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In today’s dynamic data centers there is no shortage of challenges for IT managers. Storage area networks and data center management are becoming more important as data storage requirements increase. Physical servers need constant attention to ensure availability of, hardware components must be watched for signs of failure, virtual servers need to be tracked, and new servers are needed for various reasons each day it seems.

Join SolarWinds Head Geek, Josh Stephens, and Storage Product Manager, Brian Radovich, for a sneak peek of SolarWinds new Storage Management technologies including Storage and Virtual Profiler. You’ll learn how to ensure business continuity, increase operational efficiency, and reduce storage-related costs. And, they will show you how to:

• Reclaim unused, abandoned, and over-allocated storage
• Optimize performance across storage, applications, and servers
• Perform comprehensive file analysis (host, path, owner, size, age) to show how space is being used
• Trend and forecast needs with historical data for capacity planning
• Manage virtualized servers, control VM sprawl, and increase VM density without impacting performance

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  • 1.
  • 2. A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds®
    based in Austin, Texas
    Josh Stephens - Head Geek, Monster Blogger, and Constant Tweeter
    Brian Radovich – Senior Product Manager
    Today’s Topic: Managing Storage and Virtualized Infrastructures
    Who is SolarWinds?
    What we do…
    Who are our customers?
    The SolarWinds community…
    Introduction
  • 3. Housekeeping
    • Can you hear me now?
    • 4. If not, use the GoToWebinarQ&A panel to contact the moderator
    • 5. How do you win the free stuff?
    • 6. How do you ask questions?
    • 7. Will this thing be recorded?
  • Agenda
    • Storage in today’s networks
    • 8. How storage performance affects everything
    • 9. Challenges of managing storage
    • 10. Key storage metrics
    • 11. Trivia questions
    • 12. Today’s virtual infrastructure
    • 13. Virtualization monitoring must have’s
    • 14. SolarWindsDemonstration
    • 15. Summary and Q&A
  • Storage in Today’s Networks
    • What exactly is a “server” nowadays?
    • 16. Storage is now a key part of your infrastructure
    • 17. Different types of storage
    • 18. Built-in
    • 19. Locally attached arrays
    • 20. SANs
  • How Storage Performance Affects Everything
    • Today’s applications rely heavily on network storage
    • 21. Virtual server technologies rely almost completely on network storage
    • 22. Storage is a shared resource just like bandwidth, contention can be an issue
  • Challenges of Managing Storage
    • Most companies don’t only use one type of storage
    • 23. Most companies don’t only buy storage from one vendor
    • 24. There are no well deployed standards for storage management
    • 25. Many storage devices requires the use of SMISs
  • SCP Question #1
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    Which host statistic typically predicts the need for additional virtualization hosts?
    A. CPU utilization
    B. interface utilization
    C. CPU temperature
    D. power consumption
  • 26. SCP Question #1
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    Which host statistic typically predicts the need for additional virtualization hosts?
    A. CPU utilization
    B. interface utilization
    C. CPU temperature
    D. power consumption
  • 27. Key Storage Metrics
    • Capacity, Usage and Forecasting
    • 28. Performance Ranking and Trending
    • 29. Identifying unused storage
    • 30. End-to-End Mapping
  • Best in Class Storage Management Systems
    • Support all types of storage
    • 31. Support storage devices from several vendors
    • 32. Provide monitoring via SNMP, SMIS, and APIs
    • 33. Provide detailed reporting for trending and capacity planning
  • Virtualization’s Impact on Network Mgmt
    • Virtualization technology is being deployed at a very fast rate
    • 34. Mobility of virtual servers causes unique network management challenges
    • 35. Virtualization reaches beyond servers into network infrastructure, security devices, and storage
  • Today’s Virtual Infrastructure
    • Virtual servers are everywhere
    • 36. Virtual switches connect them
    • 37. Virtual storage supplies them
    • 38. Are there virtual teams supporting them?
  • Gaining visibility into virtual resources
    • Server and application monitoring systems should include native discovery and monitoring of virtual resources
    • 39. Consider replacing built-in virtual appliances with best in class – i.e. Cisco Nexus 1000v
    • 40. Document, document, document
  • Effectively Managing Virtual Infrastructure
    • Views at all levels (VC, DC, cluster, ESX, VM)
    • 41. Capacity Usage Summary
    • 42. Identifying Over and Under utilized capacity
    • 43. End-to-End Mapping
  • SCP Question #2
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    Which three factors should a network engineer consider when determining data storage sizing requirements for a network management system (NMS) like Orion NPM? (Choose three.)
    A. data retention requirements
    B. data granularity requirements
    C. data integrity requirements
    D. data collection requirements
    E. data transport requirements
  • 44. SCP Question #2
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    Which three factors should a network engineer consider when determining data storage sizing requirements for a network management system (NMS) like Orion NPM? (Choose three.)
    A. data retention requirements
    B. data granularity requirements
    C. data integrity requirements
    D. data collection requirements
    E. data transport requirements
  • 45. - Slide 18 -
    SolarWinds Orion Demonstration
  • 46. Summary and Q&A
    Thank you for attending!
    To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of
    SolarWinds products visit: www.SolarWinds.com
    Contact information
    Josh Stephens, Head Geek
    headgeek@solarwinds.com
    twitter: sw_headgeek
    Blog: http://geekblog.solarwinds.com/default.aspx
    p.s. Remember to renew your maintenance!!!