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IBM Spectrum Family: IBM Spectrum Control Standard Editon

Book Description

IBM® Spectrum Control (Spectrum Control), a member of the IBM Spectrum™ Family of products, is the next-generation data management solution for software-defined environments (SDEs). With support for block, file, object workloads, and software-defined storage and predictive analytics, and automated and advanced monitoring to identify proactively storage performance problems, Spectrum Control enables administrators to provide efficient management for heterogeneous storage environments.

IBM Spectrum Control™ (formerly IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center) delivers a complete set of functions to manage IBM Spectrum Virtualize™, IBM Spectrum Accelerate™, and IBM Spectrum Scale™ storage infrastructures, and traditional IBM and select third-party storage hardware systems.

This IBM Redbooks® publication provides practical examples and use cases that can be deployed with IBM Spectrum Control Standard Edition, with an overview of IBM Spectrum Control Advanced Edition. This book complements the Spectrum Control IBM Knowledge Center, which is referenced for product details, and for installation and implementation details throughout this book. You can find this resource as the following website:

IBM Spectrum Control Knowledge Center

Also provided are descriptions and an architectural overview of the IBM Spectrum Family, highlighting Spectrum Control, as integrated into software-defined storage environments.

This publication is intended for storage administrators, clients who are responsible for maintaining IT and business infrastructures, and anyone who wants to learn more about employing Spectrum Control and Spectrum Control Standard Edition.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
  2. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  3. IBM Redbooks promotions
  4. Preface
    1. Authors
    2. Now you can become a published author, too!
    3. Comments welcome
    4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
  5. Chapter 1. Introducing IBM Spectrum Control
    1. 1.1 IBM Spectrum Family
    2. 1.2 Software Defined Storage
    3. 1.3 Overview of IBM Spectrum Storage Family
      1. 1.3.1 Software Defined Storage control plane
      2. 1.3.2 Software Defined Storage data plane
    4. 1.4 Spectrum Control components
    5. 1.5 Spectrum Control architecture
    6. 1.6 Spectrum Control products
      1. 1.6.1 Licensing
      2. 1.6.2 IBM Virtual Storage Center and Spectrum Control unbundling
      3. 1.6.3 Spectrum Control Standard Edition features
      4. 1.6.4 Spectrum Control Advanced Edition comparison to the Standard Edition
    7. 1.7 IBM Copy Services Manager
    8. 1.8 Web-based GUI enhancements
      1. 1.8.1 Identifying hot spots in the web-based GUI
      2. 1.8.2 Spectrum Control Cinder driver
      3. 1.8.3 Spectrum Control agile development
    9. 1.9 VMware
    10. 1.10 Cognos reporting
    11. 1.11 Service Management Connect
  6. Chapter 2. Installation and upgrade checklist and considerations
    1. 2.1 Preinstallation planning
      1. 2.1.1 Planning checklist
      2. 2.1.2 Installation image considerations
    2. 2.2 Installation outline
      1. 2.2.1 Installation checklist
      2. 2.2.2 Installation
      3. 2.2.3 Postinstallation tasks
    3. 2.3 Upgrade summary
      1. 2.3.1 Planning considerations
      2. 2.3.2 Pre-upgrade steps
      3. 2.3.3 Upgrade steps
      4. 2.3.4 Post-upgrade tasks
    4. 2.4 Installing the Reporting component later
  7. Chapter 3. Setting up authentication
    1. 3.1 Planning for authentication
      1. 3.1.1 Authentication and authorization
      2. 3.1.2 Assigned roles
      3. 3.1.3 Single sign-on
    2. 3.2 Implementing authentication
      1. 3.2.1 Implementing Local OS authentication and an internal user ID
      2. 3.2.2 Implementing external authentication (direct LDAP) and a local internal user ID
      3. 3.2.3 Implementing external authentication (implicit) and a local internal user ID
      4. 3.2.4 Implementing external authentication and a domain internal user ID
    3. 3.3 Use case: Configuring Spectrum Control to authenticate with Bluepages for an intranet user
      1. 3.3.1 Adding a Bluepages SSL certificate
      2. 3.3.2 Configuring the federated repository
      3. 3.3.3 Configuring web security
      4. 3.3.4 Performing a test communication with Bluepages
