Operations

IT and DevOps: Hear from our GM and Customers

Spotlight session MGT3136SU at VMworld 2017 Las Vegas:

How DevOps Is Transforming IT: People, Process, Technology

In this spotlight session, Ajay Singh, VMware Cloud Management General Manager and SVP, will interview a group of our top customers about how IT can support DevOps.

As companies are continuing innovation on the path to digital transformation, they need new tools, skill sets, and organizational structures to support the new DevOps paradigms. Hear from the CIOs of some of our major customers about the challenges they have met and the solutions they have put in place, and our own VP of Engineering – the internal VMware DevOps “customer 0”.

Julie Ray,SVP, ECIO,Fannie Mae

David Coker,Senior VP, Information Systems,Polaris Alpha

Sandhya Sridharan,Vice President Engineering,VMware

 

Drinking our own Champagne

Learn about VMware usage of our own tools for DevOps to drive efficiencies into the VMware organization while improving products we are building for customers. We will talk about the project Cava and how we do DevOps using our own vRealize solutions at the Cloud Management Business Unit of VMware. We will show a demo of a self-service portal for provisioning the infrastructure and applications used by 450+ software developers and release engineers on a daily basis. See how we drink our own champagne!

 

How to Register

Planning to attend the upcoming VMworld 2017 inLas VegasorBarcelona? This is still a good time toregister, and see you soon!

 

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Improving workload performance with DRS and vROps 6.6

The DRS Dilemma.

vSphere&#rsquo;s Distributed resource scheduler has long been a part of our data centers, keeping an ever vigilant watch over our hosts and their workloads. Distributed resource scheduler, or DRS for short, is responsible for choosing the best host for each of our virtual machines to run on. When you deploy a new VM, DRS is there for the initial placement. When a cluster is out of balance or a host is running low on resources, DRS is there to move VM&#rsquo;s to other hosts in the cluster. Moreover, when it is time to perform maintenance on a host, DRS is there to evacuate the VM&#rsquo;s and place them on other hosts in the cluster. DRS is one of those things that once you enable it, you just can&#rsquo;t seem to live without.

As awesome as DRS is, however, it is constrained to intra-cluster virtual machine moves. That means when all of the hosts within a cluster have run out of available resources there&#rsquo;s little to nothing that DRS can do. Imagine a Tetris screen that&#rsquo;s completely full. No amount of tinkering with the placement of your pieces can free up space to add more pieces. The only options are to remove or modify pieces to make more room.

 

DRS and vROps, better together!

Thankfully however, vRealize Operations Manager has the answer. When DRS and vROps work together some interesting possibilities open up. vROps can expand DRS&#rsquo; capabilities by coordinating virtual machine moves between clusters. This means that workloads can be balanced across an entire data center, further eliminating hot spots and maximizing your hardware investment.

And if you have concerns about mixing prod and dev environments, or if you have special licensing constraints, vROps has you covered there as well. With just a few clicks, you can create your own custom data centers to ensure your VM&#rsquo;s don&#rsquo;t run where they aren&#rsquo;t supposed to. vROps automated workload balancing works by looking at each of your clusters and their virtual machines and calculates the most efficient way to distribute the VM&#rsquo;s across your data center (or custom data center).

 

Before committing to any moves, vROps shows a before and after comparison of what your environment will look like and what VM&#rsquo;s will be moved to achieve virtual nirvana. If the user accepts the moves, vROps initiates the vMotion(s) by handing the VMs off to their new cluster and letting that cluster&#rsquo;s DRS and storage DRS handle the individual host and datastore placement. Of course, DRS must be set to fully automated for each of your compute clusters in order to take advantage of this great new feature.

B-E Proactive!

Up until this point, DRS has been a reactive tool that moves workloads after contention has occurred. How great would it be if we could leverage vROps to help predict when contention is likely to occur? After all, many production VM&#rsquo;s see workload spikes at regular intervals. For example, when users log on to their applications in the morning, or when backups run at midnight, or when the regularly scheduled database cleanup script kicks off.

 

 

Once again, vROps gives DRS super powers by feeding workload statistics to DRS in a feature called Predictive DRS. Predictive DRS, or pDRS identifies workload patterns for each virtual machine in order to predict future resource needs. If a host doesn&#rsquo;t have enough resources to keep up with future demands, pDRS will move workloads to other hosts in the cluster before contention can even occur. vMotions can be taxing on a host&#rsquo;s resources, so why put the additional burden on your hardware when it&#rsquo;s already stressed out? This is a vast improvement compared to reactive approaches to contention.

