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New for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Version 5.2.5

New features and enhancements are available in IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center Version 5.2.5.

Learn about the following features and updates in Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Version 5.2.5. These features are available for all product licenses.

Viewing ICL trunks and E_port channels
You can view information about inter-chassis link (ICL) trunks between Brocade switches on the Inter-Switch Connections page. You can also view information about E_port channels between Cisco switches on the Inter-Switch Connections page.
The following figure shows an E_port channel on the Inter-Switch Connections page:
Specifying global notification settings for alerts
You can specify global settings for alert notifications in one, central location. The settings for alert notifications determine who is notified when alert conditions are detected on monitored resources. Use this feature to quickly apply notification settings across all resources so that key people are always notified when alert conditions are detected. If you want to apply different notification settings for a specific resource or alert, you can override the global settings at any time.
See Configuring email alert notifications.
Modeling applications using file storage resources
You can use application modeling to gain consumer-centric insights into the storage that is consumed by an application. You can monitor the file capacity growth on a per application basis, which enables quick problem determination by showing all the storage resources that the application is dependent on in the environment.
You can create applications to monitor storage resources, such as filesets, that applications use in a GPFS environment. You can associate filesets on the following storage systems with applications:
  • IBM GPFS/GSS (GPFS clusters and GSS systems)
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified
You can add filesets directly to the application from the Filesets page or create a resource filter for filesets and add the filesets that are associated with file systems to the application or subcomponent.
Viewing application and department hierarchies
You can use the interactive breadcrumbs on the Overview page for applications and departments to navigate to the different elements of a hierarchy, such as the subcomponents of an application or the subdepartments of a department. You can also, for example, click the application name to go to the related department or subdepartment. Alternatively, you can click the department name to go to the related application or subcomponent. The hierarchy list enables you to add resources and navigate quickly to other subcomponents and subdepartments in the hierarchy.
The following figure shows the Overview page for the Data subcomponent that belongs to the DB2® application:
Managing applications and departments with CLI commands
You can issue the following commands to add filesets to applications:
  • modifyappgroup
  • modifyappgroupviafile
The following commands were updated to use the -id parameter, instead of the -name parameter, to uniquely identify the application :
  • modifyappgroup
  • modifyappgroupviafile
  • mkappgroup
  • lsappgroupmembers
  • rmappgroup
The following commands were updated to show hierarchical paths:
  • lsappgroup
  • lsdeptgroup
To delete members of an application, you can specify the -rmchildren parameter for the rmappgroup command.
Monitoring GPFS clusters and file storage
You can view the following additional information about GPFS clusters:
Viewing the space by pool charts
To identify the pools that are running out of space, view the space by pools charts on the Overview page for storage systems. You can view the charts for the following storage systems:
  • GPFS clusters and GSS systems
  • Storwize V7000 Unified
You can also view charts that show the pools with the largest storage capacity and the pools with the least amount of available storage capacity.
Viewing performance charts for volumes that are used by GPFS clusters
You can view the I/O performance of volumes on the back-end storage systems that are mapped to SAN-attached NSDs.
Viewing inode utilization for filesets
You can view inode information for all of the filesets in a cluster and identify the filesets that are running out of available inodes.
Viewing information about GPFS quotas
You can view information about the quotas and the quota usage on GPFS clusters. You can identify the quotas that are close to exceeding the quota limit, or have already exceeded the limit. On the Quotas page, you can also view the percentage of the disk space and inode quotas that are used by a user, group of users, or a fileset.
Viewing information about fabrics and switches
You can view fabric connectivity information for the back-end storage systems that provide storage to GPFS clusters. Use this feature to investigate connectivity and routing issues and to gain an understanding of the SAN topology of the GPFS cluster.
Viewing GPFS file systems that are mounted on cluster nodes
You can identify the file systems that are accessible from each cluster node and you can determine whether there are problems with mounting file systems on specific cluster nodes.
Viewing detailed information about roles that are assigned to cluster nodes
You can view detailed information about the roles that are assigned to each GPFS cluster node. You can determine which cluster nodes are GPFS clients and which cluster nodes are assigned the roles of manager, NSD server, and quorum.
Viewing the type of data that is stored in storage pools
You can determine which pools store data, metadata, or both.
Viewing NSD server information for NSDs
You can view the nodes that are configured as NSD servers for NSDs. If the NSD has an error or warning status, you can check whether there is a connectivity problem between one of the NSD servers and the disk.
Viewing the status changes of disks on AIX servers
You can now view when the status of disks on AIX servers change. Use this information to monitor changes to the disk status such as when the status of a disk degrades from normal to an error or warning status, or when the disk recovers from an error or warning status to a normal status. Status information for disks is available on the details page for monitored servers. See Viewing the status of internal resources.
Enhanced support for products and platforms
DB2 Version 10.5 Fix Pack 4 is provided with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Version 5.2.5.

Limitations and known issues for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center

For information about limitations and known issues that you might encounter when you use IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Version 5.2.5, see the External link icon5.2.5 Limitations and known issues document.

Product licenses for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center

Tivoli Storage Productivity Center offers product licenses with differing functionality to meet your storage management needs. For information about these licenses, see Product licenses.

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