The Netherland’s Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), which assists tens of thousands of seekers a year, must ensure the technology systems employees depend on are always up and properly running. To help make this possible, COA uses Nutanix Enterprise Cloud, a hyperconverged platform that combines storage, servers, networking and security in one solution. COA relies on Nutanix to run mission-critical applications like Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Citrix VDI and Skype for Business.
According to Pim van Luttervelt, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Administrator for COA, “To keep Nutanix available and healthy, we needed a monitoring solution that would be as powerful, fast and simple as our hyperconverged system, and provide great visibility into our Nutanix stack. Comtrade SCOM MP for Nutanix perfectly fulfilled those requirements.”Comtrade MP for Nutanix is the only solution that extends SCOM to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud, delivering a complete picture of Nutanix’s health, availability, infrastructure and application performance. It proactively monitors everything from Nutanix clusters, blocks, hosts and disks, to virtual machines, storage pools, containers and data protection. And it uniquely, and automatically, detects the applications running within each virtual machine and logically groups virtual machines together.
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“By having one management pack to monitor all of Nutanix, we’re able to get an instant health assessment of the entire environment on a single screen, and quickly drill down into individual components when needed,” said van Luttervelt. His colleague, Halbe Boomsma, Nutanix Administrator, added, “Comtrade MP’s hardware alerts about CPU load and high CVM RAM usage give me the intelligence I need to vMotion VMs to balance CPU and/or RAM usage per host.”
Because Comtrade MP is natively integrated with SCOM, it’s easy for administrators to proactively manage their environment without having to learn new technologies. Using the SCOM system they know so well, COA staff can anticipate resource bottlenecks that could slow applications and then, for instance, resize application VMs or extend Nutanix by adding more CPU or storage to eliminate pending problems.
“Comtrade MP makes it easy to pinpoint where issues are and, just as importantly, where they aren’t, so we can get to the heart of the problem faster,” said van Luttervelt. Plus, by leveraging the MP’s automatic alerts, which monitor more than 250 scenarios and provide resolution steps, COA’s Nutanix administrator can quickly take the right corrective actions and speed Mean Time to Repair (MTTR).