More storage system monitoring, more copy data and in-house reporting, more hybrid cloud capabilities highlight new version of IBM Spectrum Control
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Some highlights of the new release that is available include:
In addition to the previously available Chargeback report, you can now create a new storage Consumer report outside of the optional Cognos BI report component.
You can also ensure that the costs for the block and file storage that is used by storage consumers is consistent across all of the reports. You can calculate the capacity and charge for the storage that is actually used by the storage consumer. For example, a database application uses thin-provisioned volumes. You want to benefit from the cost savings that are gained by using space-efficient volumes, so you calculate the capacity and cost of the capacity that is allocated rather than assigned to the application.
More types of Email reports are coming soon like Executive and Situational. Stay tuned!
The storage economics are visible in the details. You can see the savings that are achieved by data reduction, compression, and data deduplication. You can also see details about the flash drives in these storage systems.
You can monitor sites, mirrors, and vault quotas for IBM Cloud Object Storage.
You can view the amount of external storage from cloud services that are being used by the file systems in an IBM Spectrum Scale™ cluster.
See this VIDEO and learn how to monitor multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters, view cross cluster relationships, monitor Transparent Cloud Tiering between IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Cloud Object Storage, and view relationships between Network Shared Disks and SAN attached storage.
You can analyze replication and FlashCopy relationships across your block storage environment.
More release information
For more information, as well as a detailed overview of the new release, see New for IBM Spectrum Control Version 5.2.12 in the IBM Knowledge Center.
Also, if you logged in to the GUI, you can now see more helpful context information, in the NEW What’s New page:
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IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights updates
Just like its’ on-premise counterpart, IBM Spectrum Control, the SaaS offering, IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights, contains updates that include IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R storage systems monitoring, information about external storage that is used by IBM Spectrum Scale, and increased monitoring enhancements to IBM Cloud Object Storage. However, one new bit of information was added in the recent update; the collection of asset, capacity, and performance data was recently enhanced by allowing you to install multiple data collectors. When you add a storage system, the data collector with the best response time is selected to collect the data. If you install multiple data collectors and a probe or performance monitor fails to collect data from the storage system, the response times for the data collectors are tested again, and the collector with the best response time is activated to collect the data.
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