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Logical View of Storage For Ease Of Configuration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130351D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 152K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention provides a logical view of storage for ease of configuration.

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Logical View of Storage For Ease Of Configuration

What is the problem?

    The customer cannot visualize their overall logical configuration of their storage. For example, how their storage pools relate to each other as far as capacity, free space, number of volumes, sizes of those volumes, RAID type, and storage type. Known solutions are PowerQuest Partition Magic. The limitation of the known solution is that it doesn't apply specifically to RAID storage and it doesn't provide filtering tools. It doesn't show you extent pools and volumes within the extent pool. The current solutions require a complex process for configuring extent pools.

Brief solution

    Provides a logical view of storage so the user can see an overall picture of their logical configuration that the user can interact with.

    Provides a simplified interface for users to logically configure their extent pools. It inherently builds in contextual information so users can see the consequences of their decisions. Greatly reduces the number of steps required to create arrays, ranks and extent pools.

Long description

    We represent the logical view of storage, by showing storage pools as horizontal bars. The length of the bar represents the capacity of the storage pool. The border around the bar represents the RAID level and the tint represents the storage type. Within each bar are a series of vertical rectangles, representing volumes. The width of the volume represents the capacity. Textured area represents unused storage. There are two interactive handles beneath the bars to set properties of the storage pool, such as threshold and reserved storage. There are controls for the user to select and filter by parameters of storage pools, volumes, and volume groups. Selecting would highlight objects, such as volumes or entire storage pools. Filtering would display only the objects based on their query, hiding the objects that are not relevant to the filter. The user can select storage pools or volumes and perform actions or view properties on these logical objects.

    The simplified interface fo...