Viewing a hardware container

A hardware container is a single physical device that contains multiple hosts, network devices, and other components. A hardware container might be a blade enclosure that is discovered via a management controller, or a hyper-converged device containing compute and storage.

The enclosure is discovered when a management controller is discovered using by SNMP. The enclosure is modeled as a Management Controller node. The creation of a management controller node triggers an additional pattern, which creates the hardware container node, collects additional information about the contents of the enclosure, and triggers further patterns to relate the components.

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

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

The following topics are covered in this section:

To view a hardware container

  1. From the main menu, select Explore > Data.
    The Infrastructure page opens.
  2. In the Hosts & Containers section, click Hardware Container.
  3. Select a hardware container from the list, as illustrated in the following screen.

The following table describes the information fields for a typical hardware container.

Field name



Name of this host container; for example CMC-517P95J


Type of host container; for example Blade Enclosure.


Model name of this host container; for example PowerEdge M1000e.

Serial Number

Serial number of this host container; for example 417P95J.

Hardware Vendor

Hardware vendor name of this host container; for example Dell.

Managed by Management ControllerManagement controller managing this hardware container.


Pattern used to discover the blade enclosure and its contents.


The hosts, network devices, and SNMP managed devices contained in the blade enclosure.

Related topics

Managing your IT infrastructure

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