Last week I wrote the first part for the infinio setup. I promised I would write a part two about how to create an I/O workload to put your setup Infinio environment to the test. After setting up a couple of workloads on different OS’es my Italian friend Luca Dell’Orca wrote a post on VirtualToTheCore about what to use to create I/O workloads. After reading the post “My new I/O Test Virtual Machine” I decided to change my environment to create a more trustworthy workload.

But I did want to get out another post on Infinio. As my workloads did their thing for a couple of days, I wanted to dive into the Infinio Management interface so you’ll see what I’m talking about in later blogposts ;-P

First of all you need to log on to the FQDN or IP address of the Infinio Management server through a browser. So open your favorite browser and browse to the https://FQDN or https://IP-Address configured during the setup of Infinio Accelerator.

Once the the log in screen is loaded Provide the Username and Password you provided during Setup and Press Log In.

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After log in you’ll be on the Dashboard screen which

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The Dashboard screen is defided in multiple “cards” that will give you more insite in the Infinio caching mechanism. The first will provide you a better look at the boost Infinio Provided to your NFS share. You’ll have to remember that in my case a storage boost during a peak of request, of 17 15K (around 3000 IOps) disks is a very big performance boost. And providing a deduped clustered read cache will reduce the I/O stream to your NAS dramatically and you’ll see a better write performance as well.

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The second card is Request offloaded. This card shows how many were serviced by the RAM instead of by the NAS.

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The third card is the Effective Cache Size (Deduplication). It shows the Current Cache Size as well as the 14-day peak. In my case during the deduplication benefit was about .4 x which is about 6,5 GB.

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The last card on this screen is the Datastores card. It shows a couple of things per accelerated datastore:

  • Response time improved: This is shown in With Infinio (blue line) and Without Infinio (Gray line). It shows the the response times (for reads) that were serviced with or without Infinio
  • Requests Offloaded: This metric shows the requests that are serviced by the Infinio Cache instead of from the Datastore
  • Bandwith saved: It shows the amount of bandwith that wasn’t used by servicing the I/O from the cache instead of the RAM. This metric is shown in Mb/s.

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This are the metrics you can view on the dashboard screen. Next to the Dashboard button you can find the Settings button:

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When you’ve clicked this button you’ll be in the Settings screen:

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This screen consists of two cards. First we’ll have a look at the System settings card, where three different settings can be changed:

  • Console Settings
  • Licensing
  • Support

We’ll start with the Console settings. Here you do two things:

  • Change the vCenter connection settings
    • Provide the FQDN or IP Address of your vCenter
    • Provide the administrator Username with the right vCenter privalage
    • Provide the password for this account
    • Click Change to change the vCenter Connection settings
  • Change the account password (Infinio mgmt account)
    • Provide the current password
    • Provide the new password
    • Confirm the new password
    • Click the Change Password button

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By clicking on Licensing you can evaluate your licensing options:

  • In the License Status you can view and Purchase the Infinio Accelerator Licences
  • After you received the Infinio Licences you can copy the key into the Activate License textbox and click the Active License Key button

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The third (and last) option in the System settings card is Support. Here you do the following:

  • In the File a support ticket you can Click the Button to File a support ticket, and you can find a telephone number to file a ticket as well.
  • In the Generate Diagnostic Information field you generate a bundle the will be send to the Infinio engineers, consisting of the following options:
    • Management Console logs
    • Configuration Settings
    • Performance Data
    • Accelerator VM logs
    • vCenter MOB dump

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The last availble card is the Unistall Infinio one. Here you have two options:

  1. Remove All Accelerators, which does just what it says ;-P
  2. Click Remove Individual Accelerator VM’s to get a list of hosts on which the Accelerator is installed. Here you can click Remove to remove the Accelerator from that particular Host.

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I love the simplicity of the Infinio Manager. Everything is easy to understand and is well positioned so you don’t need digg up the brains of Albert Einstein to manage the Infinio Accelerator environment. As this is still a 1.0 version it might change overtime to provide more in depth information, but for now it does what is promised “downloadable storage performance” and even more. Stay tuned for Part 3. For now I wish you all a merry Christmas! Cheerio