Hands-On Review: Veritas CommandCentral Storage 4.0


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CommandCentral Storage managing summary pane

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SANscreen pinpoints configuration problems: SANscreen shows where proposed changes will violate operational policies and possibly cause a disruption in storage area network service. In this example, the policy on the authorized access path between Host A and Storage 2 has been violated, perhaps due to a failed HBA or Switch 2 reboot.

CommandCentral Storage console
Veritas fronts its software with a first-rate client interface, the CCS console. Accessed via the Web engine, the console is a context-based GUI that uses headers, tabs and hierarchical object views to quickly navigate among various CommandCentral offerings, product features and component attributes.

The managing summary pane (see "CommandCentral Storage managing summary pane") displays alerts for problem resolution, a configurable favorites list for frequently accessed tools and reports, and a main content section with hyperlinks to drill down into storage resource views. Vendor-specific wizards provide assistance for managing, provisioning and securing SAN storage elements.

Links at the top of the display provide access to other CommandCentral offerings, including service, backup and availability. The CommandCentral service option serves as a front end for delivering storage, backup and clustering services to applications and is aligned with Veritas' utility model. The backup and availability links allow management of backup and clustered servers explored by the SAN access layer.

There's also a series of tabs for CCS' major feature areas: managing, reporting and monitoring. Each tab presents content-specific views and tables identifying individual storage resources that can be managed or changed individually or as a defined group.

This was first published in October 2004

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