Storage Manager Multi-Vendor Storage Performance & Capacity Management

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  • Monitors storage performance & isolates hotspots in your multi-vendor SAN fabric
  • Maps virtual machines to physical storage
  • Automates storage capacity planning & reporting
  • Simplifies analysis of storage usage & reclamation of storage space
  • Easy to download, deploy, and use—start monitoring your storage infrastructure in less than an hour
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SolarWinds’ storage management software allows you to quickly and easily manage your multi-vendor storage environment, thereby simplifying storage monitoring, storage performance, capacity management, and file analysis.

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What STM users say about it...

  • Storage Manager is the only tool I’ve ever had that has been able to give me end-to-end information in a single format for my environment, so the information is the same across the board.

  • Storage Manager provides predictability, insight into the environment, and accuracy that can’t be matched.

Storage Management Software with End-to-End Mapping

SolarWinds’ storage & capacity management software helps you keep a sharp eye on the performance and capacity of your end-to-end physical and virtual storage infrastructure—from VM to spindle!

Top 4 Reasons to Use Storage Manager

  • Heterogeneous Storage Management

    Heterogeneous Storage Management

    Storage Manager offers single-pane-of-glass management for storage arrays from EMC®, NetApp®, HP®, IBM®, Dell®, Hitachi Data Systems® (HDS) and more.

    SolarWinds Storage Manager manages arrays and fibre channel switches from top-tier storage vendors.

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  • Storage Performance Monitoring

    Storage Performance Monitoring

    Storage Manager delivers real-time, agentless NAS and SAN performance monitoring, as well as generates policy-based alerts on status & usage thresholds.

    • Provides a unified view into the performance and status of your storage environment
    • Delivers real-time, agentless NAS and SAN performance monitoring to help prevent downtime
    • Generates policy-based alerts on status and usage thresholds

    SolarWinds Storage Manager provides comprehensive storage performance monitoring and alerting to ensure that your storage network is always running at peak performance. Via an intuitive web interface, Storage Manager gives you a unified view into the performance and status of your storage environment. Using agentless storage performance monitoring technology, Storage Manager enables you to identify how storage resources are currently being used and how they will be used in the future—without impacting network and device performance.

    Storage Manager delivers monitoring data on volumes, RAID groups/storage pools, disks, initiator, target ports, operational status for the array, processors, and all the associations between each entity. With its powerful NAS and SAN performance monitoring capabilities, Storage Manager helps you manage space consumption on RAID Groups, map storage volumes back to the host and understand how these volumes are load balanced across each storage processor on the array. This gives you valuable insight into storage utilization across the enterprise so that you can identify the impact of a failure and trend and forecast for capacity planning and business continuity decisions.

    Storage Manager enables you to quickly and easily configure a full range of custom and pre-defined alerts. From a single interface, you can easily set thresholds, alerts, filters, and notifications. These alerts help you recognize and correct issues before your users experience performance degradation or availability issues.

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  • Automated Storage Capacity Planning

    Automated Storage Capacity Planning

    Storage Manager automates the collection and presentation of storage forecasting data and tracks performance over time to identify hot spots, peak hours and potential outages with SolarWinds’ capacity planning tool.

    • Automates the collection of storage capacity planning data
    • Makes it easy to view storage growth rates, project when storage capacity will be reached, and forecast costs
    • Tracks performance over time to identify hot spots, peak hours, and potential outages

    Storage capacity planning is a particularly arduous task, especially in a virtualized infrastructure. It’s a task that typically involves manual creation of complex spreadsheets. Now you can say goodbye to those spreadsheets forever. SolarWinds Storage Manager automates the collection of forecasting data and makes it easy to view growth rates, project when capacity will be reached and forecast costs and budgetary requirements. In addition to simplifying storage capacity planning, Storage Manager’s centralized monitoring tracks performance over time to identify hot spots, peak hours, and potential outages—providing the information you need to avoid outages due to full disk errors.

