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How to use Q’center and benefit from self-monitoring?

Introduction

Q’center is a handy tool for IT staff to monitor and manage multiple QNAP NAS, but it can also be used by home and small office users. Q’center can not only monitor the NAS itself, but also provide huge benefits for new user in doing so.

In this article we provide some simple examples collected from user’s feedback on how Q’center can help monitor their own NAS.

1. Retain historical usage for networks and other usage resource.

Q'center retains NAS resource usage (such as CPU and network usage) for a long period of time, allowing users to gather enough information to evaluate if the bandwidth is fast and stable enough for applications such as Download Station and shared links. It also provides greater diagnostics for when and why network access is blocked and further allows users to configure the NAS and related network environment to allow its content to be accessed or shared with other users.

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2. Evaluate storage performance and activity.

Q’center also helps to record disk, volume and LUN activity and those records can be used to evaluate performance and provide diagnostics if storage has low performance.

Users can observe the charts to evaluate how the performance of a volume or LUN improves after changing settings, such as replacing disks or adding an SSD cache. 

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3. Estimate the failure rate of hard disks

With the S.M.A.R.T. report provided by Q’center, users can easily track how long disks have been used and if any disk has the potential fail in the near future.  Six critical attributes are provided from the recognized S.M.A.R.T. standard to allow users to plan for disk replacement.

These reports also come with trend charts to visualize results. If a disk is no longer working, you can still use Q’center to discover the root cause.  

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4. Monitor your NAS with an easy setup

Users can select to monitor the NAS where Q’center been installed directly at initialization.

If the NAS is not in the same network as Q’center, Connect to Q’center (Q’center Assistant)* can be used to connect to Q’center via the internet or the myQNAPcloud service. With these flexible options, users can setup and monitor one or more NAS at anyplace, whether at home, in a local office, or around the world.

Application note: https://www.qnap.com/en-us/tutorial/con_show.php?op=showone&cid=168

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Summary

These are just some functions where Q’center can help users to monitor even a single NAS, further example such as setup notification,  create a firmware database can also be accomplished through Q’center.

Q’center is a great tool for self-monitoring and gaining a better understanding of QNAP NAS. A demo of Q'center can be tried at http://demo.qnap.com:8080/qcenter/ (using qnap/qnap as a username and password).

For more information, please visit https://www.qnap.com/solution/qcenter/index.php?lang=en-us

 *Q’center can install agents on every QNAP NAS to monitor them, but currently only x86-based NAS models can install Q’center. If your NAS models that do not support Q'center, you can use the Q’center Virtual Appliance on a PC/Mac with VMware Workstation.

Download location: https://www.qnap.com/en-us/utility/
Application note: https://www.qnap.com/en-us/tutorial/con_show.php?op=showone&cid=178

Release date: 2016-09-29
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