Key features of IBM Spectrum Connect

Combines private cloud management with tools and APIs

Combines private cloud management capabilities with several enabling tools and APIs into a single distribution and managed through a single user interface. Tools include IBM Storage Enabler for Containers, IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA, IBM Storage Enhancements for VMware vSphere Web Client, IBM Storage Plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator, IBM Storage Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations Manager, and IBM Storage Automation Plug-in for PowerShell.

Supports the IBM block storage offerings

Supports the IBM FlashSystem® family, IBM Storwize® family, IBM DS8000 series, IBM SAN Volume Controller, and IBM XIV®, as well as IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ and IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ on supported hardware. Also supports VersaStack™. Visit the IBM Storage homepage to learn more about these products.

Supports IBM Cloud Paks and Red Hat OpenShift V3.11

IBM Spectrum Connect enables container orchestration with Kubernetes, IBM Cloud Paks and Red Hat OpenShift V3.11 along with IBM's Enterprise Flash offerings. It simplifies the provisioning of storage for containers by defining policies by SLA or by workload. It supports multiple and variable IBM storage offerings as a single interface. It also provides better storage visibility to improve troubleshooting in containerized environments.

Supports VMware environments

IBM developers have been helping their customers integrate with VMware through APIs which are now included in Spectrum Connect. One example is the IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA (vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness). These APIs allow vSphere vCenter to recognize and use the capabilities of various IBM storage systems. The visibility makes it easier for virtualization and/or storage admins to allocate, maintain and monitor the datastores for the VMs.

Supports PowerShell

IBM has developed multiple PowerShell command-lets (cmdlets) for provisioning and managing IBM storage systems through trusted PowerShell commands to the devices. These command-lets are included in the IBM Storage Automation Plug-in for PowerShell which is deployed on a PowerShell host using Spectrum Connect as the common user interface. The capabilities can also be used with PowerCLI to automate storage related tasks for Microsoft environments managed in VMware vSphere.

Supporting Open Standards - CSI

With new Container Storage Interface (CSI) support, IBM simplifies storage connectivity as we eliminate the requirement for IBM Spectrum Connect. New CSI drivers will support Red Hat OpenShift 4.X and IBM Cloud Paks, simplifying orchestration for containers and bringing enterprise services to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

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