Right, so EMC have got rid of Basic and advanced editions of Celerra Manager and replaced them Unisphere. Fantastic ! no more questions about what the difference is between the basic and advanced edition of Celerra Manager !! Naaay.. Interest has peaked on the Celerra NX4; EMC’s little Unified storage box must be hitting a sweet spot as we’re getting lots of requests.. and this box still runs Celerra Manager.
So, What do you need to know about Celerra manager when comparing the two editions.
The Advanced Edition gives you the ability to manage multiple Celerra’s – So if replicating two of Celerra’s, I would strongly suggest the Advanced Edition.
The Advanced Edition gives you more control of Provisioning Disk – The Basic edition will automate management of how disks are carved up in order to present file systems and shares out to the network. I nice feature for the IT manager with not enough time on his hands to do this. But if you want to carve up Meta’s, volumes and disks in a specific way to meet specific performance requirements, then you need the advanced edition to circumnavigate the Automated volume manager.
The advanced edition has a inbuilt migration tool called CDMS (Celerra Data Migration Service) – I would advise that tool is reserved for only those who are well versed in Celerra and migrations. But effectivly it offers migration capability for file data to Celerra with minimal down time. If you are going to use this, make sure you know what you’re doing or engage an EMC partner.
Those are the important bits you need to know.. any further questions… ask your EMC Partner