Our next big release of up.time will be “up.time 7 (coming soon),” and I wanted to give you a sneak peek into some of the powerful new Network Performance Management capabilities, including deep performance analysis for network devices. Out of the box, up.time 7 will collect an array of deep performance metrics from your network devices. All you will need is SNMP credentials and the rest of the work will be done for you by up.time. No manual setup needed for best practice performance metrics.
The new “Network Quick Snapshot” dashboard for network devices (shown below) is designed to give you an instant summary of device performance and visibility into key bottlenecks that could be impacting service levels. In this case, we’re looking at a Cisco Catalyst switch sitting in front of a Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN device, hosting dozens of VMware datastores. The VMs using this SAN depend on the Cisco switch being up and running with enough capacity to meet any workload demand that is thrown at it. Key metrics including latency, packet loss, in/out bandwidth, errors and discards are available instantly for your review.
In addition, potential network hot spots and problem areas are highlighted to save you time. From here, you can drill down into specific metrics for deep root-cause analysis of performance problems or compare current performance to longer term trends in capacity, for example. This ensures you stay one step ahead of any potential network capacity problems, and helps you move from a reactive IT mode to a proactive IT mode.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to watch the dashboard all day long to stay on top of your network! As usual, up.time will keep an eye on all the performance, availability and capacity metrics and alert you (email, sms, etc) if there are any problems or potential threats that need your attention.