I know HP has a SANScan tool to collect the SAN information and draw the diagram automatically. But it's only for their environment.
I think there must be some tools available for my environment here. Could you please recommend?
One tool that I like is a tool from Computer Associates, called BrightStor SAN Designer. This solution integrates seamlessly with Visio. There is a discovery phase and planning phase, which provides the ability to discover the SAN and then plan updates. In addition, the tool has a rules base that can be leveraged from best practices for setup and configuration of complex SAN environments. These rules were written in conjunction with the SAN hardware and software vendors and are updated regularly. There are also a variety of SAN management products including:
- Veritas CommandCentral Storage
- McData SANavigator
Each of these products does active discovery and management of the environment, providing not just a visual map, but eventing and alerting, as well as some built-in policy management. In addition, many of these offerings do active management and provisioning, including LUN provisioning and zoning. These tools integrate into the large enterprise management system so there is a single window onto the overall IT environment. I would suggest contacting these vendors and arranging for reviews after you after done some homework to list out your specific requirements and goals in purchasing this type of software.
This was first published in August 2004