IBM Spectrum Virtualize, SVC
Performance Management for IBM Spectrum Virtualize, SVC and Storwize
Monitor the performance, capacity & configuration of your multi-vendor SAN infrastructure in a single view.
Reduce your costs and mean time to resolution, and safely get the most value out of your SAN infrastructure with built-in architecture specific intelligence and statistical anomaly detection.
Stop jumping around between multiple tools and manually correlating data from different devices when trying to diagnose performance or configuration issues.
IntelliMagic Vision provides highly refined and interpreted information about your storage infrastructure to help prevent performance outages, resolve performance issues, optimize your storage infrastructure, and elevate storage infrastructure visibility.
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Health Insights include time, multiple metrics, multiple components, and AI-rated metrics in a single view to provide preventive focused insights. In this case, this system is showing throughput constraints, front-end response time, front-end read response time and port read response time issues, indicating serious performance risk.
Advanced statistical functions provide performance and capacity anomaly detection. This allows you to not only see what has changed, but also determine the magnitude and significance of that change.
IntelliMagic Vision’s Change Detection functions automatically identify significant workload changes in your Storage, Host (Cluster), Virtual Machine and Switch port environment so that you can investigate anomalies before they impact shared resources in the environment.
Capacity forecasting leverages AIOps functions to understand future storage capacity requirements and prevent capacity constraints.
IntelliMagic tracks key capacity metrics over time and calculates the consumption rate over time to provide a comprehensive view of the capacity growth and free space expiration at a storage system and storage pool level.
The number of days until running out of space can be leveraged to purchase more storage for the impacted storage system.
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Constructed topology views compares actual topology to best practices to identify orphaned ports, orphaned volumes, asymmetrical connectivity, single paths for ESX host and masking views, data issues and others.
Configuration analytics visually constructs all of the hosts connected through the fibre channel fabric from the VMware guest to the back-end storage LUN and its associated disk drives and offers interactive drill downs and descriptions to easily learn and investigate.
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Performance Management for IBM Spectrum Virtualize, SVC and Storwize
Breakthrough integration of VMware performance and configuration data
Unified SAN Fabric Performance Management
Pure FlashArray Performance Management
Hitachi Enterprise Storage Performance (VSP, G-Series, F-Series, HUSVM)
Performance Management for HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
IntelliMagic Vision collects measurement data from the storage arrays and SAN switches and supports the following platforms, attached to any host type such as Linux, Unix, AIX, Windows, VMware, etc.
IntelliMagic Vision uses various API’s and native CLI commands to collect data from the storage arrays and switches.
Storage area networks (SAN) consolidate data storage and allow high-speed access to stored information. A small company that uses a SAN for their day-to-day business probably won’t deal with all of the complexities involved with the system. If their storage requirements are low, then they typically won’t have to maintain too many servers and other associated equipment. A large enterprise may have to rely on multiple servers to handle their data storage, resulting in a heavier workload for their IT departments. Some of the biggest companies’ SANs might consist of thousands of servers, resulting in a much higher risk of performance issues that can ultimately hurt business.
Storage monitoring tools like IntelliMagic can help streamline and fix any data storage performance issues that plague a SAN. Their storage monitoring software can also leverage AIOps functions in order to allow IT and data storage professionals to understand future storage capacity requirements. Preventing capacity constraints can mitigate the chances of downtime that result from unexpected server upgrades. IntelliMagic can show users how to measure storage performance so SANs can continue to operate at peak efficiency.
Adding to the complexity of a SAN are all the performance analytics that show IT staff what’s going wrong as well as what can go wrong in the future. Too much information can be a bad thing sometimes if it’s not easy to access and process it all. IntelliMagic can show users all of these statistics in a single view. Users don’t have to waste time finding the information they need when it’s presented to them in a comprehensive, single pane of glass tool.
IntelliMagic is compatible with various pieces of hardware. For example, of all the EMC storage management tools on the market, IntelliMagic can help monitor and optimize storage array performance and capacity management by providing users with a front-end dashboard where analytics can be easily seen.
The open source storage monitoring ecosystem can provide companies with cost-effective and flexible methods to track SAN performance. Since most if not all open source tools are free, they’re attractive to companies that want to keep their expenses low. With open source software, any developer can modify the code to provide better functionality. A small company may never experience any issues using open source software to monitor their SAN.
For a small company seeking storage monitoring tools, open source options are available. However, open source monitoring tools typically can’t handle heavy workloads. It’s acceptable for a company to value cost savings over other concerns. Some open source server monitoring tools can’t handle the increased complexities of a larger SAN. More servers can mean more problems and there may come a point when open source database monitoring tools can’t perform the job of a paid service like AppDynamics storage monitoring or IntelliMagic. Open source tools can be a great starting-off point for a company trying out a SAN. If they want the details that can maximize their SAN performance, they should seek a paid option like AppDynamics database monitoring or IntelliMagic.