    Storage Manager even supports your tiered storage strategy by classifying data according to frequency of access—making it easy to determine which data should be stored on a top-tier storage device and which data can be moved to tape.

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  • VM to Physical Storage Mapping

    VM to Physical Storage Mapping

    SolarWinds’ storage performance software automatically finds and maps VMs, applications and logical connections to your physical storage environment to provide a complete view of performance and capacity.

    • Automatically maps VMs, applications, and logical connections to your physical storage environment
    • Delivers end-to-end visibility across all resources in your virtualized infrastructure
    • Identify the individual spindle serving a virtual machine and all other VMs on the same spindle for faster troubleshooting

    How do you map VMs, applications, and logical connections to the actual physical infrastructure when an application is running on one physical server today and on a different one next week? Problem solved! The VM to physical storage mapping feature in SolarWinds Storage Manager automatically maps VMs, applications, and logical connections to the physical storage environment in order to provide you with a complete view across all resources in your virtualized infrastructure. Storage Manager is the only intuitive, web-based storage management solution that combines VM to physical storage mapping with storage monitoring, reporting, alerting, and forecasting across the entire multi-vendor storage stack for NAS and SAN systems.

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System Requirements - One Software Fits All

Operating System

Windows 2003/2008/2012 64-bit; Linux RedHat/SUSE/CentOS 64-bit




MariaDB embedded in the installation


8 GB

Hard Drive

50 GB

NOTE: The minimum server requirements listed assume default configuration. Significantly increasing the poll rate or statistic collection rate could result in additional load on the server, which may require a larger CPU or additional memory.

SolarWinds’ Storage Management Software’s Must Have Features

  • Storage LUN Views

    Storage LUN Views

    SolarWinds Storage Manager’s LUN views provide everything you need to know about a LUN in one view—from virtual infrastructure to physical disks—allowing you to quickly diagnose the source of storage problems. LUN views are also the perfect integration point between SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and Storage Manager.

    • Understand how your virtual infrastructure is mapped to your LUNs
    • Identify which VMs are using the most storage I/O and the most storage capacity
    • Determine if your LUN is being affected by other LUNs on the same RAID group or pool
    • Get more information related to your LUN groups using the user-defined LUN grouping—create new LUN groups, view LUN group information in the console, and leverage the groups for reporting

    Storage LUN views provide a single pane of glass for a LUN and all related infrastructure, both physical and virtual, allowing you to diagnose performance issues. You can quickly determine if storage is truly the reason for poor performance of a VM. If you determine that the culprit is another VM or LUN, you can drill down and continue to diagnose the issue within the tool.

    The new storage LUN views are the perfect integration point between SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and Storage Manager. Virtualization Manager is linked to the LUN view from the Cluster, ESX®, VM or datastore view, enabling you to see the storage under your VM infrastructure, putting you just a click away from total visibility.

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  • File Analyzer & Data Classification

    File Analysis & Data Classification

    SolarWinds’ storage management software’s file analyzer and data classification gives you the ability to support storage tiering and reclamation.

    • Provides complete file analysis and data classification to show how space is being used and who is using that space
    • Granular File Analysis helps you reclaim storage space and find rogue files
    • Enables drill down from the array to a single file, and classification of storage by type, business use, and criticality

    SolarWinds Storage Manager provides complete file and data classification (with drill-down capability), including automated usage trend reporting, storage capacity planning, and real-time storage monitoring. These data classification capabilities can help you understand what kinds of files are being stored, their age and access history so you can reclaim wasted space and stay compliant.

    Storage Manager makes it easy to build rules to identify specific files across the enterprise, obtain detailed information (host, path, owner, size, age), and take further action by sending this information to other applications via Storage Manager’s self-contained reporting engine.

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  • Storage I/O Hotspot Detection

    Storage I/O Hotspot Detection

    Storage Manager allows you to quickly isolate storage I/O hotspots and prevent bottlenecks before they impact application and network performance.

