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Understanding Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack for vROps

 

VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) is a component of VMware's vRealize suite of products. vROps provides an integrated, single-pane-of-glass(SPOG) view into the performance, capacity, and configuration management capabilities of VMware vSphere, physical, and hybrid cloud environments.

vROps management pack is part of a framework developed by VMware that enables vendors, such as Juniper Networks, to develop and integrate their plug-ins with vROps. This facilitates cloud administrators to monitor and manage the devices from the vendor along with VMware devices in a physical and cloud environment using vROps. Cloud administrators need not switch to the vendor's network management system to view device-specific information provided by the vendor.

Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack for vROps is a plug-in that you can install and integrate with vROps. After it is installed, the management pack obtains all the necessary monitoring data from Juniper Networks devices and displays the data in vROps.

Figure 1 is a schematic display of how Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack for vROps interacts with the other components within Network Director to display data center details in vROps.

Figure 1: J Interaction of Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack for vROps with Network Director Components
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Interaction of Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack
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Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack for vROps provides cloud administrators with:

  • A network health dashboard.

  • A correlated view of virtual and physical network components.

Depending of the size of the network and traffic volume, you can choose to install vROps as a standalone node or a multinode cluster. In a standalone node, data and administration are handled by the same node. In a multinode cluster, you have a primary node that exclusively performs the administrative tasks. The additional nodes are configured to store data, collect data, provide load balancing, or provide high availability. In a multinode cluster, the primary node must be online before you can add additional nodes. For instructions on installing vROps as a standalone node or multinode cluster, see the vROps documentation.

Note

Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack for vROps monitors and troubleshoots only those fabric devices that are configured in the Datacenter View in Network Director.

Benefits of Juniper Networks Data Center Switching Management Pack for vROps

  • Provides a holistic view of the data centers (that are managed by Network Director) through a single pane of glass in a vROps dashboard offering visibility into activity across the entire data center infrastructure.

  • Enables administrators to identify the root cause of network fabric issues quickly and then perform deeper troubleshooting by means of a correlated health dashboard and easy navigation to the detailed views of the network provided by Junos Space Network Director.

  • Provides effective and quick fault management by displaying the most volatile network fabrics based on alarms and the busiest network fabrics based on CPU and memory utilization.