Performing an XtremIO Storage Array Profile

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Overview

Live Optics supports the profiling of several hardware storage arrays.  One of these is the Dell EMC XtremIO family of all-flash arrays.  Using the Live Optics collector, configuration and performance data is captured, analyzed and compiled into a Project for viewing.  This document outlines the process to produce an XtremIO array storage profile.

Quick-Start Directions

  1. Launch Live Optics Collector (Windows .NET version)
  2. Click Get Started
  3. Click “Yes, I agree” to accept the End User License Agreement (prompted only on first execution)
  4. Click “Yes, this is me” after verifying your identity is correct (prompted only on first execution)
  5. Select Storage from the left menu
  6. Select XtremIO
  7. Enter the XtremIO array IP address
  8. Enter a username to access the array (admin user)
  9. Enter the password
  10. Click Add Array – they array data will be collected
  11. Click Next
  12. Select the Upload Option, either upload automatically (recommended) or upload later
  13. Click Next
  14. If upload automatically was selected, enter the project name to be created, click Next
  15. After the files are processed and optionally uploaded, click Quit to exit the application

Detailed Instructions

Step 1: Download the Live Optics Windows collector software

  • There are two methods to download the collector software.
    1. One: From the email you received from your systems consultant inviting you to Live Optics by clicking the Download Collector link.
    2. Two: From the Live Optics portal, select Collectors from the left menu, then Download Collector.
  • Either option will bring you to the Download Collectors page. To perform storage array profiles, download the Windows collector.  Note, the Windows collector requires .NET 4.5 or greater to be installed on the host running the collector.
  • Click the Download button to start the download. A file named LiveOptics.zip will be downloaded.
  • Once the file download completes, extract the contents of the zip file on the host where you wish to run the software. The Live Optics collector does not install like a typical Windows application.  Extracting the zip file is all that is needed to run the collector.  Note, the collector can be run on any host with IP connectivity to the storage arrays you wish to profile.

 

Step 2: Run Live Optics collector software

  • Open the directory where you extracted the files from the zip download and double-click LiveOpticsDotNet4_5.exe.
  • Click the “Yes, I agree” button to accept the End User License Agreement

*Note:  This appears the first time you run the collector software. Each subsequent time you will not be asked this question

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  • Confirm your name/company is correct and click “Yes, this is me”. If you were invited to run Live Optics, your systems consultant information will also be listed.

*Note:  This appears the first time you run the collector software. Each subsequent time you will not be asked this question.

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Step 3: Select Storage from the list of profile types.

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Step 4: Select XtremIO from the list of storage array models.

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Step 5: Enter the array IP address, username, and password.  The username should be the admin or admin equivalent account.  Once entered, click Add Array.

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  • The collector will connect to the array and capture the configuration and performance data. Note, this could take several minutes depending on the size of the array and your network connectivity to the array.

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  • When complete, the array will listed under the Array column. You may add additional arrays to be profiled.  Once all the arrays have been added, click Next.

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Step 6:  Select the method to upload to the Live Optics web site for processing

  • Selecting the default, “Upload my collection data to the Live Optics web portal automatically”, is the recommended method. This option will automatically upload the collected data to the Live Optics portal and start processing. Use this option when the host running the collector has Internet access. Once selected, click Next.

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  • Enter the name of the project for your array profile. Click Next.

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  • The files are processed and uploaded to the web portal. During the upload, a status bar indicates the progress.  As storage array data can be quite large, the upload may take some time to complete depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector
  • You will receive an email from Live Optics when your project is ready for viewing on the web portal.

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  • Selecting “I will upload later…” will process and save your array data to an encrypted file with the name [hostname]_XtremIO.siokit. The file is written to the same folder from where the collector was executed. Use this option when the host running the collector does not have Internet access.

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  • After the collection process completes, the file will need to be uploaded to the web portal for processing using the collector.

Step 7: Uploading the SIOKIT file (applies only if selected “I will upload later…”)

  • The Live Optics web portal supports directly uploading .siokit files that are less than 100MB. If your file is large than 100MB, use the collector to upload the file.  The following outlines the steps for uploading using the Windows collector.
  • Copy the .siokit file along with the downloaded collector files (or download again) to a host with Internet access.
  • Double-click on LiveOpticDotNet4_5.exe to start the collector.
  • From the upper right menu bar, select Upload SIOKIT.

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  • Click Browse for File. Select the .siokit file.
  • Enter the name of the project for your array profile. Click Upload.

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  • The files is uploaded to the web portal. During the upload, a status bar indicates the progress.  As storage array data can be quite large, the upload may take some time to complete depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector.
  • You will receive an email from Live Optics when your project is ready for viewing on the web portal.

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Step 8: View Project Results

  • Log in to the Live Optics web portal (https://www.liveoptics.com)
  • Your recent projects are listed on your dashboard. Select your project.

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  • The project details page appears. From here you can download the report in PowerPoint format (PPT), download an Excel file (XLXS) containing all the array details, share your project with other Live Optics users such as your systems consultant, or delete your project.

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