In my last blog, I started to review Blue Medora’s Management Pack for Cisco UCS. This Management Pack brings the compute layer into the already vast environment of vRealize Operations and fully exploits the new features in vRealize 6.0. In this blog we will cover two important features: The Traversal Spec and out-of-the-box Dashboards.
In vROps 6.0, there is a new feature called a Traversal Spec or Inventory Tree. A Traversal Spec allows the user to navigate through their Cisco UCS environment using parent-child relationships. This feature allows the user to see how their UCS environment is structured. For example, they can see which blades belong to a specific chassis.
The Traversal Spec feature makes it easy for the administrator to navigate through their UCS environment and quickly track the root cause of each problem.
The content I have shown you in this series so far displays how the Management Pack for Cisco UCS natively integrates with vRealize Operations. However, our goal at Blue Medora is to make this information quickly accessible. How do we bring this information to the forefront? Out-of-the-box Dashboards.
The Management Pack for Cisco UCS comes with five out-of-the-box dashboards. These dashboards focus on two views of Cisco UCS: an overview of the entire system and a detailed view of individual components. Let’s take a look at each of these dashboards.
One of our first overview dashboards is the UCS Events Dashboard. This dashboard brings in every alert from Cisco UCS and displays them in a simple dashboard. When you click on one of the alerts, it will give you key performance indicators (KPIs) related to that alert. The UCS Events dashboard is key for diagnosing issues within Cisco UCS.
Our second overview dashboard is the UCS Relationships dashboard. Instead of being based on alerts in Cisco UCS, this dashboard aims to give us a quick look at our entire environment. The first thing we see is the Environment Overview widget on the left. This widget allows us to see how any component relates to one another. With this dashboard, we are able to get a quick look at the health of any component in our UCS environment.
When we want more than just an overview of our environment, we can take a look at our detailed component pages. These pages take a deeper look into each of these components and their children. Each of these pages displays information including key metrics, key statuses, alerts, and relationship information. This allows you to quickly diagnose the true cause behind any problem that may be occurring on any individual component.
In the final blog, we will discuss the alerts and recommendations as well as views & reports that come out-of-the-box with Cisco UCS. When we are done with this series, you will have a full understanding on what the Management Pack for Cisco UCS can do.If you are anxious to try the management pack for yourself, get a trial download here.