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.
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]
IBM Spectrum Control™, a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage ™ family, enables comprehensive monitoring of the entire data path—including storage systems, software-defined storage, devices and SAN fabric components from multiple vendors—providing a more complete view of the storage infrastructure. Views of applications, departments or other collections are easy to create, so data owners can see customized views of their domains. IBM Spectrum Control provides a single point of control that... [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]
The value of data is growing, yet visibility into today’s storage environments can be foggy and unclear—the result of expanding IT complexity, escalating user demands and exponential data growth. Many IT organizations lack a true understanding of their storage infrastructure, negatively impacting their ability to make informed decisions and causing storage utilization rates to hover around 50 percent. Manual storage management processes and the rapid deployments of mobile, social and cloud IT models compound the challenges. With the... [More]
As storage continues to grow in your environment, it is important to know how your storage is performing and that it is tiered correctly in order to reduce costs. The latest on-premises release of IBM Spectrum Control™ (IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center), a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage™ family, is now available. It is full of consumer oriented features and enhancements that provide the ability to monitor and manage your storage infrastructure efficiently. For the downloads for this release, see... [More]
If you wish to monitor capacity and troubleshoot performance of applications, understand the SAN resources that the applications are dependent on and monitor capacity usage at a department level, then checkout V5.2.5 of IBM Spectrum Control (IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center). In V5.2.5 of IBM Spectrum Control for you can: - Model applications in GPFS environments where filesets are primary containers of application storage. - View a hierarchy list to better understand the application and... [More]
IBM Knowledge Center houses the documentation for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and all IBM products . Select the version, for example, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.2.6 , that applies to your environment and away you go! To quickly find new features for a release, click New for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. IBM Knowledge Center enables you to search and browse across multiple IBM product documentation sets, create your own customized views of IBM content,... [More]
An overview of the concepts of Software Defined Environments (SDE), Software Defined Storage (SDS), and how they all work together with SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC) are covered. The publication takes you through a systematic drill down of the architecture, components, and interfaces and gives the details of VSC and how to exploit it in your environment. THIS PUBLICATION provides practical scenarios for client VSC business environments, with focus on VSC component functionality, as well as real-life use cases to administer,... [More]
Child pools in SAN Volume Controller 7.4 are now fully supported by Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2.4 fix pack 1. IBM Storwize devices are also supported in the fix pack. You must install the fix pack to make full use of this new feature. To download it, click here and locate 5.2.4-TIV-TPC-FP0001. Remember, some of the other platform support that was added in V5.2.4 consists of: Expanded support for all Linux systems that are supported by GPFS 4.1. XIV® systems Gen3 11.5 with cloud-ready storage, data protection, high... [More]
Feel the heat! Make no mistake this release of IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center V5.2.4 is hot and new and contains many user enhancements. The modeling of storage data with applications and departments, which enables you to perform capacity trending, health monitoring, and performance troubleshooting tasks and more powerful, intuitive alerting capabilities are just some of the new release highlights. For even information on what’s new in Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2.4, see this... [More]
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Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2.3 has added support in the following areas: FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution system General Parallel File System (GPFS) clusters and GPFS Storage Server (GSS) Fabric troubleshooting for performance and connectivity issues Enhancing storage capacity tiering Tivoli Storage Productivity Center provides similar interoperability for a FlashSystem V840 storage system as it already does for a SVC/Storwize system. You are able to collect and display the same type of data and also enable the... [More]
With two major events in as many weeks -- the Fast Data Forum in Boston last week and Edge 2014, which is happening now, IBM created a platform to showcase their leading storage solutions for clients, partners, press and analysts to see. In the IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure portfolio, IBM Virtual Storage Center was highlighted in two reports that portrayed the product very favorably versus its competitors. The first report,... [More]
Table of Contents: Summary Server Options Server Options Details Planning and Implementing Example Initial Layout Example of Log Movement Best Practices and Additional Notes Summary : The Tivoli Storage Manager recovery log (transaction log) is used to maintain database concurrency when there are multiple database read or write operations happening at the same time (database transactions). These transactions are managed external of the Tivoli Storage Manager application with the introduction of the DB2 database back-end in Tivoli Storage... [More]
The V7.1 Operations Center features several significant reasons to upgrade, including some key performance gains. The Operations Center itself is more responsive. Also, with a V7.1 hub server and spoke server, resource usage is more efficient in multiple-server environments. For more information, see Performance benefits of upgrading to Version 7.1 of the Operations Center .
