Monday, 2 March 2015

Workload Profiles, Scorecards & Dasboards - Key Metrics for Effective Storage Performance and Capacity Reporting(10 of 10)

As mentioned previously the Read/Write metrics can help you to get a handle on your workload profiles.

Application type is important in estimating performance risk, for instance, something like Exchange is a heavy I/O user. I’ve also seen examples where virtual workstations were being installed and resulted in a large I/O hit that could have impacted other applications sharing storage.

This is an example of a score card, where you can have a large amount of information condensed in to one easy to view dashboard.

An example below is how you can set up a dashboard and bring key trending and standard reports to you all in one place.

Trending, forecasting, and exceptions with athene®

Storage Key Metrics – Summary

To summarize
       Knowledge of your storage architecture is critical, you may need to talk to a separate storage team to get this information
       Define storage occupancy versus performance
       Discuss space utilization and define
       Review virtualization and clustering complexities
       Explore key metrics and their limitations
       Identify key report types and areas that are most important, start with the most critical.

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Dale Feiste
Principal Consultant

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