Enabling pDRS is easy. Log in to your vCenter server and edit your cluster&#rsquo;s DRS settings. Under the DRS automation settings enable predictive DRS and repeat this for any other clusters which you’d like to enable predictive DRS. Next, log in to vROps and go to the administration tab and edit your vSphere solution. Under the advanced settings set the &#rsquo;provide data to vSphere predictive DRS&#rdquo; setting to true.

By combining the automation of DRS with the intelligence of vROps, you&#rsquo;ll be able to break free from unplanned work and focus on more important things. For example, finding the perfect cup of coffee, or I suppose that project your boss keeps hounding you about. Either way, be sure to check out vROps today by visiting https://www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-operations.html.

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August 16th Webinar: Upgrading to vRealize Operations 6.6

Are you ready to upgrade to vRealize Operations 6.6? There is a lot of excitement around the new HTML5 interface, Workload Placement improvements, new dashboard content, integration with Log Insight and vRealize Business for Cloud and much more. vRealize Operations 6.6 is one of our biggest and most exciting upgrades and you do not want to miss out.

On August 16th, we will be hosting another &#rsquo;Getting More out of VMware vRealize&#rdquo; webinar. The session builds on our previous sessions around intelligent operations, and will specifically guide you through all the issues around upgrading to vRealize Operations 6.6.

Register here, or read for more details!

Learn How-To&#rsquo;s, Need-to-Know&#rsquo;s and How Things Work

The best part of upgrading is how fast and easy it is to perform the upgrade. If you are unsure about upgrading, come learn how the process has been improved and simplified.

Upgrading is a great start. But, to take advantage of all the new capabilities with vRealize Operations 6.6 you will want to know the details on using new and improved features. So, in addition to covering upgrade details, in this &#rsquo;Getting More&#rdquo; session you will learn about:

  • Configuring Workload Placement
  • Integrated vSAN Management
  • vRB and LI Integration with vIDM
  • Deploying the SDDC Management Pack
  • Setting up Compliance for vSphere, PCI, HIPAA

 

Even if you are a new customer of vRealize Operations, these topics will be of interest to help you &#rsquo;Get More&#rdquo; out of vRealize Operations 6.6 in your environment.

Also, learn about our new vRealize Operations Certification Badge and how you can earn this badge to show off your &#rsquo;vROps Ninja&#rdquo; skills.

 

Live Q&A in the End: Bring your Questions!

The webinar will conclude with an open live Q&A with our specialists who will be on hand to answer your questions through chat.

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Cloud Management Sessions Lineup at VMworld 2017 Las Vegas

With just three weeks left until VMworld 2017 Las Vegas, I would like to help you navigate through the impressive lineup of cloud management-focused sessions that are available to you.

Designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the VMware&#rsquo;s Cloud Management Platform (CMP) and other cloud management products and solutions, these sessions provide the vision and the strategic direction, as well as hands-on knowledge and best practices, to help you be successful on your cloud journey.

To make it easier, I have segmented all sessions into these groups:

 

Cloud Management Spotlight Sessions

See our Cloud Management leadership chart the course for the future, update you on the recent developments, and share the coolest demos and new technologies brewing in our labs. Hear from our top customers and key engineers. And have fun in the process.

 

MGT3137SU: Multicloud is Eating the World. Join the Party! Our Product Management team will present on what keeps them busy to help you be effective in a Multicloud world.

MGT3138SU: What’s on the Horizon: Cool Emerging Technologies in Cloud Management. Hear from our CTO and our Top Engineers on What&#rsquo;s Coming in the Future!

MGT3136SU: How DevOps Is Transforming IT: People, Process, Technology. Learn from our biggest customers!

 

SDDC, GeneralCMP and Multi-Cloud Management

How do you optimize your on-prem SDDC, while taking advantage of the Multicloud world out there? These sessions will bring the wisdom of 20 years of managing virtualization, along with the new trends of combining your private cloud with the multiple public clouds, and doing it all at the highest levels of security, governance, and control.

 

MGT3137SU: Multicloud is Eating the World. Join the Party! Our Product Management team will present on what keeps them busy to help you be effective in a Multicloud world.

