How do application-specific workloads help me manage my storage array?

An application is software such as SQL Server or Exchange. You define one or more workloads to support each application. For some applications, System Manager will automatically recommend a volume configuration that optimizes storage. Characteristics such as I/O type, segment size, controller ownership, and read and write cache are included in the volume configuration.

The volume characteristics of your application-specific workload dictate how the workload interacts with the components of your storage array and helps determine the performance of your environment under a given configuration.