Feature Benefits
Storage monitoring
  • See storage as others see it: Application, department, server and site views of your storage environment
  • Monitor all types of storage from a single control point: Flash, SAN, software-defined, file, object and server storage
  • Monitor the whole storage environment: Storage systems, ports, switches, SAN fabric and other devices
Storage automation
  • Simplify storage provisioning: Automation supports multiple administration interfaces and APIs
  • Event processing: Enables automated responses to common alerts and faster root cause analysis
Advanced analytics
  • Tiered storage optimization: IBM analytics replaces guesswork for keeping data on the right storage tier
  • Load balancing: Within storage tiers
  • Capacity planning: To predict future capacity needs
Flexible deployment options
  • Cloud-based or on-premises: IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights enables monitoring and analytics from the secure, ISO 27001-certified IBM cloud, with a simplified subscription service
  • Standard and Advanced Editions: Advanced editions include tiered storage analytics, service catalog for provisioning, self-service provisioning, chargeback and snapshot management
  • Capacity and per enclosure options: IBM Spectrum Control Select Editions are licensed per enclosure
  • IBM Virtual Storage Center combines IBM Spectrum Control Advanced Edition and IBM Spectrum Virtualize to create a high value solution for virtualized block storage. License options include Enterprise, Entry and Storwize per enclosure models
  • IBM Spectrum Storage Suite offers a simplified capacity license model and unlimited substitution for IBM software defined storage offerings: IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Spectrum Accelerate, IBM Spectrum Scale, IBM Spectrum Protect and IBM Spectrum Archive

Supported Storage Systems

  • Most storage systems and devices, using the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative - Storage (SMI-S) specification. Available only in Standard and Advanced Editions.
  • IBM Software Defined Storage, including IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
  • IBM FlashSystem™
  • IBM disk and hybrid storage systems, including IBM Storwize family, SAN Volume Controller, XIV Storage System and DS8000
  • Supports file & object Storage, including NetApp, IBM Cloud Object Storage, IBM Spectrum Scale, IBM ESS and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified

Hardware and Software Requirements

  • Hardware and software interoperability is maintained in a matrix on the IBM Support Portal for IBM Spectrum Control
  • Interoperability matrix


Supported environments Supported storage systems
IBM hybrid and disk storage systems IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize family, VersaStack, IBM XIV, IBM DS8000 family
IBM all-flash storage systems IBM FlashSystem, multiple models
Multi-brand virtualized SAN storage Nearly 400 storage systems from IBM and others, using IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Storwize or VersaStack external virtualization
File and object storage Dell EMC VNXe, IBM Cloud Object Storage System (IBM Cleversafe), NetApp, Storwize V7000 Unified, IBM Spectrum Scale, IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS), IBM Elastic Storage Server
Software-defined storage IBM Spectrum Virtualize virtualized SAN storage, IBM Spectrum Scale file and object storage, IBM Spectrum Accelerate server storage