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.
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]
Do you wish you had all the answers when it comes to IBM Spectrum Protect? Do you need to install the Operations Center or configure a backup-archive client? Do you want to know the best way to monitor your IBM Spectrum Protect storage environment? We’ve put together some useful links to help guide you through the documentation. IBM Knowledge Center To get the latest IBM Spectrum Protect documentation, go to IBM Knowledge Center: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSGSG7/landing/welcome_ssgsg7.html Tip: Beginning with Version... [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]
If you are looking for the latest IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot documentation and would like some tips for how to find what you are looking for, why not checkout this article? Learn how to get started, toggle between versions, or use the image maps to go directly to the information you need, http://ibm.co/29pRMfR .
If you were thinking about installing IBM Spectrum Protect TM Snapshot V4.1.6, you will be interested in the Prerequisite Checker. Save yourself time and effort by running the checker tool in your environment before you install the product. This will help you to preempt some common issues before you proceed to the installation process. To learn more about the Prerequisite Checker and how to run it, check out this article IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot Prerequisite Checker
Are you struggling with growing storage infrastructure costs? Do you stand up new storage arrays every time a new project requires capacity? Do you use spreadsheets and homegrown scripts to keep track of storage assets and utilization? Don't worry, IBM has a better way to manage storage without a complex, time-consuming deployment of software into your existing environment. To learn more, checkout the upcoming webcast, September 16, 1 PM EST , on IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights, a SaaS offering, from... [More]
The first time I met a mobile application was in 2008. I said to myself, “This is revolutionary and cool!" Since then, I’ve used hundreds of mobile applications. Some of them games, other business applications, but with both, I never really understand the revolution. It was in 2011 when I understood for the first time that it’s not just "cool" as I realized in 2008. I understood for the first time what this revolution meant. “A mobile app is a marketing tool!" "A mobile app can... [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]
Balancing the workload of applications across your IT infrastructure is key to maintaining the performance and stability of your environment. Ensuring that IBM Spectrum Control , a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage Suite , collects data at the right times and frequency can be a critical part of that load balancing strategy. When you schedule probes to collect data about resources, you can have Spectrum Control automatically schedule them. Automated probe scheduling removes the complexity of manually planning when... [More]
Television, movies, and comic books have featured the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin, who battle crime and keep the world safe. Batman is typically portrayed as tall and strong, while Robin is short and snappy. A perfect duo! They complement each other to get the job done. In the world of data protection, there is another dynamic duo: IBM Spectrum Protect and IBM Spectrum Scale. To learn how these two products complement each other, read the recently updated white paper: Configuring IBM Spectrum Protect... [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]
Let's face it, there is a lot of information in the knowledge center for IBM Spectrum Control, and sometimes finding the right information can take time. Time that you might or might not have. And when you do find what you're looking for, paging through all the other topics that are available isn't high on your to-do list. Maybe you're the kind of person who just likes to dive in and figure out things as you go without reading documentation. If this describes you, or if you've never had a chance to delve into the IBM... [More]
I don't know about you, but I could not bake to save my life - that is, until I discovered ready-made puff pastry dough in my local supermarket. Now making apple strudel is child's play and everyone thinks I'm some sort of expert pastry chef The new dynamic target allocation functionality that is available on IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot for VMware is somewhat like ready-made puff pastry dough, whereby it removes a huge slice of the 'setting up' work in relation to backing up your data stores and virtual machines on SAN... [More]
IBM Spectrum Control, V 5.2.8 provides support for object storage implementation on IBM Spectrum Scale and in turn, you can now t roubleshoot along the entire data path. For example, you could start with an object container, view the file system that backs it, and then drill out through the SAN to the block storage volumes that ultimately back the file system (Picture credit: http://blog.cathy-moore.com/2013/09/12-cool-ways-to-use-scenarios/ ) You can now monitor object storage systems on IBM Spectrum Scale in IBM Spectrum Control v5.2.8: View... [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]