Category Archives: Management

How to use the exportPerformanceData script in IBM Spectrum Control

A little known but powerful performance data extraction script was added to IBM Spectrum Control in the last couple releases (starting with Spectrum Control v5.2.8), it’s called exportPerformanceData.bat (on Windows) or (on AIX & Linux).

exportPerformanceData Windows Location

This script resides ON the Spectrum Control server (in the same location as the other scripts to turn on and off servers) and is run local to the server (or could be redirected to other Spectrum Control servers).

You will need your Spectrum Control storage friendly name for the device name in the script (this was not too clear, and you need to account for spaces too by using quotes).

exportPerformanceData SC BlockStorage Listing

After opening a command prompt and changing to the directory where the script is, I selected my Class SVC to export performance data.  There are many other options as you can see below, but one can perform a simple export of all Class SVC performance metrics with just a Spectrum Control ID, PW, and Storage as parameters.

A full explanation is in the IBM Knowledge Center for Spectrum Control, here is a link.

exportPerformanceData ClassSVC Export Run

By default, a new sub-directory was created where I ran the script and the CSV files were put there.  This directory was eventually compressed in to a file called Class

exportPerformanceData ClassSVC Export Output

To view the different Storage System data generated from this script just click the link below.


IBM Spectrum Control v5.2.9 is now available

A new version of IBM Spectrum Control became generally available at the end of February.

IBM Spectrum Control v529 Dashboard

All the new features and functions are on the IBM Knowledge Center website .., of particular note is the new Storage Reclamation function so Storage Administrators can reclaim/repurpose unused storage.  Click on this link to read about all the new changes.

IBM Spectrum Control v529 Reclamation

Storage Insights – a new online tool for storage management from IBM

Well, the new storage management Software as a Service (SaaS) offering called IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights is now available to the public (it went live on 6/29) .  It offers some pretty neat features which I will be highlighting here in the coming weeks.

IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights lives on IBM Service Engage portal, so you can find it here (including pricing):

If you want to give the product a whirl (you will need a IBM ID for access), there is a live guided demo available here:

Enjoy some screenshots.