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Symmetrix Performance Workshop

Course Details

In this course, you will be introduced to the methodology for analyzing performance of Symmetrix arrays. You will learn to analyze Symmetrix performance using ControlCenter Performance Manager and Symmetrix Performance Analyzer tools. Metrics that are relevant for analysis of each of the components in a Symmetrix array are presented. You will learn to identify bottlenecks for performance and provide recommendations to remedy the problem. Hands-on lab exercises using performance archives reinforce the concepts and methodology presented in the lecture.

Course Prerequisites

  • Strong understanding of basic Symmetrix DMX and VMAX architecture and the use of ControlCenter Performance Manager
  • Experience with Symmetrix Performance Analyzer is recommended

Course Agenda

1. Performance Management

2. Tools for Analyzing Symmetrix Performance

  • Symmetrix Performance Analyzer
  • ControlCenter Performance Manager
  • Viewing Archives with Performance Manager
  • ControlCenter Performance Manager Reports

3. Performance Analysis

  • Workload Profiles and Characterization
  • Performance Analysis Roadmap
  • Little's Law and its Impact on Response Time

4. Analyzing Performance of the Symmetrix Front-End Adapters

5. Analyzing Symmetrix Cache Performance

  • Symmetrix Cache Architecture
  • Cache Hit and Miss I/O Operations
  • System and Device Write Pending Limits
  • Dynamic Cache Partitions
  • Alignment of I/O with Cache Slots

6. Analyzing Performance of the Symmetrix Back-End Adapters

  • Symmetrix Back-End architecture
  • Analyzing Symmetrix Back-End Utilization
  • Analyzing I/O Imbalance
  • Symmetrix Back-End Optimization Algorithms
  • Impact of RAID Protection on Back-End Performance

7. Performance Considerations for Business Continuity Operations

  • TimeFinder Performance Considerations
  • SRDF Performance Considerations