Koji Watanabe

End-to-End Infrastructure Performance Analysis of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform CI Simplified with Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA)

Blog Post created by Koji Watanabe on Oct 11, 2017

Hitachi Vantara has launched the new converged infrastructure Hitachi Unified Computing Platform CI (UCP CI). Today, I would like to introduce the performance analysis solution with UCP CI.

 

Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA) delivers visualization, intelligence and automation to optimize infrastructure health while quickly identifying and troubleshooting performance issues. UCP CI is an optimized and scalable converged infrastructure platform. In this series of posts, we will cover use cases of what can be done with HIAA and UCP CI together.

 

Fig1 shows an example of an end-to-end (E2E) map, which is showing topology of specific running VM to connected switch to used storage LUN.

 

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Fig1: HIAA E2E View

 

In this series of posts, we will cover:

  • Introducing the combined solution of HIAA & UCP CI
  • Installation & Configuration
  • Introducing use cases

 

Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA)

Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA) includes the tools to properly monitor and analyze performance statistics from the application through its entire data path to the shared storage resources. Generally, Converged Infrastructure, like UCP CI, provides easy management to customers. Meanwhile Converged Infrastructure conceals detailed of infrastructure. This makes troubleshooting difficult.

 

The features of HIAA provide solutions against these pain-points.

 

Some of the key features include:

  • Monitoring Switch, OS, Hypervisor
  • E2E Topology mapping
  • Performance comparison and related changes
  • Identify the bottleneck and root cause analysis

 

More information:

https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/pdf/solution-profile/hitachi-solution-profile-it-analytics.pdf

 

Also, the HIAA team has posted great videos on YouTube. Check them out!

 

Detecting Performance Bottlenecks using E2E view in Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor

https://youtu.be/LkDoO3MA1x4

 

Dynamic Threshold Storage Resource Monitoring With Performance Analytics, Using HIAA

https://youtu.be/9WlpUx8inNA

 

Using HIAA to Analyze a Performance Bottleneck in Shared Infrastructure

https://youtu.be/fGFj7lLiYX4

 

Detecting Performance Bottlenecks Using Sparkline View

https://youtu.be/VTezCGUniR8

 

Analyze Configuration Changes in Your Infrastructure to Solve Performance Problems

https://youtu.be/NzMhSeLdOQ8

 

(Updated on 10/19) HIAA v3.2 is now available. HIAA v3.2 supports integration with Hitachi Storage Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations(vROPS) v1.7. Thanks to this integration, vROPS retrieves storage performance, capacity and related health metrics from HIAA. Note, Hitachi Tuning Manager is no longer supported and management pack is available from VMware marketplace.

 

 

Hitachi Unified Computing Platform CI Series (UCP CI)

Hitachi Vantara has launched UCP CI in September 2017.  This is a new series of the Converged infrastructure of Hitachi. The UCP CI architecture consists of Intel-based rackmount servers, Hitachi Storage and Switches.

 

UCP CI Components Overview:

  • Hitachi Advanced Server DS120
  • Brocade G620 SAN Switch,
  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform(VSP) Hybrid and all-flash arrays. (G/F1500, G/Fx00)

 

More information:

https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/pdf/datasheet/hitachi-datasheet-unified-compute-platform-ci.pdf

 

Combination of HIAA & UCP CI

The combination of HIAA with UCP CI provides many benefits to customers running UCP CI virtualized environment.

UCP Advisor is the management software sold with UCP CI that simplifies configuration and management of the UCP CI converged infrastructure.

 

HIAA provides an additional value for customers with the ability to monitor, analyze and troubleshoot system performance issues by showing an end-to-end topology and system-wide relationship of hardware and software components.

 

In addition, HIAA can show detailed performance statistic information of the entire UCP CI stack ranging from storage, SAN and hypervisor (VMware).

 

The dashboards and charts are extremely helpful for absorbing large amounts of performance related information in an organized and simplified manner.

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Configuration

This is an overview of the configuration built in our Solution Lab.

 

UCP CI

  • Hitachi Advanced Server DS120
  • Brocade G620 (via Brocade Network Advisor(BNA))
  • Hitachi VSP G600 (SVOS 83-04-23-40/01)
  • VMware vSphere 6.x, vCenter 6.x

 

Extra Software

  • Hitachi Performance Analytics 3.0 (HIAA 3.1 and HDCA 8.1)
  • Brocade Network Advisor (BNA) 14.0.1 (To observe SAN Switch performance, BNA is required.)

 

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Fig2: Configuration Overview

 

Free Trial License available

We can provide a free version of HIAA for customer trial. There is not functional limitation but it expires 90 days of installation. If you are interested in the trial license, please contact HIAA PM D-List or the author (Koji Watanabe).

 

Also, you can obtain the 120 days trial version of BNA from Brocade Website.

 

What's coming up next...

Today, I have introduced the value of combination of HIAA and UCP CI. These two products provide Low-touch infrastructure and easy analysis of performance management.

 

I will show you "Installation & configuration HIAA" in the second post of this series. Stay tuned!

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