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.
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]
Having been with the IBM Support organization for 14 years, I've seen several iterations of Support delivery. Once upon a time, customers would call in to Support and wait on hold until an available engineer became available. Wait times increased as the products grew and it became untenable to ask customers to wait on the line; customers would await a call back. To try to relieve some of the wait times, a rudimentary problem submission tool called IBM Link was introduced. It allowed customers to submit problem records electronically but it was... [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]
IBM SONAS system is a true scalable solution for todays enterprise file-based workloads and can be fully integrated with Tivoli Storage Manager Server. Tivoli Backup Archive client comes as preinstalled software with SONAS and data is reliably backed up directly to the external. This document would help you to configure TSM HSM Configuration on SONAS. ( https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/869bac74-5fc2-4b94-81a2-6153890e029a/resource/IBMTSMandSONAS.pdf )
This video by Andrew Lucchesi, an Information Architect at IBM, has been updated and demonstrates how to learn about IBM Tivoli products using various resources such as information centers, Service Management Connect, and support portals. IBM Information Resources Follow Andrew on Twitter :
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Are you installing or upgrading servers and clients? Do you want to improve Tivoli Storage Manager performance? Maybe you need to investigate Tivoli Storage Manager performance issues like bottlenecks? Try out the new Optimizing Performance publication, now available in the Tivoli Storage Manager wiki, and in the V6.3 and V6.4 product information centers. This publication is a culmination of months of work with the experts in Tivoli Storage Manager development, test, performance, and support teams, members of the Advanced Technical... [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]
When you're looking for technical information about IBM Spectrum Control, you want to find it fast, right? Spending time paging through reams of documentation for help probably isn't high on your to-do list. To make it easier to find what you're looking for, the documentation for Spectrum Control is now available in the new look IBM Knowledge Center. If you've accessed the IBM Knowledge Centers on ibm.com at any time over the past few months, you might have noticed that the interface is quite different from before. The... [More]
Join us on the Tivoli User Community client webcast and opportunity for questions, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am ET, USA. Reserve Your Webcast Seat Now Overview: This TUC webcast will provide insight and detail in the day-to-day operations and challenges of TSM Administrators. Over the years Mr. Perkins has spoken to many TSM and backup administrators to understand their challenges, goals and what they are dealing with in certain aspects of their jobs. He will touch on a few items that he has done to overcome some of the same... [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]
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]
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]
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]