RobertoAraujo1
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Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

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EMC Community Network Ask the Expert conversation. For two weeks, beginning July 20th, our panel will show you how to make the most of your XtremIO system. Our panel of technical experts will share best practices of configuration, operation and management, and will be here to answer your specific questions. To get started, check out the Top 10 Tips & Tricks for XtremIO document that we featured at EMC World.


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John prior to EMC was with NetApp for 6 years functioning as a Principal Solutions Architect focused on design and implementation of the the full NetApp solution stack supporting various applications such as Oracle, Vmware, and Microsoft. Previously, he was with a Reseller for 3 years supporting a multitude of storage and backup products including EMC, HP, Hitachi, Commvault and Netbackup.

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Global SE - EMC

Deny joined the EMC team with over 15 years of experience in Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Storage and Networking in wide variety of Pre-Sales and Engineering roles. Most recently he was with Nimble storage where he served as an Escalation Engineer helping high profile accounts resolve performance problems that were introduced by poor VDI, Network and Virtualized designed environments.


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RobertoAraujo1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

This Ask the Expert session is now open for questions. For the next couple of weeks our Subject Matter Experts will be around to reply to your questions, comments or inquiries about our topic. Let’s make this conversation useful, respectful and entertaining for all. Enjoy!

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mb_jones
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

Hi Expert Panel,

Do all of the "Host-Side Best Practices" (HBA queue depth, Round Robin, etc) apply when a host running vSphere (Cisco UCS let's say) is zoned/connected to an XtremIO volume through VPLEX, as opposed to directly connected to an XtremIO array?

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Yixing1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

Hello Roberto,

I have a some general enquiries from customer. Basically, we are setting up an environment with XtremIO and VMware cluster servers. The software running on the VMware is Compuware which requires a 2.5Gb/s or higher throughput. for the 4 XBlock, what would be the consideration or best practice to follow to achieve this.

I have been searching best practices for XtremIO, however, the information I have so far are the top hints, host configuration guide, there have been no in depth whitepaper in regards performance tuning. Do we have anything from support or engineering?

thanks very much for your help.

Yixing Qiu

yixing.qiu@emc.com

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Avi3
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

If the host is connected through a VPLEX, you should be following the best practices recommended for VPLEX.

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Avi3
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

There is no performance tuning as such that you need to do on the array itself. A lot of that is already built in. Some of the high level performance data is available in the XtremIO data sheets.

Work with your XtremIO account team to discuss the workload details (r/w ratio, IO sizes, parallelism, etc) for more specific performance sizing.

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Moderator
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

HI

About performance monitor , can we check last 2years record in version4 ? as release notes says below .  


Improved Data Collection and Reporting

Data is retained for up to two years and has variable granularity, according to the

  data age. The lowest sample granularity is 5 seconds.


If so , how can we set to check last 2years performance data ?


thanks !

Aya

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Avi3
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

GUI has an option to see the performance data going back to 2 years.

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Moderator
Moderator

Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

thanks Avi ! Would this be only from 4.0 ? and can you tell me from where ? I could not find where I can set ...

thanks !

Aya

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Avi3
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Re: Ask the Expert: Top Tips & Tricks to Rock Your XtremIO World

Yes, this is applicable only from 4.0 release (and onwards). You should be able to see this option in the main dashboard (as a drop down list). I will try to send you a screenshot if you are not able to find it.

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