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Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for SAN simplifies management of the virtual infrastructure by enabling management of the entire path through the physical to the virtual network across the whole data center environment. The VMpath views increase service availability by identifying bottlenecks in virtual machine and VMware ESX performance and extending visibility to the physical fabric. The virtual machine-aware (VM-aware) topology view shows all the dependencies from the virtual machine out to the physical host, through the fabric, and to the storage array with easy access to a detailed view of the path attributes. The VM-aware dashboard displays all the information needed to manage the virtual environment including performance charts, inventory information, events, and virtual machine and VMware ESX utilization information. Cisco DCNM for SAN maps paths all the way from the server to storage, enabling tracking of mission-critical workloads across the entire network.
Cisco DCNM for SAN helps IT ensure the resiliency of the Cisco SAN infrastructure by monitoring and providing alerts for fabric availability and performance. It provides near-real-time monitoring of fabrics with visibility into traffic spikes and establishes baseline traffic patterns. When predefined thresholds are breached, appropriate alerts are generated and can be forwarded to operations staff and enterprise operations consoles for incident management.