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Your storage capacity isn’t virtualized? Don’t worry you’re not alone. The concept of virtualization of IT resources is broadly understood, however the deployment and usage of virtualization isn’t as balanced across the datacenter. Virtualization of compute –or- server runtime is commonplace, widely referred to as virtual machines (VM’s) but storage, network, desktops, and other areas that make up the datacenter can just as easily be ‘virtualized’ and deliver value. In this article, I’m going to outline why every datacenter should... [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]
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]
While user requirements for installing and running Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Storage Resource Agents, also known as TPC SRAs, are described in the TPC Installation Guide and the TPC 4.2 Release Guide, I am still often asked "what are the user requirements for installing and running TPC SRAs?" So, I have summarized these requirements here in Service Management Connect, in the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center wiki Deploying agents onto hundreds or thousands of servers is often a challenging process, and this wiki article... [More]
By staying in touch with storage, collecting relevant data, and displaying the overall topology, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 serves as an always current online document for your storage environment. This release continues to offer storage infrastructure management that helps optimize storage management by helping with centralizing, simplifying, automating, and optimizing storage tasks associated with storage systems, data disaster recovery, storage networks, and capacity management. New in Tivoli Storage Productivity Center... [More]
If you have IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center 3.x installed on your system, and want to upgrade to IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center versions 4.1 or 4.2 and later, you can use the new wizard to guide you through the process. The wizard provides information about hardware and software prerequisites, and provides steps that can help you to back up your existing environment before you begin the migration. The wizard includes several migration scenarios to help you choose the migration method that works best for you.
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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]
Not all storage is created equal.Sometimes you need to access different parts of your storage environment more frequently than others;that’s a reality. One of the best practices for storage capacity planning is to make sure that the most productive parts of your business organization are using their storage as efficiently as possible. The Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, V5.2.4 storage-grouping concept entails instituting application and department models that systematically enable you to support the SAN resources that your... [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]
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]
The refresh pack is a no-license package similar to the fix packs that have been previously used for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. It is called a refresh pack because it contains new function, therefore, the mod level was incremented. Due to the reduction of files for the installation, the files for all platforms are included in a single fix object. See Fix Central . Note that this refresh pack is a full version of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and can be applied as an upgrade to any Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V4.2.2.x,... [More]
IBM is looking for customers and business partners to participate in the Beta and Early Access Programs for IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center. Both the Beta and Early Access Programs (EAP) will start later this month and provide participants with an opportunity to influence the design of future Virtual Storage Center enhancements by providing feedback directly to development. Virtual Storage Center includes all Tivoli Storage Productivity Center functions plus Advanced Analytics such as Storage Tiering Automation, VMware... [More]
If you want to to provide a continuous, visual status of your data replication sessions within Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication, it might be helpful to customize the main screen auto refresh rate. After you have successfully installed Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, you can access Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication to start managing data replication. By installing Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, shortcuts to Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication are created in Start menu on the... [More]