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Monitoring DataStores in Profiler

Product Manager

So you have probably heard of Profiler, Solarwinds' storage and virtual infrastructure product, but as an Orion customer, you might ask what can I do with Profiler?
Let's drill down on a specific common storage use case - monitoring and reporting on VMware  DataStores.  DataStores are the hub of storage, providing capacity to the virtual infrastructure (VM, snapshots, logs, etc.).  Running out of space on your DataStore is a bad thing, and there are two ways Provider can help you avoid it.

First, good old fashioned alerting.  Just navigate to the Rules Page, press Add New Rule and choose Threshold Rules. From there, change your drop down to match these below, then you can select a condition to alert on (% Usage, Free GB or Used GB).  Note you can select "Any" DataStore, or pick specific ones of interest.

When the threshold is crossed, Profiler can send a trap, execute a script, or send you an email… we can even alert you through Orion, but that is another post. 
Second, you can use the reporting engine to forecast when you are going to run out of storage in the future.  Profiler calculates the growth rate of each DataStore and forecasts when the next thresholds will be passed, allowing you to address problems before they happen.

We can see both these DataStores will be out of storage this soon... better go talk to our admins before bad things happen :).

One more thing you can do with DataStores is End-to-End mapping, where Profiler maps the DataStore to its source LUN on the array.  More on how to use End-to-End reports next time.

About the Author
Ok, so I have been a geek for a long time, went to UT finally ended up at a startup, Tek-Tools where we built a monitoring and reporting product for Servers, Backups, Storage and Applications. In Jan 2010, Solarwinds bought Tek-Tools, and I was added to the PM team. When my mind actually wonders from making our products better, I am generally spending time with my family, reading, watching sports, arguing politics or tinkering with stuff (it can always be made better), with the occasional camping trip thrown in for good measure.