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VMware ESXi 5.0 and Dell Server/SAN setup, what monitoring software to use

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I have a small VMware ESXi 5.0 setup with 3 hosts (Dell PowerEdge servers) and 1 SAN (Dell PowerVault MD3000i) and a couple of HP switches and Sonicwalls for routers.

I want to setup the simplest monitoring/alerting system so that we know if there is a hardware/software failure, hard drives going bad, etc.

I know there's the Dell vCenter Plugin but I don't know if that will do email alerts and it will only monitor the Dell hosts, not any third party appliance:

There's also the new Open Manage Essentials Download which might also do switches but I'm not sure if it will do third party switches, etc.:

The main item I'd like to be able to monitor is hard drive and RAID status and be able to configure RAID's remotely. I'm not sure if the above products are the best solution for this, whether I should use both or another product entirely.

Thanks, Jonathan

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