Increased operational efficiency for GPFS monitoring: V5.2.5, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center
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After the recent, very insightful, and extremely successful IBM InterConnect 2015 Conference in Las Vegas, IBM continues the momentum with the release of IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (IBM Spectrum Control), V5.2.5.
In this release, the development team extends support for GPFS (IBM Spectrum Scale) and adds even more user-friendly enhancements to augment your data collection; this marks the third consecutive release that feature enhancements, support, and user improvements were made to the GPFS monitoring functionality. The Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (IBM Spectrum Control) product team is more than just offering great support for monitoring storage resources. The team embodies a consistent commitment to add more consumer centric monitoring features for your storage environment toolkit!
The major highlights for GPFS clusters in V5.2.5 include the viewing of information about quotas and the quota usage, and fabric connectivity information for back-end storage systems. NSD server information regarding the usage of storage from external storage system and visibility into the performance of the volumes contained within them.
Identifying quota usage on GPFS clusters
You can determine at a glance which quotas are close to exceeding the quota limit or have already have exceeded the limit or if the quota utilization is reaching the hard or soft limit.
The Quotas page shows the percentage of the disk space and the inode quotas that are used by a user, group of users or a fileset.
Comprehensive troubleshooting information about fabrics and switches
You have a GPFS cluster that is using SAN attached storage. You can now view information on the fabrics and switches that are being used to provide access to that storage, including the performance within the fabric.
Use this feature to troubleshoot connectivity and routing issues and gather insight of your SAN topology of the GPFS cluster.
Viewing the I/O performance of specific volumes that are used in a GPFS cluster for SAN-based NSDs
You receive a notification about a GPFS cluster that is having having bad performance. During your monitoring, the Related Resources section shows a red mark next to the Back-end storage systems entry for the cluster. On the Back-end Storage Systems page, you determine the status and performance of the system that provides storage to the NSDs that are present in the cluster. Click the Volume Mappings tab, and sort by the File System column. Then, select the volume that might not be performing well, right-click and select View Performance; this window gives you visibility into the performance of the selected volume(s), and the NSDs, and allows the identification of the potential culprit.
Modeling applications using file storage resources
You can continue to use application modeling to gain consumer centric insights in to the storage that is consumed by an application in your environment. The modeling on a per application basis for file capacity growth enables quick problem determination by displaying all the storage resources that the application is dependent on in your environment.
Notice the interactive breadcrumbs at the top of the Overview page; this enables you to navigate quickly to different elements of the hierarchy and to add resources to your applications and subcomponents.
You can also now add filesets to your applications to perform application specific capacity planning and troubleshooting in your GPFS environment including IBM SONAS and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified storage systems.
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center is an integral part of IBM
During the IBM InterConnect 2015 conference, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (IBM Spectrum Control) shared a little peek into their upcoming SaaS offering, IBM Storage Insights (Beta). See this entry in the IBM