IBM Spectrum Control vs. NetApp OnCommand Insight

IBM Spectrum Control is ranked 11th in Storage Management with 2 reviews vs NetApp OnCommand Insight which is ranked 2nd in Storage Management with 31 reviews. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Control writes "You can get a much broader spectrum of storage captures for 24 hours or longer". The top reviewer of NetApp OnCommand Insight writes "The key is being able to get a visual overview of the environment, see if a node is being hammered or a storage is filling up". IBM Spectrum Control is most compared with Dell EMC ViPR SRM and EMC VPLEX . NetApp OnCommand Insight is most compared with Dell EMC ViPR SRM, SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor and EMC VPLEX . See our IBM Spectrum Control vs. NetApp OnCommand Insight report.
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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.

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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.It has helped us optimize our storage.Performance monitoring of hundreds of switches and being able to see results in one dashboard.We haven't gone to the extent where we are using the anomaly detection, but from a reporting perspective and single-pane-of-glass perspective, to look at our heterogeneous infrastructure, it is doing a great job.Being able to immediately look at my data. See the sizing, where I'm at on different virtual machines.

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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).

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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.You can build those out, but initially when you bring up the dashboard, that was one thing they couldn't take away. They couldn't change that. It just looks kind of kludgy. I'd like it to look a lot more clean when I first login.Just make it one product, not in pieces like performance and discovery. Stop having all these individual pieces.I'd like it to be more stable, simpler, and get Java out of it.The UI: They have been growing and changing. There's been some growing pains with that, but they are moving into the new HTML5 interface, which is fantastic.

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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.

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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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