The first time I heard the expression, “look mom – no hands,” one of my kids was showing off to his mother that he could ride his bike without holding on to the handle bars. It was his way of showing how “easy” riding a bike was and his way of demonstrating mastery over the task of riding a bike.
Wouldn’t it be nice if managing storage was this easy?
Managing storage in large heterogeneous storage environments is about as far from this analogy as it can be. You can not ride the bike that is storage management without having a grip on the direction your environment is growing.
Many organizations look to make the best use of their storage funds, so buying purpose built storage arrays that provide optimized capacity and performance for high performance or high capacity requirements makes sense – to them. Just buying more storage can actually make the task of managing a storage environment more difficult. Oftentimes, the data collection and data integration of storage information across all shared and dedicated arrays in a customer environment is loaded with a series of manual activities which require hours, days, or even weeks of time to collect and integrate for management reporting and planning.
For many organizations storage management and reporting is a manual process, causing these organizations to take one of two approaches:
When there are not enough resources and time to perform a storage environment analysis in order to report and plan efficiently and accurately, they are left with one of these two alternatives that can come with a varity of potential problems.
In a perfect world, there would be a “magic box” for storage management. This “magic box” would take data stored from different arrays and formats and normalize it into a single database for easy reporting and analytics. This “magic box” would also generate reports to be used for decision making with no assembly required. This would mean I would not have to spend time or put forth effort to write my own queries or build and maintain my own reports.
Ideally, this “magic box” would live on the web – so anyone with the proper security access can view and access the storage environment data on demand. Furthermore, this “magic box” would predict the future by analyzing the data uploaded every week and pinpointing the place in time each array across and enterprise would reach capacity if It keeps growing at the same rate.
We must live in a perfect world for storage management becasuse this “magic box” does exist – it is called Visual Storage Intelligence and it does everything as we have described in this article – with no assembly required. Large and small organizations can implement the Visual Storage Intelligence tool because it is a web-based solution with an automated data collection process – making Visual Storage Intelligence the only tool that provides cross-vendor storage analysis, reporting and analytics. Let Visual Storage Intelligence steer so you can say “look mom – no hands.”