Documentation forNetwork Performance Monitor
Monitoring network performance is a key capability of Hybrid Cloud Observability and is also available in a standalone module, Network Performance Monitor (NPM). Hybrid Cloud Observability and NPM are built on the self-hosted SolarWinds Platform.

Monitor SD-WAN for Aruba orchestrators with Hybrid Cloud Observability

Starting with SolarWinds Hybrid Cloud Observability 2024.2 or NPM 2024.2, you can enable SD-WAN monitoring on your Aruba orchestrators.

If you are upgrading from a previous version, be aware that in Orchestrator version 9.3, all Aruba EdgeConnect Orchestrator REST API endpoint definitions have changed. See the NPM 2024.2 release notes for more information. Aruba EdgeConnect was formerly Silver Peak.

For monitored Aruba nodes, you can see orchestrator information. You can use alerts and reports relevant for SD-WAN monitoring.

Monitor SD-WAN edge devices

Add edge devices managed by a monitored Aruba orchestrator to get further details via Aruba API.

  • You can display general details, such as edge device name, model, serial number, status, or type.

  • You can display all IP addresses for a specific Aruba SD-WAN device and properly match IPs received in NetFlow data to the node.

  • You can monitor uplinks (WAN interfaces).

  • You can monitor VPN tunnels - the list of tunnels, their status, and further statistics.

    VPN tunnel names are created as follows:

    {Source Interface Name} → {Peer System IP / Device ID}:{Peer Interface IP}

Monitor Aruba orchestrators

  • You can display status and response time, polled via REST (Aruba API).

  • You can display the list of all devices managed by an orchestrator and add them in a simplified discovery as API-only nodes.

Aruba SD-WAN setup and monitoring steps

Monitored properties

SD-WAN metrics monitored for Aruba devices

Aruba devices are polled via API from the Aruba Orchestrator.

  • Orchestrator Inventory and Status
  • General Edge device Info
  • Edge device uplinks (WAN interfaces)
  • VPN tunnels​

Interface polling

  • Status
  • Rediscovery
  • Statistics

For details, see Monitor Aruba SD-WAN interfaces.

Rate limits

An Aruba Orchestrator is limited to 250 requests/5 seconds for a polling engine. For details, see Aruba API polling limit was exceeded.

Add new SD-WAN devices for monitoring in Hybrid Cloud Observability

To monitor SD-WAN, add the Aruba orchestrator as a node, and then add edge devices.

Each monitored Aruba orchestrator uses a node license.

Add Aruba orchestrator

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Platform Web Console as an administrator.

  2. Click Settings > Manage Nodes, and then click Add a Node.

  3. In Polling Method, select Orchestrators: API.

  4. Under Orchestrators, select Aruba EdgeConnect Devices.

  5. Select an authentication method:

    • For API Token, provide the API token.

    • For Username & Password, provide your credentials.

  6. Review and adjust the device properties.

    1. Review your credentials and proxy settings.

    2. To edit how often the node status, or monitored statistics are updated, change the values in the Polling area.

      For critical nodes, you may need to poll status information or collect statistics more frequently than the default polling intervals.

    3. Enter values for custom properties for the node.

      The Custom Properties area is empty if you have not defined any custom properties for monitored nodes. See "Add custom properties to nodes" in the SolarWinds Platform Administrator Guide.

    4. To adjust when the status of the node changes to Warning or Critical, edit alerting thresholds for the metric. Select the Override box and set thresholds for the node.

  7. Click OK, Add Node.

The Aruba orchestrator is now monitored as an SD-WAN orchestrator. Add connected Aruba devices to complete the SD-WAN configuration.

Add Aruba devices connected to the orchestrator as API-only nodes

When you have added the orchestrator for monitoring, you need to add edge devices you want to monitor.

  1. In SolarWinds Platform Web Console, click Settings > Manage Nodes.

  2. On the Manage Nodes view, click the added orchestrator node.

  3. On the SD-WAN Orchestrator Details view, click Discover Aruba Devices in the Management widget.

  4. Select that you want to monitor Aruba devices as API-only nodes and click Continue. Network Sonar Wizard will be launched automatically.

  5. Complete the wizard by clicking Discover on the last tab. The wizard discovers the devices based on Aruba API

  6. Discovered devices are listed in the Network Sonar Results wizard. Complete the wizard to add devices for monitoring.

When you finish the wizard, go to the SD-WAN Orchestrator Details page (Settings > Manage Nodes > click the orchestrator node). After the next poll, the page will display data not only for the orchestrator, but also for monitored edge devices.

Configure SD-WAN monitoring on devices already monitored with SolarWinds Platform

If you monitored SD-WAN edge devices in using SNMP, you can keep monitoring it via SNMP but you will not get any SD-WAN-related details. See API-based monitoring for Aruba SD-WAN devices.

To get SD-WAN details for the orchestrator and its edge devices, start monitoring them via API:

  1. Remove the node from monitoring. See Delete devices from monitoring.

  2. Re-add the node and select Orchestrator: API as the polling method. See Add new SD-WAN devices for monitoring in Hybrid Cloud Observability.

Monitor SD-WAN for Aruba devices

When you enable SD-WAN polling for a Aruba orchestrator node and click it, the SD-WAN Orchestrator Summary page opens.

By default, it includes widgets you can use to manage the device, view the device details, active alerts, latest events, or AppStack for the device.

Edge Devices

This widget lists device names, IP addresses, models, serial numbers and network IDs of edge devices paired with the orchestrator.

Orchestrator Inventory

This widget displays a list of Aruba devices connected to managed orchestrators. Devices managed by Hybrid Cloud Observability are marked in the Managed by Platform column.

To add unmanaged devices, click the Discover Aruba Devices button and add them for monitoring.

SD-WAN Map

This widget is available on Orchestrator views. It displays connections between monitored devices on the network. For directly connected devices, you can also see used interfaces.

VPN Tunnels

On SD-WAN Orchestrator views, this widget displays VPN tunnels and their metrics for all edges paired with the orchestrator.

On an edge Node Details view, the widget displays VPN tunnels and their metrics for the edge.

WAN UpLinks

On SD-WAN Orchestrator views, this widget displays WAN uplinks for all edges paired with the orchestrator.

On an edge Node Details view, the widget displays WAN uplinks for the edge.

Monitor Aruba SD-WAN interfaces

Interfaces on Aruba devices are polled via API. Interfaces are discovered during the API discovery. Interface Type is always reported as "Ethernet".

Interface polling intervals use the polling intervals set for nodes. As a result, to force polling interface details, select the parent node in Node Management and click Poll Now. The Poll Now option for individual interfaces is not available.

Threshold limitations for API-polled interfaces

Error Thresholds are not supported because Error polling is not implemented.

Utilization Thresholds are supported but require the bandwidth setup. To make utilization thresholds work, set bandwidth on interfaces manually. Utilization thresholds use interface speed and polling interface speed is not implemented.

What is polled....

When?What is polled?What is NOT polled?
Rediscovery
  • interface index
  • ifName
  • MTU
  • physical addres
  • interface speed
  • duplex mode
  • interface name
  • interface alias
Status polls
  • interface index
  • ifName
  • admin status
  • oper status
  • interface name
  • interface last change
Statistics
  • interface availability
  • sent and received bytes
  • sent and received packets
  • other information on interface traffic
  • interface errors

To get information on interface utilization, set the bandwidth of the interface manually.