Welcome to the Storage Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from storage management experts. This Blog provides insights into the storage management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
There's a problem with one of the critical applications in your storage environment. It's your job to investigate. In IBM Spectrum Control™ , you check the performance of the volumes in the application. All looks fine. You look at the pool that contains those volumes. The response time is higher than you expect. Now you want to know what was it like at the same time last week. IBM Spectrum Control makes it easy for you to compare performance metrics across different time ranges. Here's how: Open a performance view... [More]
Spring has sprung and summer has just begun to tempt us with its' hot days and somewhat cool nights. With the second half of the year upon us it might be time for you to plan your storage growth for your company moving forward, with an #IBMCloud-based offering that increases in value over time and offers unparalleled visibility to help you manage your storage infrastructure. That time to value investment is IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights where you can see all your storage from a single pane of glass! A typical... [More]
V5.2.13 of IBM Spectrum Control includes a number of exciting new features, including enhanced monitoring of EMC VMAX, EMC VNX, and EMC VNXe storage systems, the ability to measure whether a Spectrum Scale file system has enough room to recall data that was migrated to external storage, and detailed information about the hard disk drives, solid-state drives, and flash modules in IBM Cloud Object Storage Slicestor nodes. Speaking of IBM Cloud Object Storage, you're also now able to clearly identify the vaults that cannot be accessed... [More]
Yes, we can show the capacity and the cost of the storage that your applications, departments, physical servers, hypervisors, and hypervisor and server clusters use. But, sometimes you might want capacity to take center stage. (Sorry, Costs, you're going to have to sit this one out. At least, in this report.) So, you create a custom report, schedule it, and exclude the storage costs. When Jane and Joe get the report in their inbox, they get what they want - a daily summary report of the capacity that is used by the applications that they... [More]
IBM® Spectrum Control™ , V5.2.13 contains more than a few enhancements, but Dell EMC #storage (VNX, VNXe and VMAX) support that enables storage #analytics for Dell EMC customers is a big part of this new release. The EMC support in both IBM Spectrum Control and the Storage Insights #cloud offering provides better insight, flexibility and efficiency for customers with heterogeneous storage environments. If you are a storage administrator, you might have to analyze tiering of your storage capacity to see... [More]
IBM Spectrum Control™ offers a single pane of glass to monitor the performance of all your IBM Spectrum Scale™ clusters. In this video, you learn how to use IBM Spectrum Control to compare the performance of multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters and then analyze the clusters that have the heaviest I/O loads or the longest response times. Learn how to use the following techniques to identify performance issues and bottlenecks in your storage: Analyze the performance of all your clusters over a period to... [More]
In this video, you can learn about the performance troubleshooting techniques that you can use in IBM Spectrum Control™ . Watch Bob, the storage administrator, as he investigates a problem raised with a critical medical database application within his organization. Watch Bob use the following techniques to investigate the problem in IBM Spectrum Control: Troubleshoot performance from the point of view of an application. Change which metrics are displayed in the performance charts. View the relationships between resources very easily.... [More]
Here's the scenario: You bought an IBM® FlashSystem™ A9000. You added it to IBM Spectrum Control™ for monitoring. Now you want to see the beef: what sort of data reduction savings am I getting? FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R can reduce the size of your data significantly using technologies such as compression and data deduplication. You want to see exactly what sort of savings you are getting, and how that compares to savings on other storage systems. To see the data reduction savings for your FlashSystem... [More]
You add storage systems to get valuable insights, and to get those valuable insights, you rely on the data collector, which collects the asset, capacity, and performance data securely from your data center for analysis and presentation in IBM ® Spectrum Control ™ Storage Insights . But, what if your storage systems are in different networks or data centers and you have only one data collector? This might result in bandwidth or connectivity issues. Well, all you need to do is install multiple data collectors, and when you add a storage... [More]
If you remember the tale, Goldilocks took only a few mouthfuls of Papa Bear's and Mama Bear's porridge, but she licked Baby Bear's bowl clean. If the Bear family were running a restaurant, how much would they charge Goldilocks? Would they charge her for the porridge that she ate or would they charge her for the three bowls of porridge? In IBM ® Spectrum Control ™ 5.2.12, when you create chargeback and consumer reports, you can charge for the block storage that is allocated to the storage consumer or the block storage that... [More]
In your chargeback and consumer reports, you want to make sure that you charge the same price for the same type of storage whether it is block storage, copy data, or file storage. And, if your block storage is tiered, you want to charge the same price for each tier to all of your storage consumers. And when the storage costs change, you don't want to have to update each report. In IBM ® Spectrum Control ™ 5.2.12, you can use the default costs for storage for each report that you create or you can use custom costs. When you change... [More]
In IBM ® Spectrum Control ™ 5.2.11, you got the chargeback report that shows the capacity and cost of the capacity for all the applications, departments, hypervisors, and physical servers in your storage environment. Well, in IBM Spectrum Control 5.2.12, you get the storage consumption report so that you can configure a report that shows the block capacity and cost of the block capacity for a single storage consumer. Each consumer gets to star in their own report. So, if you don't want the owner of a storage consumer, such as an... [More]
