Managing the capacity of your storage infrastructure

As a Capacity Planner or storage Administrator, you can use BMC Helix Continuous Optimization to configure, administer, and manage the capacity of your storage infrastructure.

BMC Helix Continuous Optimization enables you to collect and manage data for the storage infrastructure elements.

As illustrated in the flow diagram, the BMC Helix Continuous Optimization data source collects data from the storage infrastructure resources. The collected data is transferred to BMC Helix Continuous Optimization where it is processed, and then displayed on the user interface. You can use the product functionalities to review, analyze, and manage capacity of your storage infrastructure resources.

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What can you do with BMC Helix Continuous Optimization?

The following sections describe how you can achieve these goals:

Managing the capacity of storage infrastructure resources

You can analyze and manage the capacity of your storage infrastructure resources by using the Storage view. For the infrastructure data to be available in the view, the storage Administrator must first set up the data source to collect data.

Task 1. Collect data and install the views

As a storage Administrator, use one of the following ETLs for data collection:

After data collection starts, data is loaded daily and Indicators are available in the Workspace tab.

As an Administrator, you must install the Storage views and grant the necessary permissions to Capacity Planners and storage Administrators to access these views.

Task 2. Analyze the collected data

To get a high-level view of the storage infrastructure usage and health, use the Storage views.

The following use cases are described here:

Understand the usage and health of your storage systems

Review and analyze the Storage Systems page in the Storage Systems view to understand the utilization and health of storage systems.

Evaluate the residual or spare capacity of storage pools

Use the Pools page in the Storage Systems view to determine the spare capacity of storage pools to plan for your current and future requirements.

Identify the storage pools with oversubscription risk

Review the Pools page in the Storage Systems view to identify the storage pools that are oversubscribed.

Reclaiming the unused capacity of storage systems

Review and analyze the Volumes page in the Storage Systems view to identify the unmapped and unused volumes to reclaim the disk capacity.

Identify the storage pools with exhausting resources

Use the Pools page in the Storage Systems view to identify the storage pools that at a risk of being saturated.

Performing advanced analysis

The earlier sections explained how you can use the out-of-the-box capacity views to manage your environment. These capacity views help you analyze your storage infrastructure using a predefined set of metrics.

To perform advanced analysis on the imported storage data, such as identifying specific performance issues, trends, and bottlenecks, you can use Analysis.

The following use case explains how to create an analysis:

For more information, see Creating an analysis.

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