Planning for Pure Storage systems

Pure storage resources provide block storage for organizations with network-attached storage or storage area network environments that have block-level services. IBM Storage Insights provides enhanced monitoring for Pure FlashArray//M and FlashArray//X storage systems.

Pure FlashArray//M and FlashArray//X Device configuration

A Pure FlashArray//M or FlashArray//X can be added to IBM Storage Insights as a block storage system. When you add a Pure storage system, IBM Storage Insights collects data by connecting directly to the storage system.

To view the versions of Pure storage systems that are supported in IBM Storage Insights, go to the External link iconPure Storage support page.

Antivirus software restriction: If your antivirus software is set on the maximum mode, it might prevent your Pure Storage systems from being added to IBM Storage Insights. For more information about how to configure your antivirus software, see Before you begin checklist for IBM Storage Insights.

Benefits

IBM Storage Insights can help you predict and prevent storage problems before they impact your business. Here are some key benefits of using IBM Storage Insights to monitor your Pure storage systems:
  • View detailed information about capacity, storage usage, and performance.
  • Monitor health, status, and availability.
  • Use alerts and alert policies to be notified of conditions and potential problems.
  • Use advanced analytics to reclaim storage.
  • Create and share reports about inventory, capacity, performance, and storage consumption.

Supported features

View a detailed list of the features in IBM Storage Insights that you can use to monitor PureFlashArray//M and FlashArray//X storage systems:
Table 1. Supported features for PureFlashArray//M and FlashArray//X
Resource Monitoring Features Supported
Understanding the environment Monitor storage inventory and configuration. Includes information about type, model, serial number, and firmware. Check mark
Understand storage relationships, from volume and share down to server and application. Checkmark
Explore virtualization relationships.  
Explore replication relationships. Checkmark
View dashboards to get insights into key aspects of your storage at a glance and one-click access to web-based element managers. Checkmark
Support for multiple protocols and storage types, such as FC, iSCSI, and NVMe. Checkmark
Monitoring capacity Collect storage consumption and capacity metrics. Checkmark
View data reduction information. Checkmark
View copy data information. Checkmark
View internal storage tiers such as Easy Tier®.  
Monitor the storage consumed by applications. Checkmark
Monitoring performance Collect performance metrics about the workload on resources. Checkmark
View calculated metrics to gain insights into performance conditions. Checkmark
Export performance data to a compressed file. Checkmark
Drill down performance workflows to troubleshoot bottlenecks. Checkmark
Compare the performance of resources. Checkmark
Monitoring health Understand the health of resources. Checkmark
Receive notifications when the status of a resource changes.  
View the status of elements that are not represented as resources. Checkmark
Alerting Alert on conditions within your storage environment. Checkmark
Define alerts to identify issues based on multiple conditions. Checkmark
Define alert policies to be notified of changes across related resources. Checkmark
Reporting View predefined reports. Checkmark
View chargeback and consumer reports. Checkmark
Create custom reports by using the REST API. Checkmark
Create rollup reports to view information across multiple servers. Checkmark
Analytics Performance planning. Checkmark
Capacity planning. Checkmark
Business impact analysis (applications, departments, and groups). Checkmark
Optimize data placement with tiering.  
Optimize capacity with reclamation. Checkmark
Restrictions:
  • In replication relationships, any snapshot volumes in either source or target storage systems that are not assigned to a host, are not stored in IBM Storage Insights. The volumes are listed in the Copy Data page but do not have hyperlinks.
  • For asynchronous remote relationships, note the following limitations.
    • From the target storage system perspective, no details are available for the source storage system.
    • From the source storage system perspective, the remote storage systems and volumes are listed in the Copy Data page. However, the remote volumes cannot be correlated with the volumes on the source system and so do not have hyperlinks.

Metadata collection schedule

By default, asset, capacity, and configuration metadata is aggregated and collected daily. Schedule daily reports to gain insights about your Pure storage systems.

For Pure storage systems, the collection intervals for performance metadata are 5 minutes and 60 minutes. The default interval is 5 minutes.

What's next

Before you can monitor, alert, and report on your Pure storage systems, you must add them to IBM Storage Insights.

For instructions on how to add storage systems for monitoring, see Adding storage systems.