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SOLARWINDS ENTERPRISE
SCALABILITY, INTEGRATION AND
IT CONSOLIDATION
2016 FEDERAL USER GROUP
JEFF STEWART
PRODUCT STRATEGIS...
• SolarWinds® Orion® platform architecture
• Recommended practices for SolarWinds infrastructure
• How SolarWinds software...
SOLARWINDS ORION PLATFORM ARCHITECTURE
PRIMARY WEB SERVER
ORION PLATFORM
Primary Polling Engine and Common Services:
Nodes...
Recommended Practices for
SolarWinds Infrastructure
© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
HARDWARE RECOMMENDATIONS
• Separate the database and primary poller
• Recommend deploying database be to physical server; ...
PRODUCT SCALE GUIDELINES
Scalability Impacted By Limit Notes
NPM Throughput=Elements (interface,
volume, nodes) x polling ...
PRODUCT SCALE GUIDELINES
Scalability Impacted By Limit Notes
UDT Number of managed ports • 90K ports per poller
• 300K por...
THE VITAL SIGNS
• Orion Database (DB)
• Available space (! NetFlow)
• Disk I/O latency
• Main Orion server
• CPU bound
• W...
POLLING HEALTH
• Polling Completion
should be near 100%
• Polling Rate should be
less 100%
Orion Console  Settings  Poll...
IMPORTANT OPERATIONAL PROCESSES
• Role-based access controls
• Device lifecycle
• Who, how, where, when devices are added
...
Scaling for the Enterprise
© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
LARGE SCALE NETWORKS
PRIMARY WEB SERVER
ORION PLATFORM
NTA
NPM
NCM
VNQM
IPAM
UDT
SAM
WPM
Orion DB
ADDITIONAL
POLLING ENGIN...
DISTRIBUTED ENVIRONMENTS
PRIMARY WEB SERVER
ORION PLATFORM
NTA
NPM
NCM
VNQM
IPAM
UDT
SAM
WPM
ADDITIONAL
POLLING ENGINE
ADD...
MULTI-LEVEL, CONSOLIDATED MANAGEMENT
PRIMARY WEB SERVER
ORION PLATFORM
NTA
NPM
NCM
VNQM
IPAM
UDT
SAM
WPM
PRIMARY WEB SERVE...
ORION PLATFORM USER GROWTH
PRIMARY WEB SERVER
NTA
NPM
NCM
VNQM
IPAM
UDT
SAM
WPM
Core DB
ADDITIONAL
POLLING ENGINE
ADDITION...
SCALING THROUGH AUTOMATION
• Automation will assist you with controlling admin costs
• Scalability is often limited by the...
Integration Options
© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
INTEGRATION OPTIONS
• User level integration
• Active Directory®
• Hard coded credentials
• Event level integration
• Sysl...
EVENT LEVEL INTEGRATION
© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
®
• REST/JSON web service – call from any environment
• https://github.com/solarwinds/OrionSDK
• Documentation
• Samples
• T...
• Orion SDK lets users leverage the Orion API to retrieve data from an Orion server
and to populate data in an Orion serve...
• SWQL Studio, an application for browsing the Information Service schema and
running queries
• Orion SDK.pdf, documentati...
Multi-domain Deployments
and IT Consolidation
© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
• Sterling Computer’s
CrossWatch technology
allows for the federation
of multiple SolarWinds
instances across
boundaries o...
• Isolating mission critical networks is fundamental to maximize cyber security,
however, this reduces the ability to moni...
CROSSWATCH IN ACTION
© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
• Data center consolidation projects have been underway for years and it is time for
agencies to modernize their monitorin...
TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Topics Details
Familiar User
Interface
It’s all about usability; a common and intuitive UI reduce...
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SOLARWINDS ORION
© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
QUESTIONS?
POST THEM TO OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THWACK® GROUP AT:
HTTP://THWACK.COM/GOVERNMENT
OR EMAIL
FEDERALSALES@SOLARW...
• Stay Connected:
• Join the Federal and Government Group on thwack:
http://thwack.com/government
• Follow us on LinkedIn®...
The SOLARWINDS and SOLARWINDS & Design marks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide,
LLC, and its affiliates, ...
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SolarWinds Federal User Group 2016 - SolarWinds Enterprise Scalability, Integration and IT Consolidation

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In this 2016 online Federal User Group presentation Jeff Stewart, Product Strategist, SolarWinds, gives an update for federal customers on scalability, including rough scalability limits, deployments basics, automation features, and integration options.

