Customers looking to deploy private cloud infrastructures need the tools to automate recurring management tasks and correlate events for fast issue resolution. With EMC Storage Integrator (ESI) and System Center Management Packs, EMC extends the functionality of Microsoft cloud technologies to the storage system.
ESI and System Center Operations Manager
EMC provides ESI to streamline repetitive management processes like provisioning storage to a SharePoint farm. Another great benefit of using ESI is consolidating basic storage management tasks into a single Microsoft Management Console (MMC) based tool on their Windows hosts. Rather than going through multiple user interfaces to provision and monitor storage, Windows administrators can do the same tasks more quickly and effectively from their Windows environment.
EMC’s System Center management packs give customers the ability to extend well-established Microsoft System Center features to the storage systems. This integration provides customers the ability to provision storage systems, correlate events, create run books, and create self-service portals.
Specifically, the management pack for Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM) provides discovery and data collection of physical and logical objects from the storage array. Administrators can monitor health and capacity of these storage objects, generate resource consumption reports, and visualize relationships storage objects with other components in the environment such as virtual machines and application volumes.
System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Pack for VNXe
New in the ESI v3.6 is the ability for SCOM to monitor the VNXe3200 platform. SCOM can discover and track the health status of physical and logical objects on their VNXe3200.
First off, the physical objects that SCOM can monitor are:
- System Fans
- CPU Modules
- Disk Drives
- IO Modules
- Memory Modules
- Power Supply Modules
- Link Control Cards
- Storage Network Ports
Along with these objects, SCOM can track VNXe3200 virtual volumes such as LUNs as well as capacity levels of virtual volumes, storage pools, and the snapshot pools.
These objects are also presented in a topology map to show how the objects are associated with one another. The administrator can also filter by unhealthy objects to root cause issues that may arise in the storage environment, as shown in the figure below. Administrators can also generate reports on the resource consumption of virtual volumes.
Technology In Action
You can also check out this short video that highlights these features.
The SCOM integration with the VNXe3200 adds to the existing capabilities available to the Windows administrator today. With the ESI VNXe adapter, the Windows administrator can view, provision, and manage block and file storage from the VNXe3200 for Windows hosts, Windows virtual machines, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft SharePoint environments. For volumes provisioned to Windows hosts, administrator can also make use of the array-based snapshots to protect and restore the data.
View the ESI and System Center Plug-ins and learn more about EMC Storage Integrator.