Agentless monitoring of IBM Storage Flash using IBM Storage Insights
Acknowledgement – Ramakrishna Vadla, Manankumar Bhatt
IBM Storage Insights is an IBM Cloud-based service that helps to manage complex storage infrastructures by monitoring health, capacity, and performance and making cost-saving decisions by capacity planning, storage utilization, and simplifying the reporting. The meta-data required for storage infrastructure monitoring is collected by the IBM Storage Insights Data collectors that are installed on the virtual servers in the premises of the customer’s data center. The IBM Storage Insights Data collectors do a great job of collecting configuration, status, capacity, and performance metadata about your IBM Spectrum Virtualize storage systems.
We have seen earlier another way of collecting the metadata i.e, using IBM Call Home with cloud services without the need of installing Datacollector while onboarding new IBM Spectrum Virtualize devices. But what if there was another way to collect metadata that didn't require installing and deploying a data collector into your environment for the existing IBM Spectrum Virtualize devices? Wait no longer!.
Switch collecting data from IBM Storage Insights Data Collector to IBM Call Home
When you enable Call Home with cloud services on an IBM Spectrum Virtualize storage system, you now have the option to integrate the device with IBM Storage Insights using IBM Storage Virtualize storage management GUI and Switch the Data collection from Data Collector to IBM Call Home with cloud services from Storage Insights. It is recommended to switch the devices monitored through Data collector to IBM Call Home with cloud services
With this switch from DataCollector to IBM Call Home with cloud services, you can collect the same metadata as a data collector and send it securely to IBM Cloud® for analysis and reporting in IBM Storage Insights for already added IBM Spectrum Virtualize. This will reduce the time to value by,
- Not having to obtain a virtual machine
- Not having to download and deploy the data collector.
- Not having to configure additional firewall rules for data collectors.
- No data collector to maintain and upgrade
The ability to switch from Data collector to Call Home with cloud services for monitoring is available for IBM SAN Volume Controller and the IBM Storage Flash family that meet the following requirements:
- IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.6.0 and later
- At least 128GB of system memory
Here is a quick video that demonstrates how to switch from Data collector to IBM Call Home with cloud services for monitoring is available for IBM Storage Flash