Since our October 2018 client roundtable, our development team has been hard at work to bring you the added functionally we promised.

VSI OneView, which includes the Cloud and File support you ask for, will be available to all users on July 1,2019. In this latest release of Visual Storage Intelligence you can expect to see the following.

Hybrid Cloud Support

Added support for internal and external cloud reporting. The total picture of what and how storage is being used and the trends for all storage usage by an enterprise can be tracked and reported on from a single pane of glass.

Unstructured Data Management

Ability to track unstructured data capacity and performance at an overall level (by array and storage pool) but also the ability to see inside each directory and report/track the space consumption by:

  1. Age of last access
  2. Type of data
  3. Ownership
  4. File sizes

This enables users to see and make storage decisions. This includes the ability to specify rules and auto generate the names of the files that meet the specific rules to be used for data movement or deletion based on the desires of the enterprise. This allows customers to maximize storage efficiency while also providing deep analysis on any individual file , or set of files across your entire enterprise – all within the ability of a single tool.

See file analytics for more information.

Multi-Tier Storage Support

This support includes allowing classification of each cloud account and to track “type of storage “ (high performance or high capacity) and usage by tier of storage – whether there are multiple tiers in a single cloud account or a single tier – all usage by tier is tracked within your cloud environments and integrated with the data from on-premise storage to provide a complete picture of what and how storage is being used as well as the trends by each of the tiers ands accounts over time.

Utility Model Capacity Planning

The utility model capacity planning and forecasting feature uses a model much like that used by electric companies.  It takes all the data across all storage arrays by business unit and aggregates this data into a single set of data and then forecasts trends over time based on organic and future projects.  The complex part of this model is for those using host based (vm or physical hosts) is to eliminate all duplicate storage being used by multiple hosts as part of a cluster.  VSI provides this model to assist in the mapping of IT requirements’ to planned business objectives/needs.

Backup Support 

Currently we support Spectrum Protect and Avamar in VSI, and plan to add additional backup products going forward.

The logic behind adding backup products is that most storage analysis will show storage allocated to the backup server. But, that is not the real picture, that storage isn’t being used by the backup server (not all of it anyway). The storage is being used by the hosts the backup server is protecting. VSI seeks to provide total visibility into the storage a host is using. Adding support for storage products allows the customer to see the space used by the server directly, snapshots and replication, and all the backup data on both disk and tape.

When combined with business unit definitions, this allows show-back to business a more accurate picture of storage usage in the environment.