Data storage growth planning: IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights reduces data management costs with analytics-driven insights!

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Knowing your current capacity usage and how fast your data is growing, are important keys before  you can start implementing a plan for accommodating future storage capacity.  Your plan must consist of not just the rate of your data storage growth but the overall capacity and much of it is being used. For example, a business organization that uses 80% might be in trouble, if the overall capacity is small and the rate of growth is relatively large; it could also be safe, if the overall capacity is large and the rate of growth is small.

Being able to predict future data storage growth is a crucial part of storage capacity planning. Equally important is trying  to curb the rate of growth itself. The more you can reduce how fast your data grows, and the more you can manage what growth there is, the more you will save.

The consumer insights that are available in IBM® Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights enable you to track the availability, capacity, and performance of the storage that your organization consumes and you can even create data models that represent the storage usage of your applications and departments.

Storage Insights fosters intelligent data storage growth planning by showing you quickly the past and current trends in capacity and space usage, and based on past and current storage usage, a cost savings analysis of your storage needs by

  • identifying the storage that is allocated but is not used
  • identifying opportunities to move existing workloads from higher to lower tiers of storage

 For example, you want to anticipate that the transaction rate for one of your medical applications is going to experience strong growth. To plan the increase in demand for storage, you want to check the space usage data for the application.

In Storage Insights, you click Resources > Applications.


SI App ViewDetails


In this example, you double click or select the medical application, Epic and click View Details, to go to the storage details for that application including the space usage.



SI App Overview

In the Capacity chart, check the trends for used space and available space. Also, in the Space by Tier chart, check the allocation of space across the tiers.

The use of tiered storage, in which data is kept on high, medium, or low-end storage systems, depending on how quickly you need to access it is important in your planning.  For instance, you can store mission-critical data on fast systems that have frequent or even contiguous backups, while less vital, but still important, data is kept on slightly cheaper systems. Your old or archival data can sit on even less and slower hardware, since you won't need to access them as often.

In this example, click Pools in the navigation pane of the Overview page to see how much space is still available for the storage system that is part of the Epic application and then plan accordingly.


SI App Pools


The Physical Allocation column in the Pools table shows the percentage of physical space in a pool that was allocated for volumes. This value is always less than or equal to 100% because you cannot allocate more physical space than is available in a pool.

To see how much storage consumption is used by a particular IBM SAN Volume Controller storage system in your organization, you:

  1. Click Resources > Storage Systems.
  2. Double-click the storage system.
  3. In the Capacity chart, check the trend for used space.
  4. In the navigation pane, click Pools to see which pools have the most available storage.


You can see a live demo or start your 30-day free trial today!  Click IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights and your on your way to intelligent insights into your storage environment.

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