In my current job I commonly get asked about interoperability. The fear of finding your vendor is not willing to support your setup... that's a serious source of anxiety.
After all.... what every IT professional wants to deliver is certainty. I think it is the number one deliverable that a good IT company should provide its clients.
So how does IBM deliver this certainty? The answer is the SSIC.
SSIC stands for "System Storage Interoperation Center" and it can be found here:
For those who suffer from Google-Induced-Laziness-Syndrome or GILS as I like to call it, you can just google for SSIC. For me its usually the first link:
So let me give you an example of how its done (its even a real one!).
I got asked last week if the following configuration would be supported by IBM:
- Dell Server running Windows 2003
- Qlogic QLE2562 Dual Channel 8Gbps FC PCI Express HBA
- IBM SAN Switch SAN40B-4 (Brocade Silkworm 5100).
- XIV Fibre Channel Disk
So I visited the SSIC and plugged in the variables. So how is it done? All we need to do is follow our noses and select each of the boxes. Take a look at the screen capture below. We started with Enterprise Disk and got 87,354,141 possible configuration results... 87 million! As you can see from the red boxes, we then just follow the selections to cut down the configuration results:
So how many configuration results exist when we hit the end?
I think we have a winner.... we select the Submit button and the summary page opens up.
We can then confirm our selections as per the screen capture below and then export the data as an XLS file.
We now not only have confidence that our configuration is supported.... we have a document to keep as a permanent record.
If your environment has multiple selections you need to work with, you do not need to get so granular in your selections. As long as the Configuration result count is 100 or less, you can export the results.
This will save you running through the SSIC multiple times.