How to Transform Tedious Data Reports Into Accessible, Useful Intelligence

Wanted: Highly educated, experienced and proactive professional with the ambition and skill set to move our business forward. Will be tasked with incredibly mundane, tedious reporting responsibilities that will make you question your career choices…

Nobody would answer a job posting like this – not a data center professional, not an IT technician, not a line-of-business superstar. However, into every workday, a little (or a lot) of tedium seems to fall. Mike Judge created a cult following around the 1999 movie “Office Space” for the very reason that so many knowledge workers can identify with the reality of spending hours every day creating work products that deliver little or no real value.

Tedious tasks seem to be the particular burden of those whose jobs require them to dig into data in search of answers to critical business questions. For example, manually identifying key metrics about data usage across an entire system takes an enormous amount of time, and the outcomes often pale against the expectations.

Smarter data reporting = fewer tedious tasks
Smartly designed reporting presented in easy-to-read, visual representations can transform this kind of mundane task into something that is both simple and useful. When you can erase your most tedious responsibility and replace it with the ability to surface answers quickly, your job focus moves toward making decisions – not just compiling data.

With data-aware storage, you can extract insight through simple yet impactful reports, such as:

Data usage across your entire system: A dashboard view can quickly show you key metrics, such as average and total file counts in sum or broken out across shares and virtual machines. Such a report lets you quickly figure out how much space you’ve allocated and used, and what levels of savings you’ve achieved through data reduction. You get visibility into the number of items you’re protecting on the system, and you can access that information any time someone asks for it.
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Overall system health and management: These reports logically lay out component health, alerts, real-time performance and other information relevant to the overall state of your storage system. You can use this report to easily spot your total number of active connections on a per share basis broken down by protocol, as well as your disk utilization and capacity. If you need to drill down for more detail on a particular item, you can.
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Real-time performance of the datastore: Need to know what you’re hosting? Or how many connections you have to your datastore? Or the current status of all your virtual machines? A simple, consumable report can give that to you, and let you drill down for more detail.

Highly educated, experienced and proactive professionals can gather data in numerous ways. For example, you could write some scripts or comb through different interfaces to collect that data. But that kind of tedious, complex work fills up the hours in which you could be delivering more strategic value. So, why not replace the tedious with the simple?

Click here to learn more about how DataGravity Discovery Series can simplify your data reporting.

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Gabe Maentz

Gabe serves as a Systems Engineer for DataGravity and is committed to helping our channel partners and customers succeed. Gabe brings over 15 years of Information Technology experience working for leading companies like Dick's Sporting Goods, Kimberly-Clark Corp., and Epic Systems. He was recently recognized as a vExpert for his contributions to the IT community.