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How do I access the storage efficiency in Active IQ?

Steps
  1. Open home page of Active IQ.

  2. Search for a customer, site, group, cluster, or node from the top right search box to reach the respective dashboard.

  3. Click Storage Efficiency from the left navigation.

The dashboards created using a watchlist will not be displayed in the storage efficiency widget.

Does Active IQ display ratios for all ONTAP systems?

Active IQ displays ratios for systems running ONTAP 9.1 and later.

What is the ‘Without Snapshots’ checkbox in the efficiency dashboard?

By default, Active IQ Efficiency Dashboard calculates overall ratio at customer-level, site-level, group-level, cluster-level, and node-level. Overall ratio includes the ratio from the following storage efficiency technologies:

  • Deduplication

  • Compression

  • Data compaction

  • Clones and

  • Snapshots

By selecting Without Snapshots checkbox, Active IQ will calculate efficiency ratio (ratio from deduplication, compression, data compaction and clones storage efficiency technologies) at customer-level, site-level, group-level, cluster-level and node-level.

What is physical data used and logical data used?

  • Physical Blocks Consumed / Physical Data Used

    • The amount of space being used for data now (rather than being reserved for future use).

    • Includes space used by aggregate Snapshot copies.

    • Space actually consumed/written by the client

  • Total Logical Data Used

    • Displays the logical size used in the aggregate.

    • This includes Volumes, Clones and Snapshots in the aggregate.

    • The logical size is computed based on physical usage (real writes) and savings obtained in the aggregate.

    • Does not include space reserved for future use.

Which AutoSupports are used for calculating efficiency ratios?

Calculations are performed using either the latest weekly or user-triggered AutoSupports which tend to contain most of the sections required for calculating the ratios.

Which volumes or aggregates are excluded from efficiency calculations?

The following objects are not considered while calculating efficiency ratios:

  • Root aggregates

  • Offline volumes

  • Vserver root/admin root volumes

  • MCC configuration volumes

How can I see the trend in efficiency ratios?

Currently, efficiency ratios are based on the latest weekly or user-triggered AutoSupport. Efficiency trending may be considered for a future release.

How are customer-level ratios and efficiency savings calculated?

Customer level storage efficiency dashboard provides the efficiency ratio with and without Snapshot copies for AFF and non-AFF systems and are combined across the customer install base for systems running ONTAP 9.1 and later. The required parameters, for the following calculations, are taken from ONTAP AutoSupport:

Without Snapshot copies (calculated for per Aggr first):

Operation Formula

Aggr Logical Used without Snapshot copies

Logical Size Used by Volumes, Clones, Snapshot Copies in the Aggregate – Logical Size Used by Snapshot Copies

Aggr Physical Used Without Snapshot copies

Total Physical Used – (Physical Size Used by Snapshot copies / Aggregate Data Reduction SE Ratio)

Customer Efficiency Ratio without Snapshot copies

Sum [Aggr Logical Used without Snapshot copies for all aggregates and for all nodes of a customer] / Sum [Aggr Physical Used without Snapshot copies for all aggregates and for all nodes of a customer] : 1

With Snapshot copies:

Operation Formula

Customer Logical Size with Snapshot copies

Sum [Logical Size Used by Volumes, Clones, Snapshot copies for all aggregates and for all nodes of a customer]

Customer Physical Size Used with Snapshot copies

Sum [Total Physical Size Used for all aggregates and for all nodes of a customer]

Customer Efficiency Ratio with Snapshot copies

Customer Logical Size with Snapshot copies and Clones / Customer Physical Size Used with Snapshot copies and Clones : 1

Efficiency feature table calculations:

Operation Formula

Customer Physical Space Used

Sum of Physical Space Used by the Aggregate for all aggregates and of all nodes of a customer

Customer Logical Size Used without Snapshot copies

Sum of Logical Size Used by Volumes, Clones, Snapshot Copies - Logical Size Used by Snapshot copies for all aggregates of all nodes of a customer

Customer Logical Size Used with Snapshot copies

Sum of Logical Size Used by Volumes, Clones, Snapshot Copies in the Aggregate for all aggregates of all nodes of a customer

Total Space Saved

Total Logical Space Used – Total Physical Space Used

Deduplication Savings

Sum of Space Saved by Volume Deduplication + Space Saved by Inline Zero Pattern Detection of each aggregate of all nodes of a customer

Compression Savings

Sum of Space Saved by Volume Compression of each aggregate of all nodes of a customer

Compaction Savings (for ONTAP 9.1)

Sum of Space Saved by Aggregate Compaction of each aggregate of all nodes of a customer

Compaction Savings (for ONTAP 9.2 and later)

Sum of Space Saved by Aggregate Data Reduction of each aggregate of all nodes of a customer

FlexClone Savings

Sum of Space Saved by Aggregate Compaction of each aggregate of all nodes of a customer

Snapshot copies Backup Savings

Sum of (Logical Size Used by Snapshot copies - Physical Size Used by Snapshot copies) of all aggregates of all nodes of a customer

Why adding all individual efficiency savings does not add up to total data saved by storage efficiency?

Efficiency savings are shown in the Storage Efficiency Dashboard for volumes and local tiers (aggregates). You cannot add volume savings and aggregate savings as they both happen at different storage objects.

Why storage efficiencies were reported incorrectly or higher before upgrading to ONTAP?

Storage efficiency is shown higher when data protection volumes are present in the node due to a bug in ONTAP. The issue is fixed in ONTAP 9.3P11. Storage efficiency can report correct or lower values when upgraded from ONTAP versions earlier than 9.3P11 and when data protection volumes are present in the node.

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