GUI vs CLI - Sharing the Love
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Storage IT offers up many choices, some of which provoke argument so heated, you could almost describe the adherents as religious. I think you might know the sort of arguments I am talking about:
OK.... so maybe that last one isn't quite in the same league. But it is still fascinating to see the variation in usage patterns from sites where every command (of any description) is run via a command line interface (a CLI), to sites where the CLI is viewed with either great fear... or even greater distaste. There are those who view the CLI as... well... so 1970s.....
But the reality is that the CLI will always be with us for one principal reason: scripting. If you cannot script it, you cannot automate it (well actually thats not true, but stick with me here, I am on a roll). Every single major implementation I have ever done (whether it be SVC, XIV, DS8000), I have automated with scripting. I regularly use the
So its pleasing to see that all of our products are working towards making the scripters life even easier. For example the XIV has offered a command log in the GUI for some time. I blogged about it here. You simply do a command once in the GUI and then consult the log to find the syntax, making scripting very easy:
With last years release of SVC 6.1 and Storwize V7000, we added this level of smarts to those two products as well. Now every command you run in the GUI will offer you the exact CLI command that was used
This weeks announcement of release 6.2 of the SVC and Storwize V7000 firmware, has brought in two more impo
And there are more improvements coming, so as always, watch this space....
.... and please... share with me... are you a GUI... or a CLI person? Whats your reasoning behind your choice?