IBM® Spectrum Control™ V5.2.12, a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage Suite , continues to provide IT managers with more and more intelligent analytics for managing their storage environments by balancing efficiency with performance and cost savings. Some highlights of the new release that is available include: Enhancements to the reporting on multiple tenants within the IBM Spectrum Control GUI. In addition to the previously available Chargeback report, you can now create a new storage Consumer report outside of the optional... [More]
You can use the IBM Spectrum Control™ GUI to monitor the performance and capacity of your storage resources. You can also report on the condition, capacity, and performance resources in the Cognos® Business Intelligence (BI) reporting tool. The Cognos BI tool is an optional component that you can install with IBM Spectrum Control . IBM Spectrum Control is a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage Suite . Use Cognos BI to view predefined reports and create custom reports about your storage resources. To access... [More]
So last year, you persuaded your boss to invest in an IBM ® FlashSystem™ 840 for that important new web portal that required top-of-the-line performance. Now, your boss wants to see what he got for his money. IBM Spectrum Control™ , a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage Suite , now enables you to easily compare the performance of your IBM FlashSystem to other storage systems. You can compare the response times and the I/O rates of IBM FlashSystem storage systems to other storage systems. All you need to do is... [More]
Who wants to live in a house that was built overnight? You would wonder if too many shortcuts were taken; if the right tools were even used in the construction. You have heard the saying, “you are only as good as your tools.” Well, it’s true! Selecting the right tools for a job is a critical decision, and one that needs to be monitored carefully and then included in an overall strategy for any project or environment. The same is true for a storage administrator and his storage. When it comes to building and monitoring a... [More]
IBM Spectrum Storage Suite is an alternative to storage sprawl, and can bring consistency and control to your storage environment. It facilitates adoption of new types of storage and simplifies existing environments. IBM Spectrum Storage Suite can significantly reduce the cost and complexity of storage. If you use just SAN storage, the value of the IBM Spectrum Storage Suite increases only if more than two products are used. However, for business environments that are adding storage-rich servers to their traditional storage... [More]
IBM Spectrum Control™, a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage™ Suite , now includes a wizard that you can use to export bulk performance data for a storage system or fabric to a compressed file. If you contact IBM Support to help you analyze a performance problem with a resource, you might be asked to send this file. You can export performance data for the following types of resource: storage systems, nodes, modules, I/O groups, host connections, pools, RAID arrays, managed disks, disks, volumes, file systems, switches,... [More]
In this release of IBM® Spectrum Control,™ a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage Suite , the development team worked closely with support teams from IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® to make troubleshooting performance issues easier to understand and report. You can view 9 key metrics, that are outside of the standard range IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® storage systems, by using performance guidelines to assess if your storage systems are... [More]
The storage management functionality of IBM Spectrum Control ™ was improved in the current V5.2.7 release that is now available. Support was added for the newest software defined storage offering, IBM Spectrum Accelerate ™ , to the already comprehensive monitoring group and enhancements to IBM Spectrum Scale ™ , through the determination of nodes in your GPFS™ clusters that are designated as protocol nodes. Support was also added for viewing information about NPV links and Cisco F_port channels. For the downloads... [More]
Join Ian Smith, a director of product management for IBM Storage Software, as he enthusiastically explains to you IBM's smarter storage vision . This vision will help clients derive elevated levels of value from their data, with solutions from IBM that are founded upon Improved Consumability, Applied Analytics,and Accelerating Client Value. Visit IBM Storage Software to learn more about IBM data management and protection solutions .
Recently BJ Klingenberg, who is a Distinguished Engineer and Enterprise Storage Management lead for IBM shared his experiences using IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center in IBM’s Service Provider environment at Pulse 2013.
Service Provider environments are governed by Service Level Agreements, so managing capacity, performance and availability are essential capabilities. Storage efficiency is essential to remaining competitive. See how Tivoli Storage Productivity Center helps IBM deliver outstanding customer service. Go to the Pulse... [More]
The Tivoli Subscription and Support site provides you instant information with a few clicks. You can get the latest versions and releases of IBM Tivoli software and provide your IT staff with convenient access to both telephone and web-based technical support.
This site also provides customer videos and highlighted right now is Value of IBM S&S with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center , where Chris Aveta, a manager of infrastructure services at Micro Strategies used Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.1 , with its intuitive user... [More]
Last October, IBM announced SmartCloud Foundation - a set of hardware and software technologies to help clients implement private and hybrid cloud environments. SmartCloud Foundation offers capabilities across Infrastructure- and Platform-as-a-Service, including cloud management, availability, security, application lifecycle and integration. Our latest storage virtualization software builds on these capabilities with automated administration, management and provisioning controls to improve the flexibility, cost, and performance of virtualized,... [More]
Every year I publish a set of predictions that I think will likely happen in the market space of storage and storage management. Here is my list for 2012.... 1) Storage breakthroughs nipping the “Digital Dark Age” in the bud Since the early 1990’s, an increasing proportion of data created and used has been in the form of digital data. Today, the world produces more than 1.8 zettabytes of digital information a year. Yet, digital storage can in many ways be more perishable than paper. Disks corrode, bits “rot” and hardware becomes... [More]