Hints and Tips –  Monitoring Cisco UCSChakri Avala                    Steve Smith              Lax SakalkaleCisco UCS     ...
Today›   Nimsoft Unified Management›   Cisco UCS and Clouds›   Cisco UCS Discovery and Monitoring›   Associating Cisco UCS...
Nimsoft - Unified IT ManagementRapid adoption of cloud, virtualization and external IT serviceproviders drive new IT manag...
Cisco Unified Computing System                  › A Platform for Tomorrow’s Data                    Center. And Today’s.  ...
Cisco UCS – Modular and Powerful                                                     Page 5                               ...
Cisco Cloud Building Blocks                          2.                               Unified Network Services            ...
Nimsoft Cisco UCS Monitoring                     › Dense compute power                     › Self-service orientation     ...
Discovery – For Dynamic Cisco UCS EnvironmentsThree key capabilities:› Network  » Network and Topology› Configuration  » I...
Associating Cisco UCS withEnvironments and Services› Converged  Infrastructure› Cloud and  Virtualization› Applications an...
Cisco UCS Converged InfrastructureVblock / FlexPodA turnkey monitoring solution for                                       ...
Page 11© Nimsoft, all rights reserved
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Setting Appropriate Thresholds› Set thresholds appropriate to usage  » Baseline current usage    - Check typical growth ra...
Automatic Application of Cisco UCS Monitoring› Auto-configuration  » Auto-apply to existing elements› Auto-monitoring  » A...
Cisco UCS Related List ViewsAutomatically display the statusof new elements» Virtualization Environment» Chassis» Chassis ...
DemoAuto Discovery of UCS Environments     Delivering UCS Monitoring                                                     P...
Free Trial – With Automated UCS Monitoring Wizard…                         Cisco UCS/Vblock Wizard                        ...
Nimsoft Monitor for Cisco UCS Environments› Nimsoft - Complete single tool  » Single infrastructure and portal  » Coverage...
Thank YouMore information athttp://www.nimsoft.com/solutions/nimsoft-monitor/server/cisco-ucsCall your Nimsoft representat...
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Hints and Tips for Monitoring Cisco UCS

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This presentation covers best practices for monitoring Cisco UCS and demonstrate Nimsoft Monitor, which provides:

- A comprehensive view into the status and operation of physical elements, including fans and fan modules, power supply units, fabric interconnects, IO modules, and basic environmental monitoring of blade interfaces, processors,and memory arrays

- Real-time views of the virtual environment ESX host and VM guest availability—views that automatically associate hosts with guest instances

- Pre-configured alarm and alert settings, quality of service settings, and dashboards.

For more information, visit www.nimsoft.com.

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Hints and Tips for Monitoring Cisco UCS

