Chapter 1. IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center overview 7
TotalStorage Productivity Center for Data monitors storage assets, capacity, and usage
across an enterprise. TotalStorage Productivity Center for Data can look at:
Storage from a host perspective: Manage all the host-attached storage, capacity and
consumption attributed to file systems, users, directories, and files
Storage from an application perspective: Monitor and manage the storage activity inside
different database entities including instance, tablespace, and table
Storage utilization and provide chargeback information.
Architecture
The TotalStorage Productivity Center for Data server system manages a number of Agents,
which can be servers with storage attached, NAS systems, or database application servers.
Information is collected from the Agents and stored in a database repository. The stored
information can then be displayed from a native GUI client or browser interface anywhere in
the network. The GUI or browser interface gives access to the other functions of TotalStorage
Productivity Center for Data, including creating and customizing of a large number of different
types of reports and setting up alerts.
With TotalStorage Productivity Center for Data, you can:
Monitor virtually any host
Monitor local, SAN-attached and Network Attached Storage from a browser anywhere on
the network
For more information refer to the redbook IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager: A Practical
Introduction, SG24-6886.
1.3.2 Fabric subject matter expert: Productivity Center for Fabric
The storage infrastructure management for Fabric covers the Storage Area Network (SAN).
To handle and manage SAN events you need a comprehensive tool. The tool must have a
single point of operation and it tool must be able to perform all the tasks from the SAN. This
role is filled by the TotalStorage Productivity Center for Fabric (formerly the IBM Tivoli SAN
Manager) which is a part of the IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center.
The Fabric subject matter expert is the expert in the SAN. Its role is:
Discovery of fabric information
Provide the ability to specify fabric policies
What HBAs to use for each host and for what purpose
Objectives for zone configuration (for example, shielding host HBAs from one another
and performance)
Automatically modify the zone configuration
TotalStorage Productivity Center for Fabric provides real-time visual monitoring of SANs,
including heterogeneous switch support, and is a central point of control for SAN
configuration (including zoning). It automates the management of heterogeneous storage
area networks, resulting in”
Improved Application Availability
Predicting storage network failures before they happen enabling preventative
maintenance
Accelerate problem isolation when failures do happen
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Optimized Storage Resource Utilization by reporting on storage network performance
Enhanced Storage Personnel Productivity - Tivoli SAN Manager creates a single point of
control, administration and security for the management of heterogeneous storage
networks
Figure 1-6 describes the requirements that must be addressed by the Fabric subject matter
expert.
Figure 1-6 Monitor and Configure the Storage Infrastructure Fabric area
TotalStorage Productivity Center for Fabric monitors and manages switches and hubs,
storage and servers in a Storage Area Network. TotalStorage Productivity Center for Fabric
can be used for both online monitoring and historical reporting. TotalStorage Productivity
Center for Fabric:
Manages fabric devices (switches) through outband management.
Discovers many details about a monitored server and its local storage through an Agent
loaded onto a SAN-attached host (Managed Host).
Monitors the network and collects events and traps
Launches vendor-provided specific SAN element management applications from the
TotalStorage Productivity Center for Fabric Console.
Discovers and manages iSCSI devices.
Provides a fault isolation engine for SAN problem determination (ED/FI - SAN Error
Predictor)
TotalStorage Productivity Center for Fabric is compliant with the standards relevant to SAN
storage and management.

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