IBM Spectrum Control is Storage Resource Management (SRM) software which offers a “manager of managers”, a single pane of glass to monitor and manage multi-vendor storage (block, file and object) across your data center.
Version 5.2.10 released this month, introduces the following additional benefits to storage management teams who may use it to manage multi-vendor networked storage:
- Faster time to problem resolution
- The ability to export performance data directly from the web browser to a compressed file which could be sent over to IBM support if you need help analyzing a performance problem.
- Performance monitoring of outliers
- Assume you are using IBM Spectrum Virtualize or Storwize to virtualize legacy multi-vendor storage from EMC, HP, and HDS. You may have an “acceptable range” for performance metrics and may want to be alerted if one of the metrics like “read response time for an I/O group” occasionally falls outside your acceptable range. This is now possible with Spectrum Control as shown below:
- Capacity planning when thin provisioning is involved
- You may want to increase storage utilization hence you use “thin provisioning” to oversubscribe your existing networked storage. However thin provisioning assumes that you will add storage to your thin provisioned LUN in time before the application crashes. To do this you need a way to predict when you’ll hit the upper ceiling where thin provisioned storage must reconcile with your actual physical storage capacity. Spectrum Control now gives you a way to do this by looking at past capacity trends and charting historical capacity of thin provisioned volume growth.
- Historical capacity charting
- You may want to improve overall storage system performance and hence you enable IBM EasyTier. Now you have the option to do historical capacity charting of tier distribution in EasyTier pools.
- You may be using IBM Spectrum Scale (previously called GPFS) and may want to use Spectrum Control for capacity planning of Scale clusters. You now have the option with 5.2.10 to do historical capacity charting of Spectrum Scale file systems, pools and file sets.
- Greater control over the operation of your Spectrum Scale clusters
- For your Spectrum Scale cluster you as the storage administrator may want to schedule the load placed on it when Spectrum Control collects information regarding the size of Spectrum Scale (GPFS) snapshots. Now you have the option to decide when/if you want to enable the collection of snapshot size information from Spectrum Control
- Consolidated storage reporting across multiple data centers
- You may want a network-wide perspective of storage across data centers managed by multiple Spectrum Control instances. Now the roll-up reporting feature introduced in 5.2.10 gives you the ability to roll up capacity reports across all of these instances.
- Streamlining of SAN monitoring
- Unlike in the past where you had to choose between SNMP or Storage Resource Agent (SRA) or Storage Management Initiative (SMI) to monitor your Brocade SAN, now we have streamlined it down to one standard way to access your Brocade switches namely SMI. We recommend that you connect to your Brocade SAN switches via Network Advisor version 11.1 (with its own embedded SMI agent) or later.
In conclusion these are just a few of the many exciting new developments to come for Spectrum Control. In addition, if you are interested in learning more about our SaaS offering, check out the IDC blog about Spectrum Control Storage Insights written by our guest blogger Jingwen Li from IDC.