It's a MMC based management tool that makes storage administration in a Microsoft Windows environment easy, almost non-existent. Think about the steps you need to take to create a new LUN drive for that Exchange server or the steps you need to take when setting up clustering. You need to:
- Log on to the storage array management tool to create a new volume and\or new LUN.
- Assign permissions for the host to see the new LUN including configuring the Fibre Channel or iSCSI settings.
- You need to log on to the Windows server to rescan the disks, set alignment, format the drive and assign a drive letter.
- If using clustering you need to prepare the drive for use in cluster manager as a disk resource.
ESI eliminates the need to perform all of these steps manually by automatically completing these tasks for you after collecting some basic information. ESI even integrates with the applications so you can create a Sharepoint site from within the ESI wizard including creating all of the necessary files and database just by answering a few basic questions. I could go on and on about this but a picture is worth a 1000 words so a demo must be worth a million. J Here you go:
Be sure to come to EMC World next week to hear more about ESI and see some live demos or talk to the development team! If you are attending EMC World, be sure to attend the Simplify Storage Provisioning for Your Windows Applications session which will be on Monday May 9th at 5PM and again on Thursday May 12th at 1PM. This session will go into much more detail around ESI including more functionality not covered here and future plans for the tools.
We'll also be demoing the tool at Microsoft TechEd so be sure to come to EMC booth (booth #901) and talk to myself or other EMC Microsoft specialists about how we can continue to simplify the management of your Microsoft environment!