Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Analytics for vRealize Operations (ESA) delivers a single, end-to-end view of virtualized infrastructures (servers to storage) powered by the VMware vRealize Operations Management Suite analytics engine. Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Analytics for vRealize Operations (ESA) delivers actionable performance analysis and proactively facilitates increased insight into storage resource pools to help detect capacity and performance issues so they can be corrected before they cause a major impact. ESA provides increased visibility, metrics and a rich collection of storage analytics for Dell EMC Storage systems in VMware virtual environments.

ESA features includes:

  • Comprehensive visibility and customizable dashboards for storage administrators, showing health, performance and capacity metrics
  • Simplify troubleshooting and reduce IT infrastructure management complexity
  • Problem detection (performance and capacity anomalies), isolation and remediation assistance to ensure service levels
  • Supported on Dell EMC PowerStore, Unity, Avamar, VNX, VNXe3200, VMAX3, VMAX All Flash, PowerMax, Isilon, RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, ScaleIO, VPLEX, and XtremIO systems.

The adapter allows VMware vRealize Operations customers to monitor their Dell EMC storage within a single tool (vROps); reducing time to resolution and handling problems before they happen.

Using ESA, users can:

  • Monitor view relationships/topologies from VMs to the underlying storage
  • View alerts and anomalies
  • Storage capacity including capacity planning
  • Use out-of-the-box Reports, Dashboards, Alerts or customize your own
  • View performance, performance trends, analysis, etc.

    EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) 6.2 Simple Support Matrix can be found here

    Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Analytics further extends the integration capabilities across Dell EMC and VMware solutions to provide out-of-the-box analytics and visualization across your physical and virtual infrastructure. Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Analytics provides preconfigured, customizable dashboards so users can optimally manage their storage environment:

    1. Topology—provides greater visibility across the VMware and storage domains in terms of an end-to-end mapping. Mappings include storage system components; and storage system objects and vCenter objects. Topology mapping enables health scores and alerts from storage system components, such as storage processors and disks, to appear on affected vCenter objects, such as LUNs, datastores, and VMs.


    2. Metrics—provides metrics based on “normal” behavior of that application workload (which it learns over a period of time), after which it can analyze and make sense of all the data that has been collected and appropriately point out anomalies in behavior. This dashboard displays resource and metrics for storage systems and graphs of resource metrics.


    3. Overview—populates heat maps that show administrators the health of their system and reflects which workloads are stressed.


    4. Performance – displays two types of heat maps and line charts: Metrics with definitive measurements such as CPU Utilization (0-100 %), FC Port latency (0-15 ms), or Ethernet Port. packet errors (0-5) are assigned color ranges from lowest (green) to highest (red).


    5. Create-Your-Own-Dashboard—chose from a list of several templates and customize the look of your dashboard based on your environment.

    Here you can see a demo of ESA 6.2 installation and configuration with PowerStore 2.0.

    In conclusion, ESA lets you extend VMware vRealize Operations analytics to supported Dell EMC storage platforms. It provides dashboards, heat maps, and other visual tools provide deep visibility into your Dell EMC infrastructure. Actionable capacity and performance analysis help you troubleshoot, identify, and act on issues fast. Whether you are a storage administrator or a VMware administrator, you can get the view you need.

    You can download the plugin from the below url:

    Or from the VMware Marketplace VMware Marketplace

    A guest post by Tomer Nahumi

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