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App Visibility for Enterprise Clouds

February 17, 2021

An out-of-the-box solution for monitoring the health and performance of hyperconverged infrastructure with application awareness

Nutanix makes IT infrastructure invisible with an Enterprise Cloud platform that delivers the agility and economics of the public cloud, without sacrificing the security and control of on-premises infrastructure. This innovative approach simplifies complex infrastructure management, allowing businesses to focus on their core operations rather than IT maintenance.

HYCU’s Systems Center Operations Manager Management Pack for Nutanix provides comprehensive insights into the health and performance of Nutanix and business-critical applications through standard IT tools and processes. The Application Awareness feature offers IT professionals a complete view from the applications down through the supporting infrastructure layers. This ensures highly available, uninterrupted service running at optimal performance levels, which is crucial for maintaining business continuity and meeting service level agreements (SLAs).

Monitoring the hyperconverged infrastructure with SCOM

HYCU natively integrates with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to monitor Nutanix enterprise clouds, including hosts, systems, storage, virtual machines (VMs), data protection, and replication. This integration enables a unified monitoring experience, where IT administrators can see the full picture of their infrastructure’s health and performance.

The Application Awareness feature is particularly valuable as it discovers and monitors business-critical applications such as Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Microsoft SQL, and Microsoft Exchange hosted on Nutanix Enterprise Clouds. Since the performance of these applications is tightly linked to the performance of the VMs hosting them, having a holistic view from the applications to the underlying hardware is essential. This allows IT to monitor and understand how applications are utilizing compute, storage, and virtualization resources, and to make informed decisions to optimize performance.

SCOM-1 graph showing flow of data from Nunanix Cloud to the DB

Key benefits of the HYCU SCOM MP for Nutanix

  • Single view over application and infrastructure monitoring layer by using the Application Awareness dashboard, which links application and infrastructure layers together
  • Quick summarized overview of Nutanix health state through System Center Operations Manager and Overview dashboards for for detailed consolidated view over Nutanix areas like clusters, hardware, storage, VMs and data protection
  • Diagram views visualize correlations between Nutanix components in hardware, storage, and data protection areas, helping to understand interdependencies and potential points of failure
  • Advanced alerting with more than 250 monitors and VM resource utilization alerts, IT can receive timely notifications about performance issues. Alerts include a list of top processes on VMs by resource consumption and information about potential business-critical applications running on those VMs.
  • Nutanix-Citrix SuperPack provides a set of dashboards correlating Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop and Nutanix infrastructure information to enable pinpointing of potential bottlenecks in Citrix delivery stack
  • A set of reports provides detailed Nutanix infrastructure information, VM right-sizing guidelines, and capacity planning prognostics. These reports help in optimizing resource utilization and planning for future growth.

Integration with Other Management Packs

Additionally, since SCOM has management packs for a variety of applications (e.g., Citrix, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and more), it serves as a single tool for monitoring Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platforms and associated applications. This reduces the complexity of using multiple monitoring tools and streamlines IT operations, making it easier to maintain a healthy and performant IT environment.

By leveraging the HYCU SCOM Management Pack for Nutanix, IT departments can achieve greater visibility, control, and optimization of their hyperconverged infrastructure and business-critical applications, ensuring robust and reliable service delivery.

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SVP of Product

Subbiah Sundaram is the SVP, Product at HYCU. Subbiah spearheads product management, product marketing, alliances, sales engineering, and customer success with more than 20 years' experience delivering best-in-class multi-cloud data protection and on-premises solutions. A Kellogg Management School MBA graduate, Subbiah has worked with leading companies such as EMC, NetApp, Veritas, BMC, CA, and DataGravity.

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