The updated XIV GUI that supports version 11.1 of the XIV software (which adds support for SSD Read Cache) is now available for download. This brings the XIV GUI to version 3.1 and you can download it for Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, AIX and HP-UX from here.
So what benefits will you get?
- The new GUI will display information about the SSD read cache. For instance the statistics panel will now also report on SSD cache hits (as opposed to memory cache hits).
The GUI will also display the presence and health of the SSD in each module (presuming they have been ordered for that machine). You can clearly see that it is located at the rear of the module!
- It supports the IPv6 protocol. So if your XIV system has code level 11.1.0 or above, you can manage that XIV over an IPv6 connection (after using the updated GUI to define the new addresses).
- The GUI can now manage up to 81 systems from a single console. Yes you read that right: 81 systems. So let's think about that: IBM would only take the GUI to that number if there were clients who were approaching that number. Outstanding!
- Enhanced search and filtering. Allows you to search across all managed devices and also filter what gets displayed. The search function is really nice. You get to it from the View menu as shown:
In this example I search for the term test and get a considerable number of hits. If you notice the first column uses some very nice icons to indicate the resource type (such as a volume, pool or host cluster):
- The GUI now displays un-mapped LUNs as a separate category. This is also a very nice enhancement.
One other change is that if you start the XIV GUI in demo mode it now also displays an XIV Gen3 (so you can see the Gen3 patch panel).
If you are running Generation 2 XIVs (on 10.x.x code) you will benefit from those last three improvements so there is something for everyone.