BVQ 5.5.2 released - adds Brocade SAN analysis, special Hyperswap support, improved alerting, FS9100 support
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After 2 family & friends version (5.5 & 5.5.1), we have released BVQ version 5.5.2 this week.
This is a major release with new features:
For a more detailed description of all the new features available, see http
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New SAN package
The BVQ SAN Package is a complete new extension package for BVQ. It introduces support for Brocade SAN switches and directors. It enables you to interactively explore your SAN configuration and check it for issues, chart SAN Switch port performance and error metrics, create reports about port utilization and drill through all the layers between SVC, BVQ, and VMware objects in end to end views.
Similar to all other available BVQ add on packages, its licensing is based on the capacity of a licensed primary system platform (Spectrum virtualize (SVC), Storwize, ...). Please review the BVQ License Information Page or ask your sales contact for more information.
To collect information a BVQ SAN Scanner needs to be configured to connect to a Brocade SMI/S Provider, which can be enabled as part of a Brocade Network Advisor (BNA), but we recommend to use the free Brocade SMI provider separately. See Supported storage systems for more details and the supported versions of the Brocade SMI provider.
Supported SAN objects
This first version of the BVQ SAN Package supports basic elements of a SAN environment. The following overview depicts the elementary relationships of these objects and their link to connected BVQ objects:
Where to find SAN objects?
Similar to all other objects, they show up in the BVQ Path browser inside the view property panel or can be opened as a Table from the Favorite browser. All SAN objects can be combined in an end to end relation to all other objects.
BVQ SAN object details
BVQ displays the full set of all reported attributes for each supported SAN object. Be aware that only a subset of configuration parameters is reported by the Brocade SMI provider. In addition, BVQ calculates counters for each grouping object, so that their number of grouped objects are known. For example a SAN Fabric knows how many SAN Switches it contains, how many SAN Switch ports they have and how many of them are connected or free for use. Please explore the BVQ SAN Table view favorites to get an impression of the most important attributes.
Performance and error metrics
The BVQ SAN Package gathers all SAN Switch port statistics delivered from the Brocade SMI provider. Similar to all other statistics, you can simply drill into a chart with the statistics related to an object with a simple click on the SAN entry in the context menu of this object:
SAN Switch port statistic details
You can find a collection of use cases on the BVQ SAN Package (Brocade) page.
New alerting engine
With version 5.5 BVQ got a whole new alerting engine which replaces the old module functionality completely.
New key features:
Alerting Web UI
The new Alerting Web UI is available via the BVQ-Server and splitted into two main areas Overview and Manage alert rules
Manage alert rules
Alert rules can be created and edited form the Web UI and Classic GUI and require some configuration in different sections.
With this version we introduce a new concept to notify the user. Use the BVQ Web UI to configure all its options, like Notification configurations, Email servers, log filenames and others. You give each Notification configuration a specific name, by which it can be reused in any Alert rule.
Although the notifications are only used within the alerting right now there are many plans for the near future to use this concept for different usecases.
The Email server can be used in multiple notification configurations. For that you need to give it an unique name.
A Notification configuration defines how the notification should be delivered. The settings vary in detail based on the selected type.
At this time we support the following notification types:
SVC 8.2 & IBM FlashSystem 9100 support
On July 10th, 2018, IBM has announced the next generation FlashSystem product built with Spectrum Virtualize capabilities. The FS9100 is running SW version 8.2.0. BVQ is ready to scan and support both, the new hardware and the new software. This support was added in BVQ v5.5.2
SVC 7.6 & 7.8.1 feature support
SVC 7.6 - Distributed RAID (DRAID) support
A new type of RAID has been introduced in SVC v7.6 - Distributed RAID (DRAID).
While traditional RAID arrays have one or more dedicated spare drives which are idle unless an active member in the array fails, DRAID arrays have so called rebuild areas which means there is no dedicated spare drive and all drives in the array can do I/O.
DRAIDs have two major advantages over traditional RAID arrays: greater throughput and a massively reduced rebuild time in case of a drive failure.
There are a bunch of new attributes related to DRAID which can now be displayed in the Detail Pane for Object Type "Drive Array".
SVC 7.6 - Hyperswap & Remote Copy integration
When creating a volume on an SVC cluster configured in Hyperswap topology, four VDisks are created:
All new SVC attributes related to the new feature are now included in BVQ.
To make it easier to find out which VDisks belong to a volume, BVQ displays the master's volume name (instead of its own VDisk name) followed by a suffix indicating the use of the VDisk. The names of related FC mappings are displayed in a similar way:
The same name-suffix-logic also applies to VDisks and FC mappings of GMCV relationships (Global Mirror with Change Volumes):
SVC 7.8.1 - Port Congestion Performance Statistics
Some additional SVC FC node port congestion statistics became available in SVC v7.8.1 which are helpful to explore problems between SVC and SAN. Prior to SVC v7.8.1 (which means 8GB FC HBAs), metric Buffer credit zero wait % (BBCZ) has always been helpful but this metric is no longer reported by 16GB (and newer) FC HBAs. To cover this gap, IBM developed this new congestion statistic set which is available for FC port types. Please refer to the IBM documentation for more details about them. Especially Transfer congestion > Normal > Blocked int % is the most comparable to Buffer credit zero wait % and has the same meaning: % of measured interval blocked due to congestion.
The new congestion statistics can be found in the metric chooser's Basic- and Expert-Tab of object type "SVC Node Port":
New menu to add table columns
Adding columns to a table is now much easier than in earlier releases because a new menu allows you to select multiple attributes at once. All attributes available for the selected object type including their description and CLI notation are listed in this new menu. Just right-click on the table header column and select "Table columns". The new menu opens and you can simply add one ore more new attributes by single-clicking on the check-box or double-clicking anywhere on the selected row.
Enhanced Chart Context Menu
The chart context menu which open on a right click on the chart background has been made more user friendly. More actions can now be performed via a single menu:
Path Base Charting (PBC) in Object Context Menu
Path Based Charting was introduced in v5.3 (see v5.3 Introduction of PBC), continued in v5.4 (see v5.4 Enhanced PBC) and completely replaced the old chart view consistently in this release. Now a PBC view also opens, when called from the Object Context Menu. A so invoked PBC view opens with the chart in the top section and a table section showing all contained objects below it. A path is preselected for that view, that only contains
Object specific actions in Table view
In previous releases, a all cells of a row in a Table view only behave as the primary object. For example, a double-click anywhere in the row opened the Detail pane for the given object of that row. In this release, all cells showing references to other objects allow specific action on these. For example, a double-click on such a cell will open the Detail pane for this object. Its Object Context Menu also offers specific actions (change chart visibility, call PBC, select it in another view, ...). A cell that supports that feature shows the object's name underlined.
New improved Web UI
The BVQ-Server Web UI has been migrated to a new CSS Framework (VueJS). In this process we improved many details and reorganized some pages.
Reduced Sidebar Navigation Entries
Requirements and restrictions