The new XIV Mobile Dashboard has made it through the Apple store qualification process and is now available for download!
The key features of the new IBM XIV Mobile Dashboard include the ability to:
- Access your XIV securely over Wi-Fi or 3G (via SSL) using an iPhone 4 or 4S.
- Monitor your overall XIV health status.
- Monitor your capacity utilization.
- Monitor system performance (IOPS, bandwidth, latency).
- View live graphs of performance for either the entire system or an individual volume or host.
- List in table form your top performers (either volumes or hosts).
So you can get the new app directly from the App Store on your iPhone, or online at:
Don’t forget the iPad version is also available (note that it is a different app):
Two important things you need to know:
1) Demo mode
There is a demo mode, but right now there is no tick box to activate it. Simply use the word demo in all three fields at login. In other words:
IP address: demo
User ID: demo
2) Retina display requirement
The Mobile Dashboard was written for the Retina display (that comes with an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S). This sadly means that the iPhone 3GS and earlier will not be able to use the new Mobile Dashboard. This wasn’t done as part of some devious plan on IBM’s part to force you to buy a new iPhone, the developers simply needed the better resolution to draw those graphs and provide the richest and clearest display of information on a single page (you will believe it when you see it, the detail is quite stunning).
The Apple Store clearly states the hardware and iOS requirements on the download page, however you can still try to install it on an iPhone 3GS. Curiously what you get is this rather bizarre message:
The reason you get this message is simple: There is no way to specify when uploading a new app to Apple that you need the Retina display. So instead the developer needs to specify a feature that is not found on earlier iPhones, such as a camera flash. So it is not that the XIV Mobile Dashboard needs a flash in your camera, it is simply a quirk of the Apple store.
And for those of you who are using Android devices, your calls are being heard. Watch this space for developments in that direction.