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Brief overview

BVQ for Dell EMC Unity integrates Dell EMC Unity systems into the BVQ end-to-end infrastructure for automated analysis, monitoring, reporting and comprehensive problem and performance analysis. This is the starting point for answers to questions about configuration and best practice, performance, and capacity of the system.

BVQ has an end-to-end view that monitors the Dell EMC Unity systems in the surrounding infrastructure. With this BVQ can find answers to questions such as: which VM is adding the high load to the storage or which VMs or applications are affected by storage or SAN problems.


Content


BVQ for Dell EMC Unity is part of the BVQ product.
A more detailed description of the BVQ product can be found here:
BVQ Base Product and BVQ spec sheet

Supported Dell EMC Unity versions and licensing

The  BVQ for Dell EMC Unity supports the following versions:


Unisphere version

BVQ support

BVQ version

Comment

<4.5

not supported



4.5 → 4.9

on request



5.0supported6.2 → current



BVQ for Dell EMC Unity licensing

The Dell EMC Unity is licensed by capacity. We offer license packs of 10TiB. Please contact your SVA sales representative for pricing information.
Details here: License information

More base information about BVQ for Dell EMC Unity

We have a lot of valuable information in our BVQ Release Notes.
You will find more interesting detail information here.


Typical BVQ for Dell EMC Unity use cases


Finding answers to the following questions:

  • What dependencies exist between my VMware or IBM PowerVM LPARs and my Unity FC/iSCSI Block storage LUNs (Workload? Capacity?)
  • Are there bottlenecks in the internal data flow inside my Unity system (FC or Ethernet ports? Node cache or CPU? Data reduction layers?)
  • When do I need to extent my capacity?
  • How much capacity of my volumes are distributed on which tier of my pools?



General BVQ Use cases

With BVQ, the administrator is always fully informed about all important operating states of the entire infrastructure. He also has a staid overview of the resources as well as the current load and existing performance reserves.

This high level of transparency improves the quality of the services while at the same time reducing costs. In very short time, BVQ provides a high level of information from which the administrator can derive measures for achieving higher operational safety .The factual knowledge gained with BVQ allows cost-optimized and verifiable planning and decisions on the further expansions.


The typical tasks that are performed with BVQ are:


  • Automated System analysis with the BVQ Systems Health map
    The only thing you have to de here is to activate the alerts of the BVQ Systems Health map.

    • Be alerted early if a problem occurs
    • Identify the problem and plan a response using the included solution description
    • Use the results from the Systems Health map to carry out a more in-depth system analysis with monitoring or the Expert GUI or request an analysis from SVA.
    • Connect the results from the Systems Health map with a ticket system so that the problems are automatically and promptly passed on to the right people.
    • Contact SVA for special alerts and tests or connections to external systems.
       
  • Monitoring using the web monitoring tool
    Use the dashboards supplied with the BVQ version, which you can easily adapt or expand.
     
    • Use the delivered dashboards to carry out monitoring at different levels.
    • Create new dashboards to enable special monitoring tasks.
    • Set up dashboards for application or system managers, so that ongoing monitoring tasks can be carried out directly by those responsible.
    • Contact SVA for special dashboards to be created.
       
  • Reporting using the web reporting tool
    Every platform comes with reports which can be run automatically or scheduled. New report types can be created with the BVQ Template Editor.

    • Reading out the results of automatically generated reports via a simple web address
    • Generation of new reports based on existing reporting templates
    • Create own new reporting templates to create new report types
    • Setup schedulers to create automated reporting and seining results directly to system or application managers
    • Contact SVA for assistance in creating a specific report template.
       
  • Performing analysis
    The BVQ Expert Analysis GUI comes with many analysis favorites which act like recipes to lead to very good results

    • Carry out planning analyzes based on measured facts and developments
    • Conduct risk analyzes to identify problems early and avoid them
    • With problem analysis through, you can quickly find the reasons for bottlenecks or misconduct.
    • Be curious to understand the interrelationships between the systems and the systems themselves better and better to become an even more valuable administrator.
    • Our system engineers at SVA will be happy to help you carry out analyzes.
  • Connecting ITSM environments to BVQ to access live measured data
    We already prepared base tables for every object type in BVQ which gives a quick start to retrieve the right data for your external applications like ITSM

    • Replace the existing interface types with a general BVQ interface in order to get from the many different languages for each individual system to a query language. This will significantly reduce the number of scripts and programming required.
    • In many cases, replace complex calculations with many accesses with results access from BVQ. This reduces the complexity in the scripts and the susceptibility to errors.
    • Integrate high-quality results from BVQ such as alerts or events directly into the systems.
    • Connect BVQ with Splunk, Kibana, ServiceNow, Matrix42, Icinga, ...,
    • Feel free to contact SVA for any type of ITSM connection or for ITSM project support.