Puns aside, Storage Insights is getting several new features that are about to make your life A LOT easier.
The new Storage Insights automates the collection and uploading of logs to IBM support. That's right. You read me. Click a button and automagically send logs to the IBM support team.
Even BETTER. Turn on auto log collection. If you need to log a call with IBM the support team have instant access to the logs. They can dive right into and start solving your problem. No more waiting. No more mucking around.
So that's my favourite part of today's blog post but like a good (bad?) TV commercial, there's more!
First, let me backup a little. What is Storage Insights?
Storage Insights is a cloud based monitoring tool. You deploy a lightweight data collector on premise and it feeds data signals to the IBM cloud. You then get a single plane of glass view across your entire environment.
You will get alerts, performance information and be able to view active PMR's and ticket history for your storage.
Slight asterisk for the above, your storage system has to be under a current IBM maintenance contract to get free access to Storage Insights.
For those of you that like to dot your i's and cross your t's, here is the supported list of IBM Storage platforms: (Included in the free version)
- V3700, V50x0, V7000, SVC
- FS840, FS900, A9000, A9000R
- XIV, Spectrum Accelerate
- DS8000 Family
- More coming soon
If your security people get antsy about using a cloud tool you can send them the following info:
- Data flow is one way to the IBM Cloud (and uses HTTPS)
- Data at rest is AES 256-bit encrypted
- ISO/IEC 27001 ISM certified (whatever that means)
- Single point of metadata collection
Storage Insights now comes in two flavours. Storage Insights and Storage Insights Pro.
Storage Insights is free as part of your IBM support agreement and contains all the features I've been harping on about above.
Storage Insights Pro was previously called Storage Insights and is the cloud version of TPC / Spectrum Control. In addition to above, the Pro version contains the following juicy features:
- Best practice violations
- Fully customisable alerting
- Business Impact Analysis
- Tiering Analysis and recommendations
- 2yrs of performance and capacity data with 100+ metrics (free versions stores 24hrs with 3-4 metrics)
- Capacity planning
- Support for EMC VNX, VMAX, IBM Cloud Object Storage, SONAS, and Spectrum Scale (ESS & GSS)
If you'd like a sneak preview of what you can expect from Storage Insights then check out the following screenshots.
If you're really keen, you can log-in to our sandpit environment and explore all the new features.
Setup is quick and easy and should take about 30 minutes. If you like to read instructions you can find them here. Myself, Abilio and your friendly IBM reseller are happy to help.