Log Insight

Identity Manager content pack for Log Insight

Overview

Identity Manager is a service that extends your on-premises directory infrastructure to provide a seamless Single Sign-On (SSO) experience to web, mobile, SaaS, and legacy applications. Identity Manager leverages the same core identity management solution that may be seen powering VMware vCloud Air and the vCloud Suite in the world&#rsquo;s most advanced datacenters and enterprise-class infrastructure clouds.

The Identity Manager content pack for vRealize Log Insight provides powerful filter, logging visualization, and alerting of vIDM real-time operational activities. This enables users to effectively monitor all components of your Identity Manager environment using intuitive Log Insight UI dashboard widgets with just a couple clicks. The content pack enables:
Proactive monitoring of your Identity Manager environment
Quickly identify issues and drill down to determine the root cause with powerful visualizations of your data and targeted queries.

User and Device breakdown of Identity Manager events

Ability to analysis every user and device login to get a complete picture within an environment.

Troubleshooting and root-cause analysis

Specific queries to focus on the important events that indicate real login problems with additional information and context to resolve detected issues quickly.

 

Minimum Requirements:

VMware vIDM 2.x+ or VMware Identity Manager Cloud
VMware Log Insight 3.0+

 

Where do I get the VMware – Identity Manager Content Pack?

You can download this VMware – Identity Manager content pack from solution exchange –

https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/vmware-identity-manager-content-pack-1-0

OR You can download the content pack from the in-product Marketplace in Log Insight 2.5 or newer.

Got feedback?

We are happy to hear from you on loginsight.vmware.com or visit us @ VMworld 2017 (US) - Experience the Value of vRealize Log Insight Content Packs [MGT2323GU]

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Kaminario K2 content pack for vRealize Log Insight

Overview

Kaminario K2 all-flash array delivers multi-petabyte scale storage with the performance and agility to meet the needs of an on-demand world. Kaminario K2 Gen6 is powered by VisionOSTM, a software platform that optimizes best-of-breed commodity hardware resources. K2 is built for delivering applications on highly scalable virtual environments, private clouds or as-a-service infrastructures.

K2&#rsquo;s VisionOS™ includes an open API platform – DataManage – that facilitates a tight integration with VMware vRealize Log Insight.

 

Dashboards, Fields, and Alerts provided by the Kaminario K2 Content Pack put you one click away from in depth analytics and event analysis. This content pack allows you to monitor and analyze Kaminario K2 all-flash arrays by converting the arrays&#rsquo; syslog messages into organized, pre-defined dashboard widgets.
General overview of multiple K2 all-flash arrays

 

Analyze events according to labels, severity and types

 

Audit login attempts to the K2

 

Minimum Requirements:
Kaminario K2 versions 6.0.2 or later
vRealize Log Insight 4.0 or later

Where do I get the Kaminario – K2 Content Pack?

You can download this Kaminario – K2 content pack from solution exchange –

https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/kaminario-k2-content-pack-for-vrealize-log-insight-1-0

OR You can download the content pack from the in-product Marketplace in Log Insight 2.5 or newer.

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vRealize Log Insight agent multi-destination support

Agents make it possible to collect events from log files on Linux and Windows devices and forward them to avRealize Log Insightserver or a third-party logging system. Well … we all know that!! A LOT and yes I mean a LOT of folks from the field have asked for the agent to be able to send logs to multiple destinations and possibly over different protocols and perhaps also have filtering on the logs before they get sent as the cherry on the cake. With vRealize Log Insight v4.5 we can!

vRealize Log Insight v4.5 agent allows you to deliver collected events to multiple destinations via Ingestion API or syslog protocols simultaneously. It also has the ability to define multi-destination servers and allow filtering of events per destination based on event collecting source and the events field’s values.

You could want to do this for several reasons like deliver the same events to multiple vRLI clusters for backup or data recovery purposes. Or you may want to send different kind of events to different IT department logging systems, for example audit/system logs to the security team&#rsquo;s server, application logs to DevOps team&#rsquo;s server and system metric logs to the IT team&#rsquo;s management system.

So let&#rsquo;s look at how you can actually use it…..

 

Multiple destination connections could be defined through the [server|] section, whereis unique per configuration connection id ( i.e. per liagent.ini). For backward compatibility there could be an unnamed [server] section which will be treated as masterconnection and the current implementation assumes that it always exists by default. Only themasterconnection will be able to ask configuration from server and only if cfapi is used as connection protocol. All server sections will use all existing configurations options to define connection properties, i.e. hostname, proto, port, ssl, etc. The only exception is that ‘hostname’ option will not have a default value for non-master connections. For [server] section (without the destination_id) the default value for hostname option remains “loginsight”.

 

The following parameters can be defined in server sections: hostname,proto,port,ssl,filter.