    • Isolate storage I/O hotspots fast
    • Perform performance analysis at every level (array, controller, RAID group, LUN and disk)
    • Prevent bottlenecks before they impact application and network performance

    When a server, host, or VM is hogging your storage bandwidth, you need to pinpoint the problem pronto! You don't have time to pour through logs, or rely on element management tools that don't provide visibility across your multi-vendor environment. The Storage I/O hotspot detection capabilities in SolarWinds Storage Manager looks across your multi-vendor storage environment, identifies potential issues, and enables you to quickly drill down to detailed information about the physical or virtual resource causing the problem.

    By mapping your physical infrastructure to physical storage, Storage Manager makes it easy to isolate storage I/O hotspots before they impact performance. Even better, Storage Manager shows you how a potential bottleneck can impact the physical and virtualized elements in your infrastructure and identifies available capacity you can leverage for a quick fix. Storage Manager can even help you manage the "VM I/O Blender" effect that can occur as VMs multiply. As traditional, predictable I/O patterns get thrown out the door and new streams blend together to create new I/O dynamics and more hotspots, the storage I/O hotspot detection capabilities in Storage Manager can help you pinpoint bandwidth issues, quickly resolve them and prevent them from happening again.

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  • Automated Storage Discovery

    Automated Storage Discovery

    SolarWinds’ storage monitoring software simplifies storage monitoring setup by automating the discovery of EMC and LSI arrays, NetApp filers, VMware vCenter and standalone VMware ESX hosts.

    • Easily discover storage devices and VMware host servers on your network
    • Uses SMI-S provider information and APIs to identify many arrays and VMware elements
    • Saves significant time when deploying new storage or VMware resources

    As with many storage management solutions, getting started is the hardest step. The process can seem daunting, especially when you have a virtualized infrastructure comprised of multi-vendor storage devices, Fibre Channel switches and VMware® ESX hosts. That’s why we’ve eliminated this step and designed SolarWinds Storage Manager to automatically identify your storage arrays and VMware hosts for you. Using SMI-S Provider information and API's, Storage Manager’s storage discovery engine will quickly scan for EMC®, LSI™, NetApp® filers, VMware vCenter™, and standalone ESX arrays. When new arrays or hosts are discovered, Storage Manager displays the hostname and IP addresses so you can easily assign them to the management server to be configured. The storage discovery feature saves you valuable time and makes deploying Storage Manager faster and easier than ever before.

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  • Enhanced EMC® Monitoring

    Enhanced EMC® Monitoring

    Get critical visibility for advanced technology in EMC VNX™ and VMAX® that EMC doesn’t give you. With enhancement for EMC, including thin pool utilization trending for VMAX and support for Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools (FAST VP) technology you can have more control over your EMC environment.

    Trend and forecast thin pool utilization for EMC VMAX

    • See utilization data critical to applications and virtualization that EMC doesn’t readily provide
    • Trend and forecast thin pool growth to plan for capacity and avoid critical storage outages

    Storage Manager provides access directly to the following objects inside EMC’s FAST VP

    • Disk Groups: collection of Solid State Drives (SSD) and other physical disks
    • Virtual Pool: look at pooled storage capacity formed from disk groups
    • FAST VP Tiers: association of a tier with the previously mentioned pooled capacity; multiple pools of like drive type & RAID protection type can be associated with a single FAST VP Tier
    • FAST VP Policies: auto-tiering policy specifying how much of each tier can be utilized
    • Storage groups: collection of host LUN

    Apart from providing insight into storage tier configurations for EMC VNX, Storage Manager now offers some of the existing reports to reflect the simple configuration options available on VNXL

    • Physical drives
    • Storage pool
    • LUN
    • Tiering policy of the LUN
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  • SAN & Fibre Channel Switch Management

    SAN & Fibre Channel Switch Management

    Storage Manager delivers comprehensive SAN and Fibre Channel switch management capabilities.

