ProSphere 1.6 Updates

ProSphere 1.6 was released this week, and it looks like EMC was listening!  Several of the updates are features that I specifically requested when I gave my feedback to EMC at EMC World.  I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but it’s good to finally see some valuable improvements that make this product that much closer to being useful in my company’s environment.  The most important items I wanted to see was the ability to export performance data to a csv file and improved documentation on the REST API.  Both of those things were included with this release.  I haven’t looked yet to see if the performance exports can be run from a command line (a requirement for it to be useful to me for scripting).  The REST API documentation was created in the form of a help file.  It can be downloaded an run from an internal web server as well, which is what I did.

Here are the new features in v1.6:

Alerting

ProSphere can now receive Brocade alerts for monitoring and analysis. These alerts can be forwarded through SNMP traps.

Consolidation of alerts from external sources is now extended to include:

• Brocade alerts (BNA and CMCNE element managers)

• The following additional Symmetrix Management Console (SMC) alerts:
– Device Status
– Device Pool Status
– Thin Device Allocation
– Director Status
– Port Status
– Disk Status
– SMC Environmental Alert

Capacity

– Support for Federated Tiered Storage (FTS) has been added, allowing ProSphere to identify LUNs that have been presented from external storage logically, positioned behind the Unisphere for VMAX 10K, 20K and 40K.

– Service Levels are now based on the Fully Automated Storage Tier (FAST) policies defined in Symmetrix arrays. ProSphere reports on how much capacity is available for each Service Level, and how much is being consumed by each host in the environment.

Serviceability

– Users can now export ProSphere reports for performance and capacity statistics in CSV format.

Unisphere for VMAX 1.0 compatibility

– ProSphere now supports the new Unisphere for VMAX as well as Single Sign On and Launch-in-Context to the management console of the Unisphere for VMAX element manager. ProSphere, in conjunction with Unisphere for VMAX, will have the same capabilities as Symmetrix Management Console and Symmetrix Performance Analyzer.

Unisphere support

– In this release, you can launch Unisphere (CLARiiON, VNX, and Celerra) from ProSphere, but without the benefits of Single Sign On and Launch-in-Context.

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