There are a lot of really neat things going on at VMworld this year, and you can find some of them at the Brocade booth (#1513) and speaking sessions. One in particular I want to highlight is the Brocade session discussing how to leverage VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps) to provide a comprehensive Virtual Infrastructure view comprising of, for the very first time, the SAN domain. The session is presented by Chip Copper and Didier Stolpe, and is being held on Wednesday, Aug 28, from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Moscone West, Room 3018. So with those logistical details settled, what's going on in the session itself?
The data center is becoming more and more virtualized, and fibre channel SAN provides the high performance foundation for these environments. As we all know, when it comes to SAN, business continuity is paramount. As organizations connect their FC SAN to virtualized servers, they need to do so in a manner that provides visibility into the SAN for troubleshooting and monitoring from VMware management solutions, exposing a single pane a glass and consistent user experience across the compute/network/storage infrastructure.
With the need for visibility in mind, Brocade and VMware are collaborating to simplify operations management in today’s highly virtualized SAN fabrics. The Brocade SAN Analytic Management Pack for vCOps enables organizations to take advantage of Brocade Fabric Vision, a fabric instrumentation framework that allows for deep, proactive monitoring. By actively monitoring SAN fabrics via Fabric Vision, the SAN Analytic Management Pack can accurately pinpoint where abnormalities occur.
I won’t get into all of them here (you can go to the session for the deep info!), but some of the great features the SAN Analytic Management Pack includes are:
Leverages vCOps unique behavioral learning to identifying critical SAN alerts.
Assesses the risk level of your SAN fabric, allowing service impacting conditions to be uncovered before the application performance is affected.
Maximizes SAN fabric uptime through Reliability Availability and Serviceability (RAS) features, which quickly identify service impacting conditions so problem resolution can happen before these conditions harm the SAN fabric.
This is a really cool tool for the management and visibility of FC SAN in virtualized environments, and if you are dealing with SAN maintenance and operations and are going to be at VMworld, I definitely recommend checking out the session. If you can’t make it to the speaking session, Brocade also runs a demo at the booth (#1513), so be sure to stop by!