XIV iPhone Mobile Dashboard is now available for download

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:

IBM XIV Mobile Dashboard for iPhone (Feb 24 2012 Version 1.1)

Don’t forget the iPad version is also available (note that it is a different app):

IBM XIV Mobile Dashboard for iPad (Nov 10 2011 version 1.0.1)

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
Password:      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.


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 XIV iPhone Mobile Dashboard is now available for download

  1. Paul Braren (IBM XIV Technical Advisor) says:

    Install and use on an iPhone 4 was easy, this demo mode works great. Looking forward to trying out the app when connected to an operational XIV, hopefully soon. Thank you Anthony!

  2. Alex Sons says:

    I especially appreciate your last line
    (…happy owner of a Samsung Galaxy S II…)

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