EMC Ionix Server Manager v2.0

EMC Ionix Server Manager v2.0

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EMC Ionix Server Manager v2.0

EMC Ionix Server Manager v2.0

EMC Ionix Server Manager spans the gap between physical and virtual server resources. It performs standard discovery, availability and performance management of IP servers and offers a number of optional capabilities, including discovery and availability management of VMware ESX Servers and Microsoft Hyper-V; discovery, availability and status management of Microsoft Cluster Services; discovery, availability and status for F5 Application Delivery Controllers (aka Load Balancers); and discovery and availability management of application processes running on a discovered server.

Server Manager discovers and monitors host disks and file systems as well as additional information about host processors and memory. It can also warn the user proactively of potential problems in business-critical servers. Standard functions include the following.

  • Automatically polls physical server elements to identify important exception conditions
  • Applies automated root-case analysis to distill raw polling data into meaningful information
  • Leverages the analysis of EMC Ionix IP Availability Manager to understand when managed elements are unreachable and automatically disables polling for those elements until they are reachable again
  • Adapts automatically to changes in network and server environments, assigning appropriate monitoring and performance thresholds to newly discovered elements
Managing the virtual environment presents new challenges for operations. Server virtualization breaks the long-time bond between software and hardware. VMotion and Quick Migrate technologies allow seamless movement of applications/operating systems within the infrastructure. It is quite normal for virtual machines to be powered off, powered on, added or deleted through the day according to the business requirements. Additionally, virtualization management tools are now available to dynamically balance workloads across the infrastructure based on resource utilization contention and power consumption.

Operations personnel need to be aware of the state and health of all virtual machines across the virtual infrastructure. VMs that are moved from one server to another present a difficult challenge to operations in order to isolate problems in the environment. VMs that are power off appear to be unavailable or down without a deep understanding of the infrastructure. EMC Ionix Server Manager provides an end-to-end view (from physical to virtual) of the infrastructure so that operations can understand and diagnose problems for all the scenarios described above. It gives operations a real-time integrated view of the virtual and physical infrastructure and how all components relate to one another.

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