IBM Storage Insights vs IBM Storage Insights Pro

Compare the features of IBM Storage Insights and IBM® Storage Insights Pro.

  • The free version is called IBM Storage Insights and provides a unified view of a storage environment with diagnostic event information, an integrated support experience, and key capacity and performance metrics. This includes component health overviews for switches and fabrics with key performance metrics. IBM Storage Insights is available at no cost to IBM Storage Insights Pro subscribers and owners of IBM block storage systems who sign up.
  • The capacity-based, subscription version is called IBM Storage Insights Pro and includes all the features of IBM Storage Insights plus a more comprehensive view of the performance, capacity, and health of storage resources. This includes key health, performance, and diagnostic information for switches and fabrics. It also helps you reduce storage costs and optimize your data center by providing features like intelligent capacity planning, storage reclamation, storage tiering, and advanced performance metrics. The storage systems that you can monitor are expanded to include IBM file, object, software-defined storage (SDS) systems, and non-IBM block and file storage systems, such as Dell EMC storage systems.
In both versions, when problems occur on your storage, you can get help to identify and resolve those problems and minimize potential downtime, where and when you need it.

Compare the features in these two offerings:

Table 1. Features in IBM Storage Insights and IBM Storage Insights Pro
Resource Management Functions IBM Storage Insights (free) IBM Storage Insights Pro (subscription)
Monitoring Inventory management IBM block storage, switches, fabrics, and VMware ESXi hosts IBM and non-IBM block storage, file storage, object storage, switches, fabrics, and VMware ESXi hosts
Logical configuration Basic Advanced
Health Call Home events Call Home events
Performance Basic
  • 3 storage system metrics: I/O rate, data rate, and response times
  • 4 switches metrics: port saturation, port congestion, port hardware errors, and port logical errors
  • 3 host metrics: host I/O rate, host data rate, host response time
  • 3 virtual machine metrics: I/O rate, data rate, response time
Advanced
  • 100+ metrics for storage systems and their components
  • 40+ metrics for switches and related components
  • 10+ metrics for hosts and related components
  • 10+ metrics for virtual machines and related components
Capacity Basic
  • 4 metrics: used capacity, available capacity, total capacity, and compression savings aggregated for storage systems
  • 2 host metrics: SAN capacity, used SAN capacity
  • 2 virtual machine metrics: SAN capacity, used SAN capacity
Advanced
  • 25+ metrics for storage systems and their components
  • 10+ metrics for hosts and related components
  • 10+ metrics for virtual machines and related components
Drill down performance workflows to enable deep troubleshooting   Checkmark
Explore virtualization relationships   Checkmark
Explore replication relationships   Checkmark
Retention of configuration and capacity data
2 years
(Only the last 24 hours is shown)
2 years
Retention of performance data
1 year
(Only the last 24 hours is shown)
1 year
Exporting performance data to a file   Checkmark
Service Filter events to quickly isolate trouble spots Checkmark Checkmark
Hassle-free log collection Checkmark* Checkmark
Simplified ticketing Checkmark Checkmark
Show active PMRs and ticket history Checkmark* Checkmark
Reporting Inventory, capacity, performance, and storage consumption reports
  • Capacity reports for block storage systems and pools
  • Inventory reports for block storage systems, switches, chassis, and switch ports
All reports
Alerting Predictive Alerts Checkmark Checkmark
Customizable, multi-conditional alerting, including alert policies   Checkmark
Analytics Performance planning   Checkmark
Capacity planning   Checkmark
Business impact analysis (applications, departments, and groups)   Checkmark
Optimize data placement with tiering   Checkmark
Optimize capacity with reclamation   Checkmark
Security ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management standards certified Checkmark Checkmark
Pricing Entitlements Free Capacity-based subscription
Restriction: *You must have a current warranty or maintenance agreement for an IBM block storage system to open tickets and send log packages.
In IBM Storage Insights, you can monitor IBM block storage only. In IBM Storage Insights Pro, you can monitor IBM block storage, and the following additional storage:

For the complete list of devices that you can monitor, see Supported devices in IBM Storage Insights.