    • Delivers comprehensive SAN and Fibre Channel switch management capabilities
    • No additional licensing required for networking components
    • Now supports EMC VNX, IBM V7000, Dell® Compellent arrays NEW!

    SolarWinds Storage Manager provides comprehensive storage monitoring, reporting, and alerting to ensure that your storage systems are always running at peak performance with support across EMC, NetApp, Dell, HP, IBM, Hitachi, 3Par, and more.

    Storage Manager also supports a broad range of Fibre Channel Switches including Brocade, Cisco MDS, McData and Qlogic.

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  • Health Status Overview

    Health Status Overview

    SolarWinds’ storage management software offers a web console consisting of a central place to view the overall health and status of the Storage Manager Server.

    Get complete visibility into Storage Manager server performance metrics and monitor critical information, such as:

    • CPU Utilization
    • Physical Memory (RAM) consumption
    • Disk Usage
    • Collection List—get a complete list of agents that are waiting for collection
    • Warning information—get a detailed explanation of all warning messages that are generated

    Drill down into Storage Manager services and look at resources that show memory consumption and Java™ Heap Memory. Increase the memory for your Storage Manager Server services, agents, or proxy agents.

    Get visibility into the current state of the Storage Manager database and look at database size, largest table and size, and date of the last index rebuild information. In addition, our storage management software provides other information, such as process lists that show all processes in a specific database and a list of all crashed tables.

    Storage Manager also provides various metrics related to health status, such as device type, proxy agents, collection jobs queue, help and support, and more.

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Storage Manager: Supported Storage Devices

There are two groups:

Storage (NAS and SAN)

Dell (Performance Monitoring, Capacity Planning, Reporting)

  • Dell ®Compellent
  • Dell™ EqualLogic™
  • Dell PowerVault MD3000i

EMC® (Performance Monitoring, Capacity Planning, Reporting)

  • EMC Isilon®
  • EMC Celerra®
  • EMC Symmetrix®, DMX™, VMAX®, VMAXe®, FAST VP™
  • EMC VNX®

Hitachi (Performance Monitoring, Capacity Planning, Reporting)

  • Hitachi Data Systems ™ AMS, Lightning, Thunder
  • Hitachi Data Systems ™USP, USPV, VSP
  • Hitachi Data Systems™ HUS 100 (Block-side)
  • Hitachi Data Systems™ HUS VM

HP (Performance Monitoring, Capacity Planning, Reporting)

  • HP® 3PAR
  • HP LeftHand P4xxx
  • HP StorageWorks EVA
  • HP StorageWorks XP

IBM (Performance Monitoring, Capacity Planning, Reporting)

  • IBM® DS® 3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx
  • IBM® DS® 6xxx, 8xxx
  • IBM ESS (Enterprise Storage Server®)
  • IBM N series
  • IBM SVC (SANVolume Controller)
  • IBM V7000, V3700

Other Vendors

  • LSI™
  • ONStor™
  • Pillar®
  • SGI®
  • Sun® StorageTek® 2xxx & 6xxx Series
  • Sun StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager® 99xx Series
  • Xiotech™ Magnitude 3D & Emprise 7000

Fibre Channel Switches and Fabric

  • Brocade® switches
  • Cisco® switches
  • QLogic® switches
  • Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) (Emulex® and QLogic)


  • Demo: Storage Manager

    Discover how storage performance monitoring coupled with historical trend analysis can help you manage the performance and growth of your storage network to avoid costly outages. Check out our interactive demo of SolarWinds Storage Profiler today!


  • Datasheet: Storage Manager

    SolarWinds Storage Manager helps you keep a sharp eye on the performance and capacity of your physical and virtual storage infrastructure—end to end, from VM to spindle!



