Icing on the Cake
The icing on the cake are the top-notch alerting and monitoring capabilities. I easily set monitored variables ranging from CPU Utilization to Storage Server Latency for each storage node. Then, clicking from Alert Setup Tasks to Set Threshold Actions, I chose how each alert should be issued-to the console or sent via SNMP or e-mail. When I checked e-mail, I was prompted for an address and then clicked OK. I navigated to the Email Server Setup tab to enter SMTP settings for use in sending alerts, but there was no way to authenticate (required on my e-mail server) before sending, so I was unable to fully test this feature.The only unpleasantness that I have to report is that it took tech support more than 48 hours to respond to an e-mail requesting access to the support Website. I think it is fair to say that any company that shells out $30K for storage will want access to the documentation within 48 minutes rather than 48 hours. Although I only tested the HP LeftHand P4300 4.8TB SAS Starter SAN Solution plus one additional storage node, the solution is designed to accommodate more than 100TB across dozens of nodes in multiple locations. It was clear to me that the centralized management console contains more than enough functionality and ease of use to satisfy storage admins responsible for 4.8TB or 48TB. Equally important is the ability to upgrade or repair units within the n-way cluster without sacrificing availability or having to rip, replace and learn a new interface.
Each storage node has a Hardware tab, and from these tabs I could see the status of various hardware components, such as fan, power and temperature. Complete hardware information is provided on a tab by just that name (Complete Hardware Information).