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MonitorIT for VMware vSphere
Comprehensive Monitoring of VMware vSphere ESX &
ESXi Environments
MonitorIT for VMware vSphere 2012
Table of Contents
Overview ...............................................................................................................................3
Monitoring VMware vSphere ESX & ESXi Virtual Environment ................................................4
Monitoring using Hypervisor Integration .........................................................................................5
Monitoring using an Agent on the Virtual Machines........................................................................... 5
Integration with VMware vCenter ..........................................................................................6
Tab Plug-in ............................................................................................................................................... 6
Monitoring Physical Environment………………………..…………………………………………………………… ............... ..7
Dynamic Trend Dashboards..................................................................................................................... 6
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Overview
Comprehensive Virtual Monitoring: There is no hypervisor limitation. MonitorIT, from Goliath
Technologies, ships today with complete support for monitoring the entire VMware vSphere ESX & ESXi
virtual environment, including metrics from the hypervisor, directly from the virtual machines via an agent,
and the associated physical infrastructure. This is distinctly different from other monitoring solutions as
they are likely to be limited to only those metrics provided by the hypervisor which don’t include granular
data about the virtual machines and their applications or the physical environment. MonitorIT provides
“Comprehensive monitoring of the virtual infrastructure” (see Figure 1).
VMware vCenter Integration: In addition, the MonitorIT UI integrates with VMware vCenter via a Tab plugin so that the vCenter console can be leveraged for a seamless operation. Note that this gives an
administrator the ability to manage not just the ESX/ESXi hosts and their virtual machines, but also the
physical infrastructure including networks, physical servers, applications, desktops and storage all from the
vCenter console. (See Figure 2)
Not Just Virtual Servers: The virtual infrastructure is not a silo in and of itself; total availability and
performance can be severely impacted by the supporting architecture which often include physical servers,
network devices, and storage. As a complete and comprehensive monitoring solution MonitorIT has the
ability to monitor all of the components in a modern IT infrastructure from a single console. MonitorIT has
support for monitoring all Windows Operating Systems, and deep monitoring of associated Windows
applications, including Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, IIS, and third-party applications such as Citrix
XenApp and XenDesktop. MonitorIT also has support for monitoring all Linux/Unix variations, from RedHat
to Solaris, including HP-UX and IBM AIX. Finally, MonitorIT monitors the underlying network and storage
infrastructure.
Intelligent Agent and Agentless Capability: Providing the IT user with ultimate flexibility, visibility, and
control, MonitorIT is both agent based for monitoring Windows, Linux & Unix, and agentless when collecting
data via SNMP Traps, Syslog messages, and from the virtual hypervisors. It also provides a comprehensive UI
console with dynamic dashboards for monitoring, alerting status, and graph based metrics with historical
trending and reports that are easy to customize. MonitorIT also integrates basic network device monitoring
via SNMP Traps and Queries, SYSLOG messages, and basic proactive PING, HTTP, and other IP service checks.
Intelligent Agent: The “intelligent agent” has several unique features that make it worthy of being
considered intelligent. First, it is very easy to deploy and configure relative to most agents. Next, it is able to
capture deep diagnostic metrics with little resource utilization, typically less than 0.1% of CPU & Memory
utilization, and a 1.2 MB footprint. Finally, any agent can be designated a “master agent” and then be tasked
with capturing SNMP Traps and SYSLOG messages from any such enabled device in your environment. If an
SNMP Trap or SYSLOG alerting condition is triggered, the “master agent” will then send alerts to the
MonitorIT server. This is incredibly helpful as it provides a facility for deployed agents, at a remote site,
behind a firewall to monitor network devices, while negating the requirement to deploy an additional
monitoring server to each location.
Refer to the separate MonitorIT White Paper document, available on the Goliath Technologies
(www.goliathtechnologies.com) website, for additional details of MonitorIT’s monitoring features and
capabilities.
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Monitoring vSphere ESX & ESXi Virtual Environment
MonitorIT monitors the ESX/ESXi host and the associated virtual machines, guest operating systems, and
associated applications. Other monitoring solutions are likely to be limited to hypervisor based metrics only.
