Automated Stand Status Scraper
Original Publication Date: 2005-May-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-May-06
Managed Automated Stand Status Scraper
Automated Stand Status Scraper
A program is disclosed that assists in the management of assets and resources of a large product test environment consisting of multiple hosts, SAN switches, storage devices, and that can be extended to other types of components. Each of these components may be manufactured by different vendors, and can have different interfaces for management. In addition, the components may be in various phases of development, and may have primitive interfaces rather than the more standardized interfaces that end-users are likely to use. MASSS enables a few system users to manage a variety of systems and product test environments simultaneously to support multiple stages of test during the product life cycle.
The program, called Managed Automated Stand Status Scraper, or "MASSS", was created to allow a small number of users to automate the management of large numbers of different test environments simultaneously. The program provides an interface that divides resources up into test stands. These stands can consist of any number of various components logically grouped for organizational purposes. The program allows the user to easily and quickly accomplish tasks such as collecting real time system/application status, level management, system configuration, defect management, and data collection for problem determination on all or any subset of the components in the test stands. In this way, a test engineer can quickly perform many complex tasks on any number of components with the interface. Multiple users can use the interface either locally or from remote locations simultaneously without affecting other users.
These tasks, if done manually, typically take a large numbers of testers to manually verify various levels and status on an assortment of test stand components. The manual process is highly inefficient and requires extensive expertise and time to accomplish repetitive and tedious task of verifying levels on all the components serially. MASSS was created to reduce this activity to a more manageable level by eliminating the component specific expertise and the number of repetitive manual tasks required to be preformed onsite. MASSS allows for accurate remote data collection using a standard interface regardless of the underlying hardware or software on the device. Further this information can be provided in a format readily transferable into product defect documentation requirements.
The architecture of the MASSS application consists of a networked system of a central server and a distributed set of host agents, plus network interface methods that collects and stores information for a test environment. The server utilizes a remote interface to collect the basic information to define test configurations and their components from the user. MASSS then collects detailed information from the components under test and formats it into predefined views. MASSS also allows the user to perform actions such as configuring...