  1. 1. Hints and Tips – Monitoring Cisco UCSChakri Avala Steve Smith Lax SakalkaleCisco UCS Product Marketing Product ManagementProduct Manager Virtualization, Clouds Virtualization, Clouds Page 1Management Software Solutions Monitoring Monitoring © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  2. 2. Today› Nimsoft Unified Management› Cisco UCS and Clouds› Cisco UCS Discovery and Monitoring› Associating Cisco UCS with supported environments and services› Setting thresholds and metrics› Automatic configuration of Cisco UCS monitoring› Demo› Q&A Page 2 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  3. 3. Nimsoft - Unified IT ManagementRapid adoption of cloud, virtualization and external IT serviceproviders drive new IT management requirements› Until now, IT solutions existed in silos » Separate solutions for each IT discipline » High cost & complexity » Difficult integrations, manual processes› Nimsoft customers at the forefront: » Service Providers – seeing high growth » Emerging Enterprises› Requirement – Unified IT Management » Single solution, infrastructure, view » Modular architecture Page 3 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  4. 4. Cisco Unified Computing System › A Platform for Tomorrow’s Data Center. And Today’s. » Run any application: virtualized or non-virtualized » Integrate with existing networks, storage, and management infrastructure » Run side by side with legacy infrastructure » Self integrating: Deploy rapidly & increase productivity Page 4 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  5. 5. Cisco UCS – Modular and Powerful Page 5 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  6. 6. Cisco Cloud Building Blocks 2. Unified Network Services provides dynamic multi-tenant network 1. Unified Fabric enables wire- service provisioning and operations 3. Unified Computing System once and ensures scalable on- eliminates I/O demand resource overheads addition and graceful deletion5. Unified Service Delivery 4. Unified Infrastructure Systems assures consistent (VBlock, FlexPod, ...) portability and enable scalable systems interoperability. acquisition, deployment and operations Page 6 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  7. 7. Nimsoft Cisco UCS Monitoring › Dense compute power › Self-service orientation › Shared infrastructure › Elasticity › Support for mission critical applications and services Required – A unified approach › Support for all Cisco UCS components › Agentless data collection (from Cisco UCS Manager) › Auto-discovery of all Cisco UCS components and its details › Auto-configuration › Auto-monitoring › Detailed events, alerts and performance Page 7 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  8. 8. Discovery – For Dynamic Cisco UCS EnvironmentsThree key capabilities:› Network » Network and Topology› Configuration » Internal components / configuration› Context » Converged Infrastructure stacks – FlexPod, Vblock Page 8 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  9. 9. Associating Cisco UCS withEnvironments and Services› Converged Infrastructure› Cloud and Virtualization› Applications and services » Email » Web Apps »… Page 9 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  10. 10. Cisco UCS Converged InfrastructureVblock / FlexPodA turnkey monitoring solution for Cisco/VMware/EMCUCS-based Cloud stacks› Flexible, scalable monitoring› Discovers and monitors all physical and virtual components inside and outside of Vblock or FlexPod› Event correlation and analysis› Customizable, roll-based dashboards› Service level and usage optimization FlexPod reporting Cisco/ VMware/› True multi-tenant SaaS delivery NetApp› Usage-based metering and billing› OOB Unified Dashboards Page 10 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  11. 11. Page 11© Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  12. 12. Page 12© Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  13. 13. Setting Appropriate Thresholds› Set thresholds appropriate to usage » Baseline current usage - Check typical growth rates - Set threshold times and exceptions› Best practice thresholds » Use the “Top Ten” / “Bottom Ten” » Alarms for growth rates – Not just thresholds - Physical CPU/Memory/Disk/Network use - Alarm on Rate, not just threshold » Use % measures as standard - Will still reflect meaningful data even if resized » Set alarms for minimum available % - Long enough time to correct the problem when usage grows disproportionately » Physical performance and capacity - By platform component Physical CPU, I/O (read/write performance), network, memory Page 13 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  14. 14. Automatic Application of Cisco UCS Monitoring› Auto-configuration » Auto-apply to existing elements› Auto-monitoring » Auto-apply to new elements› Nimsoft Templates » Policies for monitoring » Transportable to other instances, or applicable within auto-configs or auto-monitors› Key metrics » Nimsoft includes best practices in the Templates » Templates are included with probes Page 14 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  15. 15. Cisco UCS Related List ViewsAutomatically display the statusof new elements» Virtualization Environment» Chassis» Chassis fan module» Chassis fans» Power supply units» IO modules» Blade servers» Blade server adaptor units» Blade server memory arrays» Blade server processors» Blade server interface cards» Fabric interconnect fans» Fabric interconnect power supplies» Fabric interconnect IO modules and vethernet ports» Fabric interconnect IO module fibre channel ports» Fabric interconnect local storage and dynamic counters» Fabric interconnect Page 15 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  16. 16. DemoAuto Discovery of UCS Environments Delivering UCS Monitoring Page 16 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  17. 17. Free Trial – With Automated UCS Monitoring Wizard… Cisco UCS/Vblock Wizard Utility for SaaS » Installs SaaS relay with UCS / Vblock probes » Auto-configured /deployed within 15 minutes » Automatic population of monitoring data into pre-built UMP dashboards Page 17 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  18. 18. Nimsoft Monitor for Cisco UCS Environments› Nimsoft - Complete single tool » Single infrastructure and portal » Coverage for Cisco UCS, virtual environment, networks, applications, services and more » Automatically detect configuration and apply monitoring » Events, alarms, performance » Service Desk and Monitor› Effectively, efficiently, maintain Service Levels » Rapidly identify & correct outages » Proactively prevent problems Page 18 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
  19. 19. Thank YouMore information athttp://www.nimsoft.com/solutions/nimsoft-monitor/server/cisco-ucsCall your Nimsoft representative at: +1 408 796 3400 Q&A Page 19 © Nimsoft, all rights reserved
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