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Method and System for Monitoring Environment Conditions of a Storage System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235844D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 270K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for monitoring environment conditions of a storage system. The method and system monitors environmental conditions in a storage system by integrating a variety of sensors at different internal locations in the storage system. The method and system enables a system administrator to take preventive measures by alerting the system administrator about defects in the storage system.

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Method and System for Monitoring Environment Conditions of a Storage System

Disclosed is a method and system for monitoring environment conditions of a storage system. The method and system utilizes humidity sensors and temperature sensors to obtain information that enables maintenance of optimum environmental conditions in the storage system.

The method and system protects a storage system from external environmental influences by integrating a variety of sensors such as, but not limited to, vibration sensors, temperature sensors, gas sensors, sound sensors and corrosion sensors on specific internal location of the storage system. Each sensor consists of an Analog to Digital (AD) converter and some interpretation logic. Integrated sensors transfer interpreted digital information to a management module. The method and system alerts a system administrator and initiates a call home to a supplier by monitoring the integrated sensors and controlling threshold. Thus, the method and system enables the system administrator and the supplier to take preventive actions to protect the storage system for further customer impact event's (CIE's).

Fig. 1 illustrates an XIV* storage system as an example with a plurality of modules that are positioned within a stack of the XIV storage system.

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The XIV system contains 15 individual data modules (the upper 15 modules ), where each data module contains 12 disk drives, 8 GB of memory and several electronic components like CPU, host adapters and electronic boards. In each module (shown in fig. 2 and fig. 3) the individual sensors are placed on a specific location of the module depending on the sensor type as shown in the following figures.

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As shown in fig. 2, the red arrow indicates a position of a vibration sensor behind a Disk Drive Module (DDM).

The vibration sensor is placed behind the DDM to detect vibrations close to the DDM. The vibration sensor detects both internal generated vibrations generated by either a ventilator or a defective DDM and external environment vibrations. For example the vibration sensors are integrated in each storage system module. Here, either all the vibration sensors or only a single vibration sensor within one module detect a vibration. The vibration sensors also differentiate between external vibrations and internal v...