vnx performance mistakesWelcome to part 2 of our series about some mistakes that could be hurting your VNX’s performance. If you missed the first installment of the series, you can read up on it here: Part 1. The aim of this series is to help you understand some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to VNX systems, disk array enclosures (DAE), and drives. We asked our engineering experts to give us some common mistakes people make with VNX and how to avoid them. So, what mistake could be hurting your VNX’s performance?

VNX Mistake #2: Not checking performance benchmarks on a regular basis

If you’re like many other IT professionals you probably have a lot on your plate. You wear multiple hats and your organization probably depends on you for a number of things. So it’s normal if things get put on the backburner. One of the most common things to get pushed aside are performance benchmarks. You know they’re there and should be checked regularly, but always forget. Think of performance benchmarks like routine maintenance for your car. You know you should do things like get your oil changed, replace air filters, and check tire pressure, but never seem to have the time to get around to doing it. All of us do it, ignore the “check engine” light or forget about checking your tire pressure, until you find yourself on the side of the road waiting for the tow truck to arrive. This is the part when you wish you would have taken care of it sooner. The best solution is to be proactive and keep up with your environment’s performance. But it’s not always easy.

How often should performance benchmarks be checked?

Short answer? It depends. Long answer - it depends on a number of factors that are specific to your individual environment. Is your infrastructure growing at a quick pace? Are you moving assets from your data center into the cloud? Planning on adding new applications? You should take all these factors into account when checking performance benchmarks on your VNX system.

 

Even though the frequency depends, there are other tips and best practices that will help you decide when to check performance benchmarks. A good rule to follow is to check your performance quarterly. If you’re a smaller company, once a quarter should be sufficient. For enterprise data centers, it may be a good idea to check performance benchmarks a little sooner than that. Regardless of the size of your data center, the important thing here is to set a schedule so your storage admins can fully understand the growth of your storage environment.

What other mistakes could be hurting my VNX?

And that’s part 2 of our VNX performance blog series! Now that you’ve learned another mistake that could be hurting your VNX storage array, you can begin to make better decisions for your storage environment. Want more ways to get the most out of your VNX? Keep a lookout for Part 3 of the series. Need help boosting performance in your data center? Reach out to one of our dedicated EMC storage specialists or click the chat button on this page.