Ensure Best-Practice Alignment forEMC CLARiiON / VNX

You’ve surely invested a great deal of time and money in your EMC CLARiiON/VNX environment and carefully designed and implemented redundancy, availability and data protection. But what guarantees that your storage service will always deliver the required level of availability and efficiency that you expect?

It is difficult to maintain a configuration that is always aligned with vendor best-practices, and even harder to ensure that changes in other IT layers are well aligned with your EMC CLARIION/VNX storage array configuration. Unfortunately, even a minor gap between storage, compute and networking can put an entire business application at risk.

EMC CLARiiON/VNX Configuration Analysis

A well-designed foundation is where it all starts or ends as the slightest misconfiguration can affect hundreds of servers and cause service or data loss issues. AvailabilityGuard automatically detects EMC VNX storage arrays and their configuration, including:

  • Model, revision, memory, Software packages, etc.
  • Storage Processors (SP) and ports
  • RAID group, Disk and LUN configuration
  • Storage groups and masking configuration
  • Replication and Point in Time copies (dependencies, state, etc.) – MirrorView, Snap, Clone, SANCopy
  • Consistency groups, Snapshot session, SANcopy session

The above information is correlated to other configuration data obtained by scanning servers, databases, virtualization, and more. This includes:

  • Host configuration, Fibre Channel Adapter configuration, LVM and filesystem configuration, and more
  • IO multipath tools (Native MPIO, PowerPath, Veritas DMP, Microsoft MPIO and many others)
  • SAN switches configuration, zoning configuration
  • Database configuration
  • End to end data path visibility (e.g. DATABASE ⇒ FILE SYSTEM ⇒ VM ⇒ ESX VMFS/RDM ⇒ HBA ⇒ SAN SWITCHES ⇒ ARRAY PORT ⇒ LUN)

EMC CLARiiON/VNX Configuration Vulnerabilities

AvailabilityGuard performs EMC CLARIION/VNX log analysis and checks for configuration issues or best-practice violations. Here are a few examples:

  • Host access to EMC LUNs – single point of failure detection
  • Cluster data access risks (e.g., standby does not see all shared disks, has reduced bandwidth, etc.)
  • Detect data access risks (e.g., dead paths, sub-optimal multi-pathing policies, potential tampering, failover mode, and more)
  • Detect storage alignment issues (e.g., database files, VMware VMFS, etc.)
  • Incorrect masking configuration
  • Identify cross-array configuration errors (e.g., LVM objects striped across multiple arrays; mirrored LVs kept on a single array, inappropriate consistency configuration and more)
  • Incorrect VMware SRM protection group configuration for EMC VNX

EMC CLARiiON/VNX Replication Considerations

AvailabilityGuard provides deep analysis of replication and mirroring, including MirrorView, Clone, Snap, SANCopy, RecoverPoint and VPLEX. A few key checks are listed below – see more info on appropriate solution pages.

  • Detect partial replication
  • Detect potentially inconsistent replication
  • Incorrect or incomplete consistency group definition
  • Detect RPO and retention violations
  • Incorrect alignment to replicated storage (e.g., database data and log on same volume)
  • Detect redundant / old replicas
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