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

by bluemedora_editor on November 1, 2015

We are finally here; Part 3 of the overview for the Management Pack for Cisco UCS. In the previous blogs we have gone over metrics, relationships, traversal specs, and dashboards. If you would like a refresher, here are links to Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series. In this blog we will go over views, reports, alerts & recommendations which will conclude the feature list of the Management Pack for Cisco UCS.

Views & Reports

In the previous blog, we went over the dashboard provided out-of-the-box. Dashboards are only one of two ways we display the data collected in this Management Pack. We also provide views and reports which allow administrators to monitor UCS data in another way.

Our goal with the out-of-the-box views and reports is to display critical information to the user. Reports can be run at any time or scheduled (daily, weekly, or monthly) to automatically run and email the results to administrators, their team, or to management when needed. After the administrator installs the Management Pack there will be five out-of-the-box views and two out-of-the-box reports. Let’s take a look at one of these reports, Cisco UCS Blade Port Utilization (%)

This report allows us to look at an individual blade, all the blades in our chassis, or all the blades in our entire UCS environment. In Figure 2 we are looking at a report that was run against a chassis with two blades. We can see the port utilization across each of our blades. In this case blade-1 has much higher utilization than blade-2. This means that we have much more active workloads on blade-1. Now that we can see the extreme difference between these two blades, we can move some of these workloads from blade-1 to blade-2.


Alerts & Recommendations

The Management Pack for Cisco UCS provides two types of alerts. The first is native to vROps. When we pull in UCS metrics into vROps, the platform will automatically learn what your UCS environment is like. It will then set dynamic thresholds and whenever your performance metrics go above or below those thresholds, an alert will be raised.

Thresholds are not the only type of alert provide in the Management Pack. We also pull in any alert you would see in Cisco UCS and put it into the vROps engine. With both types of alerts you will see the health score of the related object be affected. In Figure 3 we have a chassis that is in an immediate state. Let’s take a look at this alert.

When we select the alert we can see that our chassis is failing to meet the minimal power requirements. This page also provides step by step instructions straight from Cisco’s documentation on how we can remediate the issue. Every alert provided in this Management Pack has similar recommendations that allow administrators to quickly solve any issue that may arise.

The Management Pack for Cisco UCS provides in-depth monitoring of your underlying infrastructure alongside your virtual environment. If you would like more information or a free trial of this Management Pack, check out the product page.


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