Managing Data is Easier Than Ever with Enhanced DataSphere UI

Managing Data is Easier Than Ever with Enhanced DataSphere UI

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DataSphere intelligently automates data management across heterogeneous storage types. This makes life much easier for application and business owners, as well as storage administrators. The recently announced 2.0 release of DataSphere introduces many enhancements that improve the visibility and manageability of data and storage resources across the enterprise and into the cloud. Let’s take a closer look at key enhancements to the DataSphere 2.0 user interface.

Manage Better through Metadata

DataSphere collects metadata about files and storage usage within the global namespace, so that enterprise data can be aligned to IT-defined objectives. When data falls out of alignment with objectives, DataSphere moves it as needed to restore alignment.

The 2.0 DataSphere dashboard now shows information about data is aligned to objectives. Below is an example screenshot:

Figure 1 – DataSphere analyzes metadata to deliver IT visibility of application and store alignment.

The screenshot above shows IT the following information:

  • Volumes Exceeding Thresholds. IT can see instantly whether DataSphere needs additional performance or capacity, or when consumption is nearing thresholds. It’s important to note that DataSphere delivers this information to admins through alerts and notifications, as well.
  • Mobility Bandwidth. DataSphere includes a time history of the bandwidth that data movement consumes. This helps admins identify if network congestions is contributing to data mobility issues.
  • File Alignment. Shows the administrator how many files are meeting their performance, protection, and price objectives.
  • Current Mobility Reasons. Shows the reasons DataSphere has moved data. For example, if a storage device becomes unavailable, DataSphere might copy data to restore alignment with availability objectives. The Protection column here would show this increase in data mobility. Importantly, admins would have also received a notification that the device became unavailable, but the dashboard makes it easy to see exactly how an event is affecting the enterprise.

Quickly Get Where You Need to Be

The 2.0 release adds object links to make it easy for admins to navigate the UI. For example, the File Alignment section described above showed that 376 files were out of alignment with their objectives. Admins can now click the red section to view these files in further detail.

Figure 2 – Admins can click in graphs and other objects to navigate through the UI quickly.

Use Existing Objectives as Templates for New Ones

Many objectives that IT creates might differ in only one or two ways. For example, two performance objectives might be the same in every way, except IOPS requirement drops from 1,000 IOPS to 100 IOPS. Admins can now create new objectives from existing ones, so that creating the new one only requires the admin to change just the IOPS parameter on the new objective, as opposed to creating a new one from scratch.

Clearing the Cloud with File-Level Visibility

Since DataSphere saves data to the cloud as files, IT can maintain visibility and control of their data as files. File-level granularity also keeps costs down since by avoiding the need to pay to rehydrate an entire LUN from the cloud if the data becomes hot again.

DataSphere gives enterprises unprecedented visibility and control over data across heterogeneous storage types, including flash, shared, and cloud storage. The 2.0 release of DataSphere makes managing data easier than ever before. Interested in learning more? Connect with us at to schedule a meeting or a demo.

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