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As a full-time systems administrator, it’s important to me to keep an eye on the servers and hardware I manage. Pages and email alerts in the middle of the night are no fun, so I’m frequently on the lookout for more proactive monitoring tools. Active Storage Inc. just released version 1.1 of their Active Viewer iPhone app, which allows users “to monitor their Active Storage high-performance RAID systems worldwide — directly from their iPhone”. I don’t use any Active Storage RAID products myself, but this looks like a handy tool for anyone who does.

The full press release is included for your reading pleasure.

Active Storage iPhone App Adds Features, Connectivity – Putting RAID Storage Monitoring in Your Hands

TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Active Storage, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Active Viewer 1.1, an enhanced version of the well-received Active Viewer iPhone app. Designed to allow customers to monitor their Active Storage high-performance RAID systems worldwide — directly from their iPhone, this hard-working app has been updated with input from customers who have grown to rely on Active Storage for all of their professional data storage needs.

“The Active Viewer is a really convenient way for clients like Televisa, Mexico to keep tabs on their Active RAID systems. It’s another great tool from the guys at Active Storage. I don’t know of any other storage company that has anything like it.”
“Being able to monitor critical storage systems directly from an iPhone has been a huge hit with our customers,” said Alex Grossman, CEO of Active Storage; “Having an iPhone app as part of our suite of tools is a logical extension of our commitment to providing the most innovative, user-friendly RAID storage solutions. For version 1.1 we’ve made some exciting changes to respond directly to customer wants and needs.”

Active Storage’s new Active Viewer 1.1 features:

  • Improved Connectivity
  • Revised Application Launch Sequence
  • Easy to Access Information Screen with Integrated Contact Information
  • Support Contact Options, accessed directly from within component Warning Screens
  • Ability to call, email or contact our Support Forum in the unlikely event of a component failure

Diego Buenaño, Partner/Manager of Digital Tree, LLC is a fan: “The Active Viewer is a really convenient way for clients like Televisa, Mexico to keep tabs on their Active RAID systems. It’s another great tool from the guys at Active Storage. I don’t know of any other storage company that has anything like it.”

About Active Viewer

Like all Active Storage products, ease of use and clean, intuitive design is a hallmark of Active Viewer. Using it is as simple as entering the publicly available IP address (or using Bonjour discovery) of the Active Storage RAID systems to monitor.

The user instantly gets an ‘at a glance’ view of system performance and utilization. Green lights mean the system is working correctly, while a red light appears if a redundant field replaceable component needs attention. Users can simply dial Active Storage Support directly from the application — or dispatch a Storage Administrator to the precise component identified by the Active Viewer. The app also allows users to:

  • Monitor Power, Fans, Fibre Channel connectivity and System Temperatures
  • Receive detailed system information like uptime, rack location and network address
  • Drill down to individual RAID Controller info: firmware level, utilization, even cache memory battery backup health
  • Look up RAID array information like number of arrays and status
  • Reveal Drive information such as number of individual drives and health

About Active Storage

Active Storage, Inc. provides innovative RAID solutions for the business and creative industries, with an emphasis on the post-production, broadcast, publishing, education and science sectors. Active Storage products deliver a best-of-breed user experience, marrying award-winning industrial design, unmatched speed, reliability and customer service. Ease of use and robust performance make Active Storage the first choice for complex professional storage needs.

About Digital Tree, LLC

Consultants and integrators for the Broadcast and Production Market throughout Latin America, Digital Tree, LLC creates digital solutions customized to specific client workflow, including design, installation and support. For Televisa Mexico, one of the largest content production facilities in the world, they designed and installed a 100% tapeless workflow. This included a 160TB Xsan, built with 10 Active Storage RAIDs, which may be one of the fastest in the world.

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