An Overview of Blue Medora's vROps Management Pack for Cisco UCS (Part 1 of 3)

by bluemedora_editor on March 23, 2015

Blue Medora’s vRealize Operations Cisco UCS is now availlable (Blue Medora’s announcement || VMware’s announcement).  This management pack brings the compute layer into the already vast environment of vRealize Operations.  The management pack fully exploits the new features in vRealize 6.0.x as well as supporting vCOps 5.8.x.

This blog will be the first of three in a series that explains each of the features provided in the Management Pack for Cisco UCS.

 

Getting Started with the Cisco UCS Management Pack

Ok, so let’s get started.  How does the Cisco UCS Management Pack work?  Once the adapter is installed, the user can configure an instance.  Configuring an instance only requires the Cisco UCSM hostname, port, protocol (http or https), username and password.  After configuring an instance of the adapter it will automatically start to discover and promote each of your resource kinds, as well as collect your metrics.  By default your metrics will continue to collect every 5 minutes.

Metrics and Resource Kinds

The Management Pack for Cisco UCS collects numerous metrics for each of the resource kinds provided.  Resource kinds provided include:  

  • Fabric Interconnect
  • Chassis
  • Blade
  • IO Module
  • Power Supply Unit
  • Fan
  • Rack

Key metrics for these resource kinds include Port Sent/Received bandwidth, Port Utilization, Temperature metrics and health statuses.

An entire list of metrics is provided at the bottom of the blog.

 

Virtual to Compute Layer

Collecting and displaying these metrics gives the user an in depth view into the compute layer.  However, the real benefit comes when you can start to gain visibility of your environment across multiple layers.  The Cisco UCS Management Pack ties into the virtual layer by connecting the Blade Server to the ESXi host.

This relationship allows the user to map their Cisco UCS environment down to their virtual machine.  When combined with other management packs, the user can begin to view the entire stack in one dashboard.

 

What’s Next?

So what should you expect in the next two blogs?  The Management Pack for Cisco UCS exploits a number of features in vROps.  I plan on diving into these features.  In the second blog we will examine the dashboards and inventory trees provided out-of-box with the Management Pack for Cisco UCS.  In the final blog, we will discuss the alerts and recommendations as well as views & reports.  When we are done, you will have a full understanding on what the Management Pack for Cisco UCS can do.

For a list of the entire metrics click here.

If you are anxious to try the management pack for yourself, download a trial.

 

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