Before you start
This tutorial is recommended for system administrators who want to configure and use the self-optimizing features provided by IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager Version 1.2 and later with Enterprise Storage Subsystem (ESS). To get the most from this tutorial, it is recommended that you have some experience with configuring ESS machines for Logical unit (LUN) provisioning.
A 30 day trial version of IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager can be downloaded from http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-resource-mgr/
With applications and data consuming large amounts of space, storage administrators spend an increasing amount of time allocating new storage. Tivoli Storage Resource Manager and ESS deliver self-optimizing capabilities with their LUN provisioning capabilities, which can extend file systems and provision LUNs as new storage is needed. With this automation in place, the intent is for storage admin staff to spend less time allocating storage and more time actively managing storage. This tutorial describes the automation options offered by ESS and IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager.