The standard Cisco Fabric Manager software that is included at no charge with the Cisco MDS 9000 Family multilayer switches provides basic switch configuration and troubleshooting capabilities. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Server (FMS) package extends standard Cisco Fabric Manager by providing historical performance monitoring for network traffic hotspot analysis, centralized management services, and advanced application integration. All standard Cisco Fabric Manager features and functions are fully integrated with the Cisco FMS capabilities.
Fiber channel statistics monitoring
Cisco FMS continuously monitors performance statistics for Inter-Switch Links (ISLs), host and storage device connections, and traffic between specific fiber channel sources and destinations (flows).
Up to two different event thresholds can be set for each throughput statistic monitored by Cisco FMS. Threshold values can be set with user-specified levels or with baseline values automatically calculated from performance history.
Reporting and graphing
Historical performance reports and graphs over daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly intervals are available for network hotspot analysis. Top 10 and daily summary reports for all ISLs, hosts, storage connections, and flows provide fabric wide statistics.
Wizards are provided to help administrators quickly select information to monitor, set up flows, and estimate performance-database storage requirements. To further simplify use, statistics are associated with host and storage devices, allowing physical connections to switches to be changed without loss of historical statistics.
The compact, integrated round-robin database (RRD) maintains a constant size by rolling up information to reduce the number of discrete samples for the oldest data points; hence, it requires no manual storage-space maintenance.
A server can be set up to continuously run Cisco Fabric Manager services. Up to 10 Cisco Fabric Manager Servers can be federated together. Up to 16 remote Cisco Fabric Manager user interface clients can access this management server concurrently.
Web-based operation view
Historical performance statistics, SAN inventory, and fabric event information needed for day-to-day operations are accessible remotely through a web browser interface.
Multiple fiber channel fabrics can be monitored by each management server in the federation, facilitating rapid access to configuration parameters and topology maps for multiple fabrics.
Continuous health monitoring
Cisco switch device health is monitored continuously by Cisco FMS using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps and polling, instead of only while the application user interface is open.
With Cisco FMS, fiber channel host bus adapter (HBA), storage device, and fiber channel switch discovery occurs as a background process in a centralized location for fast, efficient initialization of the Cisco Fabric Manager client-user interface.
Roaming user profiles
User preference settings and topology-map layout changes are applied whenever the Cisco Fabric Manager client is opened, maintaining a consistent interface regardless of which computer is used for management.
Cisco FMS proxy services
The Cisco FMS proxy services help isolate a private IP network used for Cisco MDS 9000 Family management from the LAN or WAN used for remote connectivity. These services enhance resiliency by transporting management traffic between the Cisco Fabric Manager client and server over TCP/IP.