I attended two events this week that used the term “analytics” to describe a performance tuning feature that displays metrics in various useful ways.
On Tuesday, I attended a Delphix 4.0 Webinar where Delphix’s CTO Adam Leventhal described the new Delphix Analytics including the very interesting Latency Heat Map. The latency heat map looked like a customer usable front end to the sort of performance information that Delphix support had collected when I worked with them on some network issues. In this case the word analytics seems to mean the ability to look at the performance information in an easy to understand visual way that you can customize to see various perspectives. such as NFS latency, disk latency, etc.
Yesterday, Oracle gave us a four-hour on site OEM 12c seminar which included “ASH analytics”. It was similar to the Delphix analytics in that you could see performance information visually and choose among various dimensions – machine, wait, session id, etc.
Perhaps Delphix and Oracle drew from business reporting – cubes, dimensions, drilling down – and applied the approach to performance information. I have not used either example to solve a real problem so I can not vouch for the usefulness of either, but I thought it was an interesting coincidence that I ran into two such similar features in the same week.