Note:

  • Default value for ‘filter’ option is {;.*;}, which means accept all events.
  • The {;;} filter could be used to deny any event transmission to the destination, for example the connection could be used only for configuration and auto-update purposes.

 

  • Example #1 ofmulti-destination use in liagent.ini

– # First (default) destination will receive all collected events.
[server]
hostname=prod1.team.vmware.com

– # Second destination will receive just syslog events through the syslog protocol.
[server|syslog-audit]
hostname=third_party_audit_management.vmware.com
proto=syslog
filter={filelog; syslog; }

– # Third destination will receive vrops events if they have the level field equal to “error” or “warning” and they are collected by agent config sections which name begin with “vrops-“.
[server|team-prod1]
hostname=vrops-errors.team.vmware.com
filter={; vrops-.*; level == “error” || level == “warning”}

– # The filelog section below is collecting syslog messages that are sent to [server] and [server|syslog-audit]

[filelog|syslog]
directory=/var/log
include=messages

– # For various vRops logs. Note that all section names begin with “vrops-” prefix, which is used in third server destination filter above. The logs in these sections are sent to [server] and [server|team-prod1]

[filelog|vrops-ANALYTICS-analytics]
directory=/data/vcops/log
include=analytics*.log*
exclude=analytics*-gc.log*
parser=auto

[filelog|vrops-COLLECTOR-collector]
directory=/data/vcops/log
include=collector.log*
event_marker=^d{4}-d{2}-d{2}[s]d{2}:d{2}:d{2},d{3}
parser=auto

[filelog|vrops-COLLECTOR-collector_wrapper]
directory=/data/vcops/log
include=collector-wrapper.log*
event_marker=^d{4}-d{2}-d{2}[s]d{2}:d{2}:d{2}.d{3}
parser=auto

Here all logs from [filelog|syslog] section go to server third_party_audit_management.vmware.com over the syslog protocol.The vROps logs from the three filelog sections go to server vrops-errors.team.vmware.com if they are of level error or warning. And the server prod1.team.vmware.com is receiving all events.

 

  • Example #2ofmulti-destination use in liagent.ini

[server]

hostname=10.11.12.13

ssl=no

[server|desktop]

hostname=10.21.22.23

filter={winlog; System; }

[winlog|System]

channel=System

[winlog|Application]

channel=Application

[winlog|Security]

channel=Security

 

In this example all events (from all three channels) go to hostname 10.11.12.13 and server 10.21.22.23 only receives events that are received on the System channel. ssl option is not defined for [server|desktop] section therefore the default will be used which is ssl=yes.

Note: The defaults for the options in the [server] sections are still the same as before.

; Protocol can be cfapi (Log Insight REST API), syslog. Default:

;proto=cfapi

 

; Log Insight server port to connect to. Default ports for protocols (all TCP):

; syslog: 514; syslog with ssl: 6514; cfapi: 9000; cfapi with ssl: 9543. Default:

;port=9000

 

; SSL usage. Default: (Starting vRLI 4.0 default ssl value is yes)

;ssl=yes

 

It is important to note that sending logs to multiple agent destination will not send duplicate events. No events duplication will be seen at the destination servers, i.e, if more than 1 filter_tuple matches the same event, then the event will be sent just once. So the following filter definitions are equal:

  • filter ={filelog; sample.*; facility > 7},{filelog; sample.*; level == “error”}
  • filter ={filelog; sample.*; facility >7 || level == “error”}

The events with facility=8 and level=”error” will be sent just once.

 

Some additional details about Filter criteria

The filter format for an agent destination looks like { collector_type; collector_filter; event_filter }

The filter selects only logs collected by sections where collector type (i.e. filelog or winlog) matches to providedcollector_typeand name of collector_filter (identifier which goes after pipe sign e.g. filelog|syslog) matches tocollector_filterregular expression, in addition if there is anevent_filterdefined then it selects only events for which the expression evaluates to True.

collector_filterexpression should not contain ;{} characters. In case of name-spaced collectors thecollector_filtermatches only the name part ignoring the namespace, i.e “ana.*” filter will match the following section names: “com.vmware.vrops.analitics” and “anaconda” . The regular expressioncollector_filtervalue could be an empty string which doesn’t match to any collector name, i.e no events will be sent. The {;;} filter could be used to deny any event transmission to the destination, for example the connection could be used only for configuration and auto-update purposes.

event_filteris an event fields expression working in the same way as collectors ‘whitelist’ option and evaluates based on event fields values. It could be an empty string which treated as True expression.

Default value for ‘filter’ option is {;.*;}, which means accept all events.

For every collected event the connection evaluates the event properties to match the filter. All filter_tuples in the list are concatenated by logical ‘or’ operation. If event passed any filter_tuple then it will be sent to the destination server. Every filter_tuple evaluated by the following steps:
1. Ifcollector_type_listis empty or contains the collector type of the event then proceeds to the next step, otherwisedropthe event.
2. If event collector name (i.e. part of the section name after pipe sign) of the event matches thecollector_filterthen proceed to the next step, otherwisedropthe event.
3. Ifevent_filteris empty or evaluates to True then send the event to the destination, otherwisedropthe event (including the case when expression could not be evaluated because the event doesn’t have field(s) used in the expression).

