You probably don't need anyone to tell you that virtualization has added a whole new set of storage performance and capacity management challenges to what was already a tough job! But, this storage management software can make your job a lot easier - and at a very affordable price point that won't attract unwanted attention from your CFO. SolarWinds Storage Manager helps you keep a sharp eye on the performance and capacity of your physical and virtual storage infrastructure - end to end, from VM to spindle! With Storage Manager at your side, you can quickly and easily monitor storage performance, isolate hotspots, automate storage capacity planning, map VMs to physical storage, analyze storage usage to reclaim storage space, manage fiber channel switches, gain visibility into your multi-vendor SAN fabric and more - all through a single pane of glass!
Storage I/O hotspot detection
Storage Manager looks across your multi-vendor SAN, identifies potential issues, and enables you to quickly drill down to detailed information about the physical or virtual resource causing the problem. By mapping your virtual and physical infrastructure to physical storage, Storage Manager makes it easy to isolate storage I/O hotspots before they impact performance. Even better, Storage Manager shows you how a potential bottleneck can impact the physical and virtualized elements in your infrastructure and identifies available capacity you can leverage for a quick fix.
VM to physical storage mapping
The VM to physical storage mapping feature in SolarWinds Storage Manager automatically maps VMs and logical connections to the physical storage environment in order to provide you with a complete view across all resources in your virtualized infrastructure. Storage Manager is the only intuitive, web-based storage management solution that combines VM to physical storage mapping with storage monitoring, reporting, alerting and forecasting across the entire multi-vendor storage stack for DAS, NAS and SAN systems.
Automated storage capacity planning
Storage Manager collects storage forecasting data and tracks performance over time to identify hot spots, peak hours and potential outages. By automating the collection of forecasting data, Storage Manager makes it easy to view growth rates, project when capacity will be reached, and forecast costs and budgetary requirements. In addition, this same data provides the information you need to avoid outages due to full disk errors. Storage Manager even supports your tiered storage strategy by classifying data according to frequency of access, making it easy to determine which data should be stored on a top-tier storage device and which data can be moved to tape.
Managing virtualized storage
Storage Manager allows you to more effectively manage VMware Thin Provisioning. Thin provisioning enables administrators to allocate storage to multiple VMs very easily on a just-enough and just-in-time basis and relies on efficient use of over-provisioning. Storage Manager helps you view, analyze and plan thin provisioning deployments by collecting and reporting on detailed information on virtual disks for managing the level of over-commitment on your datastores.
Automated storage discovery
Using SMI-S Provider information and APIs, Storage Manager's discovery engine will quickly scan for EMC, LSI, NetApp filers, VMware vCenter and standalone ESX arrays. When new arrays or hosts are discovered, Storage Manager displays the hostnames and IP addresses, so you can easily assign them to the management server to be configured. The storage discovery feature saves you valuable time and makes deploying Storage Manager faster and easier than ever before.
Cross-Vendor storage reporting
Storage Manager's reporting console houses hundreds of pre-defined and fully-customizable reports that provide in-depth information on every aspect of your multi-vendor storage environment, including domains, servers, volumes, files and owners. A custom grouping feature even allows you to group storage, servers and file systems into unique business-related entities for charge back, division reporting or geographic analysis. All reports can be automated, emailed and published on a schedule and exported as HTML or CSV files for further customization.
Storage data classification
Enjoy complete file and data classification (with drill-down capability), including automated usage trend reporting, storage capacity planning and realtime storage monitoring. These data classification capabilities can help you understand what kinds of files are being stored, their age and access history, so you can reclaim wasted space and stay compliant. Storage Manager makes it easy to build rules to identify specific files across the enterprise, obtain detailed information (host, path, owner, size, age), and take further action by sending this information to other applications via Storage Manager's self-contained reporting engine.
Multi-Vendor SAN & fiber channel switch management
SolarWinds Storage Manager provides comprehensive storage monitoring, reporting and alerting to ensure that your SAN, NAS and DAS systems are always running at peak performance with support across EMC, NetApp, Dell, HP, IBM, Hitachi, 3Par and more. Storage Manager also supports a broad range of Fiber Channel Switches including Brocade, Cisco MDS, McData and Qlogic.