MGT3138SU: What’s on the Horizon: Cool Emerging Technologies in Cloud Management. Hear from our CTO and our Top Engineers on What&#rsquo;s Coming in the Future!

MGT3166BU: A Simplified Approach to Lifecycle Management for vRealize Suite

MGT3167GU: Managing the SDDC as Code

MGT3169GU: Using vRealize to Manage AWS as Part of Hybrid Cloud

MGT3163GU: Wavefront Customer Uses and Demo

MMC3165BU: Becoming a DevOps Superhero: Introduction to Wavefront for Optimizing Cloud-Native Applications

MMC3164BU: How Data Science is Transforming Operations: The Wavefront Story

MMC2210BU: Best Practices: How the City of New York Has Configured AWS for the Best vRealize Automation Integration

MMC2256BU: Watching the Clouds: Challenges with Monitoring Hybrid Cloud Environments

MMC2820BU: Deploying Applications into AWS EC2 with VMware Cloud Services

MMC2877BU: Deep Dive into Cost Insight: Understand, Analyze, and Optimize Your Cloud Expenses (Cloud Service)

MMC2888GU: How We&#rsquo;ve Accelerated Innovation While Keeping Our Cross-Cloud Spending in Check

MMC3062BU: How Customer XYZ Secures and Monitors On-Premises Software-Defined Data Center Virtual and Physical Networks Using Network Insight SaaS

MMC3074BU: 3 ways to use VMware&#rsquo;s new Cross-Cloud SaaS Services to efficiently run workloads across AWS, Azure and vSphere: VMware and Customer technical session

MMC3112BU: Customer Story: Monitoring Costs and Rightsizing Workloads in AWS, Azure, and VMware-Based Clouds

 

Intelligent Operations of SDDC and the Hybrid Cloud (incl. Monitoring and Troubleshooting, Capacity Management, Workload Placement, Business and Costs Management)

These sessions cover the operational aspects of SDDC and cloud management: capacity planning and resource distribution, performance management, troubleshooting, for your virtual compute, storage, and networks, on-prem or in the cloud. Attend to learn more aboutvRealize Operations,vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Network Insight and vRealize Business for Cloud, as well as the new cloud services for operations.

 

MGT1217BU: Intelligent Operations Management from Infra to Applications and Across the Software-Defined Data Center

MGT1218PU: Unplugged: Thought Leaders Share Their Perspective on Operations Management for the Multicloud Era

MMC2884GU: Manage Cross-Cloud Applications Using VMware Log Analytics as a Service

MGT1260QU: Make Informed Infrastructure Spending Decisions with Hybrid Cloud Assessment

MGT1599BU: vRealize Operations Capacity Explained

MGT1733BU: Scaling and Extending vRealize Operations for the Enterprise

MGT1908PU: Day 2 Operations Using vRealize Network Insight at VMware IT and at Customers

MGT1999BU: It’s the Apps: Fully Loaded Application Monitoring with vRealize Operations

MGT2008BU: Break Your Logjam by Leveraging the Power of vRealize Log Insight

MGT2185BU: 360-Degree Troubleshooting and Remediation

MGT2323GU: Experience the Value of vRealize Log Insight Content Packs

MGT2338BU: The Happy Nomadic VM: A vRealize Story

MGT2443BU: Tutorial: Reclaim Time Spent on Operations While Improving Quality and Efficiency; Hear from Rackspace and VMware OneCloud Team

MGT2508BU: Achieve Troubleshooting Mastery with vRealize Operations

MGT2588GU: Intelligent Operations Jam Session: SDDC Performance and Availability, Unified Management

MGT2653QU: Case Study: VMware vRealize Operations Provides Single-Pane View of Global Data Centers to Meet Performance and Uptime Requirements

MGT2768GU: A Two-Day VMware vRealize Operations Manager Customer Success Workshop in 60 Minutes

MGT2829GU: Intelligent Operations Jam Session: Infrastructure Optimization

MGT2855BU: Operationalize Your World: Moving Your Operations Closer to Your Architectures

MGT3392BUS: Keep a close eye on your IT real estate: Adopt a cloud-first monitoring strategy.

MGT1568BU: Case Study: Altisource and VMware—v (We) Realize Business for Cloud Together!

