EMC ViPR SRM 3.5: More Than a Name Change, It Delivers Big!

Posted by Paula Swanson | Author Info

Aug 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You know how it goes, it’s frequently very difficult to follow one big release 3.0 in January 2014 with another; yet ViPR SRM 3.5 does exactly that. With ViPR SRM’s introduction, reporting on traditional and Software-defined Storage environments has never been easier. Not to mention, the tighter integration with EMC ViPR makes it simpler to understand the relationships between ViPR tenants and the underlying storage resources.

In addition to lots of cool new features, we also changed the product name. With the 3.5 release, EMC Storage Resource Management Suite was renamed to EMC ViPR SRM to highlight EMC's commitment to delivering comprehensive monitoring and reporting for ViPR Software-defined Storage environments. ViPR SRM simplifies the transition to a Software-defined infrastructure by providing a management framework that enhances visibility and control in both traditional and Software-defined environments.

Let’s explore some of the exciting new features in VIPR SRM 3.5. For example, we’ve expanded end-to-end topology views and path details for more EMC as well as third party storage. Prior to this release VPLEX was supported, however 3.5 has added even deeper insight into VPLEX environments. The global reports is another area where we’ve made significant enhancements beyond just VMAX and VXN. So let’s have a look at these in more detail and if you’d like to see a demo we invite you to watch the Rethink Storage on demand webcast “ViPR SRM = Storage Resource Management Suite; More Than a Name Change! Learn What's New in Version 3.5”.

Expanded End-to-End Topology & Path Details Reporting
Prior to ViPR SRM 3.5, the rich end-to-end topology views and data path details used to streamline performance analysis and troubleshooting were limited to just VMAX and VNX arrays. Now with the latest release, this same capability has been added for EMC VPLEX, EMC VNXe3200, EMC XtremIO, Hitachi Data Systems, HP StorageWorks P9000, IBM XIV and NetApp storage.

The topology view provides an understanding of the relationship dependencies and path details from the host to the array. Selecting objects along the data path, presents a number of report options for storage administrators. Depending on the object selected, different reports are made available such as attributes, storage capacity, performance, path details and storage connectivity.

This visibility makes it much easier for analyzing performance along the data path to help administrators identify where bottlenecks exist vs. opening every individual element manager to manually stitch together a performance report for example. Within ViPR SRM, creating a custom performance report for a host or application is as simple as selecting the desired reports using the “push pin” capability to add them to a “My View” dashboard. Once created it can be saved, emailed or shared with anyone in the organization.

Enhanced VPLEX Monitoring and Reporting
Understanding underlying relationships via topology views and path details is especially important in highly virtualized environments such as VPLEX to ensure service levels and to increase the storage team’s productivity. Investigating performance anomalies often requires analysis that spans various time intervals to really understand what may have been going on prior to an issue. For example, Unisphere for VPLEX provides reporting for short durations, while ViPR SRM offers reporting over extended periods of time such as days, weeks, months or quarters.

ViPR SRM validates front-end and back-end configuration rules, design best practices and compliance to the EMC Support Matrix to ensure service levels are not impacted by configuration issues in VPLEX environments.

Paula_Image_4A new Virtual Storage Dashboard helps optimize capacity utilization by providing a snapshot of how virtual storage capacity is being used within the VPLEX environment. Virtual disks in ViPR SRM represent all primary LUNs masked and mapped to VPLEX, whether claimed or unclaimed by VPLEX.

Global Dashboards & Chargeback Reports Expanded
Global reports such as the Enterprise Capacity Dashboard, Explore, Service Level Capacity and Chargeback reports have been expanded to include VPLEX, VNXe3200, XtremIO, Hitachi, IBM XIV, HP StorageWorks P9000 and NetApp storage for a more holistic view of the environment. Of course each of these products, along with all the other supported hosts, hypervisors, switches and storage, have their own SolutionPack that provides even more detailed reports – giving customers options to view their data however they prefer.

The Service Level Capacity report is an interactive report that displays the array, vendor and capacity for the specific service level selected. This is particularly helpful when additional capacity of a particular service level is required for an application or project. Now rather than going into each individual SolutionPack to view available capacity, all usable, used and free capacity along with capacity trends are available in this automated report.

Paula_Image_7With its’ deep understanding of the end-to-end relationships for these arrays and VPLEX environments, their used capacity is now included in ViPR SRM’s storage chargeback reports (available by host, VM, hypervisor or hypervisor cluster). This makes it easier than ever to provide application owners/business units automated chargeback or show back reports.


Register now for the Rethink Storage webcast on Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 1pm ET to learn more about how ViPR SRM automates insight and reporting for VPLEX environments.

Tighter Integration With EMC ViPR
ViPR SRM and the ViPR Monitoring and Reporting SolutionPack (bundled with ViPR) share the same user interface, such that when both are in the same environment you can seamlessly navigate between the two products. The ViPR Monitoring and Reporting SolutionPack is designed to help storage administrators manage their ViPR virtual resources, while ViPR SRM helps optimize traditional storage and provide insight into the underlying storage infrastructure managed by ViPR.

When both products are in the same environment, it’s even easier now to understand the relationships of the underlying infrastructure because ViPR SRM presents views of the physical resources associated with ViPR components right within the ViPR Monitoring and Reporting SolutionPack.

Paula_Image_9Tighter integration also enables ViPR virtual pools to be automatically mapped to ViPR SRM service levels for streamlined chargeback reporting within ViPR SRM.



And There’s Even More…..
There are so many new features in this release it’s difficult to cover them all - such as the:

  • New SolutionPacks for IBM AIX VIO and Microsoft SQL Server
  • New Administration user interface to streamline the customization of Service Levels
  • MPIO statistics added for Windows and Linux Servers
  • Updates to existing SolutionPacks to support Brocade virtual fabrics, VMware Resource Pools and NetApp Qtree reports
  • Array and ESX Server Workload Distribution heat map reports which identify stressed arrays/ESX Servers at a glance
  • Expanded Situations to Watch reports to highlight alerts as well as compliance and performance issues

As a reminder, if you’d like to learn more about any of the above new features in ViPR SRM 3.5, watch the Rethink Storage webcast on demand for ViPR SRM. Additionally, check out the ViPR online community to learn more about ViPR SRM, ask questions, engage our experts and read the latest product documentation.

Topics: storage resource management, ViPR, VPLEX

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