If you’ve been thinking about deploying VCE™ Vblock™ Infrastructure Platforms, or have already done so, a key consideration will be the monitoring approaches you employ to ensure the services that run in these environments always run optimally. To do so, the trick is getting complete visibility into these dense infrastructures, which include not only the entire computing stack—hardware, networking, and storage—but also highly dynamic, virtualized resources and workloads. Nimsoft Monitor for Vblock infrastructures, which was launched in 2010, offers the coverage needed to track the entire Vblock Infrastructure Platform, and to view the platform in a unified fashion, rather than as individual components. This enables organizations to quickly discover and address the root causes of issues that can adversely affect critical IT services. Nimsoft Monitor has attained the VCE Vblock Ready certification, a stamp of approval that attests to the value of the solution. We undertook this rigorous certification to validate the Nimsoft Monitor solution within VCE environments, reaffirming the success we’ve been seeing with our enterprise and service provider customers since launching the solution. During this certification process, capabilities were deployed and validated against an extensive checklist. Over the course of the certification, the entire array of the solution’s Vblock capabilities were tested, including monitoring of Cisco UCS, EMC CLARiiON, network interfaces, VMware and more.