MGT1816BU: Case Study: How a Leading Health Insurance Provider Uses vRealize Business to Transform Its Cloud Initiative into a Cloud Business Management Practice

MGT2426BU: When Seconds Mean Dollars: Maximizing IT Operations at the CME Group

MGT3238GU: Densify, Build, or Rent? Cloud Changes the Entire Planning and Costing Model for IT

MMC3066BU: How Do You Use Network Insights’ SaaS to Secure Multi-tier Hybrid Apps Running on vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS, and AWS Native?

 

Provisioning Automation (of VMs, Containers and NSX)

Here, you will learn about new features ofvRealize Automation, in particular the improved support for workload placement decisions (together with vRealize Operations), fine-grained controls for vSAN and NSX Day 2 operations, shared access to deployments for collaboration within a tenant, direct access to health/ upgrade readiness, and how to mix VMs and containers in a single blue print. Also, see how unified blueprints bring together your virtualized compute and networking resources (withNSX) in one uniformed infrastructure-as-code approach. Hear from major customers who have successfully implemented IT self-service portals for automated provisioning of infrastructure and applications to end users.

 

MGT1311BU: Deep Dive: VMware vRealize Automation and ServiceNow

MGT1758BU: Effectively Operating an Automated Cloud

MGT1776BU: vRealize Automation Solves the Container Onboarding Conundrum

MGT1761BU: Swisscom Modernizes Its Cloud for Enterprises with VMware

MGT1799BU: Full-Stack Automation: Streamlining, Delivering, and Managing App-Centric IT

MGT1847BU: What’s New with vRealize Automation 7.3

MGT1935BU: Automate the Automation: Streamline the Installation, Configuration, and Upgrade of VMware vRealize Automation

MGT2024QU: Measure Twice, Automate Once: Trusted Tools to Bring Success to a vRealize Automation Project

MGT2875BU: Manage, Govern, and Extend VMware Cloud on AWS with vRealize Automation

MGT3038GU: Get the Most Out of vRealize Automation: Embracing the vRealize Automation Ecosystem

MGT3307BUS: 101 of Automation & Orchestration - How do I develop a Successful A&O program in my Company?

MGT3315BUS: How Orchestration Can Actually Save Your Marriage

MGT2589BU: Aon Rapid Deploy: Creating a Global Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with Private Cloud, Managed Private Cloud, and Public Cloud

MGT2898PU: Pushing the Limits: Critical Customers Partnering with VMware Engineering

 

DevOps: Developer&#rsquo;s Cloud, Infrastructure as Service, OpenStack, CI/CD and Pipeline Automation

Learn about how VMware Cloud Management solutions can help your IT support your development organization. vRealize Automation customers are now entitled to use vRealize Code Stream at no charge for use with the vRCS Management Pack for IT DevOps (&#rsquo;Houdini&#rdquo;). Checkout the latest new features of vRealize Code Stream. See how you can integrate into your CI/CD pipeline with the new REST and Poll plugins, and utilize Git and Gerrit triggers. And the last but not the least, if you are an Open Stack fan, learn more about VMware Integrated Open Stack (VIO) that is a fully DefCore-compliant implementation of this popular open source API standard.

 

MGT3136SU: How DevOps Is Transforming IT: People, Process, Technology. Learn from our biggest customers!

MGT2231BU: How VMware implemented the Self-Healing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline using vRealize Suite

MGT2871BU: ridging the Operations Gap Between the Software-Defined Data Center and Pivotal CF for VMware Deployments

MGT1307BU: vRealize Automation and Puppet: Enabling DevOps-Ready IT

MGT1785BU: OpenStack in the Real World: VMware Integrated OpenStack Customer session

MGT2609BU: VMware Integrated OpenStack: What&#rsquo;s New

MGT2716BU: vRealize Automation for the Developer Cloud

MGT2751PU: vRealize Automation Experts Panel: How to Win over App Developers and End Shadow IT

MGT3168GU: From Developer Laptop to Production: Managing Containers with vRealize Suite

 

More Goodies to Come – Stay Tuned

Our agenda at VMworld 2017 not limited to break out sessions. There will be group discussions, &#rsquo;meet the expert&#rdquo; sessions, hands-on-labs, and other activities that we have planned for you. Visit VMware booth to see real demos, chat with our subject matter experts, or join spontaneous discussions with other customers or partners. There is plenty to do!

Stay tuned for more VMworld posts on this blog.

