Date: Sat, 25 May 2013 03:24:55 +0200
ESI - EMC Storage Integrator for Windows / Sharepoint
Array Management Tools (Unisphere / Navisphere)
Windows Server Manager
Failover Cluster Manager
ISCSI initiator / FC Switch Management Tools
- Provision, format and present drives to windows server
- Provision new cluster disks and add them to the cluster automatically
- Provision shared CIFS storage and mount it to windows server
- Provision SharePoint storage, sites and databases in a single wizard.
I hope that by now all of you have heard of EMC’s VMware Storage Integrator (VSI). This is EMC’s FREE vCenter plugin that offers the VMware administrator the ability to interact with EMC storage directly from vCenter. If you haven’t heard about it then check out this blog post by my boss Chad Sakacc to learn more.
So back to my original topic, this morning I’ve been reading about a great new product that is currently being work on by EMC to help simplify storage provisioning for Windows administrators. It’s simply called the EMC Storage Integrator (ESI). Right now you would probably have had to contact multiple teams or use the following tools to provision and configure storage to a windows server.
With ESI you can now provision storage as well as conduct some additional application specific functions from one MMC console, simple, easy, delegated self service storage management. Current supported capabilities include the following.
At the moment this tool is currently in beta testing so isn’t widely available just yet. When it does become generally available it will support all EMC storage (VNX, VNXe, VMAX, CX and NS) it will also be FREE in exactly the same way as the EMC VSI tool.
Check out the demo put together by the EMC team responsible, ahhh integration goodness!