  • Using Storage Manager 5.1 to Manage and Optimize your Environment

    With the advent of virtualization,more demands are being put on storage to support a complex and dynamic infrastructure, creating new challenges that leave traditional management methods and tools in the dust. Storage Manager 5.1 adds new capabilities and feature to addresses these challenges with end-to-end visibility into your physical resources.

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Product FAQ

  • Q:  How does SolarWinds Storage Manager collect data?

    A:  Storage Manager uses a variety of methods to collect data - both local and remote. Storage Manager can collect most data remotely, including storage arrays (NAS and SAN), VMware® hosts and virtual machines, Fibre Channel switches, databases (SQL and Oracle®) and file analysis. For physical servers, backups and Exchange, agents are required on those servers. Some of the methods that Storage Manager uses to collect data includes: SMI-S, Telnet/SSH, SNMP, CIFS/NFS, API, WMI, SQL queries, Web Services, command line, and log parsing.

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Version History

v 5.7
Get access to features, such as user-defined LUN Grouping, enhanced support for EMC with VMAX thin pool trending & FAST VP monitoring, Storage Manager Health Status, and more
  • User-defined LUN grouping which shows many ways to group LUNS and an easier way to look for information related to LUN groups
  • Visibility into EMC VMAX thin provisioning and trending, plus monitoring of FAST VP, allowing storage admins to monitor and manage SSD performance
  • Storage Manager Health Overview Page which gives complete visibility to Storage Manager server performance, services, database status, and more
  • Other additions, such as improved performance charts, maintaining agent configurations on upgrade, change to default collection frequencies, deprecating generic “storage array” reports, and more
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v 5.3
Support for EMC Isilon® storage arrays and simplified configuration for SMI-S based arrays
  • EMC Isilon: SolarWinds® Storage Manager now provides full functionality for EMC Isilon arrays
  • SMI-S Array Configuration: Simplified configuration of SMI-S arrays in Storage Manager for faster implementation
  • EMC VNX®/CLARiiON® Updates: Support for tiering data and addition of new monitored metrics (in v5.2.4)
  • IBM® SVC Updates: Addition of new monitored metrics
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v 5.2
Support for Dell® Compellent storage arrays; expanded capabilities for NetApp, IBM, & HP.
  • Dell Compellent Support – Storage Manager now provides full functionality for Dell Compellent, Dell™ EqualLogic™, and Dell PowerVault MD arrays.
  • New Alerts on Performance Metrics
  • NetApp® Updates – Support for target view of NetApp NFS volumes.
  • IBM Updates – Added SVC and DS 6/8K performance reports.
  • HP Updates – Added EVA RAID Group performance reports.
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v 5.1
Integration with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, Target View, support for additional IBM and HDS storage arrays.
  • Virtualization Manager Integration - Configurable links with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager provide deeper storage metrics within the Virtualization Manager console and the ability to launch directly into the Storage Manager interface from the Virtualization Manager console for analysis beyond the datastore level all the way to the physical disk(s) supporting a virtual machine.
  • Target View – Provides a detailed view of each LUN and all connected components.
  • New Arrays – Added support for IBM XIV and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) VSP arrays. New Reports – Added LUN Top 10 Performance Reports.
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To see a complete version history for SolarWinds Storage Manager, please visit our release notes .

Tips and Training

Tips and Training

Using Storage Manager 5.1 to Manage and Optimize your Environment

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VM Integration

Already use Virtualization Manager? Storage Manager comes pre-integrated with what you already have.

Drill down from datastore performance to array performance

Integration links datastore performance in VMan is linked to storage performance which is critical for managing both virtual and storage resources.

Add End-to-End Mapping from VM to Spindle

Map from your virtualization elements all the way through the physical storage components.

See Storage Resource Contention

Storage can be a key factor for virtualization performance, STM gives you visibility into resource contention in the storage layer.

Extended App Stack Visibility

With virtualization manager as the link between Server and Application Monitor and Storage Manager, you now can get visibility all the way from your application through your virtualized infrastructure to storage.

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