................................................................................... 10 3.3.2 Unisphere CLI (UEMCLI) ........................................................................................................................... 11 3.3.3 REST API ................................................................................................................................................... 11 3.4 Storage Provisioning ........................................................................................................................................ 11 3.4.1 Traditional Pools ........................................................................................................................................ 12 3.4.2 Dynamic Pools ........................................................................................................................................... 13 3.4.3 LUNs .......................................................................................................................................................... 13 3.4.4 Consistency Groups ................................................................................................................................... 14 3.4.5 VMware Datastores .................................................................................................................................... 14 3.4.6 Thin Clones ................................................................................................................................................ 14 3.4.7 VMware Virtual Volumes (Block) ............................................................................................................... 14 3.5 Dell EMC Unity File System ............................................................................................................................. 15 3.5.1 NAS Servers .............................................................................................................................................. 15 3.5.2 Common Event Enabler (CEE) .................................................................................................................. 17 3.5.3 File System Access .................................................................................................................................... 17 3.5.4 Multiprotocol File Systems ......................................................................................................................... 18 3.5.5 File-Level Retention (FLR) ......................................................................................................................... 18 3.5.6 VMware NFS Datastores ........................................................................................................................... 18 3.5.7 VMware Virtual Volumes (File) .................................................................................................................. 19 3.6 Storage Efficiency ............................................................................................................................................. 19 3.6.1 Multicore Optimization ................................................................................................................................ 19 3.6.2 FAST Cache ............................................................................................................................................... 19 3.6.3 FAST VP .................................................................................................................................................... 20 3.6.4 Host I/O Limits ............................................................................................................................................ 20
4 Dell EMC Unity: Operating Environment (OE) Overview | H17827 3.6.5 Dell EMC Unity Compression/Data Reduction ........................................................................................... 21 3.7 Data Protection ................................................................................................................................................. 22 3.7.1 Unified Snapshots ...................................................................................................................................... 22 3.7.2 Thin Clones ................................................................................................................................................ 24 3.7.3 Native Asynchronous Replication .............................................................................................................. 24 3.7.4 Native Synchronous Replication ................................................................................................................ 24 3.7.5 MetroSync .................................................................................................................................................. 24 3.7.6 Data At Rest Encryption ([email protected]) .............................................................................................................. 25 3.7.7 NDMP ......................................................................................................................................................... 26 3.7.8 Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) .................................................................................................................. 27 3.8 Migration ........................................................................................................................................................... 28 3.8.1 Import ......................................................................................................................................................... 28 3.8.2 LUN Move .................................................................................................................................................. 29

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