Everyone who knows me knows I am a Tivoli Storage Productivity Center fanatic. Why would you use any other product for monitoring your storage infrastructure?
While writing the IBM Redbooks publication Scale Out Network Attached Storage Monitoring, SG24-8207, I learned that the monitoring tools we used can work together to provide a complete view of your environment. The tools documented in this publication are SONAS built in monitoring, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, Arxview Data Center Analytics Engine, and the Galileo Suite Storage Monitoring product. The book provides an introduction to these monitoring tools and includes scenarios for monitoring the SONAS environment using them.
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center provides a set of policy-driven automated tools for managing storage capacity, availability, events, performance, and resources. It can reduce the complexity of managing a storage environment by centralizing, simplifying, and optimizing storage tasks that are associated with storage systems, storage networks, replication services, and capacity management.
Because it is policy-based, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center can detect potential problems and automatically adjust storage and resources that are based on the policies and actions that you define. For example, it can notify you when a server or storage system is running out of disk space or warn you of impending storage hardware failure. By alerting you to these and other issues that are related to your stored data, you can use Tivoli Storage Productivity Center to prevent unnecessary system and application downtime
The Tivoli Storage Productivity Center wiki is an excellent resource of information for users of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, which includes Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication. You will also find relevant information for the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication for System z product.
The Arxview Data Center Analytics Engine is a passive, agentless application that provides unique storage usage metrics on demand. Arxview maps data back to the organizational structure of the business and identifies key inefficiencies in that context. This allows business users to manage and measure their data use in a way that makes sense to them: by user, division, department, location, network share, file type, and hosting appliance, empowering them to collaborate with their IT peers in ensuring the quality and allocation levels of their stored data. Refer to the Arxview product site for more information at:
Galileo is software from the ATS Group which can be used to monitor your servers and storage. Galileo supports monitoring the SONAS environment from one console using different agents. Agents are installed on components and these agents collect data that is used by the Galileo software.Galileo also supports a variety of connected backend disk subsystems. Refer to the Galileo product site for a full list of supported storage subsystems at:
I believe you will find the information in this book useful in several ways. It provides an introduction to the Arxview and Galileo monitoring tools, as well as a review of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. In addition you will find scenarios on using the products and how the information they provide can be used to monitor and manage your environment.