Let's talk about great analysis power!
What is the difference between a dashboard and a technical dashboard?
You have probably seen my post about the Grafana dashboard
The Grafana dashboard which will be connected to BVQ and gives an easy understandable overview about the SVC / Storwize storage system. It will help to quickly understand performance and whether things are going right or wrong. It will not really help to solve problems in depth because it is high level.
This is great sunshine monitoring. It is sufficient as long as everything is going well.
But when "rain is coming up" and problems need to be solved quickly another type of software is coming into place. The good thing is that BVQ is also the best tool to solve for very bad weather situations inside SVC ort Storwize.
BVQ Version 4.2 will not only support Grafana it will also allow to assemble different analysis screen in a way that they are also looking and acting like a live dashboard. A very technical dashboard - as technical as you want it. But this dashboard is more - it is an multi functional macro.
This technical dashboard is a macro or a so called favorite which combines several layers of the storage into one screen. This favorite can be called with any kind of object. I also like to call these analysis favorites Analysis-Tableau's.
- Called with the cluster object gives an overview of the cluster
- Called with a VDisk gives an overview of the VDisk and the caches, ports, MDisks which are filtered in a way that only elements will be shown which topology wise belong to the VDisk - this is pure analysis power and like magic
- Fun to call it with a node port! shows everything which uses this one node port.
Next step analysis magic with BVQ V4.2
BVQ 4.2 can perform analysis like everybody is used to but it adds a new level of magic! Our developers call them multi view windows. I like to call them analysis tableau's.
An analysis table are a set of windows in one screen. The windows are connected by a selection of objects. So in the following case the selection was the complete cluster .
As we already said simple to understand solutions are the best. The analyst now sees everything and just has to match the information on the screen to find out whats going on.
The nest picture shows how easy it is to perform the first analysis steps with the tableau.
This is a great shortcut which will save a lot of clicking and time. From this point the analysis starts with much more knowledge about the cause of the problem. The typical next step is that one of these windows will be enlarged to go forward with normal analysis