Live Optics supports the profiling of several hardware storage arrays. One of these is the Dell 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.
- Launch Live Optics Collector (Windows .NET version)
- Click Get Started
- Click “Yes, I agree” to accept the End User License Agreement (prompted only on first execution)
- Click “Yes, this is me” after verifying your identity is correct (prompted only on first execution)
- Select Storage from the left menu
- Select XtremIO
- Enter the XtremIO array IP address
- Enter a username to access the array (admin user)
- Enter the password
- Click Add Array – they array data will be collected
- Click Next
- Select the Upload Option, either upload automatically (recommended) or upload later
- Click Next
- If upload automatically was selected, enter the project name to be created, click Next
- After the files are processed and optionally uploaded, click Quit to exit the application
Download and run the Live Optics Windows collector software
- There are two methods to download the collector software:
- From the email you received from your systems consultant inviting you to Live Optics by clicking the Download Collector link.
- From the Live Optics portal, select Collectors from the left menu, then Download Collector. For more information on how to download a Live Optics collector, please see knowledge base article Download the Live Optics Collector Either option will bring you to the Download Collectors page.
NOTE: the collector can run on any host with IP connectivity to the storage array being profiled
Connect to the Asset
- Select Storage from the list of Category and select XtremIO from the list of storage asset types.
- Enter the array IP address, username, and password. The username should be the admin or admin equivalent account. Once entered, click Add Array.
- 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.
- When complete, the array will be listed under the Array column. You may add additional arrays to be profiled. Once all the arrays have been added, click Next.
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.
- Enter the name of the project for your array profile. Click Next.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- After the collection process completes, the file will need to be uploaded to the web portal for processing using the collector.
Uploading the SIOKIT (applies only if the “upload later” was selected)
- The Live Optics collector software is used to upload the SIOKIT files using the Windows collector. See knowledge base article Uploading SIOKIT file in the Live Optics collector
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.
- 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.
- A new tab that was added which is the volume selector which gives the user the capability to select volumes in an XIO cluster and then add them up to provide a performance and capacity analysis.
After the volumes have been selected, saved, and calculated, the user will see the calculated capacity and performance screen.
The following summary figures are shown:
- Total Size of all volumes (shown in GiBs)
- Total Logical Used of all volumes (shown in GiBs).
- Volume Count showing the total number of selected volumes.
- Volume Group Count showing the total number of VSGs.
- Mapped Volume Count showing the total number of volumes with a num-of-lun-mappings
After the summary figures, there will be the point-in-time performance tables (Peak IOPS, 95Th % IOPS, Peak Throughput, 95th % Throughput, and Average). Lastly, the performance graphs for IOPS, Throughput, and Average IO Size will be shown.