MissionControl NPM provides deep visibility into virtualization environments to monitor virtual machine availability and performance. With NPM, you can monitor VMware ESX/ESXi Servers, as well as guest virtual machine instances.
VMware Virtualization Monitoring
NPM communicates directly with VMware ESX Servers to determine how the host ESX/ESXi Server is performing and to gauge the health of individual virtual machines. NPM reads host MIB information from each VMware ESX/ESXi Server and its corresponding virtual machines, detailing statistics such as CPU and memory utilization, disk usage, guest OS, network usage and much more.
By monitoring specific virtual resources, NPM can alert you to a virtual machine that is using excessive CPU resources or is approaching its allocated memory limit. This enables you to ensure that applications are performing well and that the virtual and physical resources on the server are optimized.
VMware vCenter™ Server Monitoring
In addition to monitoring VMware ESX/ESXi Servers and the associated virtual machines, NPM also monitors key performance statistics on the VMware vCenter Server. Gaining insight into the performance and availability of vCenter is a critical component to ensuring that your virtualization environment is running smoothly.
Virtualization Monitoring Using Application Performance Monitor (APM)
NPM leverages the optional Application Performance Monitor (APM) to monitor application and server information running on virtual machines. APM monitors end-user experiences against Web applications to check and verify the response time of HTML pages and monitors any port on the network.
Many network engineers use end-user experience response time monitoring to ensure that end users are not impacted when applications move from physical servers to virtual ones.
APM recognizes virtual machines seamlessly, delivering application performance monitoring for business-critical services, including Microsoft® Exchange, Lotus® Notes, SAP®, Apache®, Active Directory®, Microsoft IIS, SQL Server and much more.
ESX/ESXi Virtual Machine Auto-Summary
NPM automatically discovers new virtual machines added to any VMware ESX/ESXi host server. When virtual resources are constantly moving, it is critical to have near real-time information about how resources are allocated to determine the best possible configuration.
Alerting and Reporting with Virtualization
NPM’s native alerting and reporting capabilities seamlessly extend to virtual machines. With just a few clicks, alert thresholds can be set up for virtual machines, such as notification when memory usage approaches its maximum allocation. Custom reports can easily be created to detail virtual machine activity over any period of time. These reports serve as valuable resources for capacity planning, future infrastructure changes or measuring virtualization efficiency.
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