Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Monitoring

What is Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI)?

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined infrastructure technology that combines compute, virtualization and networking capabilities all into one appliance. Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions use software and x86 servers to replace purpose-built expensive hardware. Separate servers, storage networks, and arrays can be combined into a single system with hyperconverged infrastructure. HCI also offers a central, streamlined management interface to manage mapped virtual machines.

As much as 20% of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyperconverged infrastructure by 2020, predicts Gartner, which recently gave the technology its own magic quadrant.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software

Hyperconverged infrastructure solutions help you to manage a hyperconverged infrastructure environment. You can manage the various hypervisors in your network and allocate resources, manage storage systems and control the virtual machines linked to the hypervisor. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology abstracts and pools the underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to applications running in VMs.

Monitor Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) with OpManager

Hyperconverged infrastructure has eliminated the need for hardware defined data centers that are becoming complicated, expensive and difficult to manage. With networks constantly evolving, it is important for organizations to stay responsive and scalable to meet the changing needs and demands of the business.

Nutanix pioneered hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology, and has continued to evolve the platform. In Nutanix HCI, a collection of nodes is called a cluster and each HCI node in a cluster operates a hypervisor. The HCI management feature operates as a separate virtual machine on every node and is designed to scale resources when new nodes are added. This is called the Nutanix Prism and it allows easy, simplified HCI management from a single view and eliminates the need for separate management solutions for servers, storage, and virtualization. By monitoring the Prism using OpManager, you can monitor all the elements grouped under the specific HCI. HCI requires a minimum of three nodes to maintain high availability. Nutanix also offers a custom hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software to manage a HCI environment. The Nutanix HCI software provides a basic interface to monitor HCI.

OpManager is a comprehensive Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) monitoring software that uses basic SNMP to monitor HCI. It helps you to monitor various important metrics like bandwidth, latency and CPU usage of your HCI with and gives you an option to drill down to the specifics. OpManager offers alarm notifications (SMS and email), and provides color coded alarms to help you detect and troubleshoot the root cause of network bottlenecks. Take control of your network by setting thresholds and generate graphs to analyze trends over a specific time-period using OpManager.

Implementing Hyperconverged Infrastructure:

  • HCI integrates with your existing infrastructure. Protect and optimize existing investments without modifying the network.
  • Set up and configure hardware in minutes and be more responsive to changing business needs.
  • Eliminate manual processes and manage computing and storage resources with a single IT team.
  • Reduce data center scaling costs with HCI which is designed for simplicity and scalability and manage remote locations using centralized controls.

HCI Performance Management with OpManager

OpManager comes bundled with over 9000 device templates which carry the initial configurations to classify the devices into the pre-defined categories and to associate monitors to them. OpManager's predefined device-specific performance monitors help you instantly monitor a particular parameter of your devices or interfaces and also gives you the option to drill down on specifics. The monitoring interval for availability can also be defined to reduce the usage of system resources. You can apply configurations in bulk across multiple devices with the help of device templates.

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For in-depth hyper converged infrastructure performance for Nutanix devices, OpManager offers the following pre-defined monitors out-of-the-box:

Monitor Function
IO Bandwidth Monitor the input/output bandwidth of Nutanix HCI
IO Latency Monitor input/output latency of Nutanix HCI
VM Write IO Per Second Monitor VM write for input/output operations
VM Read IO Per second Monitor VM read for input/output operations
VM Memory Usage Monitor memory usage for VMs
VM CPU Usage Monitor CPU usage for VMs
VM CPU Count Monitor number of cores for VMs
Cluster wide IO bandwidth in KBps Monitor input output bandwidth in Kbps across the cluster*
Cluster wide average latency Monitor average latency across the cluster
Cluster wide average IOPS Monitor average IOPS** across the cluster.
Cluster Total Storage Capacity Monitor the total storage capacity across the cluster.

* Cluster - A group of hosts is referred to as a cluster.
** IOPS - (Input/Output Operations Per Second) is a common performance measurement used to benchmark computer storage devices like hard disk drives (HDD), solid state drives (SSD), and storage area networks (SAN).

HCI Fault Management using OpManager

OpManager allows you to configure thresholds for the various monitors and you can receive alerts when the thresholds are violated. The alerts can be configured to be sent to your phone as a SMS or via email. This helps you to monitor your network on the go. You can generate the data as a report using OpManager. The data can also be viewed as a graph for a particular time-period.

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The future of Hyperconverged infrastructure management with OpManager

OpManager will extend support for extensive HCI monitoring using APIs in the coming months. Take a look at the functionality and enhancements in the road-map for hyper-converged infrastructure monitoring:

  • Discovering a Nutanix cluster will automatically discover the hosts and VMs and display their relationship by placing them on a map.
  • You can add the Nutanix 'Prism Central' to automatically discover all the clusters mapped under the HCI device. This will give you a detailed network map of each and every virtual machines in the organization managed by the HCI irrespective of the number of nodes.
  • You can view the severity (alarms) of individual VMs in the map. The alarms are color-coded and each level of severity will be displayed with individual colors.

We'd love to hear from you on what metrics you'd like to monitor in a hyperconverged infrastructure environment to ensure optimum performance and maximum visibility for your network. Share your valuable feedback here.

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