I've got Tuning Manager up and running now (this is version 5). I've configured the software to pick up data from 5 arrays, which are a mixture of USP, NSC and 9980. The data is being collected via two servers - each running the RAID agent.
After 5 days of collecting, here are my initial thoughts;
- The interface looks good; a drastic improvement on the previous version.
- The interface is quick; the graphs are good and the operation is intuitive.
- The presented data is logically arranged and easy to follow.
However there are some negatives;
- Installation is still a major hassle; you've got to be 100% sure the previous version is totally uninstalled or it doesn't work.
- RAID agent configuration (or rather I should call it creation) is cumbersome and has to be done at the command line; the installation doesn't install the tools directory onto your command line path, so you have to trawl to the directory (or install something like "cmdline here").
- The database limit is way too small; 16,000 objects simply isn't enough (an object is a LUN, path etc). I don't want to install lots of instances, especially when the RAID agent isn't supported under VMware.
Overall, so far this version is a huge improvement and makes the product totally usable. I've managed to set the graph ranges to show data over a number of days and I'm now spending more time digging into the detail; Tuning Manager aggregates data up to an hourly view. The next step is to use Performance Reporter to look at some realtime detail....