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Storage RAID Management

Data Storage on RAID: The Challenges

With the increase in size of data stores, the challenge of managing data storage capacity on RAID is also increasing. While this raises some questions about the integrity of RAID, new technologies are emerging with higher capacities and more capable drives. Managing increasing amounts of data storage capacity on RAID has become a difficult task for many storage administrators.

Managing RAIDs in ManageEngine IT360

ManageEngine IT360 discovers the RAIDs in your network by utilizing SNMP / CLI / SMI-S vendor-specific APIs. The complete set of asset, capacity, performance, and configuration information of the RAID and its components are discovered and represented in the IT360 client.

IT360 provides out-of box reports spanning inventory, performance, and availability for the below RAIDs:

  • IBM ESS
  • HP MSA 1000/1500
  • HP MSA 2000/2312
  • HP EVA
  • HP 3PAR
  • EMC CLARiiON
  • EMC Symmetrix
  • Fibrenetix
  • Promise VTrak
  • Infortrend
  • NetApp
  • Hitachi Thunder
  • Hitachi Lightning
  • Hitachi TagmaStore
  • IBM FastT / DS4000 / DS5000
  • IBM DS6000 / DS8000
  • IBM SVC
  • IBM Storwize V7000
  • DELL MD 3000 / 3000i
  • DELL EqualLogic
  • StorageTek/LSI Logic
  • SUN StorEdge
  • Areca ARC
  • EMC Centera
  • BOSCH
  • Unistar Teravault
  • IBM N Series

Features supported

Physical Assets
  • Controller
  • Controller Fabric Ports
  • Disk Drives
  • Interconnect Details
Logical Assets
  • LUNs
  • Volumes
  • Raid Groups
  • Virtual Disk Groups
  • Partitions
  • Volume Groups
Monitors
  • Controller status
  • Controller port status
  • Disk Drive status
  • Volume status
  • Disk Group status
  • LUN status
Report Details
  • Raid Capacity summary
  • Availability Trends
  • Top N Availability
  • Array statistics
  • LUN statistics
  • Disk Drive statistics
  • VDisk statistics
  • Top N Performance
  • Location summary

Fault Management

IT360 polls these devices from time to time to verify the health, availability and utilization of storage RAIDs. If there are any early indications, they are provided on hardware/software problems and also alarms are generated on drive failures, and sensor faults such as Fan Failure, Battery Failure, and Power supply failure. SNMP traps from the arrays are also captured and appropriate alarm is generated.

Availability Reports

You can view the availability trends, downtime history, MTTR, MTBF, etc. by using the Availability reports on RAID controllers and its ports. These reports can be generated for various time periods, such as today, yesterday, last N days, last week, this month, last month, and between two selected days.

Performance Reports

Using the Performance Reports for RAID, you can estimate the Performance statistics at periodic intervals and you can also generate reports that provide trend analysis for the below storage array components:

  • Storage Array Capacity
  • Storage Array
  • Controller / Storage Processor
  • Virtual Disks
  • Raid Groups
  • Disk Groups
  • Disk Drives
  • Controller Port Statistics

You can collect the following parameters:

  • Traffic - Read / Write / Total
  • Utilization - Read / Write / Total
  • Bandwidth - Read / Write / Total
  • Throughput - Read / Write / Total
  • Latency - Read / Write
  • Queue Depth
  • Storage array capacity - Total / Configured / Used / Free
  • Visualization
  • Topological map shows arrays and their connections to switches and host servers.
  • Link details table shows link name, source, and destination.
  • Color-coded icons depict switch and interconnection status.
  • Drill-down views - Array Sub-map views

Visualization

You can visualize the RAID devices via Topological maps that portray arrays and their connections to switches and host servers. You can view the following in the map:

  • Link details table that shows link name, source, and destination.
  • Color-coded icons that depict switch and interconnection status.
  • Drill-down views - Array Sub-map views.

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