File System Analytics overview

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Beginning with ONTAP 9.8, File System Analytics (FSA) is a framework for collecting and visualizing key data points about the contents of ONTAP FlexGroup or FlexVol volumes. FSA helps solve organizational data challenges around data locality, storage consumption, storage optimization, and data protection. By providing real-time insights into data usage, FSA helps you with decision-making in effective data management and operations, such as quality-of-service changes to throughput and moving volumes to a different controller or aggregate.

FSA presents detailed information at each level of the volume’s file system hierarchy, allowing you to:

File System Analytics offers a list and graphical view of your data. In the graphical view, variably sized blocks and color shades provide a graphical representation of the directories. In the list view shown below, you can see how much space each directory uses as well modification and access histories in numerical form and in interactive graphs for each directory.

Screen capture of FSA list view. Four directories are shown in descending order of data usage. Each directory is animated with two line charts showing their respective access and modify history.

File System Analytics data is displayed using ONTAP System Manager. You can also use the ONTAP REST API to access the data programmatically.

Feature availability by release

ONTAP 9.8

ONTAP 9.9.1

ONTAP 9.10.1

ONTAP 9.11.1

Visualization in System Manager

X

X

X

X

Capacity analytics

X

X

X

X

Inactive Data information

X

X

X

X

Availability for volumes transitioned from 7-mode systems

X

X

X

Option to change Inactive period in System Manager

X

X

X

Activity Tracking (volume-level)

X

X

Download to CSV (Activity Tracking, volume-level)

X

X

Activity Tracking (SVM-level)

X

Download to CSV (Activity Tracking, SVM-level)

X

Timeline

X

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