How to Register

Planning to attend the upcoming VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas or Barcelona? This is still a good time toregister, and see you soon!

 

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PCI-DSS & HIPAA compliance with vRealize Operations

Hardening and Compliance for vSphere

For some time now vRealize Operations has been able to check the vSphere environment against VMware&#rsquo;s vSphere Hardening Guidelines – vRealize Operations vSphere Hardening.

 

More and more organizations have the need to meet certain regulatory requirements, namely PCI-DSS, HIPAA, and others. With the recent release of vRealize Operations 6.6 VMware has also introduced PCI-DSS and HIPAA compliance for vSphere. This is available to clients with vRealize Operations Advanced edition and higher.

 

 

Download and Install the Management Packs for PCI-DSS and HIPAA

Lets start by where you need to go to get this content. Simply go to VMware&#rsquo;s MarketPlace (also known as VMware Solution Exchange) https://marketplace.vmware.com. A simple search on PCI-DSS or HIPAA will get you to the vRealize Operations Management Packs.

 

Install the Management Pack(s) you desire. This is done in the ADMINISTRATION page under SOLUTIONS

 

Enable PCI-DSS and HIPAA compliance for vSphere

Now that the solution management packs are installed simply make sure they are turned on. This is done in the policy by enabling the alerts. Go to step 6 in the policy, and do two searches, the first for PCI DSS and the second for HIPAA

Change the STATE column from &#rsquo;Inherited Blocked&#rdquo; to &#rsquo;Local Enabled&#rdquo; to enable the alerts (essentially enabling the compliance checking)

 

Leveraging the vSphere Hardening Compliance dashboard you will now be able to see any alerts related to PCI DSS and HIPAA in addition to the already available (if turned on) vSphere compliance alerts.

 

 

Object Level View

From here you can also drill into an object check on it’s compliance posture!

 

 

Reports

After installing these solutions Management Packs you will notice that each has installed a compliance report. One for PCI-DSS and the second for HIPAA. This is a great way to check on your compliance posture and make sure that you are trending upwards with time (getting to PCI and HIPAA compliance doesn&#rsquo;t happen over night). Here’s a report snippet below.

 

 

 

vRealize Operations Current Standards Coverage

  • vSphere Hardening Guidelines for 5.5
  • vSphere Hardening Guidelines for 6.0
  • PCI DSS 3.2 for vSphere (as of July 2017 – download the management pack)
  • HIPAA for vSphere (as of July 2017 – download the management pack)
  • vSphere Hardening Guidelines for 6.5 (Management Pack is Planned, but I can’t provide any dates - sorry)

 

 

Summary

Want to harden your vSphere environment? Do you need to adhere to PCI-DSS or HIPAA regulatory requirements for your vSphere environment? Visit the VMware market place today! https://marketplace.vmware.com

 

 

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Managing the Healthcare Cloud

A Cloud Standards Consumer Council paper titled, &#rsquo;Impact of Cloud Computing on Health Care&#rdquo; states, &#rsquo;There is substantial growth in demand for health care services because of aging populations, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and comorbidities. Concurrently, there are cost pressures stemming from the need to do more and higher quality work with fewer and more costly resources and also reduced revenue.&#rdquo; Cloud providers, both internal and public, must be abstracted from a user perspective. Deploying and managing the cost and operations across providers becomes the primary concern for enterprise health care IT.

 

It all starts with deployment of resources

Health care is unique in our method of deploying and consuming applications. While many health care organizations are developing applications, nearly all applications deployed by health care IT are commercial, off the shelf (COTS) products. This often leads to the mistaken belief that automation is not necessary in health care. When deploying a new health care application, especially when it is an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) major version, much of the deployment time is spent creating the environment, including compute, storage, and networking.

 

Efficiencies in application deployments are not limited to internal private cloud. Leveraging the Advanced Programming Interfaces (APIs) provided by public cloud providers, vRealize Automation can deploy across multiple public and private clouds. Test and development environments may be provisioned in public cloud resources for short term projects, while longer term production workloads may be deployed within the private datacenter, spanning multiple public and private clouds, all with a single request for resources.

 

Cost as a user metric

Health care IT is often considered a cost center, something needed, but challenging to fund. Projects often fund infrastructure, but have limited means of tracking the actual value they are receiving from the acquisition. When an application shares infrastructure and needs additional resources mid lifecycle, reallocation is often required. This creates significant problems with right-sizing the environment during project planning.

