Storage Capacity KPIs

When I first started working with Distributed Storage for many years I worked with Asset Management and various other departments to answer the question, “How much storage do we have available and how much is used?”. The problem was depending upon how the numbers were sumarized and presented various impressions were left with management that didn’t communicate a complete picture. This invariably led to inaccurate assumptions that required many subsequent explanations. If we are to overcome these problems and communicate a clear picture of storage capacity we must address several issues.

The first issue to be addressed is whether to report storage capacities as raw capacity or usable capacity. The simplest method is to report raw but since these numbers do not take into account protection and management overhead service delivery management is tempted to think that more storage is available then what is available in reality. If these overheads aren’t taken into account when projecting future demand the projected supply may be overstated. For this reason it is probably best to provide facilities for reporting both raw numbers which will be used more in the day to day support and usable numbers for planning and estimation purposes.

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Pushing Your Profile and SSH Keys

When ever you start supporting a new environment especially in a large corporation usually you are confronted with many systems.  Security will take care of setting up your access across whatever platforms there may be.  But generally you are left holding the bag with setting up your ssh keys and any profile customizations not to mention distribution of any scripts or tools you have come to rely upon.  Of course before you put any tools on a system there are several things to consider.  You definitely want to consider the environments you are first performing the distributions on and it is always good to start with development or lab environments and move out from there.  Also you will need to consider the corporate policies related to the environment which might limit your ability to even have your own set of tools and scripts.  You may be limited down to simple .profile changes and ssh keys.  Implementing a script to push these keys and profiles out may need to go through various degrees of red tape.  Whatever policies and requirements exist in your organization are your responsibility to know and to determine how or if the tools discussed here may be used.

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