SolarWinds SRM

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Storage Resource Monitor

Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) monitors storage arrays and helps with locating and resolving storage related issues. SRM supports multiple devices and vendors with minimal impact to the user environment. For a complete list of supported devices, see Storage devices supported.

SRM consist of two modules, the SRM Orion Platform module and the SRM Profiler module.

The SRM Orion Platform module can be installed without the SRM Profiler module. SRM is compatible with most of the other SolarWinds Orion Platform modules. Installing the SRM Orion Platform module with other Orion Platform based products allows you to use it seamlessly with these products. For a full list of compatible modules, see Compatibility with other SolarWinds modules.

The SRM Orion Platform module can be integrated with the SRM Profiler module sharing the same license and allowing both products to run together. When you add the same array to the SRM Orion Platform module and the SRM Profiler module, it only counts once against your license. For more information on licensing, see Apply your license. For more information on integrating the SRM Orion Platform module and the SRM Profiler module, see Integrate SRM and SRM Profiler.

How SRM Works

The following graphic shows how SRM collects and distributes data to end users.

 

STORAGE RESOURCE MONITOR AT A GLANCE

» Monitor storage performance and isolate hotspots in your multi-vendor storage environment.

» Get end-to-end visibility into the application stack, and troubleshoot performance issues from application to storage with Server & Application Monitor and Virtualization Manager.

» Automate the collection and presentation of storage capacity planning and reporting.

» Reclaim storage space and simplify analysis of storage usage analysis. » Start monitoring your storage infrastructure in about an hour.

 

SOLARWINDS STORAGE RESOURCE MONITOR FEATURES

Storage performance monitoring

Get a unified view into the performance and status of your storage environment. Use Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) for real-time, agentless NAS and SAN performance monitoring, as well as monitoring data on volumes, RAID groups, storage pools, disks, etc. This helps ensure that your storage network is always running at peak performance while preventing downtime. Quickly and easily configure a full range of custom and pre-defined alerts.

Automated storage capacity planning

Storage capacity planning is an arduous task, especially in a virtualized infrastructure. It typically involves manually creating complex spreadsheets. Storage Resource Monitor automates the collection of forecasting data so you can easily see growth rates, forecast costs and budgetary requirements, and project when capacity will be reached. In addition to simplifying storage capacity planning, SRM provides the information you need to avoid outages due to full disk errors. The centralized monitoring feature tracks performance over time to identify hot spots, peak hours, and potential outages.

Storage LUN views

Storage LUN views give you a single-pane-of-glass look at LUN and all related infrastructure components (both physical and virtual), allowing you to diagnose performance issues. You can quickly determine if storage is truly the reason for poor VM performance. If you determine that the culprit is another VM or LUN, you can drill down and continue to diagnose the issue within the tool.

The storage LUN views are an ideal integration point between SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager and Storage Resource Monitor (SRM). Virtualization Manager links to the LUN view from the cluster, ESX®, VM, or data store view. This enables you to see the storage under your VM infrastructure, putting you just a click away from total visibility. In addition, SRM offers more information related to your LUN groups using the user-defined LUN grouping where you can create new LUN groups, view LUN group information in the console, and leverage the groups for reporting.

Storage I/O hotspot detection

Storage I/O hotspot detection capabilities in Storage Resource Monitor scans your multi-vendor storage environment, identifies potential issues, and enables you to quickly access detailed information about the physical and virtual resources that are causing the problems.

 

END-TO-END VISIBILITY OF THE APPLICATION STACK

Use Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) to access the application stack dashboard for end-to-end visibility into the applications and infrastructure resources, including the storage arrays that are built into the SolarWinds SRM module.

The application stack environment in SRM is designed to deliver a powerful layer of troubleshooting visibility by showing you application performance issues that are usually caused by the server, virtual, or storage infrastructure. Quickly assess the health of your environment, as well as troubleshoot specific, interrelated problems—all from one console. This level of visibility is achieved as a result of the native integration between Storage Resource Monitor, Server & Application Monitor, and Virtualization Manager. The integration of the application stack dashboard allows you to better predict, prioritize, and resolve issues before end-users and the business are affected. Get end-to-end visibility into application performance problems all the way down to the storage level.

 

SUPPORTED STORAGE DEVICES

Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) is vendor- and platform-neutral, and supports a wide variety of array manufacturers, including:

NetApp:

» NetApp® E-series

» NetApp Filers (OnTAP 7-mode)

» NetApp Filers (Clustered Data OnTAP (CDOT))

EMC:

» EMC® CLARiiON®

» EMC VNX®

» EMC Celerra®

» EMC Isilon®

» EMC Symmetrix® VMAX®, VMAXe®, DMX®

» EMC XtremIO®

Dell:

» Dell® PowerVault® MD3xxxi

» Dell EqualLogic®

» Dell Compellent®

IBM:

» IBM® N Series

» IBM DS3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx

» IBM 6xxx, 8xxx » IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize (Vxxx and SVC)

» IBM Spectrum Accelerate (XIV)

» IBM (ESS) Enterprise Storage Server®

Hitachi:

» Hitachi Data Systems® AMS

» Hitachi Data Systems USP, USPV, VSP

» Hitachi Data Systems HUS 100 Block-side, HUS VM Block-side

HP:

» HP® StoreServ® 3PAR

» HP StoreVirtual®/LeftHand® P4xxx

» HP StorageWorks® EVA

» HP StorageWorks XP » HP MSA/P2xxx

Pure Storage® Other vendors:

» Oracle®/SUN®: StorageTek® 2xxx & 6xxx, Virtual Storage Manager 99xx Series, Flex

» Oracle/Pillar®

» Xiotech®: Emprise 7000, Magnitude 3D 3xxx and 4xxxr

» ONStor®

» Dot Hill® AssuredSAN 4xxx/5xxx