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Fusion-io ioSphere
Comprehensive Software Solutions to Manage Flash Memory Across the Data Center

Fusion-io ioSphere

As of April 2, 2012, ioSphere will be made available for free to customers on a valid Support and Subscription contract. Customers running ioManager are encouraged to upgrade to ioSphere as ioManager has been discontinued and is no longer receiving development updates.

Overview:

Data Center Management From a Single Interface

The ioSphere Management Solution upgrades ioManager 3 functionality with a robust set of enterprise class management features, including multi-server flash management, reporting, and warranty forecasting.

ioSphere DiagramKey Benefits:

  • Multi-host Flash Management
  • Remote Access
  • Intuitive Web User Interface
  • Discovery and Inventory of ioMemory Assets
  • Proactive ioMemory Monitoring
  • Performance Reports
  • Warranty Forecast
  • LDAP for User Authentication

Fusion's ioSphere is a comprehensive ioMemory management across the data center. Its many capabilities include the following:

  • Manage all ioMemory modules across all servers from a single interface.
  • Real-time proactively monitor ioMemory health.
  • Historical performance monitoring.
  • Warranty forecasting.

Multi-Host Flash Management
ioSphere gives you the ability to manage multiple hosts from one web console, centralizing ioMemory management to a single web-based interface, easing administration and saving you time.

Discovery and Inventory
Keeping tabs on all of your ioMemory devices is critical. The ioSphere inventory database and query tools provide a complete view of your ioMemory devices within your network so you can quickly configure or get the information you need from a single management web console.

Real-Time Proactive Monitoring
ioSphere allows you to proactively monitor the health and performance of all ioMemory within your network to anticipate problems before they become critical. Prepared and custom alerts provide immediate notification issues that need your attention, preventing downtime, data loss, and business interruption.

Historical Performance Monitoring
ioSphere provides dashboard and historical trend reports that give you an overall view of the performance and health of your ioMemory assets, enabling effective strategic planning and tactical operations for your data infrastructure.

Warranty Forecast
NAND flash memory life is limited to a finite number of program-erase cycles. ioSphere forecasts when an ioMemory device will reach the end of its usage warranty, in terms of petabytes written or PBW. This allows you to replace inventory before coverage expires.

LDAP for User Authentication
ioSphere supports LDAP integration for user authentication based on industry standards at no additional cost.

ioManager 3/ioSphere Feature Comparison:

ioSphere expands on the functionality of the base ioManager 3 software module. This expansion includes greater visibility and reporting capabilities for multiple ioMemory modules across multiple servers. The table below shows the additional features ioSphere provides.

Management & Reports ioManager 3 ioSphere
Installation Web Server Web Server
Discovery and Inventory Single Host Multi-host
Remote Access X X
ioMemory Configuration Single Host Multi-host
Live Performance Metrics X X
Historical Performance Reports   X
Usage Warranty Forecast   X
Monitoring ioManager 3 ioSphere
ioMemory Monitoring Single Host Multi-host
Customized Alert Criteria   X
SMS/Email Alerts   X
Searchable Alerts History   X
Other ioManager 3 ioSphere
User Authentication X X
LDAP Authentication   X

Deployment:

ioManager and ioSphere Deployment

System Requirements:

System Requirement
Server Requirements to run ioSphere on a centralized server:
  • RAM: 512MB plus 20MB of free RAM for each ioMemory module managed
  • Storage: Up to 10MB minimum hard drive space + up to 3 MB additional space for each ioMemory module
  • Fusion-io VSL: Version 2.1 or later
Agent Requirements to run ioSphere as an agent on each ioMemory host server.
  • RAM: Minimum of 64MB of free RAM
  • Fusion-io VSL: Version 2.1 or later
Operating System Requirements
Windows
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64-Bit (with SP2 or higher)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server 64-Bit (with SP2 or higher)
  • Microsoft Windows 2008 Server 64-Bit, all versions (with SP1 or higher)
  • Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Server 64-Bit, all versions (with SP1 or higher)
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 64-bit, all versions
Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10, 11
  • OpenSUSE 11
  • Debian Lenny, Debian Squeeze
  • Fedora 13, 14
  • Ubuntu 8.04, 9.10, 10.04, 10.10
  • CentOS 4, 5
  • ChaOS
  • Solaris 10 U8 & U9, 11 (Agent Only)
  • Open Solaris 10 (Agent Only)
Supported Browsers
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (Windows)
  • Mozilla Firefox 3 (Linux)
Note: Google Chrome for Windows and Linux, Mozilla Firefox 3 for Windows and Mac, and Safari for Mac are unsupported but are believed to work. Google Chrome on Mac has known issues.
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 or greater
Adobe Flash Player For an optimal viewing experience, we recommend that you install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player 10.

Security Standards

ioSphere uses standard, proven protocols to ensure the highest level of end-to-end security and authentication. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is used to securely transmit the data between the ioSphere server and any ioSphere clients (web browser and fio-agents). A generic Fusion-io SSL certificate is included with ioSphere install, but Fusion-io encourages customers to use their own SSL certificates for stronger security.

Firewall Provisioning
The HTTPS port used for communication with ioSphere is set by the customer at installation.

User Authentication
Users can configure ioSphere to use their existing LDAP authentication or create a custom username/password, which is encrypted and stored in ioSphere.

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Documentation:

PDF File
Download the Fusion-io ioSphere Datasheet  (PDF).