The eG Hyper-V Monitor
Monitoring, Diagnosis, Reporting for Hyper-V Farms
End-to-End Microsoft Hyper-V Monitoring
The eG Monitor for Microsoft Hyper-V Infrastructures™ (the eG VM Monitor™), part of the eG Enterprise Suite, is a comprehensive solution for monitoring and managing all aspects of Hyper-V farms, irrespective of whether the infrastructure is used to support virtual server or virtual desktop applications. Using a 100% web-based architecture, the eG Hyper-V Monitor offers end-to-end monitoring of the Hyper-V virtual infrastructure. Extensive, pre-defined, customized models are available for monitoring the different components of the Hyper-V farm including the Hyper-V servers, backend database servers supporting the virtual infrastructure, and infrastructure servers including Active Directory, print servers, file servers and storage devices. Agent-based and agentless monitoring is supported for most of these infrastructure elements. Mixed environments where some applications execute on physical servers or even in the public cloud are also supported, so administrators can have a single pane of glass view of their entire infrastructure end-to-end.
Best of Breed Hyper-V Monitoring Capabilities
The eG Hyper-V Monitor uses industry standard best practices for collecting metrics from the Hyper-V infrastructure. From a Hyper-V monitoring perspective, the eG Hyper-V Monitor includes best of breed capabilities that can help administrators track the health of their servers and VMs. The health of the server hardware, the status of the network interfaces and virtual switches, the resource usage levels of the hypervisor (CPU, memory, disk and network), the I/O activity of the virtual disks, space usage on the virtuak disks, etc. are all tracked, so administrators can be alerted if abnormal usage patterns are detected. These metrics also provide key insights for capacity analysis and planning.
360 Degree Monitoring of Virtual Machine Performance
The virtual machines running on the Hyper-V servers are auto-discovered and their relative CPU, memory, disk and network activity levels are tracked in real-time. Well recognized bottleneck indicators such as CPU and disk queue lengths are monitored so performance degradations can be proactively reported. Besides monitoring the resource usage of VMs, the eG Hyper-V Monitor also embeds a patented In-n-Out monitoring technology that allows the same agent/agentless monitor to provide details about the VM operating system and applications running on it. This key capability allows administrators to easily correlate the performance of a VM with the performance of applications running in the VM. The ability to get this level of detail without requiring agents on each of the VMs is a key differentiating capability of the eG Hyper-V Monitor. The key monitoring capabilities of the eG Hyper-V Monitor are listed here >>
The eG Hyper-V Monitor provides end-to-end monitoring of the Hyper-V infrastructure. The 360 degree visibility it offers allows administrators to quickly determine where the performance bottleneck in the Hyper-V infrastructure lies.
Industry’s First Truly Virtualization-Aware Root-Cause Diagnosis Capability
Since there are many components of a Hyper-V infrastructure, the monitoring solution can collect thousands of metrics in real-time. The challenge for an administrator is how to analyze these metrics to quickly determine where a performance bottleneck lies – is it in the network? database? application? Xen hypervisor? virtual machine? storage? etc.
To assist administrators, the eG Hyper-V Monitor has pre-defined thresholds for key metrics based on industry standard best practices. Auto-baselines are also determined for important time-varying metrics and any deviation from the norms is immediately flagged to administrators proactively.
Once abnormalities are flagged from different layers and tiers in the infrastructure, the eG VM monitor uses a patented, industry first “truly virtualization-aware” automatic root-cause diagnosis technology to determine where the source of a problem lies. This technology auto-discovers various kinds of dependencies in the infrastructure including application to application dependencies, application to virtual machine mappings and virtual machine to physical machine dependencies. Since a Hyper-V infrastructure can be dynamic (with VMs moving from one physical machine to another), these dependencies are discovered in real-time. The dependency information is then used to correlate between alerts from different tiers of the infrastructure. Root-cause alerts are assigned the highest severity, while effects of problems are downgraded in priority. With this capability, administrators now have actionable events – they can focus their attention on the root-cause of a problem and not be distracted by the effects.
Comprehensive Network, Application, Virtualization Performance Reporting
From their web browsers, administrators also have access to personalized reports about the Hyper-V infrastructure. While executive reports offer high level overviews of performance that are ideal for C-level executives, operations reports offer detailed drilldowns that can be used for problem troubleshooting and diagnosis as well as for capacity planning.
The eG Hyper-V Monitor embeds extensive reporting capabilities. These reports enable effective post-mortem analysis of past problems, help isolate potential performance bottlenecks, and aid in efficiently planning the future capacity of your critical systems/servers.