Using AI in storage management

Besides Meta, Pure Storage’s data platform also includes all-flash array hardware products and software-defined data services.

Apart from Pure Storage, EMC also uses analytics to manage the health, performance and availability of its storage systems.

“Digital transformation and new emerging technologies like IoT have led to the rising demand for flash storage in Hong Kong,” said Man Law (pictured, right), head of systems engineering for Hong Kong and Macau at EMC. “We provide CloudIQ that utilizes AI and cloud to support storage management.”

As a cloud-based SaaS analytics platform, CloudIQ helps storage administrators to monitor and be aware of any potential vulnerabilities with their storage systems. It is available for EMC’s Unity and SC series storage systems for free.

Law said data from EMC’s storage systems globally like configuration, performance and capacity are sent to CloudIQ. It uses near real time intelligence, proactive monitoring and predictive analytics to provide customers with a health score of their storage arrays based on the collected data.

Recommended remediation information is provided to help customers react and resolve issues before they occur. For instance, CloudIQ provides information about whether data compression performance of a storage system may be affected with a non-compliant operating environment, or predict when a storage pool will run out of space.

“Customers can know in detail what is happening in their storage systems via a web-based user console,” said Law.