SDavisDolan
1 Copper

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

It ia not a single report, or at least not yet (I am planning on making one with my favorite items), but the "Situations to Watch" stuff, and the "Planning" tab.

I love having potential issues and usage forcasting at my finger tips.  No more wasted space because of poor allocation, and no more last minute freak outs because I run out of space without knowing.   Plus with the automated reports that I have set up, not only myself but the VMware admin are able to get a report showing where we have VMware items over allocated. That means not only do I get storage back, but he gets compute back.  Massive ROI right there for us already.

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Swanson1
3 Argentium

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

The Situations to Watch set of reports are great for helping you quickly spot problem areas.   Below you can see the various out-of-the-box reports that can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

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The Planning & Forecasting report quickly helps you identify capacity problems that you need to address.

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These reports are automated and available at your fingertips in seconds.    If you want to see more, I created an brief demo that provides an overview of the Storage Resource Management Suite here.

JamieD73
2 Iron

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

What great insight from Paula and SDavisDolan. Please keep it coming.

Another question we recevied during the live event was How are manually required things like BIN file configurations, choosing the right tier, the right performance or capacity requirement LUNS and Hypervolumes all automated?

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MattMendonza
1 Copper

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

Hey Jamie,

Once storage pools are presented to ViPR you create Virtual Storage pools and Virtual Arrays. You can then define policies that decide how ViPR should provision storage requests. Once configured ViPR can then make policy based decisions on storage allocations and provisioning.

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CindyGoodell
1 Copper

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

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We have some great videos at https://community.emc.com/community/edn/vipr#developer that demonstrate how to set up ViPR virtual storage arrays and pool, provision file and block storage and how to install ViPR.  If you are interested in taking a TourThrough the ViPR Experience join our webcast on February 13th.  Register at http://bit.ly/1exkpEB.

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JamieD73
2 Iron

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

Thank you Matt.

Hey Experts!  We had another great question from our Q&A on January 30 about Storage Resource Management Suite (SRM) 3.0.  The question was Can I see a mapped lun using SRM 3.0 from a host zoned to VPLEX on a SAN down to a disk pool to a lun and report on usable space? 

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dnorton1
2 Iron

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

Yes.  We introduced some VPLEX end-to-end capabilities in 3.0, and have more planned for 2014.  With 3.0 you can see a Path Details view that shows the LUN relationship from a host device thru the VPLEX to the array LUN:

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This is great for troubleshooting a performance problem, for example, because it lets you see where the host storage is actually coming from.

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Roger_Wu
5 Tungsten

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

Hi,

I'm the moderator of the ECN Chinese Forum, a Chinese customer from our forum wants to ask you some questions as well. So

1. What is the "Third Platform"?

2. Why we need to shift to the Third Platform?

Thanks,

Roger

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CindyGoodell
1 Copper

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

The 3rd platform provides the means to achieve cloud scale, speed, agility, mobility, and growth.  According to  IDC, the third platform, will serve as the primary growth driver of the IT industry over the next decade, responsible for 75% of new growth as worldwide IT spending moves from $3.7 trillion in 2013 to more than $5 trillion in 2020.

In an effort to realize the 3rd platform benefits, enterprises are embracing the Software-Defined Data Center.  The Software-Defined Data Center’s architectural approach enables enterprises to abstract, pool and automate all of their data center resources (compute, storage and network) and services to deliver on the promise of the 3rd platform.  All the data center resources have abstracted from the underlying hardware to create shared pools of resources.  With this approach we can truly build an adaptive data center.

EMC ViPR Software-defined Storage and Storage Resource Management Suite work together to help customers establish a solid foundation for bridging the gap between their current IT infrastructure and the Third platform. Together, these offerings provide customers with the tools they need to abstract, pool, and automate storage resources for delivering higher level services (ViPR) while continuing to manage and provide visibility into both the traditional and software-defined storage environments (SRM Suite). 

For more information there are several great articles out there on the 3rd Platform and its benefits:

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Swanson1
3 Argentium

Re: Ask the Expert: Mind the Gap - A Technical Discussion on the Journey to the Third Platform

Hello Roger,

We are now in what leading industry analysts refer to as the 3rd platform of the IT Technology Evolution. A platform that must be architected for web-scale and capable of managing billions of users and millions of applications; designed for speed, agility, mobility and growth.    When you think of the 3rd platform think of mobile devices, cloud, big data and social with billions of users and millions of apps.   When you think of 2nd platform which is where we are now, think of client/servers with hundreds of millions of users and tens of thousands of apps.   

As far as customers having to move to the 3rd platform, it's the general direction of the industry.   Some will be on the leading edge and others will follow some time after.   Here's an article that discusses the 3rd platform in more detail.  http://bit.ly/1mhYm84

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