vCenter alerting and hardware alerting

When it comes ot monitoring your VMware infrastructure for issues, i notice vcenter comes with a number of pre-defined alerts, but often the hardware supplier for your host servers i.e Dell, IBM etc, also provide a Integrated Management Module type interface for checking configuration and system health. My question is does vcenter alerts provide sufficient alerting for all major issues on a host server, or do you also need to monitor the hardwares inbuilt management and alerting console? Are there any specific issues the hardwares own alerting systems would cover that areny by default covered in vcenter?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There are some hardware alerts that are not covered by vCenter Server, vCenter Server primary function is to monitor the health of the hypervisor and it's VMs, if the hypervisor has access to hardware sensors it can report on them.

BUT, we generally use Vendor Management Software e.g. HP Insight Manager for HP, and Tivoli to manage and monitor IBM systems.

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pma111Author Commented:
>There are some hardware alerts that are not covered by vCenter Server

Can you explain some examples?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A lot of the hardware issues, you would need to use vendor monitoring to discover the real issues, and look at the details.

e.g. RAID array issues.
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