AutoSupport feature overview

The AutoSupport feature monitors the health of a storage array and sends automatic dispatches to technical support.

Technical support uses the AutoSupport data reactively to speed the diagnosis and resolution of customer issues and proactively to detect and avoid potential issues.

AutoSupport data includes information about a storage array's configuration, status, performance, and system events. The AutoSupport data does not contain any user data. Dispatches are sent daily and weekly.

Key benefits

Some key benefits of the AutoSupport feature include:

Individual AutoSupport features

The AutoSupport feature is made up of three individual features that you enable separately.

Difference between AutoSupport and Collect Support Data

Two methods of collecting support data exist in the storage array:
  • The AutoSupport feature
  • The Collect Support Data option
With the AutoSupport feature, data is automatically collected. With the Collect Support Data option, you collect the data manually. With the AutoSupport feature, data is automatically sent to technical support. With Collect Support Data, you manually send the data to technical support.

The AutoSupport feature is easier to use because data is collected and sent automatically. AutoSupport data can be used proactively to prevent problems before they occur. The AutoSupport feature speeds troubleshooting because technical support already has access to the data. For these reasons, the AutoSupport feature is the preferred data collection method to use.