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Are you planning to upgrade your Brocade switches soon or to invest in newer Broadcom switches?
We've got good news for you!
IBM Spectrum Control connects to the switch that you added, and automatically discovers the fabrics and switches that they manage. The discovered fabrics and switches are automatically added for monitoring, if they have the same credentials as the switches you added.
For switches with a Fabric OS version earlier than 8.2.1, use the BNA Storage Management Initiative (SMI) agent to manage the switches and fabrics. The SMI agent is embedded in the BNA. The BNA can manage multiple fabrics within and across data centers.
To see the Brocade models, firmware versions, and agents that are used by IBM Spectrum Control, see the IBM Spectrum Control interoperability matrix.
More non-IBM storage system support
More good news! You can now monitor and set alerts for performance for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series and G Series systems. You can compare your storage workloads and response times across your entire storage environment.
For example, view the Total I/O Rate and the Overall Response Time of your Hitachi VSP system.
*This feature also is supported in IBM Storage Insights
License name updates and Licensing page enhancements
You voiced your opinion on our licensing structure, and we listened!
The following licenses were renamed this release:
IBM Spectrum Control 5.3 licenses
IBM Spectrum Control 5.4.0 licenses
IBM Spectrum Control Standard Edition
IBM Spectrum Control
IBM Spectrum Control Standard Select Edition
IBM Spectrum Control Select Edition
Note: If you owned a Standard license in a previous release, you now have access to the following features:
To make it easier for you to understand your licensing and determine how much storage you can add before exceeding your license, the Licensing page in the GUI was updated.
The following updates were made:
For more information, see Licensing.
Some other features and enhancements that are available in IBM Spectrum Control 5.4.0 include:
Downloading IBM Spectrum Control
You can download IBM Spectrum Control, V5.4.0 here.
Review the Installation instructions and Download package sections.
You can then install the product by following the installation instructions in the IBM Knowledge Center.
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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.