Learn about the Monitoring service
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The Monitoring service gives you insights into the health and performance of your Cloud Volumes ONTAP instances and helps you troubleshoot and optimize the performance of your cloud storage environment.
Automatically monitor all volumes
View volume performance data in terms of IOPS, throughput, and latency
Identify performance issues to minimize impact on your users and apps
Supported cloud providers
The Monitoring service is supported with Cloud Volumes ONTAP for AWS and Cloud Volumes ONTAP for Azure.
NetApp doesn’t charge you for using the Monitoring service, but Cloud Manager launches a virtual machine in your VPC to facilitate monitoring. This VM results in charges from your cloud provider.
How the Monitoring service works
Cloud Manager leverages NetApp’s Cloud Insights service to provide monitoring.
At a high-level, Cloud Insights integration with Cloud Manager works like this:
You enable the Monitoring service on Cloud Volumes ONTAP.
Cloud Manager configures your environment. It does the following:
Creates a Cloud Insights tenant (also called environment) and associates all users in your Cloud Central account to the tenant.
Enables a 30-day free trial of Cloud Insights.
Deploys a virtual machine in your VPC/VNet called an Acquisition Unit. The Acquisition Unit facilitates monitoring of volumes (this is the VM mentioned in the Cost section above).
Connects the Acquisition Unit to Cloud Volumes ONTAP and to the Cloud Insights tenant.
In Cloud Manager, you click Monitoring and use the performance data to troubleshoot and optimize performance.
The following image shows the relationship between these components in an AWS VPC:
The Acquisition Unit
When you enable Monitoring, Cloud Manager deploys an Acquisition Unit in the same subnet as the Connector.
An Acquisition Unit collects performance data from Cloud Volumes ONTAP and sends it to the Cloud Insights tenant. Cloud Manager then queries that data and presents it to you.
Note the following about the Acquisition Unit instance:
In AWS, the Acquisition Unit runs on a t3.xlarge instance with a 100 GB GP2 volume.
In Azure, the Acquisition Unit runs on a D4_v3 virtual machine with a 30 GB Standard SSD.
The instance is named AcquisitionUnit with a generated hash (UUID) concatenated to it. For example: AcquisitionUnit-FAN7FqeH
Only one Acquisition Unit is deployed per Connector.
The instance must be running to access performance information in the Monitoring tab.
Cloud Insights tenant
Cloud Manager sets up a tenant for you when you enable Monitoring. A Cloud Insights tenant enables you to access the performance data that the Acquisition Unit collects. The tenant is a secure data partition within the NetApp Cloud Insights service.
Cloud Insights web interface
The Monitoring tab in Cloud Manager provides basic performance data for your volumes. You can go to the Cloud Insights web interface from your browser to perform more in-depth monitoring and to configure alerts for your Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems.
Free trial and subscription
Cloud Manager enables a 30-day free trial of Cloud Insights to provide performance data within Cloud Manager and for you to explore the features that Cloud Insights Standard Edition has to offer.
You need to subscribe by the end of the free trial or your Cloud Insights tenant will eventually be deleted. You can subscribe to either the Basic, Standard, or Premium edition to continue using the Monitoring feature within Cloud Manager.