Overview of managing resources by using virtual storage machines

REST API Reference Guide for Virtual Storage Platform 5000, Virtual Storage Platform E Series, and Virtual Storage Platform G/F Series

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A "virtual storage machine" is a virtual storage system created on a storage system by using the global storage virtualization function. You can set virtual information, such as models and serial numbers, for virtual storage machines.

A virtual storage machine can be used as a global-active device or for nondisruptive migration. By registering resources in virtual storage machines, you can collectively manage resources of multiple physical storage systems on a single virtual storage machine, or divide resources of a single physical storage system into multiple virtual storage machines and manage the resources separately.

Examples of virtual storage machine configurations

The following figure shows examples of virtual storage machine configurations:

In this figure, a virtual storage machine of the virtual model VSP G1000 (virtual serial number: 11223) and a virtual storage machine of the virtual model Virtual Storage Platform (virtual serial number: 12345) are created in a VSP 5500 storage system (serial number: 10111), and the resources registered in the virtual storage machines are allocated to the hosts. When the configuration is set up like this, from the virtual point of view it seems as if host A is accessing VSP G1000 (virtual serial number: 11223), and host B is accessing Virtual Storage Platform (virtual serial number: 12345).

For details on how to manage resources by using virtual storage machines, see the Provisioning Guide for Open Systems, or the Provisioning Guide.