NetApp Storage Analytics

Storage Arrays from NetApp are some of the most flexible and rich in function arrays in the industry.  One unique feature of their original FAS and their new CLUSTER MODE arrays is the ability to provide both Block (host/LUN Mapping) and NAS (NFS/CIFS) support on a single array.  Most other vendors require separate storage arrays for these two distinctly different workload and storage requirements.  These features can make reporting and analytics on NetApp arrays challenging – and providing integrated reporting for what and how storage is being used, as well as tracking performance results, can be more difficult than it is for most storage environments.

Visual Storage Intelligence (VSI) provides a number of unique reporting features designed specifically to help customers manage and get the most out of their NetApp arrays. Some of the features that make VSI a unique tool for managing a NetApp storage environment are:

  • Structured and Unstructured Data Analysis
    • NAS vs. Block Storage usage
    • CIFS/NFS Share Reporting
    • File Share Analysis
  • Specialized Free Space Analysis
    • Volume Locked Freespace
    • Fragmentation Analysis
  • Controller Specific Analysis
    • Storage mapping/usage
    • Performance by controller (IOPS & Controller utilization)
  • Unique Configuration Error Reporting
    • Unsupported configuration warnings
    • Multi-path HA cabling analysis
    • Single point of failure warnings (Cards, wiring,..)

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