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    VBLOCK INFRASTRUCTURE

    PLATFORMS GUIDELINES FOR

    MONITORING WITH HP OPERATIONS

    MANAGER (HP OPENVIEW)

    August 2011

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    Table of Contents

    Executive Summary ....................................................................................................................................3

    The Challenge .......................................................................................................................................3

    The Solution ..........................................................................................................................................3

    Technology Overview .................................................................................................................................6

    HP Technologies ...................................................................................................................................6

    Vblock Infrastructure Platforms .............................................................................................................8

    Vblock Monitoring with HP Operations Manager .................................................................................. 10

    Key Vblock Components to Monitor ................................................................................................... 11

    Setting Up Monitoring on Vblock Components................................................................................... 13

    Setting Up Your HP Operations Manager Containers ........................................................................ 21

    Conclusion ................................................................................................................................................ 23

    References ................................................................................................................................................ 24

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    Executive Summary

    With Vblock Infrastructure Platforms, VCE delivers the industrys first completely integrated IT offering that

    combines best-in-class network, compute, storage, management, virtualization, and security technologies with

    end-to-end vendor accountability.

    Organizations that use HP Operations Manager (formerly HP OpenView Operations Manager) will require an

    understanding of how Vblock platforms interoperate with enterprise management frameworks to monitor

    performance, capacity, and availability. This paper provides a high-level approach to monitoring Vblock platforms

    with HP Operations Manager by identifying the monitoring requirements for each Vblock component and mapping

    out a set of recommended configurations for meeting these requirements.

    By leveraging a combination of industry standard SNMP protocol and third party Smart Plug-ins for HP Operations

    Manager, organizations can effectively integrate Vblock platforms into their existing HP Operations Manager

    framework, allowing them to introduce Vblock converged infrastructure to their data centers while maintaining

    current data center monitoring methodologies.

    The Challenge

    Organizations have made sizeable investments in automated monitoring and management infrastructures like HP

    Operations Manager. With these monitoring infrastructures in place, they require the information necessary to

    integrate Vblock technologies effectively and efficiently to maximize their return on investment.

    The Solution

    IT decision makers and data center managers can address this challenge by configuring HP Operations Manager

    to monitor Vblock platforms using the following:

    HP Network Node Manager to act as the SNMP management station

    SNMP v2 to monitor the network, compute, and storage components of Vblock

    Third-party Smart Plug-in from Veeam to monitor the virtualization components of Vblock

    Scope

    This paper contains guidelines for using HP Operations Manager to monitor Vblock platforms. The scope is on

    monitoring rather than configuration and provisioning. It is strongly recommended that you use the following tools

    as specified by VCE for configuration and provisioning:

    Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager

    EMC Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM)

    EMC Symmetrix Management Console (SMC)

    EMC Unisphere

    VMware vCenter

    Assumptions

    This paper assumes a basic understanding of the following:

    HP Operations Manager and HP Network Node Manager

    Vblock platforms, including component technologies from VMware, Cisco, and EMC

    Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

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    Audience

    Directors of IT, Operations Managers, and technical staff looking to integrate the day-to-day monitoring of VCE

    Vblock technologies into existing data center management solutions will find this information useful; especially

    those who have invested in HP Operations Manager as their single view for event and system monitoring and

    alerting.

    Sales engineers, field consultants, professional services, IT managers, infrastructure architects, partner engineers,

    and customers may also find the content useful when working to integrate Vblock platforms into other existing

    monitoring products.

    Terminology

    The table below defines terms used in this paper.

    Term Definition

    Alert A system event requiring administrative attention. These events may be severe enough to cause a system error or disrupt user access.

    Converged infrastructure A converged infrastructure packages multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimized computing solution. Components of a converged infrastructure solution include servers, data storage devices, virtualization, networking equipment and software for IT infrastructure management, automation, and orchestration.

    Event Alerts or notifications created by an IT Service, Configuration item, or Monitoring tool. Events are typically written to an event log or trigger an event notification via email or SNMP.

    HP Business Technology Optimization (BTO)

    Business Technology Optimization is the name HP uses to refer to all its IT management capabilities, including all the products previously branded under the HP OpenView name. BTO is both an approach to IT management and a category of software and services supporting that approach. The BTO product suite includes HP Operations Manager and HP Network Node Manager, both of which are key to this paper.

    HP Network Node Manager A component product of HP Operations Center; formerly named HP OpenView Network Node Manager. Network Node Manager is the authoritative discovery source for network configuration items and their relationships for the universal configuration management database (UCMDB).

    HP Node Editor HP Operations Manager tool used to build a hierarchical tree layout of Vblock platforms and its components.

    HP Operations Manager A component product of HP Operations Center; formerly named HP OpenView Operations Manager. Operations Manager provides a single management console for the heterogeneous IT environment.

    Management Information Base (MIB)

    Hierarchical database maintained by an agent that a network management station can query, using a network management protocol such as SNMP.

    Notification Actions taken in response to a particular event. An action could be an SNMP trap. There are two types of notifications: event notifications, which are notifications, based on predefined system events such as a temperature being too high, and resource notifications, which are notifications based on user-specified resource usage limits or thresholds.

    Object Identifier (OID) A numeric string used to identify an object uniquely. OIDs are used with MIBs to set specific traps via SNMP.

    Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

    An Internet-standard protocol for managing devices on IP networks. Method used to communicate management information between the network management stations and the agents in the network elements.

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    Term Definition

    SNMP Agent Software module in a managed device such as a UCS Server or a CLARiiON storage system that maintains local management information and delivers that information to a manager using SNMP.

    SNMP Community Defines a group of SNMP devices and management stations. Assists in defining where SNMP information and traps are sent.

    SNMP Management Station The system used to control and monitor the activities of network devices using SNMP. In this paper, the SNMP Management Station is the host running the HP Network Node Manager software.

    SNMP Trap The trap message is the way an SNMP agent communicates with the SNMP manager, notifying the manager of an event, such as a crash, a restart, or a network interface card failure.

    Smart Plug-in (SPI) Smart Plug-in is an HP term and method for integrating a device or component into HP Operations Manager for sending alerts and events for monitoring. HP or a third party can provide a Smart Plug-in.

    UCMDB HP Universal Configuration Management Database, which is HPs implementation of a CMDB.

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    Technology Overview

    Data center monitoring is vital to ensure optimal resource and service utilization. IT must provide for the

    availability, performan