Hu Yoshida

The Role of “Software Defined” in the Management of Virtual Infrastructures

Blog Post created by Hu Yoshida Employee on Jan 12, 2015

Analysts predict that by 2016, 85% of workloads will be virtualized. Although virtualization results in tremendous enhancements in resource utilization and agility, challenges remain in the management of virtual infrastructures. This is where “Software Defined” can help.


In my trends blog for 2015, I identified “Software Defined” as a key step toward simplifying and automating the IT infrastructure through communication between the software and infrastructure via APIs or client/providers. The key to management is communications.


The tool from VMware, vCenter Operations Manager – vCOps (Now vRealize Operations Manager) is one of the most widely used management tools for monitoring, managing, and reporting of virtual infrastructures. vCOps helps you proactively anticipate the issue and take measures to avoid the occurrence. In addition to providing root-cause analysis for issues detected, it abstracts system data to indicate health, risk and efficiency of infrastructure at different levels such as VMs, hosts, clusters etc.


HDS has significantly augmented the capabilities of vCOps by launching a storage adapter, or provider, for a unified comprehensive view of the compute and storage stack to operate VMware’s virtual infrastructure in an agile and efficient manner. The Hitachi Storage Adapter is free of charge and can be downloaded from VMware Solution Exchange.


Hitachi’s adapter provides performance matrix, end-to-end resource mapping and resource utilization of Hitachi storage components. Detailed resource mapping allows faster issue resolution, proactive monitoring and root-cause analysis enabling IT to respond to business needs.


This adapter provides intuitively consumable dashboards on performance, capacity and top consumers for Hitachi Storage arrays. These dashboards enable VI administrators to gain deep visibility into the state of Hitachi storage components, including performance metrics, end-to-end resource mapping, and resource utilization.


Hitachi VM Performance

Hitachi Storage Adapter along with VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite integrates the management of physical and virtual layers to significantly reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) and operational costs. Hitachi storage adapter provides better visibility to performance of your end-to-end physical and virtual infrastructure environment.


The VM performance dashboard in the Hitachi adapter provides a latency and IOPs heat map views. The views are grouped by vSphere cluster and vSphere resource group.


By clicking on an object on a left pane, your administrator can see all the resources associated with a specific VM all the way down to the cache level, where you can see the detailed cache usage.


With this information you will be able to quickly identify storage bottlenecks and eliminate storage as the source of virtual machine performance issues.



Hitachi VM Capacity

The VM capacity dashboard has a heat map of your Dynamic Provisioning Volume capacity. The size represents the capacity, while the color shows the usage percentage of the DP Vol.


By clicking on a DP Vol on a left pane your administrator can see all the resources associated with a specific DP Vol down to the level of dynamic provisioning pool where you can see the detailed capacity usage.


Top “N” Consumers

Top “N” consumers dashboard displays the top consumers for individual storage components on a specific storage system.


You can now view the metrics and easily identify the top consumers of your storage resources.



Hitachi Storage adapter helps you realize the vision of software-defined data center by enabling a simple, agile and efficient solution to your virtual infrastructure needs. Watch demo.


Watch this space for more exciting “Software Defined” announcements from HDS for vSphere environments.