IBM Spectrum Control 5.4.1 continues to provide a global dashboard that enables you to monitor not only IBM DS8000 storage systems but others as well, with one-minute performance data collection, and customized alerting and reports. Let’s not forget about the simplified, proactive IBM Support experience with the IBM Cloud-based, IBM Storage Insights for IBM Spectrum Control, which is available at no additional cost if you have an active license with a current subscription and support agreement for IBM Virtual Storage Center, IBM Spectrum Storage Suite, or any edition of IBM Spectrum Control.
This new release of IBM Spectrum Control 5.4.1, provides the following additional monitoring enhancements for DS8000:
- Snapshot information for volumes that are protected by Safeguarded Copy
- Topology and location information for DS8000 Fibre Channel (FC) ports.
Valuable snapshot information protected by Safeguarded Copy
You can view the total pool and storage system capacity that is used to store volume backups that are created by Safeguarded Copy. You can also view the pools that backup copies are written to, and the capacity that is used to store the volume copies across all your DS8000 storage systems.
The summary information has been updated on the Copy Data page to include the value for the capacity that is protected locally, which includes the volume capacity that is protected by Safeguarded Copy, FlashCopy, and VDisk mirror. You can also view the capacity that is used to store volume backups for Safeguarded Copy.
Included with seeing more information about the protected volumes when you click Safeguarded Copy, you can define alerts to notify you when the capacity for storing volume backups exceeds a specified amount for a storage system, pool, or a specific volume.
Also, the IBM Spectrum Control reporting feature can be used to create chargeback and consumer reports in order to view the capacity of the volume backups for Safeguarded Copy.
Port Topology and location of FC Ports
You’re an IBM Spectrum Control user that monitors DS8000 storage systems, and you need to understand the port topology and the location of the ports in the hardware hierarchy? Well, you’re in luck! It’s as easy as going to the Block Storage Systems page, double-clicking a DS8000 system, and then selecting FC Ports. You can also validate if the port uses FICON or the SCSI FCP protocol and view the frame, I/O enclosure, and host adapter for that port.