Platform-Specific Views: Multi-Vendor SAN Infrastructure Part 2

By Brett Allison

Each distributed system platform has unique nuances. In Part 1 of this blog, I demonstrated how having a single view to manage your multi-vendor SAN infrastructure helped ensure performance and understand the overall health, performance and capacity. What is equally important to these common views is a solution that is capable of getting the detailed performance data capable of supporting vendor specific architectures.

New storage system platforms are popping up every year, and it’s impossible to stay ahead of all of them and provide the detailed, intelligent, performance views necessary to manage your SAN infrastructure and prevent incidents. However, IntelliMagic Vision supports a wide variety of SAN platforms for which we provide our end-to-end capabilities.

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New Visibility into FAST/FAST-VP for Large Scale EMC Environments

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find out about problems only after they are already impacting production users.

Why is this the case?  Well, have you ever tried to get an enterprise view of the health risks in your EMC FAST-VP environment using vendor tools? It’s not easy.

EMC’s FAST-VP or Fully Automated Storage Tiering – Virtual Provisioning technology, is designed to improve the overall performance and availability by placing the right blocks of data on the right drive technology.  This is enabled by policies created by storage administrators that apply tier capacity constraints to storage groups.  While there has been a significant amount of effort by EMC to simplify and generalize approaches for managing FAST-VP, and it can make a significant impact on performance and overall cost, it still can be a confusing solution. Continue reading