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Monitoring, performance analysis, reporting for  IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and the complete IBM Storwize family (IBM Spectrum Virtualize). Reduce storage cost, improve availability and add additional value to storage with alerting, accounting, service level management, copy service management and VMware integration.

 


 

 


 

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The storage challenge

Even a small storage environment may be complex. Questions about cost optimization or availability are hard to answer because the knowledge about actual and future performance needs is often not available or not current.  Analysis and help in case of performance bottlenecks is not possible because of missing tools or the available tools do not have the technical depth or are too complex to be used.

 

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The start of the BVQ development was the need to support our own SVC customers with the best expertise in storage planning and availability management. Today we have several hundred SVC and Storwize customers which helps us to further develop BVQ into the right direction of technical depth, efficiency and usability.

BVQ is very simple to use and the output is easy to understand.

It has several layers:

  • The BVQ Treemap presents data in a graphical form it is best for monitoring purposes. It is very flexible and may for instance be used to show used capacity, free space and performance information at one glance.
  • The BVQ Performance View can be started from any object of the BVQ Treemap it allows incredible indepth analysis of single objects or groups of objects . It is so deep that we introduced an expert and a standard mode here.
  • BVQ Reporting allows to create easy to understand reports for planning or daily status purposes.
  • BVQ Alerting informs you, when things are going wrong. For instance two sides of a mirror which are misplaced on the same Storage site.

Further modules allow you to add new disciplines like Accounting, Service Level Management, Integration of VMware storage information or Copy services management.

 

 

BVQ helps to reduce storage and operating risks

BVQ helps to save cost in various ways.  With BVQ one can plan more cost-efficient, because decisions are based on measured facts. The technical insight gives a better control of operating risks and allows to analyze performance problems faster. With all the gained knowledge one can better estimate limits and pro actively react or avoid mistakes.

 

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  • Reduction of purchasing cost
    With the availability measurements and appropriate presentation of results in BVQ Treemaps associated with IO density colorations, BVQ provides an excellent base to obtain a better assessment about the required amount of performance. In most cases companies can unlock large savings in storage acquisition and operation by using BVQ.

  • Reduction of operating risks
    A storage system has no organizational/structural requirements and thus cannot prevent major risks for the high-availability, which are produced by simple migrations. By using rules, BVQ can discover crept errors which would have fatal consequences for the availability even during a partial failure.
  • Avoidance or fast mastering of performance bottlenecks
    Unexplained performance bottlenecks always lead to losses - either by rapid expansion to compensate the shortage of infrastructure, or by services which don´t work with the desired performance. Shortages can also lead to failure of servers and services. For these cases BVQ is a proven tool to find the causes and to eliminate them.


  • Proactive problem avoidance
    A storage administrator using BVQ always works more proactive, than an administrator without these tools. With this procedure alone many problems can already be avoided in advance. Further improvements, in form of periodic health checks, can also be realized here by the additional involvement of external consultants.

  • Creating additional storage value
    BVQ enhances a SVC / Storwize system with new disciplines such as accounting, service level management, copy service management and the integration of VMware relevant information.


BVQ adds business value


Storage systems have the main task to store data. SVC and Storwize have many further additional functions, such as EasyTier, mirrors, thin provisioning, and many more. All these functions are technical in nature, they support no typical business processes. BVQ can be extended with packages that support requirements such as accounting or service level management.

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  • BVQ Accounting Package  - allocating-storage cost related to performance  (BVQ Accounting Package)
    With the BVQ Accounting Package an organizational layer can be placed on all storage objects. With the help of this layer, capacities at levels like application, servers and cost center are combined in their organization and can be evaluated later by reporting.
     

  • BVQ Service Level Management Package BVQ Service Level Management Package
    SLM enables the management and monitoring of storage-related SLAs and many other security relations in the whole storage area. With the integrated alerting, the SLM package can ensure that contractual specifications are kept and security misconfigurations are detected at an early stage during migrations.
     

