IT Operations Management (ITOM)

Q+A on storage analytics and what's new in Storage Operations Manager v10.10

Q+A on storage analytics and what's new in Storage Operations Manager v10.10


Guest post by Kara McMillan, Product Manager for Storage Resource Management at HPE 

We recently presented a webinar on analytics in storage management and HPE Storage Operations Manager (SOM) v10.10 with Vivit, the independent HPE Software community.

You can view the replay of the webinar The Importance of analytics in Storage Management.


Storage analytics can provide amazing insights, here are some examples:

  • Find lost storage
  • Find single points of failure
  • Find thin over provisioned storage both physically and virtually

The webinar covered:

  • The state of the storage market
  • Storage analytics
  • Finding and reclaiming lost storage
  • The additional complexity of virtualized environments
  • We also gave a demonstration of Storage Analytics (which you can view in the replay)

This blog post covers the questions and answers posted during the webinar as well as those we couldn’t get to and answered after the webinar.

Q: Is this demo of version 10.10 or a later version not released yet?

A: This demo is based on SOM 10.10 GA (Generally available, released January 26, 2015)

Q: When will the look and feel of SOM change to have the same look and feel as HPE ALM, HPE Operations Bridge and other HPE software products that have changed the GUI to be consistent with each other?

A: SOM should have the HPE look/feel in an upcoming release, most likely.

Q: For performance metrics, HPE SOM can help you drill down to the spindle of a hard drive.  Does HPE SOM also measure the performance of flash drives since there are some flash drives out there that are faster than those flash drives that came out three years ago?

A: For the arrays that we support performance collection, we can get performance of both hard drives and flash drives

Q: Any concern about customers using the free trial without any assistance?

A: No, we have had many customers install SOM by themselves and quickly. 

Q: Does SOM provide feature parity or feature advantages compared to VMware VROPS?

A: VMWare vCops is a specialized tool for managing VMWare environments. SOM is primarily a Storage Resource Management product and covers both Physical and Virtualized environments.

Q: Is this data real time or generated 1x per day? SOM requires a client running on each storage device.  I'm trying to understand the potential resource impact to each storage device in order to create these metrics/reports. If real time we may have a larger footprint than metrics that are pulled 1x day or even 1x per week....?

A: For Storage system and FC switches, SOM collects data via an agentless mechanism. Almost all Storage Systems come with their proxy (either built into the device firmware or running on a VM/server). We suggest users collect performance data at 15 minute intervals, and with that collection interval we have not heard any complaints. Vendor-provided proxies themselves do not allow the user to collect data at a very minute (very small) interval.

Q: What is the typical number of Storage Arrays that is required to justify the cost investment in SOM?

A:  Typically if you have PetaByte(s) of storage capacity, then you can justify purchasing SOM.

Q: Can you drill into the host file system?

A: SOM collects host file system data; such as used, free and total. However we do not collect details of individual files present in the file system.

Q: Can SOM generate events based on the analytics?

A: Not yet

Q: Does SOM discover the VM environment via Vcenter console? Do all the VMclient machine count towards the port count?

A: SOM can discover a VM environment via vCenter as well as talking to ESXi directly. vCenter is definitely preferable as it simplifies the admin activity. Each VM does consume a MAP license. However, you have the option to monitor only ESX hosts and not VMs. With this, of course, the user will miss many analytics that SOM provides. Needless to say, VM environments are discovered agentlessly in SOM.

Q: Are real time storage performance metrics collected and displayed?

A: SOM does not support real-time performance data collection at this moment. It has been requested by customers, and we are investigating the feasibility.

Q: How much data is retained in the SOM database?

A: SOM keeps about 7 days of capacity data and 2 days of Performance data in the SOM database. However, the instance of Operations Bridge Reporter (OBR) that comes with SOM maintains all the historical data in a Vertica data warehouse.

If you have any questions please put a comment on this post and we'll get back to you.



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About the author: Kara McMillan is the Product Manager of HPE Storage Resource Management solutions.

She has over 15 years of experience in storage resource management software.




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Thanks, very informative!

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