VMware and EMC have partnered to create a storage analytics offering that improves the virtual administrator’s ability to view, troubleshoot and most importantly, avoid storage infrastructure performance issues. EMC Storage Analytics (ESA), released by EMC over a year ago, is a storage-centric version of vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs) that addresses the need for greater storage analytic capabilities than offered in vROPs. Ever since, ESA technology adoption has been increasing at a tremendous rate with over 2,000 installs to date.
This week at VMworld in Barcelona, VMware announced version 6.0 of vROPs and the new vRealize Operations Insight (vROI) solution, which adds real-time log management for VMware environments. Lo and behold, EMC also announced EMC Storage Analytics version 3.0. Go figure. The ESA 3.0 and vROI tag team turns out improved performance service levels and higher uptimes through improved troubleshooting and health management for storage in the virtual environment. The ability to peer into real-time log collection and then monitor, search and run diagnostics on a collection of logs, creates a fast track to problem resolution. The quicker the turn, the more likely key applications remain available.
ESA 3.0 helps drive costs down by increasing resource utilization through automated capacity planning and optimization. Things like proactive analytics and smart alerts manifest themselves as faster identification and remediation of potential issues that can degrade performance and, if avoided, cripple their impact.
Increased efficiencies can be gained by leveraging ESA policy-driven capacity models (for allocation and demand) and deeper levels of reporting on performance risks and capacity utilization. ESA analytics help customers make more intelligent business decisions. Based on allocation and demand statistics and various business needs, ESA helps manage proactively instead of reacting to shortages or dealing with downtime that could otherwise be avoided. Scenario-based capacity modeling for future projects helps reduce risks and costs by eliminating the need for spreadsheets and home-grown modeling tools.
Another new Storage Analytics capability planned for release in version 3.0 when it becomes available later this Quarter is support for EMC XtremIO platforms. This will be in addition to existing support of the EMC VMAX, VNX and VPLEX product families.
This, in conjunction with the new features of vROI, provides best-in-class analytics for virtual and physical environments. Together, EMC Storage Analytics and vRealize Operations Insight maximize performance and optimization of storage resources.