BVQ really works well with large SVC clusters in the enterprise. BVQ was designed with that specific requirement in mind. Analyzing and troubleshooting a large SVC cluster can be done in just a few minutes. No searching in tables to make sense of data. BVQ is the tool for analyzing hundreds or even thousands of SVC objects at once with just a few clicks. Our customers have struggled with the large amount of objects to search through to be able to find the single one, causing a high latency issue. The system... [More]
The BVQ Web Dashboard is based on Grafana, which is one of the leading open source software tools to visualize time series data that can interact with different data sources ( https://grafana.com/ ). The BVQ Server now provides an API to access most performance metrics you know from the BVQ GUI, to visualize them in Grafana. Therefore, you have the option to install a preconfigured Grafana with some default Dashboards inside the BVQ Server. This offers a great possibility to view general "realtime" information directly in the browser... [More]
REST API Microsoft Excel is the most important and flexible Reporting Tool. Manifold opportunities to create tables, charts, calculations, etc. bundled with a variety of different skills makes it useful in a lot of different situations. Excel provides a wide range of options to import data from different formats in files, databases or API's. BVQ now provides an API to connect Excel to Topology information based on favorites located in "All Users". The information can be displayed in a Treetable and imported into Excel for further... [More]
Enhanced filtering Since version 5.0 it is possible to use basic filter options inside the Topology View. This type of filter was restricted to direct object attributes which could be connected with AND conditions. The new enhanced filtering added a lot of additional filter options to specify filters that exactly fit your needs even if they are highly complex. Features: Compare different object attributes with each other Compare object attributes with context attributes (subelementcount, subelementsize, etc) Concatenate with AND, OR, NOT, XOR... [More]
Path based charting Since BVQ Version 5.0 it is possible to display a table (Treetable) below the Treemap. Now we went one step further and extended the Topology view with the option to add a performance chart to interact with the objects visible in Treemap or Treetable. This enhances the possibilities to select and restrict objects based on dynamic filters and selected conditions. Now there are three views available to be displayed in the Toplology view: Treemap, Treetable and Chart. Currently you can display two of them simultaneously in ever... [More]
As a request from one of our customers, we created a new metric called Overallocation coverage in BVQ version 5.3.1. Basically this is the ratio of over-allocated thin/compressed capacity covered by a pool or cluster: What is the advantage of having this metric? It shows very easily how well the space efficient VDisks are covered by storage capacities. In some cases, especially in very static environments, you know that you do not need this coverage. This value may then be small. However, in more dynamic environments, storage requirements... [More]
The intention of VDisk copies is to protect servers against hardware failures. For this reason, it is important that the mirrors of the VDisk copies are stored on different storage systems. Here are some additional challenges in system administration and system monitoring. This document describes how to ensure that all volumes are stored on different sites. An wrong setup in this area can lead to an only 50% chance of surviving a fail over. If there is a mirrored pair on Site 1 and by an evil coincidence an another on Site 2 you have the... [More]
We will participate at this event as an exhibitor. Visit us at the booth and come to our presentation when you are also there or make a reservation for an exclusive session. Join us (presentation): We will have a presentation about “ Solve performance challenges and optimize your IBM Spectrum infrastructures with BVQ ” Short description : Tyson Foods and BITMARCK will be on stage with us during our technical session and will discuss how they overcame performance challenges and optimized their IBM Spectrum virtualized... [More]
SVA Software has just released a new version of our performance and capacity analysis software for IBM Spectrum Virtualized Infrastructure’s - BVQ v5 This new release has some great new features that simplifies and delivers even faster results to ensure that IBM Spectrum Virtualized infrastructures are always running at peak performance. New streamline reporting An integrated database for faster analysis and faster deployments Multi-view actionable dashboards for quick insight across the whole infrastructure Analytic favorites that... [More]
Last week, 15th February 2017, 2 BVQ versions (5.0.3 & 5.1.2) have been released. All of the new features explained in earlier posts ( Multiple view composition, Self explanatory favorites, Fully recallable table views) are available in the BVQ GUI. You can find a summary of all new features, improvements & bugfixes here: https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.0 In version 5.1 we introduced our new MongoDB database backend in BVQ. In version 5.1.x MongoDB is only available for new installations. A migration process from... [More]
How analysis windows support storage performance analysis (and make it by factors faster) BVQ version 5 introduces a new interface which allows the grouping of logically connected views into dashboard-like analysis windows. These groupings can then be stored as favorites and can be used like recipes to help solve problems quickly. The following picture shows an analysis window which gives an overview of a complete storage system. This analysis window describes the data path and the load in the hardware in a way that allows for... [More]
Let's talk about great analysis power! But first: What is the difference between a dashboard and a technical dashboard? You have probably seen my post about the Grafana dashboard https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/BVQ/entry/See_this_at_Edge_2016_Performance_data_graphical_visualization_for_SVC_and_Storwize?lang=en "This is what changed the world of storage performance analysis!
Part 1" https://t.co/hRn3cFYRjL Part 2" https://t.co/wUklRmUsHX The Grafana dashboard which will be connected to BVQ ... [More]
BVQ will support Grafana for the performance data graphical visualization for SVC and Storwize (IBM Spectrum Virtualization). Use the whole power of BVQ to collect and prepare the data and let Grafana create excellent dashboards out of this! Come to booth 248 to see it live!