Documentation forSolarWinds Observability

Virtual device monitoring with Hybrid Cloud Observability

Virtual devices - clusters, hosts, virtual machines, and virtual datastores monitored with Hybrid Cloud Observability can easily be monitored alongside infrastructure entities in SolarWinds Observability. Using Platform Connect, virtual devices can be brought into SolarWinds Observability as entities.

Monitor virtual entities

If you have virtual nodes in Hybrid Cloud Observability that you want to monitor in SolarWinds Observability, set up Platform Connect to stream data from Hybrid Cloud Observability to SolarWinds Observability. To use Platform Connect, a commercial Hybrid Cloud Observability license must be activated on your SolarWinds Platform server.

  1. Copy or create an API token (Ingestion type), found in the settings area of SolarWinds Observability. See API Tokens for details.

  2. In the SolarWinds Platform Web Console settings, open Platform Connect. Follow the on-screen prompts to install and configure the SolarWinds Observability Agent, entering the API token created earlier. See Connect Hybrid Cloud Observability to SolarWinds Observability with Platform Connect for details.

After Platform Connect setup is completed, virtual nodes are available as virtual entities in SolarWinds Observability, as are many other Hybrid Cloud Observability nodes.

For more information about virtual nodes, including how to add or configure them in Hybrid Cloud Observability, see the Hybrid Cloud Observability virtual documentation.

View virtual device data

Use the Entity Explorer to view a list of your observed virtual devices. Select virtual cluster, virtual, virtual host, virtual device, or virtual datastore from the drop down box, then click a virtual device to view detailed information, including Hybrid Cloud Observability status and details. Metric data collected by Hybrid Cloud Observability is available as widgets in the entity details tabs. Depending on the data collected in Hybrid Cloud Observability, the virtual device entity's details view also includes information regarding parent hosts or clusters, device name, and ip address.

Virtual device metrics are also available in the Metrics Explorer, using the sw.collector.virtualization prefix.