MagicFlex collects configuration and status information from the data center components, including VCM, OneView, VMware and SAN/LAN switches. MagicFlex compares the configuration data daily to the previous configuration and health statuses to note any modifications and to discover any incompatibilities. In addition, health status information is collected at regular intervals, including port counters, performance data and more. MagicFlex analyzes this data and when inconsistencies are discovered, provides configuration, status and performance analysis alerts, and then delivers actionable insights.
MagicFlex is an out of band, read-only mode software solution installed as a virtual appliance based on pre-configured Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The appliance is provided in a VMware and Hyper-V format. No operations are performed on the data center components, instead data is collected via secure data communication from the servers, SAN/LAN switches and virtual machines.
The virtual appliance is simple to install on VMware or Hyper-V; once installed you can connect via a web interface and then add your Virtual Connect domains, OneView Logical Interconnects, WMware vSwitch and SAN and LAN switches.
The MagicFlex Engine polls the Virtual Connect domains and the external interfaces including the virtual machines and the SAN and LAN switches. MagicFlex collects data via SSH (for VCM/VCEM and SAN switches), REST (for OneView) and VMware SDK.