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2 Mar

Monitoring OpenStack-based Infrastructure

It is no surprise that enterprises are moving toward deploying applications in dynamic, virtualized infrastructures to meet their business agility and scalability needs. This transformation may be necessary and inevitable, but it adds its own pressures: organizations need real-time insight into the operations of both the virtual and physical infrastructure as a single entity.

An OpenStack environment can thrive when a few key needs are met – visibility, and the ability to monitor and report on the entire virtual infrastructure.

We recently hosted a web demo to explain and highlight SevOne’s unique OpenStack monitoring capabilities. View the demo here.

SevOne shows you the live, topological views of your digital infrastructure, just like you’d expect. And it also displays metrics, flows and logs, all on one single pane of glass.

But, what makes SevOne’s integration unique is our xStats technology, which pulls all the metrics you can get from an OpenStack infrastructure and allows you to report and alert on them inside the SevOne platform. Since you’re inside the SevOne environment, you can see OpenStack devices and the devices they are sitting on, and the other devices that are attached.

Topology vs. Status Maps

Status maps work well when you are monitoring lots of locations, and these locations are linked through devices. As an example, perhaps you need to monitor a bandwidth link between your New York and California offices.

Topology is great for monitoring specific devices. If you want to see which devices are connected to each other, focus on topology. If you’re monitoring the main server, you want to know what’s connected and what’s changing at all times.

SevOne provides both of these reporting features, and best results are obtained by using them together to monitor your OpenStack environment The topology feature complements status maps quite well, as new devices are automatically discovered and maintained.

With our latest release, you can utilize topology to view layers 2 and 3 of your infrastructure. Topology shows all the devices that are connected, and there is no limit to how many layers or levels you can view.

In topology, you can mouse over devices to see alert status and how many devices are associated and connected with the device in question. Devices are also color coded, providing a quick view into the severity of triggered alerts. If the device is yellow, you may want to investigate and look for the source. If the device is green, you know your infrastructure is functioning as it should.

If you see that a device is not performing as you expect, you can quickly pivot to the SevOne Performance Log Appliance (PLA) where you may find clues as to the root cause of the issue.

When monitoring your OpenStack environment, it is crucial to know what’s going on in your environment 100 percent of the time. SevOne can monitor OpenStack at a limitless scale. And SevOne’s integration of metric, flow and log data will give you a complete view of your infrastructure.

Watch the demo, “Visualizing Your World with SevOne: OpenStack and Topology” here.

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