Hardware Container node

A HardwareContainer is a single physical device which contains multiple hosts, network devices and other components. For example, a blade enclosure which is discovered via a management controller, or a hyper-converged device containing compute and storage.

Blade enclosures are typically hardware containers which contain a number of physical hosts, a management controller, and various network modules such as network and/or SAN switches.

Hardware Container nodes always have a relationship to the Pattern node corresponding to their maintaining pattern.

Where a computer is logically partitioned into a number of hosts, as opposed to containing physically separate devices, the Host Container node is used.

Hardware Container Lifecycle

Hardware containers are created and maintained by patterns. The details of how they are maintained depend on the nature of the hardware container. The following section describes the general scenarios in which a Hardware Container is created, updated or removed.

Creation

When a chassis management controller is discovered, this is modeled as a Management Controller node. The creation of a Management Controller node triggers an additional pattern which creates the Hardware Container node and collects additional information on the contents of the enclosure, and triggers further patterns to relate the components (physical hosts, a management controller, and various network modules such as network and/or SAN switches).

Update

When a Management Controller node is updated, the related Hardware Container is updated accordingly.

Removal

A Hardware Container node is removed when it no longer contains any hosts and it no longer has an associated Network Device or management controller.

Hardware Container node attributes

The attributes of a Hardware Container node are as described in the following table:

UI Name
Attribute Name and Type

Description

Type
type string

Type of hardware container.

Hardware Vendor
vendor string

Hardware vendor.

Model
model string

Hardware model.

Serial Number
serial string

Serial number.


asset_tag string

Dell Asset tag.

Key
key string

Globally unique key.

Name
name string

Primary name.

Short Name
short_name string

Short name.

Description
description string

Description of the element.

URL
url string

URL for information about the element.

Business Continuity Critical
business_continuity_critical boolean

If true, element is critical to operation of the business.

Supported by 3rd Party
third_party_support boolean

True if the element is supported by a third party.

Synonyms
synonyms list:string

Other names for the element.


Hardware Container node relationships

The relationships on a Hardware Container node are as described in the following table:

UI name

Relationship

Description

Host Members

HardwareContainer:
HostContainer:
HostContainment:
ContainedHost:
Host

Hosts that are within this container.

Network Device Members

HardwareContainer:
HostContainer:
HostContainment:
ContainedHost:
NetworkDevice

Network Devices that are within this container.

SNMP Managed Device Members

HardwareContainer:
HostContainer:
HostContainment:
ContainedHost:
SNMPManagedDevice

SNMP Managed Devices that are within this container.

Management Controller Members

HardwareContainer:
HostContainer:
HostContainment:
ContainedHost:
ManagementController

Management Controllers that are within this container.

Storage Device Members

HardwareContainer:
HostContainer:
HostContainment:
ContainedHost:
StorageDevice

Storage devices that are within this container.

Storage System Members

HardwareContainer:
HostContainer:
HostContainment:
ContainedHost:
StorageSystem

Storage systems that are within this container.

Disk Drives

HardwareContainer:
Container:
Containment:
ContainedDrive:
DiskDrive

Disk drives that are within this container.

Hardware Containers

HardwareContainer:
Container:
Containment:
Contained:
HardwareContainer

Hardware Containers that are within this container.

Hardware Container

HardwareContainer:
Contained:
Containment:
Container:
HardwareContainer

Hardware Containers that this container is within.

Managed by Software Instance

HardwareContainer:
ManagedElement:
Management:
Manager:
SoftwareInstance

Software Instances that manage this container.

Managed by Network Device

HardwareContainer:
ManagedElement:
Management:
Manager:
NetworkDevice

Network Device that manages this container.

Managed by SNMP Managed Device

HardwareContainer:
ManagedElement:
Management:
Manager:
SNMPManagedDevice

SNMP Managed Device that manages this container.

Managed by Management Controller

HardwareContainer:
ManagedElement:
Management:
Manager:
ManagementController

Management Controller that manages this container.

 Pattern

HardwareContainer:
lement:
Maintainer:
Pattern:
Pattern

Pattern that is maintaining this container.

Details

HardwareContainer:
ElementWithDetail:
Detail:
Detail:
HardwareDetail

Hardware Details for this container.

Hardware Reference Data

HardwareContainer:
Hardware:
ReferenceData:
ReferenceData:
HardwareReferenceData

Hardware Reference data corresponding to this container.

Support Details

HardwareContainer:
ElementWithDetail:
SupportDetail:
HardwareDetail:
SupportDetail

Hardware Support Detail related to this container.

HardwareContainer:
ttachmentContainer:
Attachment:
Attachment:
Attachment

A file attached to this element.

Status

HardwareContainer:
ElementInCategory:
ElementCategory:
Category:
LifecycleStatus

The lifecycle status of this element.

Recovery Time

HardwareContainer:
ElementInCategory:
ElementCategory:
Category:
RecoveryTime

The recovery time specified for this element.

Family

HardwareContainer:
ElementInCategory:
ElementCategory:
Category:
Family

Family of this element.

Organizational Unit

HardwareContainer:
OwnedItem:
Ownership:
Owner:
OrganisationalUnit

The Organizational Unit that this element belongs to.

Location

HardwareContainer:
ElementInLocation:
Location:
Location:
Location

Location of this element.

Support Manager

HardwareContainer:
OwnedItem:
Ownership:
SupportOwner:
Person

The person or owner responsible for the support of this element.

Business Owner

HardwareContainer:
OwnedItem:
Ownership:
BusinessOwner:
Person

The person or owner responsible for this element from a business perspective.

IT Owner

HardwareContainer:
OwnedItem:
Ownership:
ITOwner:
Person

The person or owner responsible for this element from an IT perspective.


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