Profiling a NetApp filer

Sam Kirchoff


The Live Optics NetApp profiling capability has been out now for a little over a month in preview mode. To access the functionality in Preview Mode download the latest collector and start the collector from the command line like this "LiveOpticsDotNet4_5.exe /NetApp"

This will unlock the NetApp functionality. If you don't see this blog update, then don't worry, the preview state will be dropped in the week of July 16th as well as additional support for 7-mode and other versions of <8.2 firmware code will be released. At that time NetApp will show in the menu as a default profiling option.  


Our preview for supporting NetApp profiling is right around the corner and this entry will give you some features to anticipate as it starts to roll out.

We are excepting select customers profiling to start as early as May 23rd and a preview release at the end of May 2018. 

It’s widely known that NetApp has a fair share of the storage/filer market share and it only makes sense that Live Optics supports the ability to profile this technology.

Release of Live Optics support will be broken into 2 phases: configuration and performance.
For Phase 1 filer configurations will be pulled automatically via the Live Optics collector.

It will do so by establishing an SSH connection to the CLI on the NetApp array and running CLI commands to collect the data. The data will then be seamlessly transmitted back to the Live Optics Viewer Portal for analysis and display.

The SSH commands will grab data through various files and for those of you that are curious, here are some of the sample commands that would be issued. The entire process will take about 1 min or less from start to finish.

Command list: df, df –S, cluster image show, system node show, volume show, disk show, lun show, node external-cache show, system feature-usage show-summary, cf partner, sysconfig –a, aggr show space, vol status -r

Here is the full version support matrix for the preview release.

OnTAP 8.3, 8.3.1, 8.3.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3
Note: 7-Mode and v8.2 and below will be supported shortly after, but in a subsequent release.

Here are some screen shots from our mockups and a matrix of data points will follow at the end of this post.

NetAppCollector_4.webp NetAppCollector_5.webp
LiveOptics_NetApp_Viewer_1_features.jpg LiveOptics_NetApp_Viewer_5_volumes.jpg

Here is a list of fields to be provided (this might not be the final list)

Node Name
Model Name
NetApp Release/Installation date
# Shelves
Drive Size
Drive Type
# Drives
Flash Cache
Total Cache
Raw Capacity
Total Raw Capacity
Volume Name
Volume Size
Volume Used
Volume Free
Snapshot Size
Snapshot Used
Snapshot Free
Total size for aggregate name
Total used for aggregate name
Total free for aggregate name
Total Size of Node Volume
Total Used of Node volume
Total Free of Node Volume
Total Snapshot size of Node Volume
Total Snapshot used of Node Volume
Total Snapshot free of Node Volume
Total Deduplication
Total Compression
Total Deduplication of Volume
Total Compressed of Volume
Aggregate Name
Total Size of Cluster
Total Used of Cluster
Total Free of Cluster
Total # Drives of Cluster
Total # shelves
Node total
Node used
Node free
Total Node total
Total Node used
Total Node free
Block Present

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    Aneesh Ganapathiyil

    Hi Sam,

    Is this netapp collector available to download? 

    Can we create siokit file with out using collector. 



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    Sam Kirchoff

    Yes. It is. It's in preview status. So download the latest collector and start from the command line with the preview switch. 

    or "LiveOpticsDotNet4_5.exe /NetApp"

    We will exit preview status in a week or so. Then the command line won't be needed. 

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