You can add SN2010, SN2100, SN2410, SN2700, SN3420, SN3700c, and SN4600c Mellanox switches as a data source in VMware Aria Operations for Networks.


You must verify the following information:

  • The data source and its version is supported in VMware Aria Operations for Networks. For more information, see Supported Products and Versions.
  • The data source follows VMware Ports and Protocols supported in VMware Aria Operations for Networks. For more information, see VMware Ports and Protocols.

You must have the following permissions:

  • Read-only user: VMware Aria Operations for Networks requires read-only third-party device credentials (passwords) to access the SSH data. This user needs to have the Network Operator role. These passwords are added when configuring the third-party data provider in VMware Aria Operations for Networks user interface.
  • Read-only SNMP user: VMware Aria Operations for Networks uses SNMP to collect metrics information from third-party devices (switches, routers, firewalls, and so on). The third-party devices must have SNMP enabled and be accessible from VMware Aria Operations for Networks.


  1. From the left navigation pane, go to Settings > Accounts and Data Sources.
  2. Click Add Source.
  3. Under Routers & Switches, click Mellanox SN2100/SN2410 .
  4. In the Add a New Mellanox Account or Source page, provide the required information.
    Option Action
    Collector VM Select a collector VM from the drop-down menu.
    IP Address/FQDN Enter the IP address or the FQDN details.
    Username Enter the user name.
    Password Enter the password.
  5. Click Validate.
  6. To enable a richer data collection, click Use SNMP (recommended for richer data collection) check box, and do the following:
    1. From the SNMP Version drop-down menu, select an SNMP version. Depending on which version of SNMP you have selected, do the following:
      Option Action
      2c In the Community String text box, enter a community string.
      1. Enter Username, Context Name.
      2. From the Authentication Type drop-down, select an authentication type and enter the Authentication Password.
      3. From the Privacy Type drop-down, select a privacy type and enter the Privacy Password.
  7. Define the polling interval for the configuration data collection. You can set the polling interval from 10 minutes to 7 days.
    • Preset - Select the interval time from the predefined time set.
    • Custom Interval - Set a value and select Minutes, Hours, and Days.
    • Fixed Schedule - Select the days and set the time to schedule the interval.
  8. (Optional) In the Nickname text box, enter a nickname.
  9. (Optional) In the Notes text box, add a note if necessary.
  10. Click Submit.

What to do next

VMware Aria Operations for Networks supports the following features of Mellanox switch:
  • Neighbor Discovery (LLDP)
  • Layer 2 Switching
  • VLAN
  • Layer 3 Routing (IPv4)
  • VRF (Virtual routing and forwarding)
  • M-LAG (Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation), where the Peer IP is shown
  • MAGP (Multi-active Gateway Protocol)