Originally posted by: ldean0558
IBM Senior Certified Executive IT Architect
Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
Today I want to write about a very recent enhancement for IBM storage clients. This announcement was specific to all IBM Storage clients using IBM Spectrum Control.
IBM recently announced a new solution for existing Spectrum Control clients to obtain a cloud based version and get even more value from their Spectrum Control investment. Whether you have Spectrum Control Standard, Advanced, Select or Virtual Storage Center all versions are covered under this new solution.
In this new solution for existing clients of Spectrum Control, they are entitled to this new solution using existing Spectrum Control licensed capacity. This new solution which is a cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) offering is titled Storage Insights for Spectrum Control. For current Spectrum Control clients this new solution is provided with no additional costs.
Since the release of Storage Insights & Storage Insights Pro existing clients with Spectrum Control have asked for a similar cloud based option. Today we have that option.
Full details on what is provided In the IBM Storage Insights for Spectrum Control solution can be obtained at [ Storage Insights for Spectrum Control Knowledge Center]
I have provided in the following table a review by version of the features available with this new announcement to the Spectrum Control family of solutions.
|Spectrum Control family comparison|
|Features||Storage Insights||Storage Insights Pro||Spectrum Control Standard||Spectrum Control Advanced||Spectrum Control with SI for Control|
|Supported Storage Devices||IBM Block Storage||Block, File, Object||Block, File, Object||Block, File, Object||Block, File, Object|
|Agentless Servers (automatically managed) / Storage Resource Agents|| ||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Other devices: Non-IBM storage devices, VMWare, SAN Switches|| ||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Asset management (Type, model, serial number, firmware)||SaaS||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Support management: Ticket creation / log upload||SaaS||SaaS|| || ||Cloud|
|Capacity Management|| ||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Health (show status of entity) direct / call home||SaaS||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Alerting (send mesg to user) status / thresholds / eMail / SNMP / scripts|| ||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Storage / Fabric Performance and Error Reporting|| ||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Performance Interval, retention||5 min, 24 hour||5 min, 1 year||1min, customizable||1 min, customizable||On premises / Cloud|
|Provisoning using Service Classes & Capacity Pools with automatic zoning|| || ||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises|
|Reclamation analysis of unused volumes|| ||SaaS|| ||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Service Management (Chargeback & Consumer reports)|| ||SaaS|| ||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Rollup Reporting|| || || ||On Premises||On Premises*Advanced|
|Custom Reporting: GUI / API|| ||SaaS||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises / Cloud|
|Tiering support across pools|| ||Capacity Planning|| ||Recommend and Implement||On Premises / Cloud|
|Balance workload across pools|| || || ||On Premises||On Premises*Advanced|
|Volume Transformation|| || || ||On Premises||On Premises*Advanced|
|User ManagementL Active DIrectory/LDAP integration|| || ||On Premises||On Premises||On Premises|
|Cloud portal SLA|| ||SaaS|| || || |
If your existing Spectrum Control instance is providing your requirements then consider Storage Insights for Spectrum Control for the added value of enhance IBM Storage Support, and constantly getting access to the latest features of Storage Insights for Spectrum Control without any of the maintenance or upgrade activities.
Whatever reason you may need to reach out to IBM Storage Support, with IBM Support having immediate access to your storage configuration details will reduce the time and your teams effort to get a resolution or recommendation from IBM on how to proceed.