Customers has told us the heat map is still popular and they like a physical representation of how busy the array is like we see here below. The variance in colors represents utilization levels. Clicking on a square will give you further metrics relevant to that object and you can drill down further on this if you wish.
In this release we have included a planning ability whereby you can project potentially how busy an object will be based on current usage out to 6 months, this will allow customers to place their workload on ports that are not expected to be busy over the coming months which should stop performance problems from even occurring.
Additionally we have allowed you to filter based on storage group. In a troubleshooting scenario you can easily select your storage group such as irco2sd15 here and filter the heat map based on the Fa’s that storage group is mapped down just as we see here:
Finally we allow users to drill down on specific objects within the heat map as required, here that director 2B is turning red and is quite busy so if we hover over and select it we get a picture of how busy it has been over the last 4 hours. If we wish to navigate to analyse or charts we can so from here and it lands us here in context with that particular director already selected.
The Reports section has not changed much in terms of content but it’s presented in a more consumable format. You can produce a report on demand on items such as capacity or you can choose to schedule it to be run at a certain time. Finally if you want a report to be emailed to you or a colleague you can also configure this.
The plan section displays predicted future data, based on linear projection. You can use the information contained in the projection dashboard to assist when planning and to avoid potential problems. It allows you to estimate and chart capacity growth based on your SRP or your thin pool.
It will give you a days to full value and a capacity figure over the course of 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months. You do require 10 days of performance data in order to generate this chart but it is a really powerful tool for storage administrators who want to view and chart their capacity consumption.
Here we are focused on SRP1 and a 6 month time frame, in the chart the yellow line represents the projected capacity growth for this box based on current capacity usage. Also highlighted in red we see are given a days to full value based on current trends.