Brett Allison of IntelliMagicBrett Allison is the Director of Technical Services. He leads the technical services teams in the Americas that provide pre-sales and post-sales activities and professional services, including IntelliMagic software as a service offerings and consulting. He delights in helping our customers realize value from using IntelliMagic solutions to gain operational efficiencies and reduce risk in their infrastructures. Working with customers and development to drive innovation within the IntelliMagic solutions invigorates him. He is passionate about serving our customers and employees well and is constantly looking for ways to improve in the execution and delivery of our technical services.

Resources created by Brett Allison

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Observability, Availability, Scalability and White Box Analytics

In this blog, we describe what observability means, how it relates to availability, how it impacts scalability and how IntelliMagic Vision fits into the observability landscape.

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Divining Disharmony within Dell EMC Unity

Dell EMC Unity provides some significant improvements over the previous CLARiiON designs. However, as with any platform it still has certain practical limitations.

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Finding Hidden Time Bombs in Your VMware Connectivity

Seeing real end-to-end risks from the VMware guest through the SAN fabric to the Storage LUN is difficult, leading to many SAN Connectivity issues.

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5 Reasons Why All-Flash Arrays Won’t Magically Solve All Your Problems

It may feel like all-flash systems will solve all your performance issues, but the complexity of the entire infrastructure ensures that there are still plenty of problems to run into.

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A Single View: Multi-Vendor SAN Infrastructure Part 1

It’s important to have a solution that is as open and responsive to managing your infrastructure performance as your distributed system itself.

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Breaking Through Hard-To-Diagnose SVC Bottlenecks

Using IntelliMagic Vision, it is possible to quickly discover, diagnose and resolve even the most difficult-to-pinpoint SVC problems.

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Compressing Wisely with IBM Spectrum Virtualize

Data compression in an IBM SVC Spectrum Virtualize environment may help regain capacity, but hidden performance problems can occur if compressible workloads are not first identified.

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Five Activities to Avoid If You Want to Be a Hero

Being consistently proactive with your storage performance and capacity management processes reduces the number of crises.

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Four Steps You Should Take to Identify, Resolve and Prevent IBM SVC Front-End Imbalance

This blog provides you with further options when distributing workloads across the available resources and dedicating replication traffic to specific ports.

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How to Detect and Resolve “State in Doubt” Errors

IntelliMagic Vision helps reduce the visibility gaps and improves availability by providing deep insights, practical drill downs and specialized domain knowledge for your SAN environment.

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IntelliMagic Vision and Splunk: The Best of Both Worlds for your Infrastructure Data Intelligence

Splunk has built-in parsing capabilities that can be applied to a variety of data types, but creating and maintaining your own reports takes a huge amount of effort.

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Platform-Specific Views: Vendor Neutral SAN Monitoring Part 2

Each distributed system platform has unique nuances. It's important for a solution to be capable of getting the detailed performance data capable of supporting vendor-specific architectures.

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SRM: The “Next” As-a-Service

IntelliMagic Vision is used as-a-Service for some of the world’s largest companies, and has been since 2013.

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Shelfware, IT’s version of Home Exercise Equipment

Unused software, or shelfware, is a pervasive problem in enterprise IT as it doesn't take other factors like personnel, processes, and skills into account.

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Storage Management Initiative (SMI) and the Block Services Performance (BSP) sub-profile: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Part 2 “The Bad”

While the technology chosen by the SMI program has significant benefits, it also has challenges.  

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Storage Management Initiative (SMI) and the Block Services Performance (BSP) sub-profile: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Part 3 “The Ugly”

This blog focuses on the Block Services Performance (BSP) Sub-profile.

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The Storage Management Initiative (SMI): the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Part 1 “The Good”

The notion of having a common mechanism to communicate with and report on storage devices is good for both us as a company that provides storage analytics software, and for our customers.

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What Will This New Application Do To My Storage? Part 1

This blog discusses the top five questions application owners should ask when evaluating the impact of a new application to their storage environment.

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What Will This New Application Do To My Storage? Part 2

IntelliMagic Vision is excellent at evaluating the performance health of your storage controllers and assessing how a new workload will impact your storage environment.

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What is your Approach to Storage Performance? Historical or Hysterical?

Pro-active storage performance management ensures sufficient storage resources are present to satisfy demand without impacting service.

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Where art thou, Standards?

This blog discusses how standards enable more efficient IT management and help reduce tools and labor costs.

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Which Workloads Should I Migrate to the Cloud?

The cloud provides an economic model for computing that may work well for some workloads by reducing costs and having end users pay for what they use.

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You Can’t Do Performance Analysis with SMI-S and Other Myths

This blog discusses the myth that SMI-S is not designed for performance management.

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Video

Finding Buffer Credit Issues

Buffer credit issues are typically caused by discrepancies in the I/O workload capabilities of an initiator or target. This video demonstrates how to identify these issues.

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End-to-End Pathing Visualization

In IntelliMagic Vision for SAN 8.14.1 it is now possible to view the topology paths from a volume through the fiber channel SAN to the storage that hosts that volume.

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Visualizing Your Entire Infrastructure with NOC Dashboards

IntelliMagic Vision has the ability to customize dashboards so that NOC analysts can see the entire SAN and Storage infrastructure health in a single view. This short video demonstrates this capability.

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VMware Topology Viewer

IntelliMagic Vision Automatic Correlation allows you to identify all of the paths and any other ESX hosts and VMware guests that share those paths. This is crucial in identifying root cause in virtualized environments.

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End-to-End Storage Infrastructure Analytics with Topology Viewer

It is time for a new, more intelligent approach to managing the performance, capacity, and configuration of your multi-vendor SAN environment.

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Identifying VMware Zoning Issues with Topology Viewer

End to end resolution of connectivity issues can be difficult as it requires both end to end connectivity information form the VMware guest to the ESX Host to the SAN ports and finally the storage ports

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News

IntelliMagic Vision Expands End-to-End Visibility to Any Physical Host

Feb 08, 2018 | IntelliMagic Vision for SAN 8.14.1 provides end-to-end visibility from hosts to their target volumes for any host. IntelliMagic expands with visualization of the end-to-end connectivity to include any AIX, AS400, Solaris, Windows and stand-alone Linux hosts.

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IntelliMagic Vision Offers End-to-End Storage Infrastructure Analytics for VMware

Oct 12, 2017 | The VMware Topology Viewer in IntelliMagic Vision provides end-to-end storage infrastructure analytics, enabling VMware administrators to proactively identify risks or configuration issues.

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Best Practices for Managing your SAN Performance (Part 1: Proactive)

Over the years I have learned the hard way that spending a little bit of time proactively assessing the health of the SAN environment is worth a thousand hours of reactive problem management.

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