 

VMware&#rsquo;s vRealize Business enables health care IT to provide actual cost to project teams. Costs can be gleaned from existing environments to forecast new projects. For applications which can be deployed on public clouds, cost comparison can happen in real time with forecasting to determine the lowest cost provider meeting the requirements. This also provides real time costing on migrating applications and resource reclamation as that becomes an option. Application owners are presented with the cost they could avoid, by shifting unused resources to new projects.

 

Automating operations

When automating bad process, the speed of bad process increases exponentially. One of the most often overlooked challenges in health care IT is the need for a better operational process. Deploying applications and looking at cost is beneficial, but a majority of the operational cost and struggle occurs in the shift from design and deploy to operate and maintain. Runbooks and instructions are helpful, but many of the operational tasks are repetitive, and tedious.

 

Adding resources, predictive performance monitoring, and capacity management can be easily automated using VMware&#rsquo;s vRealize Operations with Log Insight. Many functions can become self-documenting as lower level functions are abstracted. Fewer operational staff are then required to manage the system; enabling more focus on projects and less &#rsquo;keeping the lights on&#rdquo;, providing greater value back to the organization and, most importantly, to the patient.

 

Managing the health care cloud is a challenging proposition, made all the more difficult by the changes in reimbursement models, changing technology, and technical debt. Automation is one of the best ways to solve many of these problems but it must be treated as a complete solution, and one which accounts for future expansion and changes to technology. By building out a solution with complete lifecycle management, cost, and operational efficiencies, Health care IT can provide a superior provider and patient experience, while continuing to remain relevant in an ever changing world.

 

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Manage Capacity and Utilization with vRealize Operations 6.6 Dashboards

I hope you enjoyed my last post around running production operations with out of the box dashboards with vRealize Operations Manager 6.6. While that post was focused on providing you a visibility into your environments, with this post we will drill down into the specific topic of Capacity Management in a Cloud Environment.

While I have worked with most of the roles within an IT organization, I believe the most trivial role is of person managing Capacity of a virtual environment. This role requires one to be on their feet at all the times to ensure they are able to get answers to complex problems that revolve around capacity managment. I tend to divide these complex problems into 5 simple categories:

 

1- How much Capacity do I have?

2- How is it being utilized?

3- How much Capacity is left?

4- When will I run out of Capacity?, and

5- When do I need to trigger the next purchase?

 

While the above questions sound simple, when you apply them to a Software Defined Datacenter, they become extremely complex. The complexity is primarily due to the fact that you are sharing physical resources using the hypervisor between multiple operating systems and applications riding on top of virtual machines. While the focus seems to be capacity, another major dimension which one needs to tak care of is Performance. The above mentioned role is also responsible for ensuring that all the virtual machines which are running in this environment are being Served Well. It is essential that the Capacity owner strikes a balance between Performance and Capacity which makes this problem harder to solve.

WithvRealize Operations 6.6we try to answer these questions with the use of out-of-the box dashboards. It was important that all this valuable IP was easily accessible through a centralized console which acts as an anchor for user of vRealize Operations Manager. In order to achieve this, we introuduced a“Getting Started”dashboard which would step you through some useful categories and use cases.

 

Today we will have a look at the second category which is calledCapacity and Utilization. Here is how this categoryshows up on the Getting Started Page:

As mentioned before, Capacity and Utilization category caters to the teams responsible for tracking the utilization of the provisioned capacity in there virtual infrastructure. The dashboards within this category allow you to take capacity procurement decisions, reduce wastage through reclamation, and track usage trends to avoid performance problems due to capacity shortfalls.

Key questions these dashboards help you answer are :

  • How much capacity I have, how much is used and what are the usage trends for a specific vCenter, datacenter or cluster?
  • How much Disk, vCPU or Memory I can reclaim from large VMs in my environment to reduce wastage & improve performance?
  • Which clusters have the highest resource demands?
  • Which hosts are being heavily utilized and why?
  • Which datastores are running out of disk space and who are the top consumers?
  • How is the storage capacity & utilization of my vSAN environment along with savings achieved by enabling deduplication and compression?

