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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Control vs. NetApp OnCommand Insight and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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The benefits would be mostly the ability to diagnose a problem.
The most valuable feature is the ease of use. The ability to get into a storage device and look at whatever you are trying to look at as far as performance, then obtain the reports that you need to do your analytical work.
The installation was very easy. You just install an agent on a server, and you give that agent access to your storage device, then it just collects the data. It took five minutes to set up.
This gives me better performance numbers and gives me more information about where my loopholes are, where I need to target my customers, where I need to go back and retain storage.
I am very happy with the stability. When your customers don't notice anything wrong, that's the biggest win for a product.
The most valuable feature is the security. When we identify a vulnerability, it is easy to mitigate it. NetApp provides the solution. It's also easy to create and move volumes.
The most valuable feature is definitely the reports, the complete analysis of the data. We also like the scalability, since it can work with Hitachi, Isilon, etc.
It's stable and gives good feedback on performance.
The machine learning features help me troubleshoot faster.
Once we gathered and saw what we were doing with everything, we saved close to a petabyte worth of data by being able to delete old data and move stuff around. Thus, we became more efficient.
It gives us the ability to look at our storage and figure out what we are doing with it. Without it, we are sort of blind.
If we were to add VM level performance being able to monitor VMs on a VM level, then that would be good.
I would like to see is more information regarding the copy groups (the replication).
A little bit more from technical support would give us a little bit more insight.
When we first went to Cluster Mode, we had a lot of problems. Setup took a few months. We had people onsite, including one of the top guys from NetApp for a while. Going from 7-Mode to Cluster Mode was rough.
I would like them to develop voice commands so that I can say to the product, "Create a volume."
From 7-Mode to C mode a migration happened and many features, like FTP and SFTP, were dropped. We have been using it, but there needs to be better communication when features are dropped because there are end users using it who might find it a shock: "Oh, why was that dropped?"
I would like to see better graphics. We have seen regular graphs and pie graphs. I am sure that there are better ways to show this information.
The initial setup is complex. There is a lot of stuff to set up. I had to teach my guys a lot of things, so there was a lot of learning.
Enhance SNMP monitoring in order to broaden the number of storages that can be discovered.
It's the interop matrix. And if there was a chance to orchestrate on a heterogeneous structure using OCI, that would be a great start; or at least a plugin to each one of them, that would be a great start too.
Pricing and Cost Advice
We were already licensing Spectrum Control. This was one reasons why we went to Control rather than using the other product.
It is pay for the amount of storage that you are monitoring. The more that we use the tool and like the tool, we may want to extend it to other storage platforms. This is just a matter of cost.
We like that it is one license and everything is bundled in together.
We just made a major investment back in May of this year, so we'll have it for another four and a half or five years easily. Thus, we have a five year bumper to bumper agreement.
The company has saved money by narrowing down issues faster using servers and performance.
For me, it is always too much. Licensing is on TBs, and I think, nowadays that is outmoded.
Pricing by terabytes, not the end of the world, and that's okay. Stop if I want this, I have to buy that. Just release it as a single product.
The cost: It is expensive as a solution. You need to be an expert to get anything out of it and we don't have that kind of expertise.
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IBM Spectrum Control is a comprehensive solution that can significantly improve monitoring, automation and analytics capabilities in multi-vendor storage environments. IBM Spectrum Control helps manage storage systems, software-defined storage, storage-area network (SAN) fabrics and devices. Storage can be seen from multiple perspectives, including departmental, application and server views. IBM Spectrum Control helps simplify provisioning, tier optimization, performance management and data replication processes.
NetApp OnCommand Insight management software delivers consistent insight across your data center so you can monitor and manage your hybrid IT multivendor storage, compute, and switching infrastructures.
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