Protocol: SFTP Bytes

This statistic shows SFTP bytes/second requested by clients to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance. Various useful breakdowns are available: to show the client, user, and filename of the SFTP requests.


See Protocol: FTP Bytes for an example of a similar statistic with similar breakdowns.

When to Check SFTP Bytes

SFTP bytes/sec can be used as an indication of SFTP load, and can be viewed on the dashboard.

The best way to improve performance is to eliminate unnecessary work, which can be identified through the client, user, and filename breakdowns, and the filename hierarchy view. It might be best to enable these breakdowns for short periods only: The by-filename breakdown can be one of the most expensive in terms of storage and execution overhead, and might not be suitable to leave enabled permanently on appliances with high rates of SFTP activity.

SFTP Bytes Breakdowns

Table 5-47 Breakdowns of SFTP Bytes

Breakdown Description

type of operation

SFTP operation type (get/put/...).


Username of the client.


Filename for the SFTP operation, if known, and cached by Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance. If the filename is not known it is reported as <unknown>.


The share for this SFTP request.


The project for this SFTP request.


Remote hostname or IP address of the SFTP client.

These breakdowns can be combined to produce powerful statistics. For example, use Protocol: SFTP bytes per second for client broken down by filename to view which files a particular client is accessing.

Further Analysis

See Cache: ARC Accesses to learn how well an SFTP read workload is returning from cache, and Disk: I/O Operations for the back-end disk I/O caused.

Because SFTP uses SSH to encrypt FTP, there will be additional CPU overhead for this protocol. To check overall CPU utilization of Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, see CPU: Percent Utilization.