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HPE Smart Fabric Orchestrator: Removing complexity with data center automation and orchestration

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By minimizing the amount of time for diagnostics, monitoring and orchestration of your storage network with fine-grain visibility, HPE Smart Fabric Orchestrator helps ensure increased SAN resiliency. Learn more about how it works.

HPE Smart Fabric Orchstrator_blog2.jpgStorage networks are indeed an ensemble of different components from potentially different vendors and governed by diverse protocols. The architecture of enterprise infrastructure has created networks which don’t easily connect. As a result, enterprise IT professionals spend a lot of time planning and performing any upgrades or migrations. The heightened complexity can be attributed to lack of visualizing the network components as single end-to-end storage solution.

There is one way you can simplify how you manage your storage network: HPE Smart Fabric Orchestrator. We developed Smart Fabric Orchestrator to accelerate the process of configuring, monitoring and managing different types of SAN fabrics in different configurations—all through a single dashboard that is feature rich.Blog Figure 1 SFO Features .pngHow HPE Smart Fabric Orchestrator works

Smart Fabric Orchestrator takes a software-defined approach to managing storage networking that eliminates error-prone processes, while providing greater functionality and better security.

The dashboard summarizes strategic data for your storage network to visualize critical information at a glance. Not only does Smart Fabric Orchestrator enhance management of existing devices but it also eases configuration of new devices through templates that let you create custom blueprints. These blueprints define various protocols that can be enabled on a switch, port or fabric by a click of a button, followed by a series of commands for each element’s configuration. This reduces the chances of misconfigurations and saving time. The status of template applications can be checked through the fabric reports which can also help to identify any complaint element existing in the topology.

The HPE Smart Fabric Orchestrator validates the integrity, interoperability and compliance of HPE storage, servers and network fabric infrastructures before or during deployment, eliminating human errors during any configurations update or adding new devices. The pre-upgrade check option verifies and reports what components in your SAN need an update to meet the specified version requirement, further assisting in keeping the SAN and fabric infrastructure in ideal health by making informed decisions with better supportability and predictability. The Single Point of Connectivity Knowledge (SPOCK) checks are done against the HPE SPOCK database file currently installed in the Smart Fabric Orchestrator. Checks are easy, with simple mouse-hover color indicators for the components.

Greater SAN rBlog Figure 2 SAN self-healing .pngesiliency

Using HPE Smart Fabric Orchestrator, administrators can monitor various parameters end to end to make informed decisions based on alerts with other fabric services to remedy a situation.

This offers an easy way for you to be alerted about storage networking issues. It also lets you build on the basic diagnostic-ready fabric capabilities with advanced diagnostic assessments to monitor and quickly identify states of physical ports for root cause analysis, failure impact assessment and self-healing for improved performance. The result? increased SAN resiliency and simplified storage network management.

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Sukhmani Kahlon_HPE.jpgMeet Around the Storage Block blogger Sukhmani Kahlon, Product Management, HPE Storage Networking. Sukhmani is an Associate Product Manager at HPE’s storage business group, managing software solutions for storage network orchestration.

 

 


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