 

Let us look at each of these dashboard and I will provide a summary of what these dashboards can do for you along with a quick view of the dashboard:

 

Capacity Overview

The Capacity Overview Dashboard provides you a summary of the total physical capacity available across all your environments being monitored by vRealize Operations Manager. The dashboard provides a summary of CPU, Memory and Storage Capacity provisioned along with the resource reclamation opportunities available in those environments.

Since capacity decisions are mostly tied to logical resource groups, this dashboard allow you to assess Capacity and Utilization at each resource group level such as vCenter, Datacenter, Custom Datacenter or vSphere Cluster. You can quickly select an object and view it’s total capacity and used capacity to understand the current capacity situation. Capacity planning requires you to have visibility into the historical trends and future forecasts, hence the trend views within the dashboard provide you this information to predict how soon you will run out of capacity.

If you plan to report the current capacity situation to others within your organization, you can simply expand the Cluster Capacity Details view on this dashboard and export this as a report for sharing purposes.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Capacity Reclaimable

The Capacity Reclaimable Dashboard provides you a quick view of resource reclamation opportunities within your virtual infrastructure. This dashboard is focused on improving the efficiency of your environment by reducing the wastage of resources. While this wastage is usually caused by idle or powered off virtual machines another biggest contributor to this wastage is oversized virtual machines.

This dashboard allows you to select an environment and quickly view the amount of capacity which can be reclaimed from the environment in form of reclaimable CPU, Memory and Disk Space.

You can start with the view which lists down all the virtual machines running on old snapshots or are powered off. These VMs provide you the opportunity of reclaiming storage by deleting the old snapshots on them or by deleting the unwanted virtual machines. You can take these action right from this view by using the actions framework available within vRealize Operations Manager.

The dashboard provides you recommended best practices around reclaiming CPU and Memory from large virtual machines in your environment. Since large and oversized virtual machines can increase contention between VMs, you can use the phased approach of using aggressive or conservative reclamation techniques to right size your virtual machines.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

vSAN Capacity Overview

The vSAN Capacity Overview dashboard provides an overview of vSAN storage capacity along with savings achieved by enabling dedupe and compression across all your vSAN clusters.

The dashboard allows you to answer key questions around capacity management such as total provisioned capacity, current and historical utilization trends and future procurement requirements. You can view things like capacity remaining, time remaining and storage reclamation opportunities to take effective capacity management decisions.

The dashboard also focuses on how vSAN is using the disk capacity by showing you a distribution of utilization amongst vSAN disks. You can view these details either as an aggregate or at individual cluster level.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Datastore Utilization

The Datastore Utilization dashboard is a quick and easy way to identify storage provisioning and utilization patterns in a virtual infrastructure. It is a best practice to have standard datastore sizes to ensure you can easily manage storage in your virtual environments. The heatmap on this dashboard plots each and every datastore monitored by vRealize Operations Manager and groups them by clusters.

The utilization pattern of these datastores is depicted by colors, where grey represent an underutilized datastore, red represents a datastore running out of disk space and green represents an optimally used datastore.

By selecting a datastore, you can see the past utilization trend and forecasted usage. The view within the dashboard will list all the virtual machines running on the selected datastore and provide you with the opportunity to reclaim storage used by large virtual machines snapshots or powered off VMs.

You can use the vRealize Operations Manager action framework to quickly reclaim resources by deleting the snapshots or unwanted powered off VMs.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Cluster Utilization

The Cluster Utilization dashboard allows you to identify the vSphere clusters that are being heavily consumed from a CPU, memory, disk, and network perspective. High or unexpected resource usage on clusters may result in performance bottlenecks. Using this dashboard you can quickly identify the clusters which are struggling to keep up with the virtual machine demand.

On selecting a cluster with high CPU, Memory, Disk or Network demand, the dashboard provides you with the list of ESXi hosts that are participating in the given cluster. If you notice imbalance between how the hosts within the selected clusters are being used, you might have an opportunity to balance the hosts by moving virtual machines within the cluster.

In situations where the cluster demand has been historically chronic virtual machines should be moved out of these clusters to avoid potential performance issues using Workload Balance. If such patterns are observed on all the clusters in a given environment, it indicates that new capacity might be required to cater to the increase in demand.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Heavy Hitter VMs

The Heavy Hitter VMs dashboard helps you identify virtual machines which are consistently consuming high amount of resources from your virtual infrastructure. In heavily overprovisioned environments, this might create resource bottlenecks resulting in potential performance issues.

