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.

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 ONTAP versions

Unisphere version

BVQ support

BVQ version



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

BVQ was developed for the monitoring, reporting and problem analysis of a complete infrastructures.
ITSM systems use BVQ because it has access to all data and is strong in communication. This reduces the development times and costs for connecting and maintaining these systems.

General application scenarios:
  • Fully automated infrastructure analysis
    BVQ continuously monitors all connected systems and reports deviations and problems. Violations of best practice, configuration rules or self-defined threshold values are recognized and reported immediately.
    The results are displayed on just one screen using the BVQ System Health map. BVQ is delivered with a large number of tests that only need to be switched on.
  • Easy-to-use monitoring and efficient reporting
    BVQ has a browser interface for monitoring and reporting.There are reports or dashboards for all platforms that can be used immediately. So you can start working immediately and achieve important results.
  • Deep problem analysis with the BVQ GUI
    If you find performance bottlenecks in monitoring or alerting that are not easy to explain, use the BVQ Analysis GUI to start a deeper root cause analysis. The BVQ Analysis GUI is well prepared for this task because it allows you to quickly discover the problem areas and easily jump between the layers of one or more systems. Drill-downs allow the analyst to go deeper and deeper to find a problem causer. Drill-ups help him to visualize the effects of a problem. End-to-end analysis makes it easy to determine if problems are due to misbehavior in the system itself or to other systems. One of the great strengths of the BVQ Analysis GUI is that it displays the results of many objects simultaneously on a single chart to speed up the analysis process. The results of several 100 or 1000 objects can be visualized in seconds to find outliers. Another great strength of the GUI analysis is that it automatically keeps track of the topology so that drill-downs and drill-ups do not give false results. With this feature, you can also easily switch between systems, such as VMware to the storage or the SAN network to start an end-to-end analysis.

  • BVQ connect module for the ITSM infrastructure connection
    The REST interface allows to use the BVQ results in applications like Splunk, Elastic, ServiceNow, Power BI or SAP BI and many more. The REST interface is easy to use and dramatically reduces the development effort and data volumes in the connected systems by providing results in tabular form or as chat data. The full strength of BVQ can be used, such as End-to-end relations, all metrics, means or peak values or aggregations at all levels.