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Customers want simplicity of management


Many customers choose XtremIO because if simplifies management. Even for databases administrators not having to configure storage for performance eliminates a big set of complexities. The new challenge is managing the fast growing all-flash storage in the datacenter to keep management flat. The new XtremIO 4.0 has enabled multi-array management of up to eight XtremIO clusters through a single XMS.

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Figure 1: Up to 8 clustered managed by a single XMS

 

In this blog I’ll explore how multi-cluster management using a single pane of glass benefits administrators.

 

Multiple Clusters View

 

In XtremIO v4.0, the GUI supports both multiple clusters in a single view. In Figure 2 shown is the All Clusters dashboard view. Here we can view specific clusters’ key metrics on the left in the Storage pane, and aggregated performance and history views on the right. Navigation bar can be used to find a cluster and to navigate between a specific cluster and between all clusters view as shown in Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Clusters can be selected in the left hand column

 

Inventory View

 

From the menu bar, the Inventory icon is to be clicked (as shown highlighted in Figure 2) to display the Inventory workspace. This workspace takes the place of the Hardware workspace in earlier versions of the XtremIO GUI. With the All Clusters tab selected, we can see a list of all the hardware elements in the managed clusters. To view the hardware elements of a particular cluster, the cluster’s tab needs to be selected on the navigation bar. Once a particular cluster has been selected, we can toggle between the Inventory List and the Graphical View as seen in Figure 3.

 

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Figure 3: Inventory in the left hand column

 

Please note: we substituted the icons in this picture to quickly show the list in the Inventory view. Actual icons in the XtremIO GUI will be different.

 

Tags

 

The Configuration workspace has been redesigned to accommodate multi-cluster management and to leverage the tags feature in XtremIO v4.0 as shown in Figure 4.

 

 

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Figure 4: Use tags to simplify storage management

 

The tagging operation work in 3 stages:-

 

  1. Create/Add  volumes (as shown in Figure 5)
  2. Create Tag (as shown in Figure 6)
  3. Map volumes to Hyper – V Arrays.
    • Initiator groups are added and tagged.

 

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Figure 5: Create Volume Screen

 

 

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Figure 6: Create Tag Interface

 

In Summary, XtremIO 4.0 helps us to manage multiple clusters with the following benefits:-

  • Allows a single XMS to manage up to eight clusters.
  • Allows a seamless management of a multi-cluster XtremIO environment by GUI ,CLI mode.
  • Allows monitoring/viewing of various cluster components along with its hardware components like X-Bricks, Storage Controllers, SSDs etc.
  • Allows creating Tags for better manageability and connectivity between  hyper-V array and the volume (created under tags).

 

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EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c - Part II


XtremIO All-Flash-Array Platform




The EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c consists of several components that work together to collect configuration and performance data from both database servers and EMC storage systems.  The plug-in collects metrics from EMC storage systems in different ways based on the optimum connection method.

 

 

For EMC XtremIO, the plug-in uses the XtremIO REST API running on the XtremIO Management Station (XMS) to collect performance information.  The EMC Storage Plug-in collects data from the EMC XtremIO storage through the storage’s local EMC XtremIO Management Server (XMS), as shown in Figure 1. Using XMS’s powerful REST API, the EMC XtremIO Storage target collects storage monitoring metrics and relays the data back to the Oracle Management Agent (OMA) where it is processed through OEM.

 

 

Figure 1  XtremIO metric collection architecture

 

 

The EMC Storage Home target includes a Home page and a Configuration page. The EMC Home page contains a few features, as shown in Figure 2.

 

Figure 2 EMC Home page

 

  • In the Storage pane (1), use the menus above the graphs to select a metric to display in the graphs. Select a time period of Last Day, Last Week, or Last Month.
  • In the Database Storage pane, select a target row to display metrics in the graphs.
  • Multiple database storage targets can be graphed simultaneously.

            In the Graph column (2), select the checkbox to display graph details in the Storage pane.         

            In the Database column (3), click the link to go to the Oracle database target.         

            In the Storage column (4), click the link to go to the EMC database storage target.

  • In the Array pane, in the Storage Array column (5), click the link to go to the storage target.

 

The EMC Database Storage page displays information about the Oracle database and the storage used by the database. The page includes a few panes and features such as the hierarchy pane, the storage pane, the database pane, the incidents and problems pane, as shown in Figure 3.

 

Figure 3  EMC Database Storage page

 

  • The Hierarchy (1) pane displays the technology stack that is running the database. Click an image or link to go to the corresponding target.
  • In the Storage pane (2), use the menus above the graphs to select a metric to display in the graphs. Select a time period of Last Day, Last Week, or Last Month.
  • The Database pane (3) shows corresponding performance information obtained from the standard Oracle database plug-in. This information is used for comparison to the storage metrics in the Storage pane.
  • The Incidents and Problems (4) pane lists incidents for the Database Storage target, which are also forwarded to the corresponding Oracle Database target.

 

The EMC XtremIO Storage page, as shown in Figure 4, displays performance and configuration metrics on the monitored XtremIO cluster.

  • The Status pane (1) shows XtremIO cluster status, configuration, and efficiency metrics. Use this panel to see high-level information on the XtremIO storage.
  • In the Performance (2) and Response Time Details (3) panes, you can view performance and response time-related metrics in historical graph format. Click the buttons above the graphs at the top of each pane to filter the historical data to the selected time period. Hovering over the graphs will show detailed data points.
  • In the Data Protection Groups pane (5), click a link in the Name column to open the corresponding Data Protection Group.
  • In the Incidents and Problems pane (6) view incidents for the targets.

