What can be better than a free tool such as EMC's Storage Integrator (ESI) software? The fact that it continues to get better! Last week, EMC released ESI version 2.1 which includes EMC management packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).
So what is ESI? If you're not familiar with EMC's Storage Integrator software, it is an easy to use wizard based MMC tool that allows you to easily provision EMC storage for a Windows environment.
By answering a few simple questions such as providing a LUN name, selecting a storage pool and choosing a drive letter – ESI will take care of all the tasks associated with creating and mounting the new volume on the EMC array and on the Windows server. What's more, ESI supports creating clustered drives including Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) and virtual servers including Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and XenServer.
ESI not only creates new physical and virtual volumes but it also gives a visual representation of the servers and the storage arrays so you can easily see all of the volumes, drives, paths, LUN details and other important information to quickly get details on the storage infrastructure. And if you're into scripting, no problem since all of the tasks covered in ESI are also available in Powershell cmdlets!
The ability to provide storage provisioning and physical or virtual to storage mapping has resulted in positive feedback from our customers but due to the growing popularity of Microsoft System Center, customers were also asking for a way to receive alerts and reporting in System Center Operations Manager.
With version 2.1, customers can now use SCOM to monitor EMC arrays, receive alerts on EMC logical and physical components and get in-depth details on all of these objects to help improve troubleshooting and managing EMC infrastructure in a Microsoft environment.
EMC's System Center Management Packs work with SCOM 2007 SP1 and SCOM 2012 or SCOM 2012 SP1. With EMC's Management Packs you can receive advanced reporting details on physical and logical components, configure alert notifications on EMC arrays and view topology diagrams of the storage infrastructure.
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