Invalid values of filter options in server sections

Invalid values are generally skipped/ ignored and defaults are used which will result in all events being collected.Some examples of invalid values for the filter option are:

  • filter ={filelog; samplez.*; facility >7 || level == “error”} – If there is no log files called samplez.* events will not be collected
  • filter ={filelog; sample.*; facility <0 || level == “error”} – There are no events with facility less than zero and no events will be collected.
  • filter ={filelog; sample.*; facility >7 && level == “nolevel”} – There are no events with a level called nolevel (assuming nolevel is an invalid value) AND facility greater than 7 so no events will be collected.
  • filter ={winlog; Security;. } – &#lsquo;.&#rsquo; Is invalid option for event_filter and all events collected by agent will be sent to the server and filter is ignored.
  • filter ={mylog; sample.*; facility >7 || level == “error”} – although the collector filter and event filter are valid ; mylog is not a valid collector_type; so all events collected by agent will be sent to the server and filter is ignored.
  • filter ={winlog; NoName; } – If there is no winlog section called &#lsquo;NoName&#rsquo; then events are not collected and sent to the destination.
  • filter ={winlog; System } – there is no &#lsquo;;&#rsquo; after system this is not a valid format and all log events collected by agent will be sent to the server.

And last but not the least all errors will be reported in agent log file.Consult the log file if an unexpected behavior is encountered and fix all errors by reported agent.

Note:

  • All filter options case sensitive.
  • debug_level = 2 gives verbose information about errors as in earlier versions of the agent.
  • These options cannot be used to send importer events to multiple destinations via the Importer tool.
  • GUI does not support applying ofmulti-destination in server options to an agent yet in vRealize Log Inisight v4.5

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VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) for Log Insight

VMware Identity Manager (vIDM)is free withLog Insight, but it is a separatevirtual appliance (VA)that needs to be deployed (unless the customers has vRealize Automationwhich comes withvIDMintegrated and Log Insightcould then integrate with thevIDMin vRealize Automation.) Log Insight customers’ are entitled to use vIDM for Single Sign-On and authentication. vIDM is available to all versions of Log Insight, including Log Insight for vCenter and Log Insight for NSX.

 

vIDM is a service that extends on-premises directory infrastructure to provide a seamless Single Sign-On (SSO) experience for Log Insight as a separate VA.More information on vIDM can be found here.

 

VMware Identity Manager does not replace Active Directory, it integrates with it. Microsoft Active Directory integration will be configured in VMware Identity Manager instead of Log Insight. You can read on the difference between Log Insight and AD here.

 

vIDM is free for Log Insight and included in Log Insight 4.5 download page as a separateVA. vIDM VA is included in Log Insight 4.5 Download page as shown below:

 

It is located below the Log Insight Agents download.

How to Use vIDM for Log Insight

Configuration is done on the same Authentication page as Active Directory (AD):

IMPORTANT: Binding user must be a local VIDM user to work.

You must provide configuration information to an external VIDM instance (either on-prem or cloud). Once configuration is complete, you can navigate to the /admin/users page to add VIDM users and groups:

IMPORTANT: Pay special attention to the domain field as failing to set this properly will result in errors.

How to Log In using vIDM for Log Insight

It should be noted that once you enable VIDM the log on page for Log Insight will look a little different:

You will see that you must specify a provider (first drop-down). When you select VIDM, you will then be redirected to VIDM to authenticate unless you already have an active browser SSO token.

 

Migrating from AD to vIDM for Log Insight

It is not a best practice to have both AD and VIDM configured simultaneously. For those upgrading, it may be necessary to migrate from AD to VIDM. Here are the steps to migrate:

  1. Add VIDM integration to LI (not users or groups)
  2. Create a snapshot of all LI nodes
  3. Run a CLI script to migrate existing users (script here)
  4. Disable AD integration in LI
  5. Add VIDM groups as needed
  6. Modify users as needed

For Log Insight 4.5 we are dropping AD support but you can still have vIDM with AD in the back. You can find the article detailing the migration from AD to vIDM for Log Insight here.

For more information on vIDM on-premise deployment requirements and architectural design, click here.

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vRealize Operations 6.6: “I’m too sexy for my skin!”

vRealize Operations 6.6 gets sleeker and sexier in it’s new skin!

On June 13, many of the vRealize Suite components (namely vRealize Operations (vR Ops), vRealize Log Insight (vRLI), and vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) had an update GA release. With this latest release of vR Ops a big focus has been on “simplifying the user experience” and “quicker time to value”. We really want to simplify the lives of “Anita” the VI Admin, “Brian” the Infrastructure and Operations Admin, “Ethan” the Fire Fighter.

