PernixData Architect – VM Performance Plot


It’s been a while since the last Architect post, but nevertheless here we go with the next one!

The cool thing about many of the Architect features, it doesn’t take hours to explain them, like in this case the so called “VM Performance Plot”. Of course I’ll add give a brief explanation, but once you’ve seen the screenshots, its actually crystal clear.

Many feature are usually associated with a particular problem, and in this case the problem Architect solves: How to easily identify VMs that are not performing as intended or which are issuing more workload than assumed on a single graph. And especially across a big number of VMs and clusters.

Once you are logged into the PernixData UI, select “Architect” in the drop-down menu in the top-left corner and before jumping into a particular cluster stop and click the “VM Performance Plot” tab.

ArchitectStart

Why this graph is not inside the cluster view? Because in case you have multiple vSphere clusters, you will be able get a nice overview across all your clusters and VMs on a single page.

The cool thing is that you can define the x- and y-axis yourself as well as the time range you are interested in. Below the drop-down menu on the right-hand side, you will be able to select the vSphere clusters you want to take a look at.

VMPerformancePlot

This will provide you with a holistic overview across all of your VMs, represented as colored dots on the graph. A mouse over a dot will provide even more insights about the performance metrics for a given VM during the selected time period.

This for example helps to identify VMs suffering from performance issue like high latencies or rogue VMs who are killing the SAN performance by issuing more IOPS/throughput as they are intended to.

I hope will help current and future Architect users to find this “hidden” gem to further improve their virtual infrastructures.

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