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More third-party storage support & IBM Spectrum Virtualize family enhancements highlight IBM Spectrum Control V5.3.5 release

By Bob Graczyk posted Thu November 07, 2019 02:55 PM


IBM Spectrum Control is a comprehensive solution that can significantly improve monitoring, automation and analytics capabilities in your storage environment. By always increasing the comprehensive monitoring capabilities of the entire data path, IBM Spectrum Control provides you with the tools to proactively resolve any issues before they happen from a single point of control.

In IBM Spectrum Control Version 5.3.5, you continue to get new features and enhancements that enable you to manage your storage, when you want and how you want - all from a single pane of glass!


Third-party storage

You might have a mix of IBM and non-IBM in your storage environment and you want to monitor and report on the health and asset capacity of your entire environment from a single point of view.

In IBM Spectrum Control Version 5.3.5, third party monitoring is extended to include Dell EMC Unity and NetApp ONTAP 9 block and file storage systems. You can monitor storage capacity and inventory and report on them directly in IBM Spectrum Control.


The capacity values have been updated to better reflect capacity usage in devices that support hardware compression. Your storage administrator can now see capacity, such as pool capacity and allocated space, that is measured based on the physical capacity of the device, rather than the effective capacity.


IBM Spectrum Virtualize family

Other enhancements provide more detailed information for monitoring with the IBM Spectrum Virtualize family. Additional performance metrics were added that enable to monitor the configuration and understand how the ports are used, for example, iSCSI (IP Port) configurations. Alerting is also supported for IP ports.

Also, you can monitor IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud storage systems. You can view information about the capacity, space usage, and performance of the storage systems.

Other features, such as alerting, health monitoring, advanced analytics, and reporting are also supported.

For more information on all the enhancements for the IBM Spectrum Virtualize family in this release, see the What’s new


IBM Spectrum Control has made adding or tracking new or other metrics easier than ever before!

With the new metrics selection dialog, you can:

  • Determine the available categories of performance metric at a glance, for example, volume, disk, port, and node

  • Scan all the metrics within a category

  • Quickly navigate to and view the desired metric

  • Clear selected metrics

  • See the number of selected metrics for each category

Complete release information

For more information on all the enhancements in this release, see the What’s new

The new enhancements will also be available in IBM Storage Insights and IBM Storage Insights Pro in the next round of updates!


Downloading IBM Spectrum Control

You can download IBM Spectrum Control, Version 5.3.5 here.

IBM Spectrum Control Version 5.3.5 can be applied as a new installation or as an upgrade to IBM Spectrum Control 5.2.x or Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.2.x. If you are applying this as an upgrade, your existing license will be transferred. If you are doing a new installation, a license is required and is included on Passport Advantage® Online.

Review the Installation instructions and Download package sections.

You can then install the product by following the installation instructions in the IBM Knowledge Center.


Joining the conversation

Be social, do social!

Join the conversation at #IBMStorage, #IBMCloud, #IBMSystems   #softwaredefinedstorage

You can also watch videos, read blogs, and explore social media to learn more about how to use IBM Spectrum Control. See Social media for IBM Spectrum Control.

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