The slick new HTML 5 UI is based on the Clarity Design System. Upon login to vR Ops you will see the following screen. You will notice that in the left-hand pane we have single-click links to commonly used environment overview dashboards, including Workload Balancing, as well as bringing Log Analytics, and Business and Cost Insights all into one place - vR Ops.

 

 

See the FULL picture!

While we’re here let us first take a quick peek at bringing together Log Analytics with vR Ops. We commonly refer to this as “360 degree troubleshooting” as you are able to troubleshoot across structured and unstructured data in one place.

 

See the BIG picture!

Secondly, take a look at how Cloud Costing and vR Ops come together. Imagine being able to do things like capacity management or forecasting and being able to see the cost associated with these activities, or looking at reclaiming capacity and being able to associate a dollar figure to the potential cost (and resource) savings.

 

BALANCE your life, yes you “Anita”, “Brian” and “Ethan”!

WOW, how about the enhanced Workload Balancing? Validate and modify DRS settings; Rebalance unbalanced Data Centers or Custom Data Centers, and Automate!

 

Persona-Based Content

Let’s head over to the DASHBOARD page. Start with the “Getting Started” dashboard. This is a Persona-Based dashboard that allows the user to look at five different categories of dashboards and very quick open any of them from there. These categories are: Operations, Capacity & Utilization, Performance Troubleshooting, Workload Balance, and Configuration & Compliance. Included in there are also vSAN dashboards as well as vRealize Automation (vRA) dashboards. In this release both vSAN and vRA are natively supported, so anyone using vSAN or vRA can quickly take advantage of this native support.

 

Resolve Issues Faster

What about Alerting? You can now slice-and-dice alerts any which way you want to help you accelerate resolving alerts and fixing issues faster.

 

Secure the Software Defined Data Center

So what about securing the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)? Well, that’s really important! You can now install - out of band - PCI DSS and HIPAA compliance content for the vSphere environment. This helps organizations with regulatory requirements improve their compliance posture.

 

Summary

vRealize Operations 6.6 has made some incredible improvements inspired by many of you out there that continue to challenge VMware and the Cloud Management Business Unit to do better! Thank you! Simplification; quicker time to value; persona-based dashboards and troubleshooting flows; enhanced fully automatable workload balancing; improved alerting to resolve issues quicker, and better securing the SDDC, are just scratching the surface of what vRealize Operations and vRealize Suite can help you with. I hope you enjoy this release!

 

Download and Try vRealize Operations 6.6 here!

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Release: VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5

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Log Insight is a log aggregation, management and analysis tool, that VMware first introduced in 2013 and considered a competitor of Splunk.

Yesterday VMware announced the release of version 4.5, available for download here.
Most of the focus for this release goes to the integration with vRealize Operations which, in short, means:

  • Direct launch into Log Insight Dashboard
  • Direct launch into Log Insight Interactive Analytics mode
  • Object auto-initiated log management
  • vRealize Operations Alerts auto-initiated log management


The remnant new features are split into 4 areas:

Server Features

  • Added API to query alert execution and notification history
  • Added ability to specify basic authentication for webhooks
  • New product configuration APIs added
  • The source field is maintained when forwarding from vRealize Log Insight forwarder to a vRealize Log Insight server
  • Hosts on the /admin/hosts page can now be exported
  • Support for external servers has been deprecated
  • VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) is recommended for vRealize Log Insight. Native AD support is now deprecated.

General User Interface Items

  • Dashboard legend mouse-over in one widget now highlights corresponding chart items across widgets
  • Added ability to show a given time across all dashboard chart widgets simultaneously
  • Separate options are available for descriptions and recommendations for user alerts.
  • User alert history for aggregation queries now includes count

Agent Items

  • Added ability to send unaltered raw syslog to destination server
  • Added ability for agent syslog parser to parse structured data (SD), PRI, PROCID, and MSGID syslog fields
  • Added auto-update checkbox option on MSI user interface
  • Added support for sending logs to multiple destinations
  • Added directory wildcard support
  • Added support for Photon OS
  • Support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has been deprecated

Content Packs

  • Updated General and vSphere content packs
  • VSAN and vROps content packs included out of the box

Labels: Log Insight, Release, VMware

Announcing VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5 release – What’s New

We&#rsquo;re pleased to announce the new release ofvRealize Log Insight 4.5. You can download the new releasehere.

Full 360-Degree Log Integration with vRealize Operations

Full Integration in-context within vRealize Operations

  1. Direct launch into Log Insight Dashboard
  2. Direct launch into Log Insight Interactive Analytics mode
  3. Object auto-initiated log management
  4. vRealize Operations Alerts auto-initiated log management

Customers can now becometroubleshooting experts. They can open up vRealize Operations and cross-stack via guided dashboards and integration with Log Insight for last mile root cause analysis with metrics and logs side-by-side and in context. The customer now has four ways to interact and open Log Insight within vRealize Operations. They can open up Log Insight directly in either the Dashboard View or Interactive View.

