Last Friday (7/26), we presented a webcast on Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) titled Storage Performance and Capacity Monitoring Done Right. If you didn’t get to join us, you can watch the recording here.
It was a fun session with some great feedback and questions. After the session, my co-presenter, sacha, Director of Product Marketing, came up with the excellent idea of posting our responses to user questions here for all to see.
So, we did just that.
We hope you find this to be useful. Feel free to use the comments below for anything that comes up after reading.
What public cloud storage is SRM able to monitor?
Today, SRM does now support any public cloud storage vendors natively. However, this is something that the storage team is starting to hear a lot, which means that we are actively investigating it for possible inclusion in future releases. Leave a comment below, or reach out to me directly if you think this would be useful, letting me know what vendor, metrics, etc. you would like to see first.
Is all of the data in SRM real-time, or can I see any historic data?
Based on your settings in Orion and SRM, you can retain data for as long as your architecture can support. By default, SRM's data retention settings store detailed data for 7 days, hourly data for 30 days, and daily data for 365 days. Also, as an aside, SRM can to report and store your storage array data at whatever frequency your arrays are able to support.
Can you get granular performance metrics like IOPS, capacity, throughput, etc.?
Yes, these metrics exist for all relevant storage objects (in SRM). Here is a sample screenshot at the array level.
What reporting is in SRM?
Out of the box, there are many canned reports that SRM provides its users at any storage level and which can be run on any combination of your arrays. These reports include anything from Current Hardware Status to Free LUNs and even an Executive Storage Summary. If you can't find the exact report you need, we provide a powerful report builder that can help you create a customized report based on any of your data in SRM.
Does the Capacity Planning feature of SRM provide “run-out” projections?
SRM does provide projections for when capacity would run out on your storage object, all things remaining the same. We do this using an algorithm based on various metrics, including your current usage data.
Does SRM support monitoring of NAS, SAN, Flash, etc.?
The full list of storage devices SRM supports are detailed on the following page: Supported Storage Devices - Storage Resource Monitor | SolarWinds
Is SRM only for Storage Admins?
Not at all. While we see many successful SRM customers that are storage admins, we also see many system generalists and system admins that find value out of using SRM. Our easy to understand UI and out-of-the-box configuration designed by storage experts means that any user is only a few steps away from finding a lot of value monitoring their storage. From there, storage experts find that the flexibility and customizability of SRM means that it can be shaped for almost any task - especially when they leverage powerful SRM tools such as PerfStack to solve problems.
How secure is SRM?
All that you could ever want to know about SRM, Orion, and security can be found here: SolarWinds - Security.
As SRM sits on the SolarWinds Orion Platform, this resource applies generally across our other Orion based modules as well.
Can you setup SRM in a Network Operations Center (NOC)?
The Orion platform, which SRM sits on, provides the capability for NOC views. Check out this link for an overview for getting started: Success Center.
For its part, SRM provides array level permissions as to what can and cannot be seen in these NOC views.