EMC Secure Remote Service (ESRS) is a secure, two way remote connection between EMC and your EMC products. It heartbeats routinely to EMC for checking connectivity as well as product status. It also has nice integration into MyService360 and CloudIQ to provide even more support data. It has a nice web based interface, but I like doing as much as possible via command line when I have the option. We have more than one ESRS GW server so saving any time reviewing each multiplies across the enterprise. Read more...

It's quite handy to create point in time copies of storage for a server or set of servers and XtremIO makes it really easy, especially via the CLI. Here's a short list of commands you can use to do just that, leveraging consistency groups and tags. Tags are a very powerful feature and make managing various object types super easy. Read more...

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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