 

 

Otherwise the customer can leverage the power of Object auto-initiated context to double-click and view logs associated with specific objects identified within vRealize Operations.

Another way to utilize Log Insight within vRealize Operations is double-click on vRealize Operation Alerts. Once an Alert occurs, you can click on and open an instance of Log Insight to find the specifics regarding the Alert via detailed logs.

 

New Server Capabilities

  • vUpdated Log Insight RESTful API&#rsquo;s
  • vComprehensive Single Sign-On Support

Improved Agent Capabilities

  • vAgent multi-destination

 

For more in-depth review Log Insight 4.5 updates:

Server Features

  • Added API to query alert execution and notification history
  • Added ability to specify basic authentication for webhooks
  • New product configuration APIs added
  • The source field is maintained when forwarding fromvRealize Log Insight forwarderto a vRealize Log Insight server
  • Hosts on the /admin/hosts page can now be exported
  • Support for external servers has been deprecated
  • VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) is recommended for vRealize Log Insight.Native AD support is now deprecated. See the following Knowledge Base article for migration information:https://kb.wmware.com/kb/2148976.

General User Interface Items

  • Dashboard legend mouse-over in one widget now highlights corresponding chart items across widgets
  • Added ability to show a given time across all dashboard chart widgets simultaneously
  • Separate options are available for descriptions and recommendations for user alerts.
  • User alert history for aggregation queries now includes count

Agent Items

  • Added ability to send unaltered raw syslog to destination server
  • Added ability for agent syslog parser to parse structured data (SD), PRI, PROCID, and MSGID syslog fields
  • Added auto-update checkbox option on MSI user interface
  • Added support for sending logs to multiple destinations
  • Added directory wildcard support
  • Added support for Photon OS
  • Support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has been deprecated

Content Packs

  • Updated General and vSphere content packs
  • VSAN and vROps content packs included out of the box

Some Useful links:

  • Product documentation:https://vmware.com/support/pubs/log-insight-pubs.html
  • Log Insight community:http://loginsight.vmware.com/

Got questions? Leave a comment below.

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vRealize Intelligent Operations – The Smart Choice

vRealize Operations - The #1 Virtualization Management Solution

Thousands of customers worldwide already recognize vRealize Intelligent Operations as the smart choice for managing hybrid environments. Independent reviewers on IT Central Station consistently rank vRealize Operations the #1 virtualization management solution (based on product reviews, ratings and comparisons). These reviewers cite the choice as a &#rsquo;no brainer,&#rdquo; because of the stability, enterprise-class features, depth and integration with other VMware products as the reason for their choice.

With this week&#rsquo;s release, we confirm what these reviewers already know, that VMware leads the market for operations management because it is the obvious choice. The release offers innovative new features across the suite, with key advances in cloud, automation and SDDC management. Customers like Bharti Airtel are a reflection of the commitment to the vRealize Intelligent Operations suite.

&#rsquo;Bharti Airtel is committed to delivering best-in-class service experience to its 280 million plus customers. To enable a seamless service experience on this scale and ensure continuity at all times, we are transitioning all our applications to private cloud and are leveraging VMware&#rsquo;s vRealize Operations to help us monitor our infrastructure as well as do future capacity planning. This has given elasticity and scalability to our business and added to the overall customer experience.&#rdquo;

Cloud Management/Costing

One of the most exciting aspects of the new release is the advancements made in cloud management. According to Mitch Wagner, Editor at Enterprise Cloud News, “The cost-cutting vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 was most intriguing.”

By more tightly integrating vRealize Business with vRealize Operations, we are providing a platform for operations teams to have meaningful conversations with cloud planning/costing teams, business units and executive management. This integration repositions the operations team, empowering them with meaningful, actionable financial metrics. The information helps drive business decisions about where and how to place workloads (on premise vs. cloud environments like Amazon and Microsoft).

 

This integration can now be paired with the new and free VMware Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA), which helps customers make better cost decisions as they migrate workloads to private and public clouds. It&#rsquo;s fast and easy, and provides cloud cost insights in less than 3 hours.

Continuing with the theme of cloud management, we are introducing vRealize Network Insight 3.4, which includes a new Enterprise edition to allow management of AWS-based network and security. With this release, customers utilize the full spectrum of AWS security features to set more elaborate data retention policies and longer periods for deeper historical analysis.

Automation and Ease-of-Use

Under the theme of automation, we are announcing new Automated Workload Placement capabilities that bring the best of vSphere&#rsquo;s DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) together with the predictive analysis capabilities of vRealize Operations 6.6. This linkage allows customers to view and set DRS settings directly from vRealize Operations, resulting in automated, intelligent placement of workloads based on a customer&#rsquo;s business requirements. vRealize Operations predicts anomalies and potential issues, telling DRS to make a change or shift a workload BEFORE a performance issue occurs. This feature also ensures proper initial placement, utilizing Operations analytics to optimize placement of workloads through vRealize Automation.

