NA-PERFCDOT: Performance Analysis on Clustered Data ONTAP

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The Performance Analysis on Clustered Data ONTAP (NA-PERFCDOT) course provides you with the knowledge and skills that you need to collect and analyze system performance data from NetApp storage systems that are running clustered Data ONTAP. Prepares you on how to interpret data and how to identify and implement changes that improve system efficiency. Covers how to use system commands and features to monitor and enhance storage system performance using a combination of hands-on labs, case-studies, and technical discussion.

Upon completion of this course, students are able to:

  • Describe how data flows through the network and protocol layers of clustered Data ONTAP
  • Define performance-related terms and describe basic methodologies
  • Identify the methods that can be used to monitor and analyze storage system performance
  • Explain how methods and tools can be used to collect performance data
  • Use command output to analyze system performance Use command output from case studies to identify performance bottlenecks
  • Implement configuration for recommended practices for resiliency and performance
  • Locate resources and information that help you maximize system performance

Course Outline


Module 1 How a NetApp Storage System Works

  • Describe the layers within the Data ONTAP architecture List the advantages that are provided by the ability of WAFL to optimize writes
  • Explain the purpose of NVRAM
  • Diagram the flow of read and write requests through the network and protocol layers of Data ONTAP
  • Describe the benefits that RAID provides

Module 2 Performance Overview

  • Define performance-related terms, such as “baseline,” “bottleneck,” “Little’s law,” and “latency”
  • Describe baseline performance guidelines and methodologies as they relate to NetApp storage systems

Module 3 Clustered Storage System Workloads and Bottlenecks

  • Gather information about the workload of an existing storage system
  • Identify the storage system components that can affect performance—become bottlenecks

Module 4 Cluster Performance Monitoring and Analysis

  • Describe the performance analysis tools and commands that are commonly used for cluster health checks
  • Identify the key performance commands and describe the command output that they produce
  • Explain how to use NetApp tools for performance measurement
  • Describe the benefits of using the AutoSupport support tool for performance analysis

Module 5 OnCommand Management Tools

  • List the three categories of performance tools Explain the features and functions of Insight Perform
  • Explain the features and functions of OnCommand Balance
  • Use OnCommand management tools to view performance data

Module 6 Storage QoS

  • Discuss how the Storage Quality of Service (QoS) feature works in a clustered Data ONTAP environment Identify the commands that are used to manage policy groups
  • Monitor workload performance

Hands On Labs

Lab 2-1 Identify the exercise environment
Lab 2-2 Log in to the exercise environment
Lab 2-3 Add a cluster to OnCommand System Manager
Lab 2-4 Configure SNMP public community name
Lab 2-5 Identify clustered Data ONTAP components
Lab 2-6 Set the clustered Data ONTAP command line system timeout value (optional)
Lab 3-1 Examine the statistics catalog commands
Lab 3-2 Examine the statistics start and statistics show commands
Lab 3-3 Defining workload characteristics
Lab 4-1 Perform initial health checks on the cluster
Lab 4-2 Baseline performance monitoring from the cluster shell
Lab 4-3 Performance monitoring from the cluster shell
Lab 4-4 Unlock diag userid
Lab 4-5 Using the performance and statistics collector (Perfstat)
Lab 6-1 Reactively limit thoughput to a workload by associating the workload with QoS policy group
Lab 6-2 Proactively monitor workload performance by associating a workload with a QoS policy group
Lab 6-3 Isolate a tenant workload by associating the workload with a QoS policy group

This course is intended for the Professionals who manage NetApp storage systems and would like a deeper understanding of Clustered Data ONTAP system performance.

Prior to taking this course, it is recommended that students have attended Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 Administration (DCADM)

Currently, there are no certifications related to this course.