The Efficiency Dashboard (Not Available in SIOS iQ free edition) highlights the wasted resources that can be reclaimed within the infrastructure along with the source of the waste. Within every environment there will be resources across compute (CPU, memory), storage, and network that may be provisioned or reserved, but not utilized. This could be a result of a non-utilized (Idle) VM, an old snapshot, a stopped VM, or residue from a VM after a failure or migration.

Potential Monthly Savings

After the user takes the appropriate corrective action based on the type and source of waste, the resources will be freed up to be utilized more efficiently in the environment. When viewing the wasted resources in the Efficiency Dashboard, a user can sort the list based on the resources that can be reclaimed or the amount of money that can be saved without purchasing additional resources (where appropriate).

Waste Source Types and Detection

Several sources can create waste across compute, storage, and network. These sources, along with the specific source object, and potential savings will be displayed in the dashboard.

For each waste type, the analytics engine will detect if an object is causing waste depending on specific policy values and definitions. For some waste types, listed below, and for all resources that have a monetary value, the user can set custom policy values that are used for this analysis. The adjustments can be made in the policies panel Manage > Policies.

Currently Available Waste Types:

Idle VMs

These are VMs that have a certain amount of CPU, memory, or storage provisioned or reserved but not utilized. The user can sort the list of Idle VMs by name, amount of CPU, memory, or potential savings achieved by deleting the VM and reclaiming the resources to be better utilized elsewhere in the infrastructure.

To export your Idle VMs grid click on Export. This will create a CSV file containing the current Idle VMs grid details.

VM Snapshots

This displays a list of snapshots, along with the relevant VM, datastore, and number of other snapshots under the VM (siblings). As the number of snapshots grows, it will lead to wasted storage resources and may also impact the performance of the VMs. The performance impact increases as the number of siblings grows. To determine which snapshots may be deleted to reclaim waste, a user can also sort the list of snapshots based on how much storage they occupy, the potential cost savings, the age of the snapshot, or the utilization percentage of the associated datastore.

To export your VM Snapshots grid click on Export. This will create a CSV file containing the current VM Snapshots grid details.

Efficiency Report

The Efficiency Report shows the amount of storage and memory that can be reclaimed and the associated costs. The report combines data from all of the Efficiency Dashboards (Idle VMs, Undersized VMs, Oversized VMs, VM Snapshots, Rogue VM Instances) and includes all Environments. It includes a tab for each Dashboard and also includes a Summary Page tab that shows the total amount of storage, memory and associated costs across all Dashboards. The Efficiency Report is downloaded in Microsoft Excel format via the “Efficiency Report” button from any of the Efficiency Dashboards.


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