Storage Navigator or Element Manager is a webserver that allows you to perform day-to-day activities on a VSP. You will hear the terms Storage Navigator and Storage Navigator 2. The difference is that Storage Navigator is the software that comes with enterprise class arrays (VSP, USP, etc) while Storage Navigator 2 is the software that comes with modular class arrays (HUS,etc). Hitachi Storage Navigator provides a unified GUI for managing and optimizing the VSP storage system. You access the system in Storage Navigator from any computer with a web browser. Besides the GUI, Storage Navigator provides a CLI to allow scheduling of storage system events.
Default login for Hitachi Storage Navigator is dependant on the array type
For VSP defaults are maintenance/raid-mainte.
For VSP G1000 default are maintenance/raid-maintenance
To access the GUI you open your browser and point it to the ip of the SVP (storage processor - black box that comes with your array in the cabinet) given by you by the HDS technician. The second way to open it is to use HCS (hicommand suite) and right click on the array and select Element Manager. There is no difference between the terms element manager and storage navigator from a admin perspective, those terms are synonyms.
Starting with VSP Hitachi decided to port things from the old Java interface into a newer more modern looking interface using Flash. That being said, there are still portions of the SVP that will launch a Java applet on the VSP as well. The USP class arrays are using the Java applet entirely
After you lunch element manager you will have to accept a security exception so click on Continue to this website (not recommended)
Specific levels of microcode will have a bug where apache will not respond properly and need to be reopen. If you see the message bellow, just close your window and reopen it again by clicking on Element Manager once more. You should be ok the second time.
You should see the Hitachi Storage Navigator screen. Please note that this is a tool totally outside Hitachi Command Suite, and much closer to the array. In fact, a lot of operations (changing a port for example, cannot be done from HCS, only from SVP).
Make sure you logout at the end of your session, don't just close the window, it is much cleaner to click the Close button on the upper right corner.