*** UPDATE – PLEASE SEE MY LATEST POST DETAILING DEPLOYMENT OF THE 3PAR SIMULATOR ***
*** ON VMWARE ESXI – https://www.bytesizedalex.com/hp-3par-simulator-deployment-on-vmware-vsphere-esxi/ ***
*** ON VMWARE WORKSTATION – https://www.bytesizedalex.com/hp-3par-simulator-deployment-on-vmware-workstation/ ***
*** Configuration of Remote Copy over IP (RCIP) – https://www.bytesizedalex.com/hp-3par-simulator-remote-copy-rcip/ ***
Currently downloading the HP 3PAR simulator – really can’t wait to get this thing up and running. At work I have two 7400 arrays (dual controllers) with a 3 tier mix of SSD, FC and NL.
While it would be awesome to have physical kit to use as a lab that isn’t going to happen so simulator all the way. I must say I am glad to see HP providing a simulator, NetApp have done so for quite a while and it was always beneficial. I believe EMC also have a simulator for their VNX range which is something I may look into.
For those of you who may be interested in the 3PAR simulator please speak with your HP rep or partner.
The following information comes from the HP simulator release notes –
The 3PAR Simulator software release version 2.0 supports the configuration of up to 2 simultaneous instances, differentiated by name and serial number, of a 2-node HP 3PAR StoreServ P7000 Storage System running HP 3PAR OS version 3.1.3 build 230.
The following 3PAR StoreServ Storage System features are supported:
• Up to 48 HDDs, 4 cage configuration
• Cage types – DCN1, DCS1, DCS2
• Disk types – FC, SSD, NL
• 3PAR Management Console support
• CLI and Remote CLI support
• CIM-API (SMI-S) and WS-API support
• Storage Provisioning including Thin-Provisioning
• Exporting Virtual Volumes
• Adaptive Optimization (AO)
• Dynamic Optimization (DO)
• Local Replication (Snapshot)
• Remote Replication (RCIP) – requires 2 instances of the simulator ( Requires more resources )
The 3PAR Simulator requires a VMware ESXi 5.xr or a VMware Workstation 9 or 10 setup. The simulator configuration requires deploying three VMs; two VMs simulating the cluster nodes, a third VM to simulate the enclosure and private network configuration to enable communication between the three VMs.
The minimum system resources required for each VM are:
• One virtual CPU (single core)
• Three virtual NICs
• 2GB RAM
• 50GB disk space (full or thin-provisioned)
For deploying the 3PAR Simulator with RCIP, the VMs would require more resources. 4 GB of RAM is needed for each cluster node.
Obviously there is a requirement for VMware ESXi or Workstation but I imagine most people interested will have access to one of these. I intend to spin up a copy at home as well as in the office, hopefully if I have enough resource it will be a dual deployment with 2 instances but that may have to wait for me to expand my home lab environment as it’s pretty full.