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Remove Your Data Center “Beer Goggles” to See the Real Cost of Your Storage

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

Storage Management Challenges

Virtualization has delivered on many promises: massive consolidation, huge cost savings, dynamic scheduling and live migrations of applications and storage. But, with all the simplifications from virtualization, comes the complications of end-to-end visibility and management of the storage infrastructure through the various layers of abstractions. And, according to leading industry analysts, the data managed by enterprises is expected to grow to over 40ZB by 2020. This rapid data growth combined with increased service level expectations introduces new management challenges or the equivalent of wearing data center “beer googles” to see the real cost of your storage.

In this third of a 3-part blog series, let’s take a look at how EMC ViPR SRM provides a comprehensive monitoring and reporting solution to help you visualize storage relationships, analyze configurations and capacity growth, and optimize today’s storage resources while providing a management framework that supports investments in software-defined storage.

End-to-End Data Path Visibility

ViPR SRM was built to manage the complexity of growing, heavily virtualized storage environments. With ViPR SRM, you obtain detailed relationship and topology views from the application, to the virtual or physical host, down to the LUN to identify service dependencies, even for EMC VPLEX and the storage arrays managed by VPLEX clusters. By leveraging the capabilities of ViPR SRM, you will gain new insights into their environment and understand the impact of storage utilization from the applications. With increased visibility, you will be able to optimize their storage utilization and understand where and how their capacity is consumed and when more will be needed. Configuration validation will improve service levels by avoiding outages due to setup errors.

Check out the new ViPR SRM whiteboard video for more information.

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