Also, Ed Bender, Head Federal Systems Engineer, SolarWinds, provides details on multi-domain deployments, and discusses IT consolidation initiatives in the Federal market.

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SolarWinds Federal User Group 2016 - SolarWinds Enterprise Scalability, Integration and IT Consolidation

  1. 1. SOLARWINDS ENTERPRISE SCALABILITY, INTEGRATION AND IT CONSOLIDATION 2016 FEDERAL USER GROUP JEFF STEWART PRODUCT STRATEGIST SOLARWINDS ED BENDER HEAD FEDERAL SYSTEMS ENGINEER SOLARWINDS © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  2. 2. • SolarWinds® Orion® platform architecture • Recommended practices for SolarWinds infrastructure • How SolarWinds software scales • Managing network and user growth • Managing distributed environments • Keeping your administration costs under control as you scale with automation • Integration options • Multi-domain deployments with CrossWatch • IT consolidation • Questions? TODAY’S DISCUSSION © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  3. 3. SOLARWINDS ORION PLATFORM ARCHITECTURE PRIMARY WEB SERVER ORION PLATFORM Primary Polling Engine and Common Services: Nodes, Volumes, Alerts, Events, Reports, Discovery, Syslogs, Traps, Maps, API NTA IP flows NPM interfaces, wireless, virtualization, UCS… NCM configuration management network security IPAM IP address management UDT port monitoring network security VNQM VoIP monitoring SAM server & application monitoring WPM web application performance monitoring SRM storage monitoring & capacity planning Toolset real-time trouble shooting VMAN virtual infrastructure monitoring PM patch update management network security DPA database performance monitoring Orion DB ADDITIONAL POLLING ENGINE + Flow Storage DB Network, Servers, Applications, Storage More Network, Servers, Applications, Storage ADDITIONAL WEB SERVER © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  4. 4. Recommended Practices for SolarWinds Infrastructure © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  5. 5. HARDWARE RECOMMENDATIONS • Separate the database and primary poller • Recommend deploying database be to physical server; typical mid-high range would have 12 CPUs and 128Gb RAM • Pollers can be deployed to virtual servers • Disk I/O is critical; RAID10 preferred © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  6. 6. PRODUCT SCALE GUIDELINES Scalability Impacted By Limit Notes NPM Throughput=Elements (interface, volume, nodes) x polling frequency • 12K elements1 per poller • 100K elements1 per instance Pollers can stack 3x SAM Throughput=Component Monitors x polling frequency • 10K monitors1 per poller • 1K agents per poller • 150K monitors1 per instance Pollers can stack 2x IPAM Number of managed IP’s • 3M IP’s per instance Does not support polling engines NTA Flow per sec received • 50K flows/sec per poller • 300K flows/sec per instance With “top talker” optimization NCM Throughput =Nodes x frequency of Inventory and Config downloads • 10K nodes per poller • 30K nodes maximum NCM performing two NCM operations (inventory update, configuration download) per day on all 30K nodes (1) At default polling frequency © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  7. 7. PRODUCT SCALE GUIDELINES Scalability Impacted By Limit Notes UDT Number of managed ports • 90K ports per poller • 300K port or more, maximum VNQM IP SLA operations and CDR volume • 5K IP SLA operations and 200K calls per day per poller • 15K IP SLA operations and 200K calls per day per instance 20K calls per hour as maximum in peak/rush hours WPM Throughput=Number of transactions played back x frequency • Dozens of recordings per player Complexity of transactions determines limits per player and requires specific testing SRM Number of disks and arrays • 10K disks/20k LUNs per poller • 100K disks/160k LUNs max © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  8. 8. THE VITAL SIGNS • Orion Database (DB) • Available space (! NetFlow) • Disk I/O latency • Main Orion server • CPU bound • WAN links • To sites polled remotely (ICMP / SNMP / WMI traffic) • To sites equipped with remote Poller • ICMP (Kbits/sec) = (0.0823*y + 0.6774) * 8 • SNMP (Kbits/sec) = (0.3949*y + 2.7756) * 8 • y= # nodes, with 12 Interfaces and 2 volumes per node © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  9. 9. POLLING HEALTH • Polling Completion should be near 100% • Polling Rate should be less 100% Orion Console  Settings  Polling Engines © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  10. 10. IMPORTANT OPERATIONAL PROCESSES • Role-based access controls • Device lifecycle • Who, how, where, when devices are added • Ditto for elements • Ditto for SAM items • Devices (and volumes, and interfaces) missing key custom property information • Decommissioned devices • Down devices • Devices not SNMP polling • Applications in “unknown” status • Duplicate nodes • Bad application report © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  11. 