EMC Storage Analytics & vR Ops

The EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) management pack integrates the features and functionality of vRealize Operations Manager with a wide range of EMC products. The ESA delivers custom analytics and visualisations that provide detailed visibility into the EMC infrastructure, enhancing troubleshooting and proactively identifying storage performance and capacity issues for remediation.

This post will focus on the installation, configuration and operations provided by the VNX adapter (mainly because that’s all that I have in the lab right now!)

The latest ESA supports the following EMC products:

  • XtremIO
  • VNX
  • VMAX
  • VPLEX
  • RecoverPoint for VMs
  • ScaleIO
  • Isilon
  • VNXe

ESA enables the following default dashboards in the vRealize Operations Manager custom portal:

  • Storage Topology – Displays resources and relationships between storage and virtual infrastructure objects
  • Storage Metrics – Displays resources and metrics for all storage systems
  • Array-specific dashboards – Displays resources and metrics for individual storage systems

Installation of the ESA with VNX Adapter:

Logged into the vR Ops UI with admin privileges, under Administration > Solutions > Add Upload the relevant ESA .pak file, accept the EULA, and click Finish.

In order to display connections between the VMware objects and the EMC storage arrays objects, you must first install an EMC Adapter instance for vCenter. All storage system adapter instances require the EMC Adapter instance for vCenter (If the vCenter adapter instance is not configured, other adapter instances will function normally but will not display the VMware to EMC array connections).

Once installed, the EMC adapter should be selected under Administration > Solutions and click the Configure icon above the list of Solutions, and click the Green Plus icon to add an adapter.

ESA_vCenter_adapter

Configure the following properties in the pop-up window:

  • Display name: Can be any friendly/intuitive name
  • Management IP: IP address or FQDN of vCenter Server
  • Connection Type: VMware vSphere
  • License: leave blank
  • Credential: Create and use a valid credential (Read Only) to access the vCenter server

Click OK, then Test Connection to verify successful communications. If successful, then click Save Settings and click OK.

To configure an adapter for VNX, click the Green Plus icon again and configure as shown below:

ESA_Adapter_VNX

Configure the following properties in the pop-up window:

  • Display name: Can be any friendly/intuitive name
  • Management IP: IP address of either VNX Storage Processor
  • Connection Type: VNX Block
  • License: Insert a valid license
  • Credential: Create and use a valid credential to access the VNX

Click OK, then Test Connection to verify successful communications. If successful, then click Save Settings and click OK.

Once the adapter has pulled in sufficient data, you can start to take advantage of the various VNX dashboards. The ESA provides 5 different dashboards specific to VNX arrays, displayed as follows:

dashboard_ESA_VNX

The VNX Overview dashboard provides heat-maps of various performance, utilisation, and capacity counters on VNX, including CPU and FAST Cache performance, Storage Pool capacity, and LUN and Filesystem performance, as shown below:

VNX_Overview_01

The VNX Topology dashboard establishes mappings and correlations between storage system components and vCenter objects (using the vCenter adapter), which enables health scores and alerts for storage system components, such as storage processors and disks, to be shown in the context of vCenter objects, such as LUNs, datastores, and virtual machines.

VNX_Topology_new1

You can see details for every object in every widget by selecting the object and clicking the Resource Detail icon at the top of each widget. ESA displays all related VMware objects, which enables end-to-end navigation into the underlying storage array components, from vSphere datastore clusters and virtual machines to storage groups and ports.

The VNX Metrics dashboard displays a graph with each VNX resource and the metrics associated with it. Navigation is from the top down. After choosing the storage system and a specific resource, you can select multiple metrics for display

VNX_Metrics_new

The VNX adapter also provides 2 other Top-N dashboard with respect to both Block and File storage. Our lab is not using any file storage but the view of block storage is as follows:

VNX_Top_N_VNX_LUNs

Multiple adapters can be configured under the primary EMC Adapter in vR Ops. The vRealize Operations Manager requires an adapter instance for each resource to be monitored. The instance specifies the type of adapter to use and the information needed to identify and access the resource, as shown below:

ESA_Adapter_Instances_new

In relation to the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, the ESA is not a mandatory requirement, but it is widely used in order to provide deeper insight into the individual storage arrays managed by EMC ViPR (which also has a great Adapter for vR Ops, here).

Product versions referenced in this post:

  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager v6.0.2
  • EMC Storage Analytics v3.4

 

Related posts on this site include:

EMC ViPR & vR Ops

vROps Management Packs

vRA & vR Ops

 

 

 

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