Last week I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on an XtremIO brick from EMC. These bricks were just released to the general public a couple of weeks ago and before that they were nearly impossible to get your hands on one. I have only had limited exposure to it so far but plan on getting to know it better. That means trying to crush it with different workloads and see how it behaves, until then I thought a walk through of what the management interface for XtremIO looks like would be a good place to start.
The management dashboard is a Java based application, I’m not crazy about Java but I do have to say that it performed pretty responsive. The pages loaded quickly when moving between the different areas and most of the data updates Live so you are not looking at old data.
The dashboard is laid out pretty clear with the main areas shown as icons along the top of the screen. Its very easy to see what your options are and navigate between them. I would say that this layout is carried over and EMC has not muddied it with Unisphere ugliness yet.
In the first image shown below we are looking at the main dashboard screen that you see when logging in. This dashboard gives you different info that lets you know how the brick is performing and its health. On the left side there is capacity information that shows the dedupe ratios and capacity information. The upper right space is showing performance information, the current view is showing the IOPS view, there are other tabs shown below for latency and bandwidth.
The lower two spaces show the health of the brick, the left shows a color view of the health of the unit. While the right shows any alerts for the brick.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design