The other day I noticed an auto license plate in a parking lot with the word "MOBILE" across it. Clearly, the owner of the car wanted to let the world know he/she was "MOBILE". That got me thinking about the message of the plate. Was the message about the being physically mobile in the new car? Did he/she have the latest mobile smartphone, smartpad, or smartest decoder ring? Did the owner sell mobile devices or develop mobile apps? What ever the message was it was cloudy at best and I decided that I wouldn't spend the extra 50 dollars a year for a specialized license plate.
We used to need cars to drive all over town to buy things and now we use our mobile devices to shop all over the world with getting in our car. That is real progress.
In the world or storage I consider my physical mobility in relationship to my business storage. For years we have been able to leave the office and do our jobs as long as we could connect to the Internet. Even the storage world is becoming more mobile in terms of giving us more freedom to access and monitor our storage. Here are three IBM Storage related mobile apps that may be helpful to those who are continually looking for ways to manage their storage while becoming more mobile.
The free Quick Reference for IBM System Storage mobile app, now available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, is designed to let you easily access the latest storage product information, success stories and Storage experts. Here is the link to the itunes preview for the IBM System Storage app.
The icon for the app is on the right sidebar on the IBM webpage. Here is an quick (only one minute) informative introduction video to the IBM XIV mobile app "XIV on the go".
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard is a free application that provides basic monitoring capabilities for IBM storage systems. Storage administrators can securely check the health and performance status of their IBM Storage systems by viewing events as well as real time performance metrics.
Supported storage platforms:
• IBM Storwize V7000/V7000 Unified
• IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
• IBM Storwize V5000, V3700, V3500
• IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC)
• IBM FlashSystem
• IBM XIV Storage System
You can watch the demo of live storage devices or connect to your own systems and be mobile. Here are iPhone screen shots of some of the types of information available from the Storage Mobile Dashboard. The numbers in the red circles identify how many alerts there are on that device. Tap the number and it will show you the alerts.
Only one car in Arizona can have MOBILE on their license plate but all of us can be mobile and now that includes our storage.