Interop questions? How about a HUGE spreadsheet?

The eternal question:  Which hardware/software combinations are tested and supported?  If you use IBM Storage hardware and you need to answer this question you need to be using the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center, or SSIC, which you will find here:

I use this site a lot and rely heavily on the output it creates.   I thought I knew the site well, but I recently learnt some really handy tricks that you might find helpful…

1)  Export all the interop data for a single product version.

If you want to download every interoperability test result for a specific product version, you can select the relevant version from the Product Version box of the SSIC and then select Export Selected Product Version (xls).

In the example below we want to see all the results for XIV Gen3 which uses XIV Software version 11.

a)  Use the scroll bar in the Product Version box to bring up the XIV product versions. You don’t need to make a selection from the Product Family or Product Model boxes.

b)  Select IBM Storage System (11) from the Product version list.

c)   Select the option to Export Selected Product Version (xls). A spreadsheet compressed into a ZIP file will be downloaded in your browser.

So that is just two clicks and the result is a giant spreadsheet.  Reminds me of when interop matrices were giant PDFs.

2)  Changing your selections from an existing search

As you make selections,  the webpage leaves what are called cookie crumbs.   They will appear at the top of the page and can be seen in the example below, numbered 1 to 6.  You can use those cookie crumbs to go backwards at any point, to any point.

3)  Start anywhere

It seems human nature to always start at the top and work downwards.   But in fact you can start anywhere on the SSIC and work in any direction.   There are no real restrictions on the combinations you can attempt to build.  Every time you make a selection in a different box, the number of configuration results will drop.     For instance just click FICON in the Connection Protocol box… or just select IBM AIX 7.1 from the Operating System box.   Then work up or down from there.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you work more effectively with the SSIC.


About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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2 Responses to Interop questions? How about a HUGE spreadsheet?

  1. vincent rooney says:

    excellent tips. the soon 2 be released ssic has much better performane as well. scheduled for march 2012

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