So you need a Report?

Information is power and knowledge is everything; this we all understand. However, they are not the same thing. Ergo, “information is not knowledge”, as Einstein once said.

EMC is made up of many products and each has its place in the customer ecosystem. Each has its own special function, though in places products overlap. One of these is in Reporting. We all can define reporting in our own context but for this exercise let us define it as “actionable information collected and presented on historical content”. We are not talking about monitoring, alerting or notifications.

re·port

  • a story in a newspaper or on radio or television that is about something that happened or that gives information about something

Within the EMC ecosystem, each product line generates specific reports regarding the system state, past actions and occurrences. However, with the evolution of the data center and the advent of converged and hyper-converged systems, these tools begin to fall short in providing a comprehensive view into the infrastructure.

In the past, most reports were generated for upper management to display the health of the business. The storage, network, server, or backup admin would, upon the request of a manager, generate a report for the manager to bring to the business owners. Management would use the data in the report to help make high-level decisions. This created a market need that was filled by a myriad of software solutions designed for the presentation layer as well as the infrastructure layer, e.g. TIBCO.

With the industry moving towards CI, Hyper CI and Big Data Analytics, we have an opportunity to drive greater insights, efficiencies and intelligence by aggregating and evolving many of the tools we provide today. Consider a reporting tool that has the ability to correlate and report against and entire line of business, including but not limited to:

  • Primary storage usage and efficiencies as they pertain to the applications running and the business’s SLAs
  • Secondary near-line storage
  • Cloud storage
  • Data protection
  • Networks
  • Servers
  • Mobile devices

EMC provides a solution for each of these today but wouldn’t it be nice if they all worked better together? Customers have too many tools for reporting that do close to the same thing. EMC has too many tools for reporting that do close to the same thing! It causes confusion and introduces complication to our customers’ environments. Converged Infrastructure isn’t just about tying together data path and control path. Convergence begins with visibility and reporting. Of course, that also means changing how we target the reports for the audience… but we’ll save that for next time.

Steven Weller @stvnwllr

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