From hosting applications to serving large multimedia, organizations are counting on their IT infrastructure to deliver unmatched end-user experience. To provide such exceptional experiences, the application availability and the performance have to be greatly enhanced. A storage area network (SAN) is employed exactly to tackle these challenges, out of many others, as the application performance is directly linked to storage latency.

A SAN is a dedicated, high speed network, containing pools of storage devices, providing block-level storage. A SAN is separated from a LAN (sometimes through virtualization), so administrative traffic does not interfere with business services. SAN is essential to an enterprise network as it:

  • Consolidates storage devices making management relatively easy.
  • Utilizes storage devices effectively by pooling them.
  • Enhances performance by reducing storage latency.
  • Improves application availability through redundancy.
  • Simplifies data backup (without server interaction).
  • Supports multiple storage device types such as Tape Libraries, RAIDs, and more.

ManageEngine OpManager: The effficient SAN Monitor

OpManager is a SAN monitoring software that monitors storage devices such as Tape Libraries, RAIDs, and SAN switches. It provides dedicated SAN performance monitors for storage devices and SAN switches. OpManager supports a wide range of storage devices from multiple vendors and offers predefined storage device templates making SAN monitoring effortless.

SAN inventory and SAN dashboard

SAN monitoring - ManageEngine OpManager

OpManager maintains an inventory of all storage devices in your SAN, and collects information such as IP address, DNS name, vendor, device type, category, device status, and more. OpManager automatically discovers the storage devices in your SAN and updates the SAN inventory at predefined intervals. SAN dashboard provides an overview of the SAN health and performance. The dashboard provides an overview of your SAN pinpointing devices that need immediate attention. This helps in centralized SAN management

Real-time SAN performance monitoring

Real-time SAN monitoring- ManageEngine OpManager
SAN Monitoring tool - ManageEngine OpManager
SAN performance monitoring - ManageEngine OpManager

Application performance is directly linked to the storage latency, so it is crucial to monitor the performance of your SAN. The collective health of your storage devices indicates the health of your storage area network. With SAN performance monitors such as latency monitor, traffic monitor, utilization monitor, throughput monitor, storage array capacity monitor, and many more, you can receive alerts on storage device performance in real time. With OpManager, a best storage monitoring tool, you can monitor SAN performance with up to 1 minute granularity. Protocols supported by OpManager for monitoring storage devices include:

  • SNMP
  • CLI
  • StorageAPI
  • SMI-S Protocol

SAN fault management

SAN fault management - ManageEngine OpManager

OpManager instantly alerts on hardware/software faults such as fan failure, battery failure, power supply failure, drive failure, and more. OpManager provides instant alerts on SAN component faults and also generates Trap alarms. Additionally, these SAN faults can be notified via emails, SMS, Slack channels, and more. They can be automatically escalated to a higher authority based on user-defined rules.

SAN Storage Forecasting and Storage Reports

SAN storage monitoring- ManageEngine OpManager
SAN Monitoring - ManageEngine OpManager

OpManager offers advanced ML-based storage forecasting which helps you predict the storage requirements for your organization. You can forecast the storage capacity by growth trend and utilization, and set thresholds for receiving alerts on storage capacity. Reports can be generated for many parameters such as Storage Summary, RAID Latency, Growth Trend, RAID IOPS, RAID Capacity Utilization, and many more. This lets you make effective and timely storage purchase decisions for your organization's future needs.

SAN components supported by OpManager

Apart from monitoring your SAN, OpManager monitors your LAN and networking devices such as routers, firewalls, physical and virtual servers, interfaces, Nutanix infrastructure for faults and performance. With OpManager, you can also monitor network traffic and firewall logs, manage network configurations and switch ports - all in a unified console.

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Customer reviews

OpManager - 10 Steps Ahead Of The Competition, One Step Away From Being Unequalled.
- Network Services Manager, Government Organization
Review Role: Infrastructure and OperationsCompany Size: Gov't/PS/ED 5,000 - 50,000 Employees
"I have a long-standing relationship with ManageEngine. OpManager has always missed one or two features that would make it truly the best tool on the market, but over it is the most comprehensive and easy to use the product on the market."
Easy Implementation, Excellent Support & Lower Cost Tool
- Team Lead, IT Service Industry
Review Role: Infrastructure and OperationsCompany Size: 500M - 1B USD
"We have been using OpManager since 2011 and our overall experience has been excellent. The tool plays a vital role in providing the value to our organisation and to the customers we are supporting. The support is excellent and staff takes full responsibilities in resolving the issues. Innovation is never stopping and clearly visible with newer versions"
Easy Implementation With A Feature Rich Catalogue, Support Has Some Room For Improvement
- NOC Manager in IT Service Industry
Review Role: Program and Portfolio ManagementCompany Size: 500M - 1B USD
"The vendor has been supporting during the implementation & POC phases providing trial licenses. Feature requests and feedback is usually acted upon swiftly. There was sufficient vendor support during the implementation phase. After deployment, the support is more than adequate, where the vendor could make some improvements."
Great Monitoring Tool
- CIO in Finance Industry
Review Role: CIOCompany Size: 1B - 3B USD
"Manage Engine provides a suite of tools that have made improvements to the availability of our internal applications. From monitoring, management and alerting, we have been able to peak performance within our data center."
Simple Implementation, Easy To Use. Very Intuitive.
- Principal Engineer in IT Services
Review Role: Enterprise Architecture and Technology InnovationCompany Size: 250M - 500M USD
"Manage Engine support was helpful and responsive to all our queries"

Case Studies - OpManager


Hinduja Global Solutions saves $3 million a year using OpManager

Industry: IT

Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) is an Indian business process management (BPM) organization headquartered in Bangalore and part of the Hinduja Group. HGS combines technology-powered automation, analytics, and digital services focusing on back office proces

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Industry: Healthcare

One of the largest radiology groups in the nation, with a team of more than 200 board-certified radiologists, provides more than 50 hospital and specialty clinic partners with on-site radiology coverage and interpretations.

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Industry: Real Estate

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Global news and media company

Industry: Telecommunication and Media

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Thorp Reed & Armstrong

Industry : Government

Randy S. Hollaway from Thorp Reed & Armstrong relies on OpManager for prompt alerts and reports

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