While these days I’m pretty busy with all things “converged platform” at EMC (inclusive of both the infrastructure layer and the IaaS/PaaS/Data/EuC platforms we build on top of Vblock, VxRack, and VxRail) – dear Virtual Geek readers, I’m still the same person as always, fascinated by the details :-)
There’s so much going on that often incredible nuggets are missed – and powerful things come in small packages.
Two of those nuggets are the EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) and EMC Storage Analytics (ESA). These were born when I was trying to drive things “VMware at EMC” many moons ago (wasn’t me – but the great engineering teams).
VSI and ESA were part of a sustained effort to make sure that EMC was always the best choice for customers who were also using vSphere.
And while I’ve changed gigs – one thing that has not changed, we know that we must continue to push/strive to make the combination of EMC and VMware a no-brainer, and do it through awesome integration (VxRail as a recent example, and news re: SDDC coming soon).
Both VSI and ESA are “must try” tools for people using VMware and EMC technologies (inclusive for those that are integrated into converged packages) – and are simple and easy to try on for size.
First - EMC Virtual Storage Integrator is the definitive vCenter plugin – the “one ring to rule them all” for EMC storage platforms (and has a peer called “ESI” for the Microsoft ecosystem). It is a single simple, and completely free tool for end-to-end provisioning, and managing replicas – and works with just about every bit of EMC kit. I would argue that it is the strongest, most mature vCenter plugin of the whole ecosystem. I met a customer using a Vblock unsure if they could use this plug-in. Answer = YES.
EMC Virtual Storage Integrator is on version 6.7, and as always – available completely, totally gratis. It’s available here (you need a support.emc.com login).
While this demo is back-revved a version (6.6), it’s a great view into what it can do (in this example, with XtremIO – thanks Itzik!)
Second - EMC Storage Analytics is built on vRealize Operations Manager and the EMC adapter + dashboard that integrates all the EMC storage platforms for capacity/performance analytics. ESA just had a big release – v 3.5, and alongside lots of new features, updating the core vRealize Ops Manager engine, and updated platform support (lots of great new Isilon support) – there’s a small (but BIG) change….
….giving it a whirl no longer needs a trial license.
Just leave the trial blank on install, and give it a shot! Nothing easier, and no easier way to see how powerful vRealize Ops Manager can be.
EMC Storage Analytics complies with VMware management pack certification requirements and has received the VMware Ready certification.
EMC Storage Analytics 3.5 includes the following new features:
- Supports upgrades from VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.1 and EMC Storage Analytics 3.4.
- Supports vRealize Operations Manager 6.2
- Trial license keys are no longer required. Leave the license key field blank.
- Supports automated remedial action for extending an XtremIO® volume
- Supports EMC Isilon® 8.0
- Provides additional metrics, alerts, views, and reports for EMC Isilon
- Supports EMC VNX® Block OE 05.33.009.5.155, File OE 220.127.116.11
- Supports EMC VPLEX® 5.5.1, 18.104.22.168
- Supports EMC RecoverPoint® 4.3.1
- Supports EMC VMAX All Flash models
Would love feedback – moving in the right direction? The wrong direction?