      5. 3.3.5 Adding a specific Bluegroup to Spectrum Control role-based authorization
  8. Chapter 4. Configuration and administration considerations, tasks, and use cases
    1. 4.1 Adding resources to Spectrum Control
      1. 4.1.1 Adding IBM storage systems
      2. 4.1.2 Adding storage systems from other vendors
      3. 4.1.3 Adding fabrics and switches
      4. 4.1.4 Next steps
      5. 4.1.5 Updating and testing a data source
    2. 4.2 Adding servers
      1. 4.2.1 Choosing an agentless server versus a Storage Resource agent
      2. 4.2.2 Adding an agentless server
      3. 4.2.3 Deploying a Storage Resource agent
    3. 4.3 Storage Resource agent use cases
      1. 4.3.1 Updating agent properties
      2. 4.3.2 Changing the IP address or DNS name for Storage Resource agents
    4. 4.4 Additional configuration tasks
      1. 4.4.1 Installing additional applications
      2. 4.4.2 Backing up Spectrum Control
      3. 4.4.3 User authentication
      4. 4.4.4 Tivoli Common Reporting/Cognos Reporting single sign-on
      5. 4.4.5 User management in Spectrum Control
      6. 4.4.6 Preferred practices configuration tips
    5. 4.5 Dashboard administration use cases
      1. 4.5.1 Viewing the quick status on the dashboard
      2. 4.5.2 Handling alerts: Critical and warning
      3. 4.5.3 Handling device condition: Warnings and errors
      4. 4.5.4 Clearing unreachable switches
      5. 4.5.5 Handling performance monitors
    6. 4.6 Fabric administration use cases
      1. 4.6.1 Viewing inter-switch connections
      2. 4.6.2 Viewing NPV switch ports and internal routes
  9. Chapter 5. Service-oriented storage management using IBM Spectrum Control
    1. 5.1 Getting insights into how your storage is consumed
      1. 5.1.1 How to mitigate the risk of your pool running out of space
      2. 5.1.2 Monitoring your Easy Tier pools
      3. 5.1.3 How to mitigate the risk of overprovisioning
      4. 5.1.4 Creating input for your chargeback report
      5. 5.1.5 Rollup reports across different Spectrum Control servers
    2. 5.2 Organizing capacity data around applications and business units
    3. 5.3 Getting an overview of the resources that are associated with your applications
    4. 5.4 Drilling into resource details for problem determination and performance analysis
  10. Chapter 6. Advanced alert management
    1. 6.1 Alerting overview
    2. 6.2 Alerts
      1. 6.2.1 Features
      2. 6.2.2 Triggering conditions for alerts
      3. 6.2.3 Reporting
    3. 6.3 Alerting and event processing
      1. 6.3.1 Scenario 1: Monitoring and being notified about storage utilization
      2. 6.3.2 Scenario 2: Performance troubleshooting with advanced alert management
      3. 6.3.3 Scenario 3: Closely monitoring new application usage with advanced alert management
  11. Chapter 7. Managing IBM Spectrum Scale with IBM Spectrum Control
    1. 7.1 Historical overview of Spectrum Scale support in Spectrum Control
    2. 7.2 Troubleshooting scenarios
      1. 7.2.1 Adding Spectrum Scale files and objects to Spectrum Control
      2. 7.2.2 Usage scenarios for troubleshooting Spectrum Scale
    3. 7.3 Advantages of using the Spectrum Control web-based GUI to manage Spectrum Scale clusters
    4. 7.4 Advantages of using the Spectrum Scale GUI to manage Spectrum Scale
  12. Chapter 8. IBM Spectrum Control Advanced Edition overview
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 Cloud configuration
      1. 8.2.1 Tiering
      2. 8.2.2 Service classes
      3. 8.2.3 Capacity pools
    3. 8.3 Storage provisioning
    4. 8.4 Optimization
      1. 8.4.1 Balancing pools
      2. 8.4.2 Analyzing tiering
      3. 8.4.3 Volume transformation
    5. 8.5 IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot
  13. Appendix A. Managing security vulnerabilities
    1. IBM Product Security Response Team overview
    2. Communicating about security vulnerabilities
    3. Finding the security bulletins
    4. Resolving security vulnerabilities for Spectrum Control
    5. Vulnerabilities for other products
    6. Vulnerabilities with the operating systems
    7. Reporting a security vulnerability
  14. Appendix B. Reporting scripts
    1. Overview
    2. Sample script with native SQL statement
    3. Sample script to run as a batch report
    4. Sample script for Cognos
  15. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Other publications
    3. Online resources
    4. Help from IBM
  16. Back cover