In addition, we have dramatically simplified the product by focusing on key personas, including Performance, Operations, Compliance and Capacity. When getting started with vRealize Operations 6.6, customers immediately know where to go, getting actionable information that is specific to their role.

 

Plan, Manage and Scale the SDDC

Next-generation management depends on a consistent operational model across the SDDC and public cloud. With this release, we are announcing several new features and integrations that simplify management, providing a consistent and integrated view across the pillars of compute, network and storage.

Native vSAN Management – vRealize Operations 6.6 includes native management of VMware&#rsquo;s vSAN, meaning customers manage virtual storage without acquiring additional software. Also, a new set of custom dashboards are included, tailored to provide VSAN visibility and troubleshooting capabilities. This integration provides a comprehensive view into performance and capacity of the vSAN environment, as well as deep troubleshooting capabilities of vSAN clusters. Once an issue is detected, customers can take advantage of vRealize Operations actions to correct it.

Log Insight Integration - Continuing with the integration theme, vRealize Operations 6.6 offers in-context integration with in our Log Insight product, allowing managers to view both structured and unstructured data (logs) from a single console. Events and alerts in vRealize Operations are now enriched with log file data, saving precious time when an operations team is diagnosing a mission-critical issue.

To learn more about our exciting new release, please refer to the vRealize Intelligent Operations homepage.

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VMware vRealize Operations 6.6: Plan, Manage and Scale SDDC and Multi-Cloud Environments

Sneak Preview: What’s New in VMware vRealize Operations 6.6

Today, VMware announced upcoming releases for its entire portfolio of operations management products – vRealize Operations 6.6, vRealize Log Insight 4.5, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 and vRealize Network Insight 3.4.

The new vRealize Operations 6.6 release will offer an integrated experience with vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Business for Cloud, delivering the complete &#rsquo;intelligent operations&#rdquo; use case. This release will deliver several game-changing innovations, redesigned user experience, and greater/deeper integration across software defined datacenter (SDDC) technologies and multiple public clouds.

Intelligent operations solution is designed to help customers plan, manage and scale their software defined data centers (SDDC) and multi-cloud environments. If you&#rsquo;d like to be notified when the new vRealize Operations 6.6 is available to download/evaluate, sign up here. For more information visit the vRealize Operations web page.

vRealize Operations 6.6 will bring together all management functions – performance management, capacity, log analytics, cost analytics, planning, topology analysis, troubleshooting and automated workload balancing – in one integrated, highly intuitive, scalable and extensible platform.

VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 integrated with vRealize Log Insight 4.5 and vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 delivers core capabilities around:

  • Application-aware SDDC and multi-cloud monitoring to help customers accelerate adoption of SDDC and integrate public clouds. Native SDDC integrations such as with VMware vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation, redesigned intuitive user interface, unified visibility from applications to infrastructure and actionable insights combining metrics and logs deliver quick time to value. Customers get a unified operations view into applications and infrastructure health, visualize key performance indicators and infrastructure components dependencies. Predictive analytics and smart alerts enable proactive remediation of performance problems. Simple actionable out-of-the-box persona-based dashboards, metrics and logs side-by-side, custom dashboards, reports and views enable role-based access and smarter troubleshooting.
  • Automated and proactive performance management helps customers simplify operations, avoid disruption and free up time for more strategic tasks. The new capabilities in vRealize Operations 6.6. include fully automated workload balancing across hosts, clusters and datastores supporting both VMotion and Storage VMotion. It also offers full Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) management and predictive DRS. Predictive DRS combines predictive analytics from vRealize Operations with DRS capabilities to inform DRS of an expected spike in load so that DRS can move VMs before contention occurs. Anomalies and issues can be proactively detected and automatically remediated before end users are impacted.
  • Cloud Planning, capacity optimization and compliance – Upcoming vRealize Operations 6.6 includes tight integration with vRealize Business for Cloud which appears as &#rsquo;Business Management&#rdquo; tab within the vRealize Operations UI. Now vRealize Operations can correlate operational metrics with cost insights to understand how capacity utilization drives cost optimization. Fine grained cost analysis for private cloud and ability to compare costs across private and multiple public clouds such as AWS and Azure accelerate cloud planning, budgeting and procurement decisions, control costs and reduce risk. Customers can optimize cost and resource usage through capacity management, reclamation and right sizing and improve planning and forecasting. Also included are new SDDC health dashboards and hardening across the entire SDDC stack including NSX and VSAN.