11. Scaling for the Enterprise © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  12. 12. LARGE SCALE NETWORKS PRIMARY WEB SERVER ORION PLATFORM NTA NPM NCM VNQM IPAM UDT SAM WPM Orion DB ADDITIONAL POLLING ENGINE ADDITIONAL POLLING ENGINE Network, Servers, Applications, Storage More Network, Servers, Applications, Storage More Network, Servers, Applications, Storage • Scalability and deployment architecture is determined by: • Network size • Network topology (e.g. monitoring across WAN/low bandwidth) • Sampling frequency (1 hr to ≤ 1 min) • Variety of managed objects (products installed, custom pollers – UnDP) • Designed to scale to hundreds of thousands of elements using Additional Polling Engines Flow Storage DB © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  13. 13. DISTRIBUTED ENVIRONMENTS PRIMARY WEB SERVER ORION PLATFORM NTA NPM NCM VNQM IPAM UDT SAM WPM ADDITIONAL POLLING ENGINE ADDITIONAL POLLING ENGINE Network, Servers, Applications, Storage More Network, Servers, Applications, Storage More Network, Servers, Applications, Storage WAN Orion DB Flow Storage DB • The Additional Polling Engine handles intermittent connectivity to the Orion DB to better support remote deployments • Orion platform, NPM, SAM, SRM • NCM, VNQM, UDT to follow © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  14. 14. MULTI-LEVEL, CONSOLIDATED MANAGEMENT PRIMARY WEB SERVER ORION PLATFORM NTA NPM NCM VNQM IPAM UDT SAM WPM PRIMARY WEB SERVER ORION PLATFORM NTA NPM NCM VNQM IPAM UDT SAM WPM Orion DB Orion DB ENTERPRISE OPERATIONS CONSOLE • Orion instances in regions • Enterprise Operations Console (EOC) at the top level for roll-ups • Up to 600K elements • EOC consolidates real-time statuses at the top level (no centralization of platform admin): • Alerts, events, syslog, traps (last 24 hours worth of data) • Orion node, volume, interface and wireless data • Limited historical data EOC DB © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  15. 15. ORION PLATFORM USER GROWTH PRIMARY WEB SERVER NTA NPM NCM VNQM IPAM UDT SAM WPM Core DB ADDITIONAL POLLING ENGINE ADDITIONAL POLLING ENGINE Network, Servers, Applications, Storage More Network, Servers, Applications, Storage More Network, Servers, Applications, Storage Flow Storage DB ADDITIONAL WEB SERVER • Additional Web Server is recommended above 20-30 concurrent web users • Load balancer friendly ORION CORE © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  16. 16. SCALING THROUGH AUTOMATION • Automation will assist you with controlling admin costs • Scalability is often limited by the ability to automate routine tasks like manual configuration tasks; raw performance or hardware infrastructure costs may be a lesser challenge • Automate and integrate with the Orion platform API • Query alert, configuration, and performance data • Set custom properties and other configurations • Acknowledge alerts and un-manage nodes • And so on… © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  17. 17. Integration Options © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  18. 18. INTEGRATION OPTIONS • User level integration • Active Directory® • Hard coded credentials • Event level integration • Syslog, traps, email, event logs and customer applications. • API level integration • Data retrieval • Invoke CRUD operations © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  19. 19. EVENT LEVEL INTEGRATION © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ®
  20. 20. • REST/JSON web service – call from any environment • https://github.com/solarwinds/OrionSDK • Documentation • Samples • Tools ORION PLATFORM API(S) POST https://orion:17778/SolarWinds/InformationService/v3/Json/Query Authorization: Basic YWRtaW46 Content-Type: application/json {"query":"SELECT AlertObjectID, TriggeredDateTime, TriggeredMessage FROM Orion.AlertActive"} HTTP/1.1 200 OK ...headers... {"results":[ {"AlertObjectID":68,"TriggeredDateTime":"2015-06-08T02:39:38.517","TriggeredMessage":"cur-2851.lab.cur is down."}, {"AlertObjectID":69,"TriggeredDateTime":"2015-06-08T02:42:21.658","TriggeredMessage":"wpm-lrt-addp is down."} ]} © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  21. 21. • Orion SDK lets users leverage the Orion API to retrieve data from an Orion server and to populate data in an Orion server • It helps advanced users accomplish tasks such as auto-provisioning the management of new devices in their environments • The SDK offers direct access to portions of the SolarWinds Information Service (SWIS) using SQL-like queries in SolarWinds Query Language (SWQL) • SolarWinds supports the SDK and API through the SolarWinds community forum • Users download the SDK and get feedback and advice from SolarWinds architects and other developers (customers) using the SDK on the SolarWinds community site, thwack® at http://thwack.solarwinds.com/community/labs_tht/orion-sdk/ • Currently in version 2.0, the SDK is included in our standard release cycle ORION SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT (SDK) LEVERAGE THE ORION API TO INTEGRATE WITH OTHER TOOLS © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  22. 