The other day I noticed the below YouTube video featuring Dave Allison on the XsigoVirtualIO Channel on YouTube. The video shows off an iPhone app that allows you to manage Xsigo Directors from your iPhone.
I thought it was pretty cool, so gave it a shout on Twitter. It seems other folks thought it was more than pretty cool, with comments like way cool being thrown about.
While I think the idea is cool, I’m not sure how interested companies would be –> management and configuration changes to production kit from an iPhone ….. sounds a bit ahead of its time to me. Cool, yes. But is cool what major companies and managers of large Data Centres are looking for? Remember that Xsigo kit is pretty squarely pitched at enterprise customers. Would such applications cause more worries and concerns than they would solve problems?
Think about it this way……. Matt Davis pinged me back saying that he had once done “symcli over ssh over VPN ….. via my iPhone” to administer a Symmetrix DMX!! Not sure what your initial thoughts are on hearing that, but mine were trepidation. Sure, that’s pretty damn cool, but pretty flipping scary too! Kudos to Matt, but more scary than cool in my books 😉
But that is comparing apples to oranges, SYMCLI is an entirely different beast to the Xsigo UI. If nothing else, one thing that the Xsigo iPhone app does demonstrate, is the simplicity of administering Xsigo kit. I’d feel a lot safer administering a Xsigo director via an iPhone app than performing SYMCLI via an iPhone.
Thought: Hows about administering Cisco UCS via an iPhone? I hear rumours that Cisco UCS is so complicated to configure, Cisco will only let you have it if they do the configuration work!
Anyhow, even if the Xsigo kit is so simple to manage ….. not sure how comfortable the powers that be would be with it? Id be interested in other peoples thoughts on this.
So assuming enterprise data centres are not quite ready (Im open to being wrong) for staff administering production kit via their iPhone, what would they be happy doing via an iPhone?
How’s about iPhone apps for monitoring and reporting?
Not quite as cool, but once people become comfortable with monitoring and reporting via an iPhone…. may be bolder moves like configuring and managing might be more palatable.
Video courtesy of the XsigoVirtualIO’s Channel on YouTube
Heck may be apps like this will help propel the iPhone in to large corporate accounts as a serious business phone. Probably about as close to enterprise as Apple are going to get.
Initial opinion: Very cool, unsure how popular it would be in enterprise accounts. May be slightly ahead of its time.
UPDATED OPINION (6th Jan 2010): The more and more I think about this, the more and more I like it. We will no doubt be seeing more and more apps like these in the future, and this could be an absolute godsend under certain circumstances. A great little tool to have in your toolbox. It probably wont be long before we wonder how we got by without apps like these. But the hard part will still be trying to convince the risk averse "steady as she goes" powers that be.
I’m interested to hear what anybody else thinks. I've also placed a related poll on the Homepage please cast your vote.
DISCLAIMER: I use a BlackBerry…….. and wish it was an iPhone 😉