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Learn how to better manage physical storage, improve virtual infrastructure performance, and keep customers happy by monitoring virtual environments with Foglight for Storage Management.

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Foglight for Storage Management

End-to-everything performance monitoring

Visualize, analyze and optimize your entire storage infrastructure to ensure optimal performance for your virtual servers with complete visibility into your critical storage subsystems.  Foglight for Storage Management (formally vFoglight Storage) combines information from storage arrays and fabrics with the information available from VMware vCenter to provide unified data analysis from the virtual machine (VM) down to the physical disk spindle. This solution allows you to control operating expenses (OPEX) and limit capital expenditures (CAPEX) by maximizing capacity utilization of your existing storage arrays during virtualization, consolidation and cloud initiatives.
Foglight for Storage Management delivers the full view of virtualization performance by: 

  • Uncovering when VM performance issues are originating within storage hardware
  • Identifying which VMs will be impacted by storage issues or planned storage hardware maintenance
  • Exposing physical storage capacity as a component of VM performance
  • Allowing the virtualization administrators and the storage administrators to troubleshoot from a single pane of glass

Features

Uncover storage issues impacting VMs

Determine whether VM performance issues are originating in the host, fabric, or storage array.  Drill down into the specific metrics of each target device for granular detail about current or historical performance issues to pinpoint the root cause of a given degradation.  Foglight for Storage Management delivers end-to-end virtual infrastructure monitoring with logical visualization to help identify bottlenecks in the storage topology which are impacting VM performance.

Identify which VMs are affected by storage hardware devices

By identifying which VMs will be affected by maintenance or technical issues with individual storage components, Foglight for Storage Management allows you to plan ahead and take action to prevent downtime for your VMs. You can also see which components are connected downstream all the way to the physical disk, and assess how much I/O is passing through each piece of hardware.   This visibility allows virtual admins to alert system administrators when issues, changes, or maintenance events in storage will impact application performance.

Visualize how storage capacity is related to VM performance

Proactive scrutiny of physical storage hardware allows for increased up-time by preventing a lack of available storage on overcommitted storage pools and aggregates.  To extract the best mix of performance and efficient utilization from thinly provisioned datastores, it’s critical that a deep view of the underlying subsystems is included in the overall virtualization strategy.  Foglight for Storage Management provides the level of granularity at the physical layer to commit resources with confidence.  

See a single version of the truth with this single-pane-of-glass solution

Providing a unified and logical end-to-end view of the virtualization infrastructure gives administrators across multiple areas of responsibility the data they need to understand how separate systems impact overall VM performance.  Foglight for Storage Management helps identify storage bottlenecks, provides clear reporting related to which VMs will be impacted by storage issues, proves the origin of VM performance issues, and delivers one-click troubleshooting to identify and remediate those problems.  This clear and linear visualization from the VM to the physical disk puts an end to cross-team fingerpointing when there’s a performance issue.

Videos

Screenshots

Environment Summary View

Environment Summary View

Use the Environment View to quickly understand the status of your storage infrastructure.

Fabric View

Fabric View

The Fabric View helps you understand the status of your switch ports, interconnectivity and associated alarms.

Virtual Machine Data Paths

Virtual Machine Data Paths

Easily find the bottlenecks in the paths between your virtual machine and storage.

Filer View

Filer View

Use the Filer View to understand capacity overcommitments.

Array/Filer LUNs View

Array/Filer LUNs View

Foglight for Storage Management shows you the key metrics for the LUNs in your array or filer.

Virtual Environment Cluster View

Virtual Environment Cluster View

With Foglight for Storage Management, you can gain a better understanding of the relationships between the components in your virtual and physical infrastructure.

Alarms

Alarms

Foglight for Storage Management can generate alarms for events that can affect performance in your storage environment, like LUNs rebuilding.

LUN Topology View

LUN Topology View

Drill down on a LUN that is rebuilding to see the virtual machines that are utilizing that LUN.

FAQts

FAQts: Top 30 Datastores with Highest Latency

Use the Foglight for Storage Management Environment FAQts view to pinpoint high-latency LUNs.

LUN DataPaths View

FAQts: Top 30 Datastores with Highest Latency

Drill down from the FAQts view to see the elements in your virtual infrastructure that are impacted by the high-latency LUN.

Storage Troubleshooting

Storage Troubleshooting

The Storage Troubleshooting feature enables you to quickly identify and eliminate storage performance issues affecting individual virtual machines.