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SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor is a data center performance monitoring solution from Austin-based company SolarWinds. It features a unified data storage management system with end-to-end monitoring and automatic capacity forecasting.When it isn't the network (but it's always the network, isn't it!?) then it's the storage -- but can you prove it??SolarWinds Storage Resource Manager was part of our strategy to answer the question "But isn't our storage fast enough?" or "If our storage frame were to fail, what would the impact be?" SRM, though primarily used by our Storage team, was instrumental in giving our DR team and our CMDB team the insights they needed to handle performance planning, DR planning, and what we called Infrastructure Lineage.,Unmasks storage performance metrics and gives a common dashboard for monitoring. A simple, intuitive interface for adding supported storage frames. Lineage -- "The guest OS is connected to the virtual host and the virtual host is connected to the ... wait, what LUN is that?!?" #SOLVED.,No ability to add your own storage frames -- if it isn't supported, you aren't monitoring it. Troubleshooting connectivity failures lack full transparency. It isn't needed often, but could be more verbose. It's expensive relative to the other tools from SolarWinds -- but, then again, so was your shared storage!,8,Building an infrastructure lineage, the same lineage shown in AppStack (available in the Orion platform) was awesome. We struggled to make the ROI work, especially with vendor-specific tools often included with storage purchases. Price has scared more than one manager and, in my freelancing work, more than one customer away from a purchase.,,Splunk Enterprise, New Relic, Google Cloud StorageSolarwinds SRM - The Ultimate Storage Monitoring Tool.We have a wide variety of Dell SANS across our estate, ranging from Dell EqualLogics, Compellents and MD (FC and iSCSI) shelves. We recently purchased the SRM module for Orion to integrate with Solarwinds DPA and NPM. Its made a huge difference in terms of visibility and linking up with performance issues from storage.,Granular visibility of IOPS and IO. Capacity Planning. The ability to link storage to databases through Orion DPA. Alerting and Reporting.,Issues getting SMI working correctly to monitor Compellents through SRM. The ability to break down alerts to a more granular level.,9,Before we purchased SRM, we have very little visibility of the performance of our disks, which would lead to issues Single pane of glass dashboards allow us to spot issues quickly Capacity forecasts allow us to also tackle storage issues before we hit a point of no return,Nagios, PRTG Network Monitor and ManageEngine OpManager,VMware ESXi, VMware Horizon (formerly VMware View), VMware vCenter ServerStorage Resource Monitor Easy to set up, manage and monitor storage.This is only being used by our IT Department. We use it to monitor our storage for performance issues as well as plan ahead for expansion. It helps us find out if certain systems need to be moved to faster storage arrays.,Easy to use interface. Easy to set up. Integrates with our other Solarwinds products. Works with a lot of different storage arrays.,I have not found any cons of this product,8,We are able to plan ahead for storage expansion. This allows us to decide what we need and hold out for special discounts instead of needing to purchase right away. We are able to move our systems to faster storage if they need it. This keeps systems the most productive,,Windows Server, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Microsoft Office 2016,3,1,Monitor Storage for issues Plan for expansion Move systems to faster storage if needed,Set up alerts to send us notifications when there are storage issues,Stay ahead of needed storage expansion,8,No,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Prior Experience with the Product Vendor Reputation Existing Relationship with the Vendor,I would not do anything different.,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,There were no issues during setup,8,No,8,No,Install was easy Set up to monitor storage was easy,There is nothing that i can think of that is difficult in this product,No,9Storage Resource Monitor - with easeSolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor allows us to see at a glance all of the metrics that are available on our storage devices. Without this tool we would either have to connect to the CLI and look for specific things or build scripts and custom dashboards on our own. This makes monitoring and reviewing much easier.,Asset inventory for storage Predicting the future usage Performance metrics Revealing the internal statistics such as temperatures and hardware condition,The list of devices covers the most popular, but adding more types of devices is always helpful Device types make it difficult to connect some times (on the vendor side) but the product does a good job, configuration could be easier for setting up devices.,9,With SRM we have proactively monitored devices to stay ahead of data growth SRM makes monitoring of internal asset condition much easier SRM make monitoring of live statistics much easier.,,Wireshark, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, LansweeperSolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor ReviewWe use the SolarWinds virtualization suite and storage resource manager for monitoring our environment. It is currently used by our managed services to monitor, create, troubleshoot, and assign tickets. It is also used by our network team to monitor endpoints. It is a great monitoring tool and statistical basis for our troubleshooting and engineering teams to get involved with problems as seen across the environment.,The SolarwWinds Storage Resource Monitor does good reporting and alerting to an issue. Our service center which has live monitoring uses the tool for real-time monitoring of events. It then creates tickets to action various alarms. Real-time size monitoring of especially thin storage is always necessary to any thin VMware environment. Great historical graph representations of storage related events. Ability to create performance graphs and monitor changes.,Currently there is no support for XtremIO storage. So we have to monitor that separately. It could provide proactive measures to fix any Storage or SIOC related bottlenecks in the environment.,5,Real-time monitoring and alerting to surpass those of native vSphere and in some occasions, better than manufacturer written software. Historical monitoring of environment with charts and graphs to assist with ever changing environment loads.,Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo),Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo)
