What's new in IBM Storage Insights

Check out the new features and enhancements that are available in the Q4 2023 update of IBM® Storage Insights and IBM Storage Insights Pro.

IBM is constantly updating the infrastructure, security, and stability of IBM Storage Insights to improve your experience. Enhanced analytics, troubleshooting capabilities, and more robust data collection are built in to this update, so the IBM Support team can better assist you in monitoring your storage environment.

Seamless monitoring DS8000 R9.4

You can add DS8000 devices that are running on R9.4 version to your IBM Storage Insights and monitor them seamlessly.

Sustainability monitoring for IBM Storage Flash

Sustainability in business refers to a company's strategy to reduce the negative environmental impact that results from their operations in a particular market. An organization's sustainability practices are typically analyzed against environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. For data center infrastructure, sustainability is measured by the carbon emissions that are generated through direct power consumption and the power that is needed for system cooling, expressed as CO2e (which is carbon dioxide equivalent).

Current market standards mandate sustainability reports for data centers to furnish comprehensive insights into each infrastructure type. In its recent release, IBM Storage Insights facilitates the monitoring of energy consumption metrics for IBM Storage Flash. It includes power, temperature (in both Celsius and Fahrenheit), and power efficiency measured in Watts or Raw TB. The platform enables storage administrators to configure sustainability Service Level Agreements (SLA). As the alerts are based on these metrics, contribution to the efficient management of energy consumption and the reduction of environment impacts the data center operations.

Note: Sustainability data collection is supported for Call Home with Cloud services connected devices. It is NOT supported for Data Collector (DC) connected devices.

If any ransomware alert gets detected, it will affect the health status of the storage system in the Carbon dashboard and not in the Classic IBM Storage Insights view.

Unlocking the advanced diagnostic power of DS8000

IBM Storage Insights enhanced the diagnostic capabilities for DS8000 by enabling the seamless offloading of various diagnostic data types. These data types include PE packages, On-Demand Data (ODD) dumps, and State Saves. Previously, only General PE packages might be offloaded from IBM Storage Insights. For other types of diagnostic data like On-Demand Data (ODD) dumps and State Saves, you needed to offload it directly from the DS8000.

With this update, you can access diverse diagnostic data types and streamline the troubleshooting processes for DS8000. Learn more about DS8000.

REST API

IBM Storage Insights REST APIs provide a seamless integration pathway for external applications, including integrated operation managers, with IBM Storage Insights. Following REST principles, these APIs employ predictable resource oriented URLs, accept form-encoded request bodies, generate JSON-encoded responses, and comply with standard HTTP response codes, authentication methods, and verbs. Also, they incorporate safeguards against bursts of incoming requests for enhanced stability. IBM Storage Insights administrators and monitor personas can effectively use the REST API to access relevant data within their designated tenant. Following is the list of APIs developed in this release:
  • For a IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user, list all available block, file, and object storage systems added to a tenant.
  • For a IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user, get details of a particular storage system added to a tenant.
  • For a IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user, get all alerts generated on a IBM Storage Insights tenant.
  • For a IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user, get alerts of a particular storage system added to a tenant.
  • For a IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user, get all notifications generated on a IBM Storage Insights tenant.
  • For a IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user, get notifications of a particular storage system added to a tenant.
  • For a IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user, get all volume details of a particular storage system added to a tenant.
The Admins need API keys to perform certain operations. For example, To collect data from multiple management services to a single dashboard and showcase the view of data centers. The Admin can perform the following:
  • Generate the REST API key: The process to generate the API key remains the same if it is generated for the first time or if there is a list of already generated API keys.

  • Revoke the REST API key: It enables the Admin to remove access of an API key from the user who already has access to it.

  • Rotate/Renew REST API key: It enables the Admin to provide a new REST API key to the user if it gets lost and Renew in case the duration of the key is expired.

Learn more about REST API.

Metric API

With the new Metric API, you can get all the performance and capacity metric details of a particular storage system added to a tenant for an IBM Storage Insights administrator/monitor user.

Learn more about Metric API details in Swagger documentation.

Overview dashboard (Carbon)

Experience a new look and feel of IBM Storage Insights. With the new User Interface (UI), you can switch between the new experience (modern carbon view) and classic IBM Storage Insights view.

You can now experience the new overview dashboard that provides aggregated and system level information about different aspects, such as, resources, capacity, sustainability, workload protection, system protection. Learn more about Overview dashboard (Carbon).

New VOLSER column for DS8000 Copy Data section

For DS8000, you can now view the VOLSER column for your count-key-data (CKD) volumes in two more tabs of the Copy Data section. The following changes were made in the Copy Data section of the DS8000 details page:
  • A new VOLSER column that shows the volume serial number for DS8000 CKD data is added in the Remote Relationships and FlashCopy tabs.
  • By default the VOLSER column is shown in both Remote Relationships and the FlashCopy tabs in the Copy Data section of DS8000 details page.

Policy based replication-high availability support for IBM Storage FlashSystem

Policy-based Replication for HA is now supported for IBM Storage FlashSystem, which are added to IBM Storage Insights through ACH. You can now view the synchronous replication policies as 2-site-ha that are associated with the volume groups. The IBM Storage Insights GUI is enhanced to display the views that are relevant for both synchronous and asynchronous policies that are assigned to the volume groups.

The following changes were made in the Volume Groups section of the Flash system details page:
  • The following listed columns were renamed:
    • Topology to Replication Topology
    • RPO Alert to RPO
    • Current RPO to Current Recovery Point
    • RPO Status to Policy Status
  • A new column Partition Name is added which is not a default column.
  • A tooltip is added to the Location 1 System and Location 2 System columns that show if it is a production copy or recovery copy.

Also, similar changes were made in the Replication Policies tab of the Copy Data section in the device details page.

The following listed columns were renamed:

  • Topology to Replication Topology

  • RPO Alert to RPO

  • Location 1 to Location 1 System

  • Location 2 to Location 2 System

Enhanced default alert policies and capacity alerting

Alerting in IBM Storage Insights got better as all the default alert policies for block and file storage systems are now configured with the advanced capacity prediction. The alerting function uses the power of AI-enabled capacity planning of IBM Storage Insights to trigger you the relevant capacity alert when it is most crucial for your storage environment.

All default alert policies now come with the following default capacity alert definitions along with existing default alert conditions.
  • Storage system used capacity is greater than or equal to 60% in the next 180 days
  • Storage system used capacity is greater than or equal to 75% in the next 90 days
  • Storage system used capacity is greater than or equal to 80% in the next 30 days

You can also create a custom alert on capacity limit condition based on your requirement. For example, you can create an alert for your storage systems when their used capacity reaches the capacity limit.

Two new fields Capacity and Span were added while setting up alert definitions for Used Capacity.
  • The Capacity field is provided with 2 drop down values. Custom for providing the required value in the Value field, and Capacity Limit to default set Value to 80%.
  • The Span field is provided to specify the required duration by days or dates. None value is also provided for Span field.

capacity alerting

Learn more about defining alert definitions for capacity changes

Don't forget to upgrade your data collectors

If the automatic upgrade option for data collectors is enabled, you do not need to do anything once IBM Storage Insights is updated. You can pick up right where you left off. 

If the automatic upgrade is not enabled, you might be notified to upgrade your data collectors so that you can benefit from all the new features and improvements. To upgrade the data collectors, make sure that you have the Administrator role and click the link in the notification message or select Data Collector from the Configuration menu and click Upgrade.

Upgrade data collectors