Finisar Corporation announced that it has updated its SAN QoS performance monitoring system to version 2.0. According to the company, SAN QoS provides detailed and accurate continuous full line rate monitoring of 1 GB and 2 GB Fibre Channel SAN Traffic.
SAN managers may now have access to critical information that can assist them to address data transfer latency and load balancing problems that may ensure optimum SAN performance and uptime. Additional new features of version 2.0 include browser-based reporting, alarm notification, and integration of Finisar's 8 port optical tap. These features may help a customer monitor many links using only one probe while reducing cost per port.
With Finisar's SAN QoS, SAN managers should be able to monitor "end-device" I/O transactions, enabling accurate accounting of SAN use. The SAN QoS architecture is also designed to monitor Fibre Channel link traffic, enabling it to be compatible with SAN vendor equipment.
According to the company, SAN QoS automatically summarizes data over configurable time periods from minutes to months, and recordings can be made to store all of the metrics for any interval, from minutes to days. Playback of recordings or summaries should enable in-depth analysis of traffic anomalies utilizing the same intuitive graphical views available in runtime mode. SAN QoS recordings may be started manually or triggered by User Defined Alarm conditions. If a Recording is in progress, subsequent User Alarms may create bookmarks in the recording file that may allow for easy playback navigation right to the periods of concern.
According to the company, the pricing model offers scalability from a portable field service configuration to volume discount structures for large SAN deployments. The product comes in Solaris and Windows versions.