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SolarWinds Storage Resource Manager was part of our strategy to answer the question "But isn't our storage fast enough?" or "If our storage frame were to fail, what would the impact be?" SRM, though primarily used by our Storage team, was instrumental in giving our DR team and our CMDB team the insights they needed to handle performance planning, DR planning, and what we called Infrastructure Lineage.
  • Unmasks storage performance metrics and gives a common dashboard for monitoring.
  • A simple, intuitive interface for adding supported storage frames.
  • Lineage -- "The guest OS is connected to the virtual host and the virtual host is connected to the ... wait, what LUN is that?!?" #SOLVED.
  • No ability to add your own storage frames -- if it isn't supported, you aren't monitoring it.
  • Troubleshooting connectivity failures lack full transparency. It isn't needed often, but could be more verbose.
  • It's expensive relative to the other tools from SolarWinds -- but, then again, so was your shared storage!
Are you in the Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, other) -- you won't be able to use SRM. This does not give visibility into block and/or object storage.
Do you have high-performance, multi-tiered storage solutions from vendors like HP, Dell, IBM, or others? Do you have a VMware environment hosted by your shared storage solution? Then this is the tool to link everything together for you.
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We have a wide variety of Dell SANS across our estate, ranging from Dell EqualLogics, Compellents and MD (FC and iSCSI) shelves. We recently purchased the SRM module for Orion to integrate with Solarwinds DPA and NPM. Its made a huge difference in terms of visibility and linking up with performance issues from storage.
  • Granular visibility of IOPS and IO.
  • Capacity Planning.
  • The ability to link storage to databases through Orion DPA.
  • Alerting and Reporting.
  • Issues getting SMI working correctly to monitor Compellents through SRM.
  • The ability to break down alerts to a more granular level.
SRM is another great Solarwinds product that should definitely be added to any core Orion deployment. The ability to link your datastores to any database instances which are being monitored in the database performance analyzer is fantastic and you can then create dashboards with a single pane of glass view of database and storage. Issues are easy to spot and can be tackled before users report issues.
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Score 8 out of 10
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This is only being used by our IT Department. We use it to monitor our storage for performance issues as well as plan ahead for expansion. It helps us find out if certain systems need to be moved to faster storage arrays.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Integrates with our other Solarwinds products.
  • Works with a lot of different storage arrays.
  • I have not found any cons of this product
It is well suited for our medium-sized environment where we have different storage arrays some have better performance than others. I can't imagine that it would be needed with a small environment where you only have 1 storage array or are not monitoring performance of the servers on different arrays.
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Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor allows us to see at a glance all of the metrics that are available on our storage devices. Without this tool we would either have to connect to the CLI and look for specific things or build scripts and custom dashboards on our own. This makes monitoring and reviewing much easier.
  • Asset inventory for storage
  • Predicting the future usage
  • Performance metrics
  • Revealing the internal statistics such as temperatures and hardware condition
  • The list of devices covers the most popular, but adding more types of devices is always helpful
  • Device types make it difficult to connect some times (on the vendor side) but the product does a good job, configuration could be easier for setting up devices.
If you have rare, very old or very uncommon devices you may need to look elsewhere, but if you are using current tech then this product probably supports your devices.
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Score 5 out of 10
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We use the SolarWinds virtualization suite and storage resource manager for monitoring our environment. It is currently used by our managed services to monitor, create, troubleshoot, and assign tickets. It is also used by our network team to monitor endpoints. It is a great monitoring tool and statistical basis for our troubleshooting and engineering teams to get involved with problems as seen across the environment.
  • The SolarwWinds Storage Resource Monitor does good reporting and alerting to an issue. Our service center which has live monitoring uses the tool for real-time monitoring of events. It then creates tickets to action various alarms.
  • Real-time size monitoring of especially thin storage is always necessary to any thin VMware environment.
  • Great historical graph representations of storage related events. Ability to create performance graphs and monitor changes.
  • Currently there is no support for XtremIO storage. So we have to monitor that separately.
  • It could provide proactive measures to fix any Storage or SIOC related bottlenecks in the environment.
The software is great for historical trending data and realtime alerting. It lacks proactive recommendations to make corrective actions in the environments that it monitors.
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7.7

About Solarwinds Storage Resource Monitor

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor is a data center performance monitoring solution from Austin-based company SolarWinds. It features a unified data storage management system with end-to-end monitoring and automatic capacity forecasting. Pricing starts at $2,995 and is dependent upon the number of disks organizations will need to manage. Storage Resource Monitor supports up to 5000 disks.

Additional Features

  • Monitoring for multi-vendor storage arrays from EMC, NetApp, Dell, and others
  • Real-time NAS and SAN performance monitoring capacity planning

  • Alert and notification feature for issues or performance problems with your devices, LUNs, storage pools/RAID groups, CIFS shares, and more Instant visibility of all storage layers, extending to virtualization and applications.
  • The PerfStack™ feature within the SRM storage monitoring solution allows users to drag, drop, and overlay performance metrics from their systems data and multiple sources (network, virtualization, storage, or database) and view data types on a single chart
  • Predefined and custom storage performance and capacity trend reports
  • Reporting on the overall health of storage arrays with help from SRM storage monitoring software without the use of spreadsheets
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