Providing SAN analytics for cloud environments


22 May 2014
Matt Kolon, Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific, Brocade

Fabric networking solutions company Brocade has announced a collaboration with VMware to provide analytics capabilities for Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs) which support cloud environments using VMware’s new vCenter Log Insight 2.0.

By enabling IT organisations to visualise and analyse multi-terabyte datasets, VMware vCenter Log Insight aims to deliver real-time insights and monitoring of data from applications, virtualised infrastructure and physical hardware to help improve operational efficiency through automation and simplify IT troubleshooting.

The new Brocade SAN Content Pack uses Brocade Fabric Vision technology to add functionality for Brocade environments in VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0. For example, it helps enhance machine-learning capabilities and improve query and data collection capabilities to provide systems administrators with a complete view of SAN health and behaviour across physical, virtual and hybrid cloud environments. This provides deeper knowledge of SAN behaviour to increase visibility about a variety of issues impacting virtual machine performance and application responsiveness.

By automatically delivering data to Log Insight and presenting the most relevant log data within the context of VMWare Log Insight Manager, the Brocade SAN Content Pack can significantly reduce the overall mean-time to problem identification. Users are offered predefined dashboards, queries, alerts, and fields that can also be customised to specific environments. SAN events are intelligently classified and filtered to weed out volumes of excess or less-meaningful data that can inhibit quick responsiveness in maintaining SAN fabric uptime.

"Because IT infrastructures generate massive numbers of alerts on a daily basis, understanding which ones are truly meaningful is typically a manual, painstaking, and time-consuming process that can create inefficiencies," said Matt Kolon, Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific, Brocade. "Administrators can use tools like Brocade SAN Content Pack and VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 to effectively manage the shifting infrastructure patterns typical of modern data centres. This enables IT to fine-tune their environment via more effective root-cause analysis and visibility, enabling more efficient IT operations."