Evolution of storage management: Transforming raw data into information

Sandeep Gopisetty, Sandip Agarwala, Eric Butler, Divyesh Jadav, Stefan Jaquet, Madhukar Korupolu, Ramani Routray, Prasenjit Sarkar, Aameek Singh, Miriam Sivan-Zimet, Chung Hao Tan, Sandeep Uttamchandani, David Merbach, Sumant Padbidri, Andreas Dieberger, Eben M. Haber, Eser Kandogan, Cheryl A. Kieliszewski, Dakshi Agrawal, Murthy DevarakondaKang Won Lee, Kostas Magoutis, Dinesh C. Verma, Norbert G. Vogl

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Exponential growth in storage requirements and an inereasing number of heterogeneous devices and application policies are making enterprise storage management a nightmare for administrators. Baek-of-the-envelope calculations, rules of thumb, and manual correlation of individual device data are too error prone for the day-to-day administrative tasks of resource provisioning, problem determination, performance management, and impact analysis. Storage management tools have evolved over the past several years from standardizing the data reported by storage subsystems to providing intelligent planners. In this paper, we describe that evolution in the context of the IBM Total Storage® Productivity Center (TPC) - a suite of tools to assist administrators in the day-to-day tasks of monitoring, configuring, provisioning, managing change, analyzing configuration, managing performance, and determining problems. We describe our ongoing research to develop ways to simplify and automate these tasks by applying advanced analytics on the performance statistics and raw configuration and event data collected by TPC using the popular Storage Management Initiative-Specification (SMI-S). In addition, we provide details of SMART (storage management analytics and reasoning technology) as a library that provides a collection of data-aggregation functions and optimization algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalIBM Journal of Research and Development
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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