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  • July 4, 2018

Enhanced Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switch (Xsigo) monitoring for the Private Cloud Appliance with Enterprise Manager 13.3

Simon Hayler
Senior Technical Product Manager

The Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 release provides enhanced monitoring for the Oracle Fabric Interconnect switches within the Private Cloud Appliance (PCA).

These new monitoring features are:

  • Cumulative fabric performance
  • Managed devices
  • Discovered PCA compute nodes
  • Configured IO templates
  • Network and storage clouds
  • Alarms tracked by the Oracle Fabric Manager (OFM)

To view this enhanced information select the Fabric Interconnect Target from the All Targets Menu or click on the Fabric Interconnects on the PCA target Navigation tree.

The following regions are enhanced:
The summary section of the Fabric Interconnect home page lists the current Oracle Fabric Manager's status and version, and the high availability mode. Oracle Fabric Manager supports high availability mode, in which multiple Fabric Manager servers are associated with each other to provide a system of Fabric Manager servers that operate in active or passive roles.

Cumulative Performance
When vNICs and vHBAs are configured and deployed on the PCA compute nodes it can be seen in the graph of the network and storage total throughput.

Information about the Oracle Fabric Interconnect chassis and the Oracle Software Defined Networking (SDN) that are managed through the Oracle Fabric Manager is displayed in the Fabric Interconnect home page. The Devices table displays the host name of each managed device, the device IP address, the software version currently installed on each managed device, the current state of the managed device and the model of the device.

Oracle Fabric Manager discovers servers that are connected through the devices and have Oracle Virtual Networking Drivers installed. This table lists the host name of each PCA compute node that Oracle Fabric Manager has discovered, the operating system currently in use, the name of the I/O profile and the total number of vNICs and vHBAs that are configured.

I/O Templates
When I/O templates are configured, they are listed in the Fabric Interconnect home page regardless of whether they are deployed to a PCA compute node or not. This table lists the name of each configured I/O template, the total number of vNICs and vHBAs configured in each I/O template, and the description that was applied to the I/O template. For PCA we currently do not use I/O templates, however added for completeness.

Network Clouds
Information about the Private Virtual Interconnect (PVI) clouds is displayed. This table lists the name of each configured cloud, the number of Ethernet ports, and link aggregation groups (LAGs) in the cloud. Currently PCA does not support LAG’s. However added for completeness.

Storage Clouds
Information about the configured storage clouds is displayed. This table lists the name of each configured cloud, and the number of Fibre Channel ports in the storage cloud.

The Oracle Fabric Interconnect target monitors system events and network management alarms tracked by the Oracle Fabric Manager.
The alarms shown in the Fabric Interconnect home page are of one of the following severities:

  • Critical
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Warning

To view critical, major, minor, and warning alarms go to the Oracle Fabric Interconnect's All Metrics page, and select the Alarms metric. Critical alarms are displayed in the Incidents and Problems section of the Fabric Interconnect home page. Major, warning and minor alarms can also appear on the Incidents and Problems section, if the user activates a rule for this purpose.

To enable this enhanced monitoring the following high level steps are required:

  • Upgrade the Oracle Enterprise Manager server (OMS) to version 13.3

  • Via the Enterprise Manager OMS UI enable a blackout state for both Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switches via their home pages (available via the PCA rack home page)

  • On the PCA active management node upgrade the EM agent to EM 13.3

  • Run the pre-requisite steps described in the documentation:

    • Download and add the Oracle Fabric Manager (OFM) plugin

    • Import the OFM certificate into the PCA active management node agent keystore

  • Re-discover the Fabric Interconnect Targets by following the steps in the PCA Rack Discovery documentation. Once the Fabric Interconnect Targets are discovered promote them via the discovery process.

  • Remove the blackout state for the Fabric Interconnect targets

For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 refer here, and for further information on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3 refer here.

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