This statistic shows HTTP/WebDAV requests/sec requested by HTTP clients. Various useful breakdowns are available: to show the client, filename and latency of the HTTP request.
HTTP/WebDAV requests/sec can be used as an indication of HTTP load, and can also be viewed on the dashboard.
Use the latency breakdown when investigating HTTP performance issues, especially to quantify the magnitude of the issue. This measures the latency component for which the appliance is responsible for, and displays it as a heat map so that the overall latency pattern can be seen, along with outliers. If the HTTP latency is high, drill down further on latency to identify the file, size and response code for the high latency HTTP requests, and, check other statistics for both CPU and Disk load to investigate why the appliance is slow to respond; if latency is low, the appliance is performing quickly, and any performance issues experienced on the client initiator are more likely to be caused by other factors in the environment: such as the network infrastructure, and CPU load on the client itself.
The best way to improve performance is to eliminate unnecessary work, which may be identified through the client, response code and requested filename breakdowns.
These breakdowns can be combined to produce powerful statistics. For example:
"Protocol: HTTP/WebDAV operations per second of type get broken down by latency" (to examine latency for HTTP GETs only)
"Protocol: HTTP/WebDAV requests per second for response code '404' broken down by file name (to see which non-existant files were requested)
"Protocol: HTTP/WebDAV requests per second for client 'deimos.sf.fishpong.com' broken down by file name" (to examine files requested by a particular client)
See Network: Device bytes for a measure of network throughput caused by HTTP activity; also see Cache: ARC accesses broken down by hit/miss to see how well an HTTP read workload is returning from cache, and Disk: I/O operations for the back-end disk I/O caused.