Infrastructure visibility, monitoring and management for Microsoft software-defined storage

What is MUST?

MUST (Management Utility Software Tool) is DataON’s exclusive tool for Microsoft’s suite of software-defined storage stack technologies like Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica. DataON is the first to market with a tool that provides SAN-like monitoring features for customers deploying Windows software-defined storage.
Dashboard Level Metrics
MUST delivers SAN-like storage monitoring features through a single pane of glass, providing real-time dashboard level metrics for IOPS, latency, throughput on cluster nodes and volumes.
System Alerts
With system alerts based on Windows Health Service faults and SAN-like call home services, systems administrators will be automatically notified of hardware failures, configuration issues and resource saturation.
Fully Integrated with SM-API
MUST utilizes the Windows Storage Health Service API built into Windows Server 2016 to monitor Storage Spaces Direct.
Single Pane of Glass
MUST provides advanced cluster monitoring, performance metrics, system health statistics, and automated system alerts.
All DataON WSSD solutions are pre-configured with MUST at no extra charge.

Multiple Tiers of Storage Visibility and Monitoring

  • SDDC & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Tier
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    System-level information on performance, capacity, hardware inventory and faults/alerts. MUST gives you a dashboard level view of your operations, analytics, infrastructure health management, storage systems metrics and event logging insights.
  • Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance/Node Tier
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    Detailed logging level visibility for events, so you can perform root cause analysis and export source data for analytics.
  • Systems and Storage Services Audit Log Tier
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    Pool, volume and device-level performance, health and operational analytics for your HCI cluster. This enables you to proactively perform systems maintenance and better understand requirements for workload migrations.
  • SAN-like Call Home Service Support
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    Leveraging the Health Services Faults in Windows Server 2016, administrators can have automated email alerts sent to key contacts. You can also leverage third party SNMP monitoring traps to alert you when you need disk or hardware replacements.

Take a Tour

See how MUST monitors your hardware and software storage infrastructure to provide performance and capacity metrics, identify potential problems, and alert you when intervention is needed.

Dashboard View

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Displays the type of OS, number of server nodes, type of devices and number of virtual disks. Displays the storage pool CPU and memory utilization, along with volume capacity. Provides system performance data such as IOPS, latency and throughput.
Displays three types of alerts: critical, warning, and information. Based on your settings, you will receive information on your enclosure, capacity, cluster, storage QoS, and virtual disks.
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Cluster View

Image module
Provides visibility to your storage pools. It summarizes all of the drive media within a single pool, including usable volume, resilience, and capacity. It also displays an inventory of your SSD and hard drives.
Displays every volume in your cluster, showing the storage space utilization, IOPS, throughput, read/write percentage, and average I/O.
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Image module
Displays the device types and components in each of the nodes, including CPU, memory and capacity utilization. Most importantly it provides a clear disk map of your entire node. This is a unique feature of MUST that shows the number of disks, disk type, location and slot of each drive, and disk health status.
User Setting
Setup MUST for your active directory, domain, SMTP server, and even leverage the SNMP feature for third party access.
You can have automictically notify systems administrators of hardware failure, configuration issues, or resource saturation through MUST’s SAN-like call home service.
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Jan-Tore PedersenBenjamin ClementsEric Crew
“I would recommend DataON S2D servers just to be able to get MUST to monitor your Storage Spaces Direct servers. The monitoring alone is worth a try.”
Jan-Tore Pedersen
President, Strategic Online Systems, Inc.
“MUST has been very valuable. The inclusion of MUST with their S2D appliances is what completes the solution with Storage Spaces Direct as a viable SAN replacement.”
Benjamin Clements
President, Strategic Online Systems, Inc.
“On our older systems, it is hard to see where the bottlenecks are. With MUST, I can easily find those bottlenecks from a single pane of glass.”
Eric Crew
Network & Systems Administrator, KCLS