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.
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.