The IBM Storage Integration Server version 1.5.0 was released on August 27. It can be downloaded from Fix Central
It provides a single server back-end location and enables centralized management of IBM storage resources for different virtualization and cloud platforms.
It includes the following interfaces, available for the XIV Storage System, the DS8000 and Storwize family:
IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA – Improves the ability to monitor and automate storage-related operations on VMware platforms.
- IBM Storage Enhancements for VMware vSphere Web Client – Integrate into the VMware vSphere Web Client platform and enable VMware administrators to independently and centrally manage their storage resources on IBM storage systems.
- IBM Storage Plug-in for VMware vCenter Orchestrator – Allows VMware administrators to include IBM XIV® discovery and provisioning in their vCenter Orchestrator automation workflows.
- IBM Storage Management Pack for VMware vCenter Operations Manager – Allows VMware administrators to obtain comprehensive monitoring information about the IBM XIV resources that are utilized in their virtualized cloud environment.
With the IBM Storage Integration Server, you get a control layer that will fetch the information from XIV, and cache that information. All the repetitive requests, from the VMware components can now be served from that middle tier. All the orchestration and integration is happening through that cached server and it can provide the requested information to the layer above without hammering the XIV (storage port).
Version 1.5 also features an improved server administration GUI.
You can read an overview, see illustrations, as well as learn about the advantages that the new version offers in the IBM RedPaper:
XIV and VMware Synergy with the IBM Storage Integration Server, REDP-5131