 

 

 

Below are some of the &#rsquo;spotlight&#rdquo; features and capabilities:

1. Redesigned User Interface

  • Simplified Usability – New HTML5 UI has easier and consistent experience across all operations products
    • Quicker Navigation – New &#rsquo;Getting Started&#rdquo; dashboard points you to the right place
    • Accelerated Remediation – Persona-based dashboards provide the answers in one place – Operations, Troubleshooting, Cloud Capacity, Compliance and Config
  • Quicker Time To Value – OOTB integrations
    • Storage (vSAN), Logs (vRealize Log Insight), Business (vRealize Business for Cloud) and Automation (vRealize Automation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Best for SDDC Management

  • Complete native vSAN management
    • Performance, Capacity, Logs, Configuration and Health
    • No management pack required, 1-click to enable rich VSAN metrics/data
  • Centralized management across vSAN stretched clusters
  • Deploy vSAN with confidence with complete visibility down to disk level
  • Operationalize vSAN with performance and capacity monitoring, including dedup and compression benefits
  • SDDC Health Dashboard, including vSphere, NSX and vSAN
    • SDDC-App-Operations-View with Health breakdown for each product
    • Correlation of SDDC-App-component to underlying Infrastructure health (deployment instances and corresponding VM health)
  • Service Discovery Management Pack
    • Discover and list services and display the relationship between selected service and other services on other VMs.
    • Visualize relationship of selected VM with other VMs
    • Service Breakdown Across Environment
    • Validate SRM protection group and recovery plan membership

 

 

3. Intelligent Workload Placement featuring Fully Automated Workload Balancing

  • Ensure performance across the datacenter with fully automated workload balancing
    • Across clusters
    • Across data stores (w/ storage vMotion)
    • Easily automatable
    • Schedulable at a convenient maintenance window
  • Ensure DRS Configurations – View and set DRS settings to drive better balance
  • Avoid contention – Predictive DRS takes action before the contention occurs
  • Proper Initial Placement - Utilize Operations analytics to optimize placement of workloads through vRA

 

4. Full 360-Degree Log Integration with vRealize Operations 6.6

  • Full Integration in-context within vRealize Operations for faster troubleshooting
    • Direct launch into Log insight Dashboard
    • Direct launch into Log Insight Interactive Analytics mode
    • Object auto-initiated log management
    • vRealize Operations alerts auto-initiated log management

 

5. Cost Management Gets Easier with vRealize Operations 6.6

  • Optimize Public Clouds Spending with more visibility
    • Cost Visibility: Costing analysis for all services on AWS and Azure
    • Usage Visibility: VM level usage visibility into public clouds
  • Enhanced planning by correlating capacity and costs
    • Fine grained cost analysis for private cloud
    • Makes capacity optimization quantifiable
    • Procurement planning

6. OOTB Compliance and Hardening

  • Tackle compliance problems
    • What is out of compliance
    • New vSphere hardening dashboard
    • Hardening across all SDDC components, vSAN, NSX, vCenter
  • Extend Compliance – PCI & HIPAA compliance for vSphere
  • Ensure business configurations - New cluster, host and VM configuration dashboards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information visit the vRealize Operations web page.

Again, if you&#rsquo;d like to be notified when the new vRealize Operations 6.6, vRealize Log Insight 4.5 and vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 and vRealize Network Insight 3.4 become available to download/evaluate, sign up here.

 

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Customer Stories: Brand-New Engagements in Q4 2016

Customer stories are key to understanding how our products are used. I would like to share with you a few customer stories from our recent brand-new engagements. While each customer&#rsquo;s situation is unique, I believe there are benefits in exploring different business objectives and requirements, discovering the key drivers for selection decisions, and understanding the value that Cloud Management brings on different stages of the cloud journey. Since these are all very recent deployments, and many of these customers are not public references yet, I cannot call them by their names. They are all very real, though, and many of them might agree to speak privately &#rsquo;peer-to-peer&#rdquo;. Please contact your VMware account manager if you are interested.

Q4 2016 was huge for VMware in general, and for Cloud Management in particular. We have so many projects where customers selected vRealize Cloud Management solutions, across multiple industries, use cases, and geographies. Obviously, we can&#rsquo;t cover everything in one article, so I selected these 5 customer stories that I think provide a good mix.

 

  1. A Global Airline Flies High with vRealize

 

This major global airline with several thousand flights daily serves hundreds of domestic and international destinations in tens of countries. Though a long-standing VMware customer, the airline was slow to adopt new infrastructure solutions beyond vSphere. Part of the issue was that the customer went through some business hardship and was forced to budget every project on a year-to-year basis, and budget by specific projects. After their financial recovery, however, this policy had stayed in place preventing strong momentum and agility. They were then plagued by several outages including critical business application as well as network issues, causing them lost revenue and increased operational expenses, as well as customer satisfaction damage.

