NetApp Content Pack for VMware Log Insight

Recently, NetApp announced their new offering for VMware’s answer to log management, formally known as vCenter Log Insight.  Our Product Management team approached me about featuring some content, and I invited them to author a guest post since it was not something I was intimately familiar with.  I’d like to introduce Rajib Ghosh, Senior Product Manager for VMware Solutions at NetApp.  I’ve worked with Rajib for over two years now developing things such as our vCenter Orchestrator plugin, vCloud Director integrations, and provided guidance on many other NetApp + VMware solution designs.  I’m really excited to share this content with you.  I’ve always been a fan of log management in general, and it is usually what gets most people excited about similar offerings, such as Splunk.  It’s nice to see the entire suite of the VMware ecosystem getting a nice facelift, and integrating third-party logs into this is a really big deal for admins.

Without further adieu, I give you Rajib…

At NetApp, I belong to a team that’s responsible for NetApp storage solutions for VMware environments. We work with VMware to create innovative solutions and jointly solve customers’ problems, enabling them to deploy Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds. So, when we learnt that VMware will introduce a new product to automate log analytics and troubleshooting, we immediately jumped on the opportunity. How can we make it even easier for our customers? What if you could use the same tool to view and analyze logs from your entire environment? It could help you troubleshoot your entire environment without having to switch between multiple interfaces and correlate the data yourself.

VMware launched vCenter Log Insight earlier this year. You can read more about it on their website. The NetApp Data ONTAP Content Pack will enable you to improve your operational efficiency in your cloud environments. With the NetApp Content Pack, you can perform root cause analysis and troubleshoot your entire VMware environment on NetApp storage from a single interface. It is absolutely free and can be downloaded from VMware Solution Exchange.

NetApp Content Pack for VMware vCenter Log Insight

If there is an issue with application performance it is important to quickly understand the root cause and the NetApp Data ONTAP Content Pack will enable you to do so. The virtual infrastructure admin and the storage admin can work together to view storage events and how it correlates to events in the rest of the infrastructure. This can quickly show that the issue was not caused by the storage layer, and point the team to a different area.

The NetApp Data ONTAP Content Pack aggregates logs from NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP, the industry’s #1 storage operating system. Clustered Data ONTAP is the underlying platform for NetApp’s innovative storage systems and provides non-disruptive operations, proven efficiency and seamless scalability via its unified architecture.

The NetApp Data ONTAP Content Pack for VMware vCenter Log Insight provides:

• A set of read-only dashboards
• 15 pre-defined fields containing data extracted from the clustered Data ONTAP logs
• Pre-defined queries, and,
• Alerts from Data ONTAP.

It is custom-designed by NetApp to provide information specific to NetApp.

The following is a screenshot of the “Aggregates and Volumes” dashboard. It shows log events related to aggregates and volumes configured on a NetApp storage controller.

NetApp Content Pack for VMware vCenter Log Insight

You can hover over the graph entries to view overlay details and click any entry to view the related log entries. On the “Interactive Analytics” screen, you can search the logs using powerful search queries.

NetApp Content Pack for VMware vCenter Log Insight

The NetApp Content Pack can be extended very easily. The following custom dashboard shows how the NetApp clustered Data ONTAP infrastructure was able to complete a backup every 30 minutes without an impact on performance, while at the same time it was non disruptively moving the data for hundreds of virtual machines from one part of the cluster to another for capacity or performance balancing.

NetApp Content Pack for VMware vCenter Log InsightHere is a YouTube video the team has created on the NetApp Content Pack.

Check it out and let us know what you think! As I said, it’s absolutely free.

In part two of this blog, I will talk about how to configure the NetApp Content Pack. It’s very easy! In the meantime, visit NetApp Communities for more information and support.

Rajib Ghosh
Senior Prod Mgr, VMware Solutions

Acknowledgement: I want to thank Nick Howell for letting me leverage his blog platform.


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