We recently implemented Brocade MAPS (Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite) across all our SAN directors. MAPS replaces the Fabric Watch capabilities starting in FOS v7.4. It's much simpler to implement and manage compared to FW and provides well over 200 rules by default. Read more...

In the past, I've created numerous reports in the SAN/Storage space to facilitate various activities such as refresh, billing/chargeback and operational support. Most of the work has been done in Perl with some Python and shell scripting thrown in along the way. Read more...

Redis as a data structures server makes it very easy to create, store and report on many aspects of an infrastructure. We'll take a look at how this could be used with one example from a Storage/SAN environment. I'm going to use Perl and the Redis module in the examples, but this could very easily be done in any other favorite scripting language. I'm also going to assume data has already been collected from the various sources. There are lots of ways to do this, CLI, REST, SMI-S, third party tools, vendor tools just to name a few options. Read more...

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