In 2016 the airline had approached VMware and a deep architectural and operations review was set up of both their infrastructureand their personnel. The decision was made to fund a number of new data centers. VMware was a large part of this newly approved budget. Our specialist team, together with the customer&#rsquo;s teams, was able to build a new cloud strategy based on VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) withvRealizeSuite, usingvRealizeOperations and Blue Medora Management Packsto get better insight into their environment as they start to modernize their infrastructure. Customer has charted a very aggressive schedule of getting the first new DC up and running within several months, to run hundreds of mission critical applications.

  1. A Tier-1 Financial Services Firm Sees 1 + 1 = 3!

This deal, originated out of the US but is global by nature, demonstrates the top-level team work between Dell EMC and VMware, where vRealize was one of the key drivers. This how it all came about:

This global financial services firm was looking for a hybrid cloud solution and issued an RFP to over a dozen of different vendors. VMware partnered with Dell-EMC and Pivotal. After a successful proof of concept project (POC) spanning multiple months, the customer chose Dell-EMC/VMware infrastructure combination, with Pivotal providing the application platform, for a few reasons:

  • vRealize Automation proved to be the best service catalog/cloud management platform
  • The integration value of all the products in our vRealize Suite of vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations, vRealize Business for Cloud
  • The high level of confidence in NSX, and also excited with the cross-cloud architecture that NSX could support

With vRealize management installed on top of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud from Dell-EMC, they are expecting to get a more agile and efficient platform to then build new applications, and ultimately remove a significant amount of operational costs through automation and intelligent operations. We competed against and beat out a number of very strong competitors in the process! Dell-EMC and VMWare is like 1+1=3!

  1. A Government Agency in Asia Pacific Region Gets Their IT Back

The Taxation Office is the principal revenue collection agency of the government in one of the larger countries in the Asia Pacific region. They had three system integrators and hosters providing significant amounts of IT service to them, but still didn&#rsquo;t have clear visibility, management, or control when, why and how these services were being provisioned. They also had very limited visibility into service costs. It became critical for the agency to regain control and track IT expenditures to daily outcomes. Creating a management and visibility framework was also critical as the IT organization increased their adoption of the public cloud.

The solution was a hybrid cloud platform managed by vRealize Automation, with NSX as the security mechanism. The agency&#rsquo;s production workloads have now been moved from a traditional environment to a fully implemented hybrid cloud. They now support both AWS and vSphere running live workloads, and have identified several critical apps to deploy to the public cloud, this will not only streamline workflows and provide greater agility but also give full transparency into their IT operations costs. This customer now has a choice of provisioning their DevOps workloads in private or public clouds, with a full visibility into all platforms.

  1. A Tier 1 Telco Calls Out to VMware for Cloud

 

This customer is the top fixed/mobile carrier service provider in a major European country serving 100M+ subscribers.This engagement continues a pattern ofvRealizedelivering valueto agrowingnumber oftheworld’stoptelcos. The complete solution includes NSX,vCloud Suite,Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and a professional services across the board.

Likeothertelcos, this customer was challenged with eroding marginsandgrowingoperational costs. To address this, they introduced the new strategy to manage big data, edge up their market differentiation and be able to increase the dividends to the shareholders. They were willing to invest wherever needed to deliver the highest quality of services while keeping costs under control.

TheVMware specialiststeaminstigated several short proof of concept (POC) projects that positioned VMware solutionasthe best-in-class software-defined infrastructure, demonstrating the efficient and reliable foundation forbothITand virtualized carrier-grade network functions.

Throughsuccessful POCs and demos we have shown that automated provisioning and governance provided byvRealize AutomationandvCloud Director,coupled with NSX,willstreamlinetheIT andnetworkprovisioning, whilevRealize OperationsandvRealize Log Insightwillprovide the single pane of glass end-to-end monitoring / analytics capability to enable proactive incident management and carrier-grade infrastructure operations.

 

  1. Oil and Gas Flow Easier with vRealize Cloud Management

 

With some of the largest proven crude oil and natural gas reserves and the largest daily oil production, this customer is one of the world&#rsquo;s most valuable companies. As they evolve to a more modern IT infrastructure they have faced many common issues, including decentralized app requests, lack of proper capacity management, and no easy way to troubleshoot issues. With several different kinds of environments, each with their own network, connectivity, storage and app requirements, everything had to be deployed manually by an admin.

VMware&#rsquo;s solution will provide an automation tool that will integrate with the existing IT policies and tools. With a broad operation management strategy, they rolled out VxRack and Cloud Foundation with vRealize Suite deployment to provide performance and capacity management for the environment, implement persona-based reporting, and create charge back/show back models for different cloud services.

The Bottom Line: Value Across the Board

As you could see with these customer stories, across different industries and geographies, customers rely on vRealize Suite to meet their cloud according to their tactical or strategic objectives. The value is across the board – from increased agility and improved performance, to reduced costs and higher business efficiency. Stay tuned for more – looking forward to sharing more real-life projects and customer stories with you!

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