IntelliMagic uses AIOPs, Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations, to provide its users with insights that can show all of the elements that can indicate performance risk. Elements include throughput constraints, front-end response time, front-end read response time and port read response time issues. IntelliMagic offers all of these analytics in one tool and they can be viewed easily on their user-friendly dashboard.
An open source monitoring tool usually can’t handle the large scale problems that paid solutions can. If open source software fails, there’s really no effective support to call on for assistance. Users have to search for answers on their own. This can delay getting a SAN operational, which can adversely affect business.
There are several application monitoring tools open source options aside, that can help reassure companies that their SANs are being maintained well. Some examples may include:
AppDynamics: Boasting some of the world’s top companies and financial institutions as their clients, AppDynamics application monitoring is a step above from open source tools. AppDynamics pricing is based on the number of CPU Cores in use. A significant negative quality of the platform is its huge learning curve. It’s a complex product that requires extensive training.
SolarWinds: This monitoring service gives its users insightful details about SAN performance. Reports are almost too full of information. Interested customers can download and use a fully functional trial version for 30 days.
IntelliMagic: This platform uses AI-technology to provide real-time, detailed insights into SAN performance. IntelliMagic users can see what storage monitoring parameters are in need of maintenance in one easy-to-view dashboard. Visualizations help users troubleshoot their SAN software and equipment, providing a map to each problem zone. IntelliMagic can also help IT staff quickly find the root cause of problems without having to contact storage or switch vendors for help. This is just one of many features IntelliMagic offers all of their customers.
Data storage software should be thoroughly researched and chosen based on the needs of a company. The size and scope of their storage needs is of primary concern, but price and accessibility should also be significant factors. Storage tools that can manage many servers at once can be invaluable assets.
SolarWinds and AppDynamics network visibility features can help IT staff monitor the current performance of a SAN. Storage management software free from the internet can do the same thing. A free, open source monitoring dashboard can relay some basic analytics, but the data storage software list for free options usually can’t compare to paid options like IntelliMagic.
Keeping track of the current performance of a SAN is essential for strong server and network health. However, predicting a software or hardware malfunction and alerting IT staff to it before it happens can keep companies running and happy.
If IntelliMagic Vision recognizes an issue, AI will know the severity of the problem and rate it accordingly. These ratings can be found in a color-coded dashboard. Risks and issues are shown as red and yellow warnings. IntelliMagic Vision can also immediately alert IT staff when it finds hidden imbalances or mistakes in SAN configuration. Detecting these risks early before they cause more damage can save companies time and money. They’ll be able to focus on more important tasks like generating revenue and growing their businesses.
Not only does IntelliMagic Vision feature a visualization feature, but it also contains models of the internal workings of enterprise and mid-range SAN storage devices and switches. This feature can indicate hidden issues that IT staff wouldn’t normally be able to spot and fix.
Perhaps IntelliMagic Vision’s most important feature is its capacity planning capability. Users can use the platform to predict their future storage needs by analyzing the burn rate for each storage pool. Preventing, identifying, and eliminating SAN performance problems are three significant actions a storage monitoring tool should perform. Predicting future storage needs goes above and beyond free and other paid solutions. Only some of the best storage management software on the market can perform all of these functions.
Companies of all sizes across nearly every industry need to store their data somewhere. A secure, accessible place is on a SAN. Monitoring enterprise-grade on-premises storage systems is paramount for companies to run successfully. Depending on the sensitive nature of the data, whether it be financial or health data, information is the life-blood for many companies. The need for the security of this critical data adds to the complexity of data storage. A SAN that performs poorly may be vulnerable to intrusions. Companies can’t worry about this on top of every other business concern. They need a strong storage solution.
Data storage management software is essential to monitor and maintain a SAN of any size. SAN monitoring can help mitigate any network interruptions that might delay companies from storing and receiving the data they need in their day-to-day operations. Delays could cost these companies time and, often more importantly, money.
Free and open source monitoring tools for Windows and other operating systems can only do so much to meet a company’s data storage needs. AppDynamics infrastructure monitoring as well as other paid services like IntelliMagic may boast impressive client lists and complicated pricing schemes, but in the end, quality and accessibility are key components for effective storage monitoring tools. An HP storage monitoring tool like IntelliMagic can provide superior enterprise-grade monitoring solutions and show companies how to get the most out of their large-scale SANs.
IntelliMagic Vision helps reduce the visibility gaps and improves availability by providing deep insights, practical drill downs and specialized domain knowledge for your SAN environment.
Seeing real end-to-end risks from the VMware guest through the SAN fabric to the Storage LUN is difficult, leading to many SAN Connectivity issues.
Each distributed system platform has unique nuances. It's important for a solution to be capable of getting the detailed performance data capable of supporting vendor-specific architectures.