2 IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center: The Next Generation
1.1 What is IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center?
IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center is an integrated set of software components that
provides end-to-end storage management, from the host and application to the target storage
device in a heterogeneous platform environment. This software offering provides disk and
tape library configuration and management, performance management, SAN fabric
management and configuration, and host-centered usage reporting and monitoring from the
perspective of the database application or file system. IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center:
Simplifies the management of storage infrastructures.
Manages, configures, and provisions SAN-attached storage.
Monitors and tracks performance of SAN-attached devices.
Monitors, manages, and controls (through zones) SAN fabric components.
Manages the capacity utilization and availability of file systems and databases.
TotalStorage Productivity Center V3.1 is an integrated storage infrastructure management
solution that simplifies, automates and optimizes the management of storage devices,
storage networks and capacity utilization of file systems and databases. It helps you manage
the capacity utilization of file systems and databases and automate file system capacity
provisioning, perform device configuration and management of multiple devices from a single
user interface, tune and proactively manage the performance of storage devices on the SAN
and manage, monitor and control your SAN fabric.
TotalStorage Productivity Center V3.1 provides a single management platform that allows you
to centralize how you manage your storage infrastructure. By providing an integrated suite
with management modules focused on various aspects of the storage infrastructure,
TotalStorage Productivity Center delivers the capability to do role based administration,
single sign-on and a single management server and repository. The central console provides
a centralized place to monitor, plan, configure, report and do problem determination on the
SAN fabric, storage arrays and storage capacity.
1.1.1 TotalStorage Productivity Center structure
In this section, we look at the TotalStorage Productivity Center structure from the logical and
The logical structure of TotalStorage Productivity Center V3.1 has three layers, as shown in
Figure 1-1 on page 3.
The infrastructure layer consists of basic function such as messaging, scheduling, logging,
device discovery, and a consolidated database shared by all components of TotalStorage
Productivity to ensure consistent operation and performance.
The application layer consists of core TotalStorage Productivity Center management
functions, based on the infrastructure implementation, that provide different disciplines of
storage or data management. These application components are most often associated with
the product components that make up the product suite, such as fabric management, disk
management, replication management and data management.
The interface layer presents integration points for the products that make up the suite. The
integrated graphical user interface (GUI) brings together product and component functions
into a single representation that seamlessly interacts with the components to centralize the
tasks for planning, monitoring, configuring, reporting, topology viewing, and problem