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fortec1
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Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports/reporting tools? Or is it all pretty point&click pictures?

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ConorLawlor
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Hi Curt,

For the current build of 1.6 ProSphere reports can be found within the Explore tab under the sections Storage or Service Level. More reporting options / features will be added with later releases of the product.

 

The Explore area of ProSphere supports the display of discovered configuration items across the enterprise. Unlike the Dashboard, these exploratory views are simple enumerations of objects of a given type, without summaries or supporting graphics. Because the range of data can be quite large, the tables support sorting, filtering, and the hiding of unneeded columns

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The Explore area is broadly divided into two areas Storage and Service Levels, each covering multiple types of configuration items:

Storage

Arrays
LUNs
Replication
Pools

Service Levels

Service Levels
Array by Service Level
Host by Service Level

When either the Storage or Service Level UI view is selected the green plus sysblom can be selected to open existing reports.

They can be manually edited by selecting the filter option to add or remove colunms from the reports and these can be saved etc...

The reports can be exported to .csv files or printed by selecting the icons in the top right of the UI.

Another option to pull information from the ProSphere databases would be to use the ProSphere RESTful interface to access the dat. (Details can be found from EMC ProSphere Rest API onlinehelp and al)

The ProSphere REST API is a RESTful interface that allows access information managed by ProSphere. By using the REST API to retrieve data discovered and calculated by ProSphere, application developers / users can build their own applications / reports and mashups that leverage this information.

Regards

Conor

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vigholt
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Hi Conor,

We currently use StorageScope for billing of our Clariion/VNX and VMAX customers, when will ProSphere be ready to make the same reports?

Regards

Bent

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ConorLawlor
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Hi Bent,

I will follow up with ProSphere product management on the above question and get back to you.

Regards

Conor 

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kevgrn114
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Can REST be used to obtain utilization numbers of storage used by a particular host?

Currently using Storage scope with host agents is a pain to keep up with. If I can get utilization numbers straight into Excel with no more host agents that would be great!

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ConorLawlor
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Hi Bent,

The next release of ProSphere 1.7 will include various enhancements that will improve the ability to do chargeback reports.

Regards

Conor

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ConorLawlor
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Hi kevgrn114,

Download and review the information within https://support.emc.com/products/15995_ProSphere/Documentation on EMC ProSphere 1.6 REST API

EMC ProSphere 1.6 REST API This online help describes the RESTful interface that supports programmers accessing data managed by ProSphere. The REST API allows programmers to extract ProSphere topology, performance, capacity, service level/tier, configuration service, alert, software update, and log management data for integration into their storage environments.

The following information is available through the ProSphere 1.6 REST API.

Please note each subsection below contains alot more information on what can be retrieved using restapi within the download

  • Topology data for:
  • -  Arrays
  • -  Hosts and devices
  • -  Switches and fabrics
  • -  Ports
  • -  Logical unit paths
  • -  Storage volumes
  • -  Storage tiers and policies
  • -  Datastores
  • -  Partitions
  • -  RDM virtual disks
  • -  VMFS virtual disks

  • Capacity data for:
  • -  Arrays
  • -  Hosts
  • -  Storage volumes
  • -  Storage pools
  • -  Service levels

  • Performance data for:
  • -  Arrays
  • -  Hosts and devices
  • -  Ports
  • -  Storage volumes
  • -  System health

  • Alert data
  • Service level and tier data
  • Configuration service data
  • Groups data
  • Software update data
  • Log management

Regards

Conor

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ConorLawlor
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

Hi Bent,

From the EMC® ProSphere™1.7 Release Notes

Capacity Chargeback

  • There is a new viewblock (table) found in Explore -> Service Levels titled Chargeback by
    Group that supports chargeback reporting for any of the groups or smart groups.
  • Capacity chargeback now supports the ability to email and schedule Dashboard and Explore views created in ProSphere.
  • Capacity chargeback for virtual machines is now supported.

https://support.emc.com/docu44992_ProSphere-1.7-Release-Notes.pdf?language=en_US

Regards

Conor

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giograves
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

I'm wondering the value of Prosphere out of the box myself.

I just went to an EMC Forum and now looks like they are pushing toward the whole SRM suite, where you purchase "packs" for your arrays. What about the customers that already invested in Prosphere? Does Prosphere by design need other monitoring and reporting applications to have the most benefit, thereby acting as a management aggregation?

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umichklewis
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Re: Does Prosphere offer any kind of reports?

In our environment, Prosphere acts as a great "aggregator" of events.  It leverages the embedded event monitoring and management interfaces in each product and pulls it all together.  For instance, when you buy a VNX or Clariion, you pay for Unisphere to manage it.  When you buy a Cisco switch, you pay for Fabric Manage (DCNM) to manage it.  Neither product costs "extra" and Prosphere can connect to them to collect event information and configuration data.  For us, Prosphere helps link causality, as I can see switch errors, host errors and array errors in one interface.

I think of Prosphere like a handy pocket multi-tool - it has basic versions of most of the things you need.  The full SRM suite is akin to a workbench full of tools.


Let us know if that helps!

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