Value of Spectrum Control to Spectrum Accelerate

Are you an enterprise customer or cloud provider looking for a distributed tier 1 storage offering consistent performance for use with OLTP, Oracle, SAP, Exchange or Web 2.0 workloads?  Look no further than IBM Spectrum Accelerate.  Spectrum Accelerate is based on what was previously IBM XIV and is ideally suited for customers with PB scale needs but just a minimal storage staff available to manage it.  Don’t take my word for it but hear why a customer like Silverpop (vendor of marketing automation from the cloud) chose Spectrum Accelerate over  VMware VSAN and EMC ScaleIO for a high-write Oracle environment.

Now you may wonder – what value would I get from IBM Spectrum Control considering that Spectrum Accelerate already includes Hyper-Scale Manager?  Spectrum Control is designed to monitor and manage multi-vendor storage including Spectrum Accelerate.  It provides storage teams with a single pane of glass to view and report on health, capacity, performance, and SAN connectivity of the entire storage environment, as well as alerting on issues that occur in the environment.  Here is a view of Spectrum Control monitoring Spectrum Accelerate alongside other IBM storage xiv1

Using this tool, you can identify health issues and use the capacity views to identify when your environment runs out of storage.  In addition to viewing capacity you can also chart it historically for planning purposes.

The performance view shown below helps you identify that Spectrum Accelerate is pushing the most IO in the environment: xiv2

Even though it is pushing the most IO, it has the best overall response times as shown below.  xiv3.png

As a storage consumer, perhaps you have a need to generate chargeback reports?  To help you Spectrum Control supports consumer modeling, enabling you to create models of how your servers, applications, and departments are using shared storage.

Perhaps you have a need to understand how capacity trends over time for an application (say a billing app) when it is using multiple volumes in a Spectrum Accelerate solution?  The following screen shot demonstrates such capacity trends for an application that uses 5 volumes in Spectrum Accelerate. xiv4

Perhaps you have a need to identify response times for the application when it hits those storage volumes?  In the above example all volumes have a response time of less than 6 msec per operation.

For chargeback perhaps you need to contrast the storage capacity consumed by one host application versus capacity consumed by other host applications?  The following screen shot demonstrates how this would appear.


From the perspective of alerting, Spectrum Control can create over 100 different alerts for Spectrum Accelerate.  From a reporting perspective Spectrum Control provides over 70 Cognos reports and gives you the option to create your own custom reports. From a cost savings perspective, Spectrum Control helps you identify storage volumes that have been orphaned by decommissioned applications on host servers, so you may re-purpose those volumes.  This allows you to defer additional storage purchases.

Like what you hear and want to give this a test drive?  Check out our 30 day no risk evaluation of Storage Insights, if you find the insights valuable you can either purchase a subscription to have IBM manage your storage from the cloud or purchase our comprehensive on-premise offering that is Spectrum Control.