Your block storage inventory at a glance
Have you ever wanted an enterprise-wide dashboard for monitoring your block storage systems? And did you want that dashboard to look like those slick Network Operations Center (NOC) dashboards that you often see used by IT professionals in large organizations? Well, look no further than this update of IBM Storage Insights.
The new dashboard in IBM Storage Insights provides a window into the health, capacity, and performance of IBM block storage systems. With this dashboard, you no longer need to open different management GUIs to view key information about storage systems — it's all here now, at a glance. To access the dashboard, simply click Home > Dashboard.
In the dashboard's Event Feed, you can quickly view and sort the latest critical and warning Call Home events that were detected for your IBM block storage systems. Just click an event to view more details about it.
On the right side of the dashboard, monitored storage systems are displayed on easy-to-read tiles so you can quickly scan your inventory. For each storage system, you can view:
- The name of the storage system
- The number of nodes and enclosures (when applicable)
- The number of error and warning conditions that were detected
- Key performance and capacity metrics
Product support at your finger tips
Detecting and resolving issues in a storage environment is one of the main focuses of this update. It combines storage-management capabilities with a simplified yet robust IBM Support experience to help you spend less time troubleshooting storage problems and more time planning for your future storage needs.
Getting support for any IBM block storage system in your inventory is just a click away.
With features such as Call Home, a lightweight data collector, a streamlined ticketing process, and proactive support, you can feel confident that your storage environment is stable, performing well, and has the capacity to meet your applications' requirements. And if a problem does occur, you can get help easily by:
Additionally, IBM Support has read-only access to diagnostic information about monitored storage systems, so they can proactively help troubleshoot and resolve problems.
Pearls in the documentation: All about security
The new IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights Security Guide [PDF] explains the security and data collection features of IBM Storage Insights and addresses the typical concerns of administrators and IT professionals when deploying such capabilities in their environments., The guide is available as a downloadable PDF.
In this guide, the following questions are answered:
- What is the data collector?
- How is the metadata protected?
- What types of metadata are collected?
- How long is the metadata kept?
- Who can access the metadata that is collected?
You can also view security information directly in the IBM Knowledge Center.
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