For those who don’t have the time to poke through the release notes here is a cut from the official SAN/IQ 9.5 documentation which has been released recently.
I’ve upgraded to 9.5 this morning, so I will have a review up later in the week after I have a chance to see how this version plays with vSphere 5 and VMware SRM 5.
you can download the latest software to try if you want here;
1. Application managed snapshots for VMware ESX Server and Microsoft Hyper-V Server
2. SAN Status Home Page — the SAN Status home page is the new home page for the CMC and presents key information for all management groups in the storage environment in a single view.
3. Zero to VSA automated installation and deployment — Single installer can install VSA, FOM and CMC. Go from “zero” to a fully functional virtual SAN in just a few easy steps. Scriptable install tool allows ROBO customers to script install once and deploy VSA quickly at multiple remote locations. “NOTE: This feature is not available at the initial release of Version 9.5. It will be available in November, 2011. For now, use the OVF method to install the VSA and Failover Manager. Instructions for using the OVF files to install both the Failover Manager and the VSA are in the Online Help”
4. Peer Motion data mobility with cluster swap — Cluster swap allows users to replace or upgrade
5. P4000 clusters. Edit cluster menu guides decisions about adding, removing, or exchanging storage systems. Easily migrate data online between tiers.
6. Remote Copy performance improvements — Improvements to remote copy times, the time required to scan volumes, ability to support more frequent snapshots, reduction of RPOs for DR solutions. Storage Replication Adapter for Vsphere Site Recovery Manager 5.x — Supports automated failback and is included on the HP P4000 Application Integration Solution Pack
7. Best Practice configuration wizards — Configuration wizards guide towards highest availability configurations: add Failover Manager for 2–node configuration, configure disk RAID 6 for single-node configurations, recommends volume replication when expanding clusters to more than one storage system