VSP Gx00 Lun Details Test

A logical unit number (LUN) is a unique identifier used to designate individual or collections of hard disk devices for address by a protocol associated with a SCSI, iSCSI, Fibre Channel (FC) or similar interface. LUNs are central to the management of storage space shared over a storage area network (SAN). LUN errors, poor LUN cache usage, and abnormal I/O activity on the LUNs, if not promptly detected and resolved, can hence significantly degrade the performance of the storage device. This is why, it is important to continuously monitor the LUN performance. This can be achieved using the VSP Gx00 Lun Details test.

This test monitors the I/O traffic and data transfers conducted by each LUN on the storage device, and helps administrators identify irregularities in load balancing across LUNs.

Target of the test : A Hitachi VSP Gx00 Series storage device

Agent deploying the test : A remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for every LUN on the Hitachi VSP Gx00 Series device monitored

Configurable parameters for the test
  1. TEST PERIOD - How often should the test be executed.
  2. HOST - The host for which the test is to be configured.
  3. PORT - The port at which the device listens. By default, this is set to NULL.
  4. DKC SERIAL NUMBER - Specify the serial number of the target Hitachi VSP Gx00 Series storage device that is to be monitored.
  5. USERID and PASSWORD – To extract metrics from the target storage device, the eG agent should be configured with the credentials of a special user account, which is specifically created for use with the Java export utility. This user account should fulfill the following conditions:

    • Should not possess the ‘write’ permission;
    • Can be of any user type; however, to ensure that the eG agent collects statistics pertaining to all storage partitions, it is recommended that this user is of type storage administrator;

    Specify the credentials of such a user in the USERID and PASSWORD text boxes.

  6. CONFIRM PASSWORD - Confirm the password by retyping it here.
  7. TIMEOUT - Specify the duration (in seconds) beyond which this test should time out in the TIMEOUT text box. The default is 3 seconds.
Measures made by the test:
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

I/O operations rate:

Indicates the number of read-write operations performed on this LUN per second.


A high value for this measure is indicative of high I/O activity on the LUN. Comparing the value of this measure across LUNs can accurately reveal which LUNs are extremely busy, and also enable administrators to easily detect irregularities in load distribution across the LUNs.

Transaction rate:

Indicates the rate at which data transfers occur on this LUN.



Sequential read hits:

Indicates the percentage of read requests served by this LUN in sequential access mode.



Random read hits:

Indicates the percentage of read requests served by this LUN in random access mode.



Sequential write hits:

Indicates the percentage of data written to this LUN in sequential access mode. Percent  

Random write hits:

Indicates the percentage of data written to this LUN in random access mode. Percent


Cache-to-disk transfers:

Indicates the number of data transfer operations performed from the cache to this LUN.


A high value for this measure is a sign of good health. A low value or a consistently decreasing value could be a cause for concern, as it indicates that the cache is not writing enough data to the disk; this in turn could overload the cache and hamper its ability to make space for data that is waiting to be written.

Response time:

Indicates the current responsiveness of this LUN to I/O requests.


Ideally, the value of this measure should be low.