Storage Advisor Embedded overview

Storage Advisor Embedded User Guide

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Storage Advisor Embedded provides simplified management of a storage system.

Storage Advisor Embedded is a tool for performing simple operations to change configurations. If you want to perform detailed or complicated operations, use other tools along with Storage Advisor Embedded. For details about other tools, see the "Management tools for system administration" section in the System Administration Guide for your storage system.

Storage Advisor Embedded allows you to quickly build an environment with a storage system and its resources, such as pools, where you can perform simple operations using a web-based user interface without having to consider complicated storage system configurations.

The following describes the web-based user interface of Storage Advisor Embedded, and the information displayed on the dashboard.

Navigation Bar

You can manage and operate storage systems in Storage Advisor Embedded by selecting and operating the resources displayed in the navigation bar.

Health Status

This area displays statuses such as Error or Warning when any of the following events are detected:

  • The pool usage rate exceeds a threshold value
  • A pool is partially blocked
  • An error occurs in a backup or a restore operation
  • SIMs (messages that are generated when the controller of the storage system detects an error or a service request) are sent

Notification History

For VSP E series storage systems, you can check information that was sent as notifications to the screen while you were logged in by checking the notification history.


When you log in, the dashboard opens. In the dashboard, you can check the storage system status, check the storage system total capacity, and view the following:

  • Information about the storage system, including the storage system name, model name, and serial number. The resource status is also displayed in this area, and you can check the Health Status message by clicking the status and launching the maintenance utility to view alerts. Click (Information) , and then select System Information to view detailed information about the storage system.
  • Capacity Usage, including the total pool capacity of the storage systems and the amount of used capacity.
  • The number of registered servers. Access the Servers page to perform operations related to servers.
  • The number of volumes. Access the Volumes page to perform operations related to volumes.
  • Total efficiency includes savings from deduplication and compression, accelerated compression*, snapshots, and Dynamic Provisioning. Total efficiency does not include metadata or garbage data generated by the capacity saving.

    * For VSP E series storage systems, the saving efficiency is not included because the accelerated compression function is not supported.


    After a volume is created from a pool and before data is written to the volume, the maximum value (99999.99) appears.

  • Data Reduction, including savings from the capacity saving (deduplication and compression).
  • Software Saving, including the amount of capacity reduction for volumes using the capacity saving function (deduplication and compression). This is displayed for VSP E series only.
  • Storage System Performance, including the status of IOPS, the response time (time required to respond to a request from the server), and the data transfer speed. By checking the performance values regularly, you identify any large changes from the usual performance values at an early stage. In particular, a large increase in the response time signals a problem in the storage system.

    Performance reports may not show the current information if performance data is not obtained from the storage system. This issue should resolve itself after some time when the storage system is less busy and able to obtain performance data.