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.
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).
When a Management Controller node is updated, the related Hardware Container is updated accordingly.
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:
Type of hardware container.
Dell Asset tag.
Globally unique key.
Description of the element.
URL for information about the element.
Business Continuity Critical
If true, element is critical to operation of the business.
Supported by 3rd Party
True if the element is supported by a third party.
Other names for the element.
Hardware Container node relationships
The relationships on a Hardware Container node are as described in the following table:
Hosts that are within this container.
Network Device Members
Network Devices that are within this container.
SNMP Managed Device Members
SNMP Managed Devices that are within this container.
Management Controller Members
Management Controllers that are within this container.
Storage Device Members
Storage devices that are within this container.
Storage System Members
Storage systems that are within this container.
Disk drives that are within this container.
Hardware Containers that are within this container.
Hardware Containers that this container is within.
Managed by Software Instance
Software Instances that manage this container.
Managed by Network Device
Network Device that manages this container.
Managed by SNMP Managed Device
SNMP Managed Device that manages this container.
Managed by Management Controller
Management Controller that manages this container.
Pattern that is maintaining this container.
Hardware Details for this container.
Hardware Reference Data
Hardware Reference data corresponding to this container.
Hardware Support Detail related to this container.
A file attached to this element.
The lifecycle status of this element.
The recovery time specified for this element.
Family of this element.
The Organizational Unit that this element belongs to.
Location of this element.
The person or owner responsible for the support of this element.
The person or owner responsible for this element from a business perspective.
The person or owner responsible for this element from an IT perspective.