Infrastructure Visibility & Management Tool

Microsoft’s vision of a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) with Windows Server 2016 requires a new level of infrastructure visibility and management for Hyper-Converged systems, virtualization, networking, and storage. With that vision in mind, DataON developed the Management Utility Software Tool MUST™.

Please review the introduction video and download the datasheet:


Hyper-Converged Cluster Platform System and Storage Monitoring for Windows Server 2016

MUST provides infrastructure visibility and management for Microsoft’s new suite of software defined storage stack technologies like Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica and Storage quality of service (QoS).

With MUST you also have on-demand access to curated collections of hyper-converged clusters, storage performance and capacity metrics. The MUST dashboard display is designed to efficiently and dynamically connect the dots to help provide root cause analysis:

Dashboard level metricsMUST

  • Cluster and nodes with insights such as IOPS, latency and capacity
  • Metrics can also be aggregated across machines with built-in logic.
  • Single API query for single and all node level metrics.

Systems alerts based on Health Services faults

  • Multiple distinct scenarios including hardware failure and misconfiguration.
  • Multi-level assessment with locations, fault description, and recovery actions.
  • Built-in root-cause analysis and high-level fault monitoring.

Built-in root-cause analysis and high-level fault monitoringMUST

  • Automated email alerts to administrators based on fault setting and severity level.
  • Disk replacement services based on categorization.

OOBE (Out-of-Box Experience) wizard

  • Cluster configuration and setup.
  • User account aggregation, domain creation, and others.
  • Performance tuning engine for optimizing S2D cluster performance.


Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center (Formerly known as Project Honolulu) is a new, locally-deployed, browser-based management tool that lets you manage your Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Windows Admin Center gives you full control of your server infrastructure and is useful for managing servers on private networks that are not connected to the Internet. DataON Must enhance the Windows Admin Center experience with expanded functionality:

Historic Data Reporting – Provides real-time and monthly dashboards of your system performance data including IOPS, latency, throughput on your cluster, storage pool, volume, and nodes

Disk Mapping – MUST displays the device types and components in each of the nodes, providing a clear disk map of your entire node. It shows the number of disks, disk type, location and slot of each drive, and disk health status.

System Alerts – Leverages Windows Health Service faults to identify hardware failures, configuration issues, and resource saturation. It also provides a multi-level assessment of specific locations, fault descriptions, and recovery actions. You can also leverage third-party SNMP monitoring traps to alert you when you need disk or hardware replacements.

SAN-like Call Home Service – Prompted by system alerts, administrators can have automated email alerts sent to key contacts.