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BVQ is the most sophisticated and comprehensive performance and capacity management software for IBM SAN Volume Controller and the complete IBM Storwize family.




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BVQ use case and experience 

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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: Performance bottleneck analysis on IBM SVC and IBM Storwize V7000 , Page: Solved buffer credit wait situation at a customer side , Page: BVQ use cases and experiences , Page: BVQ analysis VAAI: undercover write operations , Page: Video: analysis of volume performance issue (7 min)


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The BVQ Blog
BVQ brings complete storage monitoring, performance analysis, alerting and reporting to the IBM Storwize family.
How to run the offline scanner for multiple SVC and Storwize systems
Here you will find a small video that shows how it works Link to video    
Snipet - Node Port Analysis - overloaded node port
It is a long time ago, that I added an analysis video to the wiki. The following is a very nice situation where we had to find the reason for a very high load on a node port. You can find the video here: Link to Video ...
BVQ offline scanner now supports the new V7.4 code of the IBM SVC and Storwize Family Software
The new BVQ Offline Scanner now also supports the new  IBM SVC and Storwize Family Software Version 7.4 General support for the new 7.4 code will be available with BVQ Version 3.3.2 which we plan to make available this year. If there are needs to...
BVQ V3.3 supports Storwize family V7.3 - Stop assuming – start knowing!
We are very proud to announce the general availability of BVQ Version 3.3. BVQ Version 3.3 is the first IBM SVC and Storwize monitoring and analysis solution with full support of the IBM SVC and Storwize Family Software V7.3.x. IBM SVC and Storwize...
The new BVQ Storage as Service solution offering
Abstract The BVQ Storage reporting Service (SRS) is a solution which combines the strength of an onsite installed BVQ with the cost advantages of SaaS. SRS provides a very simple way for users to do storage monitoring by replacing time consuming monitoring...
Use multiple screens for SVC / Storwize 7.3x monitoring and analysis
Full support of the new SVC/Storwize Family 7.3 Version   3.3   will   be   an   intermediate step , which we make available quickly, so that   the   new   SVC   /   Storwize   versions   7.3...
How to solve unbalanced VDisk mirror problems
This is a a new performance analysis whitepaper in the technical section of BVQWIKI The unbalanced VDisk mirror problem Many performance issues are caused by an unbalanced situation in the two sides of VDisk mirrors. One finds, that a...
For BVQ Partners: BVQ is now also represented in the IBM Global Solution Directory
  This is mainly interesting for IBM partners which want to use BVQ with their customers. We have an international partner program for BVQ. Please contact us at BVQ@sva.de or send a mail to Michael.pirker@sva.de to ask for further details. ...
Questions about performance changes since the upgrade to SVC/Storwize V7.3
Storwize Family Software V7.3 has implemented many changes, specially in the cache architecture, Easy Tier and re-striping of storage pools. The changes target to enhance overall system performance. The experience is good but sometimes little things can cause...
BVQ Version 3.3 supports Storwize code level 7.3,x. this will be first time presented at the SVC User Group Day at IBM in Ehningen
Next week we will first time show BVQ 3.3 Beta at the German SVC user group day in Ehningen. BVQ version 3.3 supports the SVC / Storwize version 7.3 completely, including the new cache architecture. Further improvements are removable window, with which...

 

 

 

 

 

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