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Free download and installation guide

You can find the free download and the installation guide at:

EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Product Guide

EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release Notes


Other contents

EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c Product Presentation

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: Configuration

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: Architecture and Installation

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: VNX and XtremIO Support

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: Features and Benefits for XtremIO




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EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c - Part I


Storage Enablement for Oracle DBAs





EMC enables the Oracle DBA to work closely with our storage solutions through the use of a free Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c plug-ins. Installation of the plug-ins is quick and easy with minimal effort by the storage administrator or DBA. Once installed, the EMC plug-in provides a DBA with access to performance metrics, configuration information, alerts, and reports on EMC storage. The EMC plug-in enables a DBA to see both worlds - Database and Storage - so she or she can easily manage and remediate problems. In this overview you will gain insight into the value of the free plug-in available, learn how it is installed, and see some of the new functionality that the plug-in offers.

 

The EMC Storage plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c delivers comprehensive availability, performance, and configuration information for EMC Storage Systems.  By combining a storage system monitoring solution with OEM 12c, customers can significantly reduce both the complexity of environment management and the cost of applications that rely on EMC storage systems and Oracle technologies.

 

Now, application administrators can consolidate environment monitoring information under Oracle Enterprise Manager to perform comprehensive root cause analysis.  Storage and database administrators can perform proactive monitoring of EMC storage systems, identify the impact of storage performance problems on end user services, and better align their efforts with Oracle DBA and business needs.

 

The new (and free!) EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is the next generation of EMC’s storage plug-ins for Oracle Enterprise Manager; it brings new insight to the Oracle DBA who is using EMC storage for their databases environments. While previous versions of the plug-ins were specific to different EMC storage systems, this latest version has been completely re-architected and is designed to work with a wide range of EMC storage system platforms including:

 

  • VMAX & VMAX3
  • VNX Block and File
  • XtremIO
  • VCE Vblock

 

 

The EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c consists of several components that work together to collect configuration and performance data from both database servers and EMC storage systems. The plug-in collects metrics from EMC storage systems in different ways based on the storage platform being used.

 

Bridging the gap between DBAs & Storage Administrators

 

In recent years, administrators that manage databases and storage systems have used separate tools to perform domain-specific tasks.  However, these management tools are limited in that they are not able to provide information or perform tasks that cross- administrative domains.

 

The EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c has been specifically designed to help storage administrators and database administrators collaborate on tasks such as capacity planning, performance root cause analysis, and optimization of storage configurations for databases.

 

 

It also automatically collects a comprehensive set of availability and performance metrics enabling administrators to quickly review any issues that exist, according to their specific operational requirements.

 

Over 50 Out-of-box reports for DBAs

 

Visibility into the current usage and growth of an Oracle database is crucial for administrators.  Because of this, the EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c provides out-of-the-box, storage utilization reports for all databases that are currently hosted on an EMC storage system.

 

The EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c is designed for cross-platform hosts; thus, administrators can get a single view of storage usage for multiple databases - both single instance and Real Application Clusters (RAC) -regardless of the operating system being used on the hosts upon which Oracle databases are running.

 

 

 

Key benefits of the storage plu-ins

 

Empower The DBA: Deliver EMC storage related performance, health, and availability metrics to the DBA through OEM without needing storage administrator assistance.

 

Faster Problem Identification & Resolution: Easy, intuitive relationship mapping between EMC storage, Oracle databases and associated hosts greatly reduce troubleshooting times and simplify security and compliance management.

 

Shift From Reactive To Proactive Management: On-demand & scheduled Publisher Reports provide current and historical metric analysis to identify trends and develop proactive solutions for greater management efficiency

 

VCE Vblock: Integraed Systems

 

The Vblock Systems are innovative converged infrastructures comprising VMware virtualization, Cisco compute, and EMC storage. The Vblock 540 System is ideal for applications that demand the lowest latencies, like databases as it using XtremIO all flash arrays. Operationally, the VCE Vision plug-in provides more information as it is reporting on a converged infrastructure with compute, network, and storage.

 

 

 

As you can see in the picture above the home page gives a brief summary of each area of the Vblock System. Under each area is a status and link to the respective page and to the right is listed the status of individual components. For example, Compute has a status of “Critical” and both Fabric Interconnects (switch-A and switch 4) show a red status. Using this plug-in the DBA can easily investigate all layers of the Vblock System reducing the time spent on management and remediation. If you are using the Vblock Systems for your Oracle databases download the free VCE plug-in here:

 

VCE VISION PLUG-IN FOR ORACLE ENTERPRISE MANAGER

 

In the next a few blogs I will introduce in detail on how EMC storage plug-in for OEM 12c works on EMC storage platforms of VMAX & VMAX3, VNX Block and File and XtremIO.

 

Free download and installation guide

You can find the free download and the installation guide at:

EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Product Guide

EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release Notes


Other contents

EMC Storage Plug-in for OEM 12c Product Presentation

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: Configuration

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: Architecture and Installation

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: VNX and XtremIO Support

Video: EMC Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c: Features and Benefits for XtremIO


 


 

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