(See below - Figure 1)
Figure 1
What MonitorIT Monitors Today - Not Limited to Hypervisor Metrics
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Monitoring via the Hypervisor Integration
By directly interfacing with the VMware APIs, MonitorIT provides the administrators with actionable
information about the entire virtual inventory including all hosts, virtual machines and connected
datastores. MonitorIT provides a centralized console to quickly determine CPU, memory, storage, and
network performance for your virtual infrastructure. (See Figure 2)
Figure 2 - Monitoring VMware vSphere Virtual Environment
Monitoring using Agents on the Virtual Machines
Most virtual monitoring solutions are limited only to those metrics which can be obtained from the
hypervisor. Legacy solutions offer agents but often the technology is so resource intensive or difficult to
deploy, that the agents are simply not a viable option. The limitation to hypervisor-only monitoring means
you may not have enough detailed information about the virtual machines or the applications that they
host. The Monitor IT Intelligent Agent offers visibility, flexibility and control that other solutions can’t
provide.
MonitorIT captures metrics for virtual machines with a combination of Agent and Agentless monitoring
depending on the level of detail and visibility desired. This allows for complete flexibility when implementing
the Monitor IT solution.
Intelligent Agent
The Intelligent Agent is not like typical agents one would find in a legacy solution. MIT Intelligent
agents are easy to deploy, use less than .1% of the CPU and memory, and capture contextual
diagnostic data from the virtual machines and the applications they host.
MonitorIT installs a lightweight Windows or Linux/Unix Agent on each VM depending on the guest
OS. All of the MonitorIT monitoring features and Watch types are available for monitoring the
system and the applications including CPU, Disk, Memory, Network, Processes, Files/Folders,
EventLogs, Services, Performance Counters, and Availability. MonitorIT ships with a variety of
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Monitoring Watch Packs (MIT PAKs) to simplify the configuration and use of the various monitoring
features.
Agentless
For those virtual machines, systems and applications running in the virtual machines that use SNMP
Traps and Syslog messages for signaling important conditions, information, or alerts, the MonitorIT
Server, or a local Windows Agent, can act as the SNMP Trap and Syslog message collector. If a
Windows Agent is the collector, it forwards the SNMP Traps and Syslog messages to the central
MonitorIT Server over a secure, encrypted TCP connection.
Integration with VMware vCenter
MonitorIT can optionally integrate with VMware vCenter using a Tab for seamless operation via vCenter.
(See Figure 3) Administrators who frequently use the vSphere Client will have easy access to Monitor IT.
Tab Plug-in
MonitorIT integrates with VMware vCenter console using a vCenter plug-in to create a Tab for the MonitorIT
UI. The MonitorIT UI provides complete access to all the MonitorIT dynamic dashboard displays, alert
management displays, configuration screens, and report facilities.
There is also an option for configuring the Tab plug-in for specific, key dashboards such as the Dashboard
Display instead of, or in addition to, the whole MonitorIT UI. All MonitorIT’s security and multi-tenancy
features are supported with both options.
Figure 3 Integration with VMware vCenter
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Monitoring the Entire Physical Environment
Goliath Technologies’ MonitorIT supports all Windows, UNIX & Linux systems, with out of the box
monitoring of Windows applications including Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, Microsoft Exchange, and
Microsoft SQL Server. MonitorIT also monitors the underlying network and storage infrastructure.
Figure 4 What we Monitor
Dynamic Trend Dashboards
MonitorIT provides a variety of dynamic, trend dashboards via the MonitorIT UI in vCenter. (See Figure 5)
Figure 5 Resource Performance and Trends
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About Goliath Technologies
Goliath Technologies is focused on systems management software for IT organizations that address the evolving challenges of
managing physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. These hybrid environments require solutions that are scalable, cost effective and
easy to use. Many legacy technologies are difficult to deploy and expensive to maintain and, as a result, are not well suited for this
new paradigm. Inexpensive or free technologies, though easy to deploy and use, lack enterprise functionality and scalability. Both are
slow to add features that are required to support physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. At Goliath, we provide products that fill
this gap with the right combination of scalability and functionality at a reasonable cost that embrace the complexities of
virtualization and cloud computing. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, our software is used by customers worldwide including ADP,
ING Direct, Mindshift, Thompson Reuters and Shell. Global customers join our online user community to share information, solve
technical challenges and contribute to our ongoing product development initiatives. Learn more today at
www.goliathtechnolgies.com
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