5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 6, 2010 5:36 PM by byrona

    Orion NPM versus Virtual & Server Profiler

    byrona

      I am evaluating some of our monitoring needs as we move to a more virtualized infrastructure and there seems to be some overlap between Orion NPM and Virtual & Server Profiler.

      We currently have Orion NPM & APM and for the most part are happy  with them but the Virtual & Server Profiler looks like it gives  better information on VMWare.

      Is there some document that helps compare and contrast the two products side by side so I can get a better idea of which one better fits our needs?

        • Re: Orion NPM versus Virtual & Server Profiler

          Hey Byron-

          I'm not sure if such a document exists--let me do some research and I'll find out.

          M

          • Re: Orion NPM versus Virtual & Server Profiler
            bmrad

            Byron,

            The VMware monitoring in NPM mainly focuses on the ESX server and VM, but not so much on the infrastructure itself.  So both Orion NPM and Profiler will give you asset and performance data on those, but Profiler will also show you Clusters, Data Centers, and Virtual Center views and the relationship between all of them.

            Data collected includes storage capacity and usage (datastore and virtual disk), storage forecasting, snapshots, VMDK, performance (CPU, Memory, Network and Disk IO) at all levels of the virtual infrastructure, and a ton of asset and configuration data.  Note all Profiler's data, even the VM, comes from VMware, so it will be different than the data coming from the OS (either via WMI or SNMP).

            Profiler takes all that data and does some interesting things with it.

            1) Capacity Analysis and Planning - Profiler allows you to take a slice of the physical infrastructure (VC, DC, Cluster, ESX) and see how well you are leveraging it, and how many more VMs you could add to it, and which resource (CPU, Mem, storage) you will run out of first.  We also have simulators that can do some light weight "what if" scenarios.

            2) End to End mapping - if you are presenting storage from an array via FC, iSCSI or NFS, Profiler can map the storage E2E for you.  The Datapaths shows are Datastore > LUN and Virtual Disk > VM > VMDK > Datastore > LUN.  It makes it really easy to "know" where your storage is, no matter how it is provided to the virtual infrastructure.

            3) VM Grouping - you can group the VMs separately from where they hosted, so you can do chargeback and reporting on specific

            And of course, Profiler has alerts as well, not as sophisticated as Orion in some cases, but definitely very useful and better than vCenter. 

            See our Virtual and Server Profiler pages for even more info. 

            We also have a couple of posts on Virtual and Server Profiler in the Orion blog:

            Oh Storage, Where Art Thou?

            Monitoring DataStores in Profiler

            Let me know if you have additional questions or would like a demo.

            Brian