Sun StorEdge Management Portal
By pmonday on Sep 17, 2005
Storage management and storage environments are natural places to leverage enterprise application integration techniques. Storage networks are inherently complex in nature, there can be hundreds of storage elements with dozens of applications to help manage the overall environment. One approach to managing the environment is to build a single application that normalizes the operations across the heterogeneous environment. The result is an application that aids in day to day management and can often orchestrate large sets of elements. Sun's StorEdge Operations Manager takes this approach, and its a good approach. The Sun StorEdge Management Portal takes an alternative approach to bringing a storage environment together. Rather than create a new environment that manages all storage elements from a single pane of glass, the Sun StorEdge Management Portal acknowledges the multiple applications that reside within the storage network (including StorEdge Operations Manager). The portal environment ties telemetry from devices together with live information from the Internet in an "at a glance" format. When a storage administrator sees something of interest, they launch the application that services the storage element to take action. For example, one of the management portal's portlets displays the available capacities of all storage pools from all StorEdge 6920 systems in the storage network. At the portal tier, the administrator can locate a storage pool on one of their 6920s with the appropriate capacity and with the appropriate attributes (RAID, spindles, etc...). With a simple click, the element manager for the StorEdge 6920 with the appropriate storage pool is launched to the proper location in a StorEdge 6920 element manager to carve the LUN. Cool. The idea is simple. Leverage the investment in the existing software. Integrate the information from the storage network. Let administrators personalize their environment to make it more effective for them. Sun's software makes it all possible. We use Sun's Java System Portal Server as a user interface tier, and other software from the Java Enterprise System to build out the integration tiers. The content and presentation within the portal leverages standards (JSR-168, SMI-S, HTTP, RSS, and more). Take a look if you want, here's a link to the Getting Started Guide chapter for ESM Base Applications 4.0 that describes the portal. I'm excited, obviously...some days I love working for a company that has technology that encompasses every second of the lifecycle of data (from data origination on a phone to sticking the data into a salt mine).