When I was a little kid my parents would tell me to turn off the water it costs us money. I had no idea how much the water ,gas, or electricity cost so telling me to conserve didn't have a whole lot of meaning. I wasn't allowed to touch the gas stove and I didn't know gas was used to heat the water. I only knew that the lights used electricity and I was also told all the time to turn them off. I didn't earn any money or pay the bills. In today's terms I had no insight.
I have much more appreciation for the resources my family uses because I have to pay for them. Living in the Sonora desert in Tucson, Arizona I now have a greater appreciation for scarce resources like water and how I need to do as much as I can to use less to save for future generations. We don't plant a lot of grass and we use efficient drip irrigation systems with desert plants to conserve our use of water, use energy efficient water heaters, and use low water use showers and toilets. Lots of things to conserve the use of water and also save money. At the same time I have thought my water bills were higher than they should be but I didn't do anything but ask my friends at work about their water bills. Again, I thought I was doing the right things but I still had no insight.
Up until the beginning of this year I would pay my water bill online and it would show me month to month usage. Last fall I got a notice that a wireless monitor was going to be connected to all water meters in my neighborhood. I didn't think much about it until I got a larger than normal water bill in January. I logged onto the new website and looked at my water usage. I could see by month, by day, by hour. The aha moment had arrived. I could see peaks and valleys and a high daily rate that made no sense. I called the water company to discuss what I saw. I found out about the standard use case for a house my size with similar size yard and swimming pool. I was given some tips about looking for leaks. I bought a new drip irrigation timer just to be safe. I found that the water used inside the house was within the normal range. I did find a major underground leak in the outside water system which also accounted for my backyard trees and plants being much bigger and greener than my neighbors. I fixed it and saw my water usage and water bill drop significantly. Being able to drill down by hour was enlightening. I now had insight.
Here is the my daily water usage from 4th quarter of 2014 through May 2015 to show when the outside water usage problem was fixed the end of January. The analytics behinds the data solved a major resource usage problem that I had. I didn't even know I had the problem until the new metrics were in place. One last positive impact to this data is that the sewer rate is based on the water usage rate of November, December, and January and after submitting a form to the county sewer department to recalculate that portion of the bill I got a call today that my sewer usage rate would be reduced by 50%. Data --> Analytics ---> Insight ---> $$ savings and proof of conservation.
In just about every industry there are advertisements about saving resources. In the storage industry we have always worked on lowering the cost of storage and improving the efficiency of the storage. Our Spectrum Storage Family members are focused on continuing the efficiency improvements of storage in the Software Defined Storage (SDS) environment.
IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights is designed to deliver the visibility required to resolve storage management complexity. It has the ability to use the cloud to monitor and manage on-premises storage. Delivered as a service, Storage Insights uses powerful contextual analytics to make management simpler and more intuitive,
ultimately providing the insights to better control your environment. You’ll always know exactly what you have, so you can accurately identify and categorize your assets. IBM’s integrated analytics also speeds problem resolution and root cause analysis; in fact, the solution is as granular as you need it to be. Using the dashboard,
you can gradually peel back the onion to see capacity and performance in context, even down to the application and department level.
With Storage Insights you can stop yelling to turn off the water and the lights by using the metrics and analytics to take the appropriate actions to get the most out your storage.
Figure of the Storage Insights dashboad.
For more detail about quickly benefiting with IBM Spectrum Control Storage Control refer to:
A cloud’s eye view of data management
Analytics Driven Data Management: IBM Storage Insights
IBM Service Engage: IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights