At EMC World – we previewed the deep vCenter Operations integration with a VNX Connector that would deliver unparalleled storage visilibility and analytics into health and performance. That is now GA and included with vCenter Operations!
Furthermore – VMware and EMC want to bring this capability to more people. The EMC Storage Analytics Suite is based on a customized version of the latest vCenter Operation with that same VNX Connector. This is available now in an early customer access program, with a GA target in Q4.
I don’t know how to say this politically, so I’ll just come out and say it: it’s priced to have nearly a 100% attach rate when a customer chooses VNX. And, if customers conclude they want everything – the full version of vCenter Operations Enterprise edition is a simple step up.
To understand more (and see in action) what you get from all this vCenter Operations + EMC goodness… Read on!
The abilities you get in this are awesome – and the VNX connector is more than just a bunch of basic integration. The VNX connector has a whole set of internal logic that helps in the analytics and relationships of components. You can dive deep (seeing individual VNX component stats) – and each level has nice unique icons and other visual representation – which is nice. Check out the demo below:
Beyond the VNX Connector (which is official, supported, tested, QA’ed, etc), the incredible innovation machine that is the duo of vSpecialists Clint Kitson and Matt Cowger have whipped up other vCOPS integration. These are (for now), in the category of “fast and dirty” – and therefore not supported, but you can see the pattern. These vCOPs integrations include:
- with EMC Watch4Net – that broadens the reporting capabilities of vCOPS, along with the number of supported devices, including Vblocks.
- Support for other EMC Platforms (Isilon, VMAX, Data Domain, Avamar, etc).
- … Even a dashboard and connectors for the relatively cool use case of a stretched vSphere Cluster (vMSC) using EMC VPLEX.
That last one I showed in the session on stretched clusters that Vaughn Stewart and I co-presented (BCO2982). I particularly dig that this leverages the VNX connector when you get down to the infrastructure behind the VPLEX! Check it out below:
What do you think – cool, or what?