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Monitoring UCS with SolarWinds

January 7, 2011 - 0 Comments

As a follow-on to my post on Tuesday, over the next several weeks I’ll be spotlighting various UCS management partners to give you a better sense for what we’re doing with whom.

Today, let’s take a look at Austin-based SolarWinds.  SolarWinds recently released v10.1 of their Orion Network Performance Monitor product, which includes dedicated support for UCS I/O.  Why use Orion NPM in conjunction with UCS Manager?  UCS Manager exists to configure and manage service profiles within a UCS domain (which can span across many chassis). As part of that ongoing management, it collects statistics on system health in order to support system tuning, ensure availability, etc. What SolarWinds brings to the game is the ability to do higher-level aggregation and analytics, across not only multiple UCS domains, but also putting UCS and also Nexus1000v activity into context with upstream network devices.

SolarWinds has a really nice live demo here.  My SolarWinds colleague Brandon Shopp has also written  a blog to help put some context around the UCS elements you can see in the demo.

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