Splunk ONTAP – Not Just a Tongue Twister

The Splunk App for NetApp Data ONTAP isn’t just a great way to integrate NetApp systems into your enterprise monitoring and logging solutions; it’s also a great tongue twister. Go ahead, try: “Splunk App for NetApp Data ONTAP”.  The Splunk App brings in data from all the NetApp FAS systems to give insights into what is happening in the enterprise, in a real-time capacity. It’s a great tool to watch NetApps and proactively identify problems.

Doesn’t NetApp already have a tool like this? Of course! NetApp makes great software. Yet, the big advantage of using the Splunk App is the ability to reach into other tiers of the infrastructure. The NetApp administrator isn’t about to let the JBOSS developer reach into his/her storage systems. The Network admin sure isn’t letting anyone else log on their server.

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This app combines NetApp ONTAP (7 mode or cluster mode) system information, performance, and configuration with the rest of the systems in an enterprise to give a complete view of your infrastructure.

Now, what does that mean in non-sales talk? Simple: It lets every admin see where problems are hiding. The VMware admin can see if “that storage stuff” is where their problems exist. It lets the Network team see that the JBOSS server is blowing up without spending too much time chasing down issues. The app lets the storage admin find which of his 24 FAS is running slow. When Splunk brings in data from the hypervisors, servers, storage, networking systems, and environmental systems (hey, why not get told when you are on battery power or the air conditioning stops working?) it gives a real view of the entire stack.

Key capabilities of  the Splunk App for NetApp Data ONTAP:

  1. Overview of all 7-mode Filers
  2. Overview of all Cluster-mode Filers
  3. Details on NetApp FAS entities: Aggregates, Disks, Volumes, qTree, LUN.
  4. 36 built-in reports focusing on things from Failed Disks to Aggregates that have too high of capacity.

 

Inside the Splunk App for NetApp Data ONTAP (Version 2).

We start with 7-mode filers

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and cluster mode-filer details.

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The overview page also has overview portions for each NetApp entity.

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Drill-ins are available for each NetApp entity, such as the volumes

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and aggregates here.

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Individual, Team, or Both?

In an interview long ago, I was asked if competitive gymnastics, a sport I practiced for ten years, was a team sport or an individual sport. Admittedly, the question came as a surprise and it required some thought, simply because I had never encountered it. After pausing to think, it occurred to me it was both. The same conclusion can be drawn when replacing gymnastics with the company by which you are a part of.

In sports, the team trains together, overcomes challenges and failures together, and celebrates small and large victories together. Yet, if members of the team are not internally driven to accomplish goals, personally and collectively, the team becomes incrementally weaker. When personal goals are set and accomplished, momentum and good vibes trickle back to the team.

In the case of gymnastics, one may be fabulous on two events, another not stellar on any particular event but consistent and reliable all around. It takes a variety of personalities and skill sets to fuel a solid team. Let us not forget how valuable the one who is always encouraging and motivational, regardless of the teammate or the group’s state of mind. Finishing above the competition requires each varying component, and leveraging the synergies of diversity.

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The coach: a key member of the team that we might take for granted. There may be assistants or team captains who lead silently and serve as supporting pillars to the team. However, each team needs a hunter who consistently has their eyes on the prize, who persistently pursues the final victory. Amidst adversity and small wins, the coach pursues the final victory with an intention to each step along the way. Without this unifying figure, a team may lose its purpose and individuals may feel discouraged.

In a company, whether it is a start-up or a Fortune 500 company, success stems from the team’s effort toward a common goal. Individual accomplishment and motivation fuels the success of the team. The coach acts as a fearless leader and continues to beat the drum toward that goal. Without individual efforts toward a common goal, a job will always be “just a job”. As individual contributors to our company’s success, we must embrace and apply our strengths with conviction while ultimately taking ownership in a first-place finish for the team.