Author: Jonathan Darcy – Pre-Sales Engineer for SolarWinds® EMEA
SolarWinds® Server & Application Monitor (SAM) provides server performance monitoring, out of the box application templates, warranty status, hardware health and asset inventory. I have worked with SAM for some time now, and when providing demonstrations to prospects looking for a monitoring solution I get excited when I see their excitement about what SAM can do.
This excitement reaches a whole new level once I show the integration between Server & Application Monitor and Virtualization manager (VMAN)!
One of the pain points many customers have is the inability to bring all the layers of the performance tier to a single view. For example an end user informs the IT administrator that there is a slowdown on the Microsoft SQL server. The IT administrator knows this is running on a VM so there are a number of separate checks that need to be performed.
- Check the MS-SQL application itself
- Check the virtual infrastructure (VM, Host, Cluster, Datastore)
- Check the underlying storage array
Traditionally this would require checking 3 different areas and trying to determine the root cause is not an easy task. With the integration with virtualization manager this is a whole lot simpler.
The IT administrator gets a call that a particular application is running slow
The first thing to check is SAM, in here, the performance of the underlying server running the application can be checked.
In the above screenshots the memory and CPU utilisation is being viewed. We can also view disk performance such as IOPS and disk queue length.
Disk Queue Length
Ok so the server’s performance looks good so let’s check the application that is being monitored by SAM.
AppInsight for MS-SQL is an entirely new monitoring concept for SAM and will provide deep visibility showing how the DB is performing.
There are some disk issues being reported by AppInsight for the MS-SQL instance.
With the integration of VMAN in SAM I can select the SQL server and choose the “Storage” tab. This is made available once integration is enabled.
From here we can now see data from VMAN being presented within SAM. I can click on the datastore that the SQL server VM is running on. I can now see there is latency being reported from VMAN and the applications that this latency is affecting
If Storage manager (STM) is integrated with VMAN there will be a hyperlink to the underlying LUN. This can be clicked and the underlying LUN performance view will open within STM.
As you can see by having the integration enabled between VMAN to SAM and then STM, a task that would generally take some time to pinpoint the root cause can be established in minutes!