22. • SWQL Studio, an application for browsing the Information Service schema and running queries • Orion SDK.pdf, documentation for the SDK • Sample apps/scripts written in Visual Basic.NET, Java®, Perl®, and PowerShell™ • SwisInvoke.exe, a tool for invoking SWIS verbs (commands) from the Windows® command line • Reference documentation for the SWIS schema, in HTML format • SWIS Snapin for Windows PowerShell, a component that provides cmdlets you can use to access SWIS from PowerShell, including querying data and invoking verbs ORION SDK INCLUDES … TOOLS, DOCUMENTATION, SAMPLE APPS © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  23. 23. Multi-domain Deployments and IT Consolidation © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  24. 24. • Sterling Computer’s CrossWatch technology allows for the federation of multiple SolarWinds instances across boundaries of multi- domain networks (enclaves such as NIPRNet and SIPRNet) MULTI-DOMAIN DEPLOYMENTS MULTI-DOMAIN NETWORKS © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  25. 25. • Isolating mission critical networks is fundamental to maximize cyber security, however, this reduces the ability to monitor and manage across environments • SolarWinds partners with Sterling to provide a COTS solution to meet the IC/DOD requirements for multi-network cyber awareness, IT monitoring and management • Uses Sterling’s certified data guards to transfer highly constrained XML low-to-high • The solution integrates Orion instances from multiple domains into a single view • NIPR to SIPR • SIPR to JWICS / NIPR to JWICS CROSS DOMAIN SOLUTION SUPPORT FOR MULTI-NETWORK ENVIRONMENTS © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  26. 26. CROSSWATCH IN ACTION © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  27. 27. • Data center consolidation projects have been underway for years and it is time for agencies to modernize their monitoring and management tools • Network devices and systems have standardized, eliminating the need for proprietary or customized monitoring solutions • “Enterprise” solutions can be very expensive • Having a broad set of tools from different vendors wastes money and is sub-optimal • The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is promoting consolidation to reduce expensive and fragmented software purchases • Consolidating your IT management tools can help to lower IT costs, simplify infrastructure operations, and boost IT staff effectiveness WHAT’S DRIVING FEDERAL IT CONSOLIDATION? THE FEDS ARE MODERNIZING THEIR IT MANAGEMENT TOOLS © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  28. 28. TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS Topics Details Familiar User Interface It’s all about usability; a common and intuitive UI reduces complexity while reducing the need and time for training Consolidated Dashboard Consolidated monitoring tools provide the single-pane-of-glass management desires with minimum configuration efforts Faster Time to Resolution Helps to improve visibility and instant access to status and configuration data across more of your IT infrastructure enables IT staff to do faster troubleshooting of complex problems Out-of-the-box Integrations Fully integrated tools eliminate the cost of developing and supporting custom integrations Simplified Alerting Centrally managed alerting helps to reduce the complexity and cost of managing and configuring alerts from disparate tools © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  29. 29. 29 SOLARWINDS ORION © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  30. 30. QUESTIONS? POST THEM TO OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THWACK® GROUP AT: HTTP://THWACK.COM/GOVERNMENT OR EMAIL FEDERALSALES@SOLARWINDS.COM © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  31. 31. • Stay Connected: • Join the Federal and Government Group on thwack: http://thwack.com/government • Follow us on LinkedIn®: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solarwinds- government • Call: 877-946-3751 • Email: federalsales@solarwinds.com • Learn More: • Visit our Federal website: http://www.solarwinds.com/federal • Watch a short demo video: http://www.solarwinds.com/sedemo • Download a free trial: http://www.solarwinds.com/downloads/ STAY CONNECTED & LEARN MORE © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  32. 32. The SOLARWINDS and SOLARWINDS & Design marks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC, and its affiliates, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other SolarWinds trademarks, service marks, and logos may be common law marks, registered or pending registration in the United States or in other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be or are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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