  • BVQ VMware integration Package (BVQ VMware Integration Package)
    BVQ is able to read storage-related data from the connected VMware systems and can bring them into connection with the SVC / Storwize data. This results in the administrator´s ability to see the distribution of VMware systems in the SVC / Storwize storage area and to evaluate them. By using the BVQ database, for example, an accounting can be established at the level of the VMware.
     

  • BVQ Copy Service Management Package (BVQ Copy Services Package)
    BVQ copy service management helps monitoring the metro and global mirror relations, which are used to save the data to an external location in a disaster case. With these mirrors a very high level of security will be generated, if they are complete and working properly at all times. In collaboration with the integrated alerting, BVQ supports the monitoring of these levels. Many administrative tasks are made easier and mistakes are avoided in this way.

 

 

Popular WIKI content:

Page: Downloads and BVQ releases , Page: Performance bottleneck analysis on IBM SVC and IBM Storwize V7000 , Page: BVQ use cases and experiences , Page: Storwize V7000 & BVQ customer success story: "Let us make this Storwize run faster!" , Page: Solved buffer credit wait situation at a customer side


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BVQ News

BVQ Version 3.4 adds Storwize drive statistics, point context menus and easy tier monitoring
We just released BVQ Version 3.4 with some very strong enhancement.   Download this version from our WIKI http://bvqwiki.sva.de/x/BQEz   Some of the major highlights are: Drive statistics for Storwize systems! BVQ 3.4 adds drive statistics below the...
SVC Storwize performance analysis video with BVQ version 3.4
With BVQ version 3.4, we will achieve great improvements in the handling of Performance analysis.   BVQ 3.4 makes it easy to do performance analysis. Ideal for people starting with it. BVQ 3.4 speeds up up performance analysis for experts BVQ 3.4 is the...
BVQ Version 3.3.3 download page in English language is now available
You can now find this page here http://bvqwiki.sva.de/x/BQEz   The improvements of BVQ 3.3.3 are Loading and drawing processes of the performance view were significantly improved. Long lasting data load processes can now be interrupted. The performance...
New BVQ offline scanner now scans Storwize drive performance information
We just released the new offline scanner which will now also scan the drive information from any Storwize product. Direct Link to BVQ offline scanner http://bvqwiki.sva.de/x/3IBdAQ With this we can make more accurate statements about the performance of...
BVQ V3.3.3 with great improvments for performance analysis released
We just released the new BVQ V3.3.3 with great enhancements in performance and usage of the performance analysis methods. We are in progress to translate the release notes to English. If you want to download V3.3.3 now you can do this from the German download...
Thoughts about storage monitoring or monitoring or analysis?
  I had a discussion about storage monitoring and analysis. This discussion ended in the following understanding: Monitoring with a simple product help you to understand when things go wrong. They show the symptoms but not the reasons. You will need to...
Sneak preview BVQ dashboard will greatly enhance storage monitoring capabilities
The BVQ development team is currently working on the new BVQ dashboard functionality. This new dashboard should become available in 1H2015. The dashboard is great for monitoring, you can open several dashboards and put them onto different screens, this will...
BVQ is so incredibly fast! Leads to SVC / Storwize performance analysis results in seconds instead of minutes or hours
This is just a new experience with the newest BVQ Beta code which will become available as BVQ Version 3.4 in some weeks. BVQ Version 3.4 will have a completely refurnished internal data handling which you will not recognize as a benefit today but this is the...
Analysis of SVC remote copy performance problem
This is an example of an successful latency peak analysis were we found the reason of a performance problem in the remote copy connection.  It is very complex to analyze RC performance problems but the BVQ Copy Services Package adds all tools needed to...
New SVC / Storwize /Flash and BVQ customer reference Bitmarck
  Find more details in the BVQ reference pages in English in German   TASK Expansion and optimization of SAN infrastructure for a higher performance and an improved monitoring SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) SVA...

 

 

 

 

 

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