Well, its your lucky day! See the newly published IBM Redbook, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication for Open Systems . This publication is full of handy tips and excellent guidance for session usage, tunable parameters, troubleshooting, and for implementing and managing Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication’s latest functionality up to V5.2. The authors want everyone to know that this publication is the companion to the draft of the IBM Redbooks publication Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2... [More]
You administer Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication to authorize users, start and use the graphical user interface (GUI), start and stop services, verify your Replication server state, and many other administrative tasks. You can verify the state of the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication server in several ways: In a Windows command window, go to the following directory: TPC_installation_directory \wlp\bin\ where TPC_installation_directory is the top-level directory in which you installed Tivoli Storage Productivity... [More]
This version 18.104.22.168 fix pack has APAR and defect fixes for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center version 5.1.x upgrades to version 22.214.171.124. Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V126.96.36.199 provides support for the following products and platforms: PowerHA 7.1.x Storwize V5000 R7.1 (toleration) SVC R7.2 (toleration) Storwize V7000 R7.2 (toleration) Storwize V3700/3500 R7.2 (toleration) EMC Solutions Enabler 7.5.x / SMI-S Provider 4.5.x EMC Solutions Enabler 7.6.x / SMI-S Provider 4.6.x EMC VNX NetApp E-Series Eagle 5.2 SMI provider... [More]
For information about installing and using the Tivoli Storage Manager V7.1 Operations Center, see the following sources: Installing and upgrading the Operations Center Managing the storage environment with the Operations Center Daily monitoring from the Operations Center Tuning Operations Center performance Operations Center system requirements calculator... [More]
From the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Version 7.1 Operations Center, you can complete daily monitoring tasks to ensure that the Tivoli Storage Manager system is functioning properly. For more information, see Daily monitoring from the Operations Center .
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 .
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2, which is part of IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center, is available worldwide (eGA) and improves the ability to visualize and control storage environments from end to end. These are just some of the features of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2: Offers comprehensive visibility and centralized management of heterogeneous storage infrastructures with improved device management, custom tags, and agent-less server management from a single interface that is web-based and integrated... [More]
Learn how you can consolidate your V6.3 and V6.4 Tivoli Storage Manager server and Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments on one virtual machine. The IBM white paper IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server and Data Mover Running in a Virtual Environment Sample Solution can help you to deploy a Tivoli Storage Manager data-protection solution for a virtual environment. The paper includes a sample architecture to help guide you.
With the recent announcement on October 8 of the IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, V5.2 product, take a liitle time to watch and listen to Ben Randall, an IBM graphical user interface (GUI) architect, as he takes you through the many features of the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center web GUI. He will show you how the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 product offers storage management that helps handle potential storage health issues by customizing tables, drilling through property notebooks, and creating agent-less servers. ... [More]
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.2 offers cross-platform, automated storage, tier optimization, and improved data protection over IP networks. This offering helps remove the physicality of storage, as well as the complexity associated with managing multivendor infrastructures. It ultimately will help your business to optimize provisioning, capacity, availability, data protection, reporting, and management for virtualized storage. For more information, see the... [More]
This fix pack has APAR and defect fixes for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center version 5.1.x upgrades to version 188.8.131.52. This fix pack is a full version of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and can be applied as an upgrade to any Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.x, 5.1.0 or 5.1.1 system. The fix pack media provided for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 184.108.40.206 does not include a license key. You must have a license key to perform a new installation. If you are applying this fix pack as an upgrade, your existing license will be... [More]