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Querying and annotating tiers


You use queries to associate your annotations with the appropriate assets in your environment. Here, we will associate those tiers with the appropriate assets.

Earlier, we set up annotations for your Tiers. For this example, we will associate tiers with storage pools, and will assume your tier annotations are configured as follows:



Cost per Gb

Tier 1 SSD

All Flash Array


Tier 2 SAS



Tier 3 SATA



Let's search for all SSD disks in your environment, and associate the “Tier 1 SSD” annotation with them.

  • Log in to Insight as a user with administrative permissions

  • Select Queries > +New Query

  • Drop down the Search for…​ field and select Storage Pool. A list of all of your storage pools is displayed.

  • The Name field may not be helpful this time, so let's use another field. Click the More drop-down and select “Least performing disk type”. This field lists the disk types that we are interested in. Enter “SSD” in the field and click thecheck box ok button. The query results list shows only your SSD storage pools.

  • You may filter further by clicking the More drop-down and selecting additional fields.

  • Select the storage pools you wish to associate with this tier. When all of your desired storage pools are selected, click the Actions button and select Edit annotation.

  • In the Add Annotation dialog, select the Tier annotation.

  • Choose the desired Value from the list. For this example, choose “Tier 1 SSD”.

  • Click Save.

  • If the Tier column is not visible on the Query results page, select it by dropping down the Columns button and choosing Tier. You should see the appropriate annotation now associated with your assets.

  • Save the query by clicking the Save button in the upper right corner of the Query page and giving it a unique and explicit name. For example, “Storage Pools - Tier 1 SSD”.

If you wish to associate the “Tier 1 SSD” annotation with other assets, create a new query and follow these steps for each asset type you desire.

Repeat these steps for the assets in each of your remaining tiers.