With the use of this dashboard you can easily identify the resource utilization trends of each of your vSphere clusters. Along with the utilization trends, you are also provided with a list of Virtual Machines within those clusters based on their resource demands from CPU, Memory, Disk and Network within your environment. The views also analyze the workload pattern of these VMs over the past week to identify heavy hitter VMs which might be running a sustained heavy workload (measured over a day), or bursty workloads (measure using peak demand).

You can export the list of offenders using these views and take appropriate actions to distribute this demand and reduce potential bottlenecks.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Host Utilization

The Host Utilization dashboard allows you to identify the hosts that are being heavily consumed from a CPU, memory, disk, and network perspective. High or unexpected resource usage on hosts may result in performance bottlenecks. Using this dashboard you can quickly identify the hosts which are struggling to keep up with the virtual machine demand. The dashboard also provides you with the list of top 10 virtual machines to easily identify the source of this unexpected demand and take appropriate actions.

Since the demand of resources fluctuates over a period of time, the dashboard allows you to look at demand patterns over the last 24 hours to identify hosts which might have a chronic history of high demand. If such cases virtual machines should be moved out of these hosts to avoid potential performance issues. If such patterns are observed on all the hosts of a given cluster, it indicates that new capacity might be required to cater to the increase in demand.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

VM Utilization

The VM Utilization Dashboard helps the VI Administrator to capture the utilization trends of any virtual machine in their environment. The primary use case is to list down the key properties of a virtual machine and the resource utilization trends for a specific time period and share the same with the VM/Application owners.

The VM/Application owners often want to look at the resource utilization trends at specific time periods where they are expecting high load on applications. Activities like, batch jobs, backup schedules, load testing etc. could be a few examples. The application owners want to ensure that VMs are not consuming 100% of the provisioned resources during these periods as that could lead to resource contention within applications causing performance issues.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

Hope this post will give you insights on how each of these dashboards can help you manage capacity and performance and ensure that you have answer to those difficult questions at the back of you hand. Stay tuned for more information on other categories.

 

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Introducing “Operations” Dashboards in vRealize Operations 6.6

Now that you have a sneak preview of the launch of vRealize Operations 6.6, it is time that we unwrap the goodies and take you through the new features in detail. One of my favorite areas of vRealize Operations Manager is Dashboards. A dashboard for me is like an empty canvas which allows you to paint the picture of what is most important to you, when it comes to managing day to day IT operations. Whether you are a help desk engineer, or a CIO, to be successful in your role, you need quick access to meaningful information. While their are numerous tools which will provide you data, the art of filtering down that data into information is what matters when it comes to decision making.

Dashboards being an empty slate, allows you to do so in a quick and efficient manner. This enhanced capability allowed us to create multiple out of the box categories matching the various persona of users in an IT organization. This resulted in a set of out-of-the-box dashboards which will help provide you a jump start into running product operations from Day 1. These dashboards are battle tested in large IT organizations and now are a part of vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.

It was important that all this valuable IP was easily accessible through a centralized console which acts as an anchor for user of vRealize Operations Manager. In order to achieve this, we introuduced a “Getting Started” dashboard which would step you through some useful categories and use cases.

 

Today we will have a look at the first category which is called Operations. Here is how operations shows up on the Getting Started Page:

 

The Operations category is most suitable for roles within an organization who require a summary of important data points to take quick decisions. This could be a member of a NOC team who wants to quickly identify issues and take actions, or executives who want a quick overview of their environments to keep a track of important KPIs.

 

Key questions these dashboards help you answer are :

  • What does the infrastructure inventory look like?
  • What is the alert volume trend in the environment?
  • Are virtual machines being served well?
  • Are there hot-spots in the datacenter I need to worry about?
  • What does the vSAN environment look like and are their optimization opportunities by migrating VMs to vSAN?

 

Let us look at each of these dashboard and I will provide a summary of what these dashboards can do for you along with a quick view of the dashboard.

Datastore Usage Overview

The Datastore Usage Dashboard is suitable for a NOC environment. The dashboard provides a quick glimpse of all the virtual machines in your environment using a heatmap. Each virtual machine is represented by a box on the heatmap. Using this dashboard, a NOC administrator can quickly identify virtual machines which are generating high IOPS since the boxes representing the virtual machine are sized by the number of IOPS they are generating.

Along with the storage demand, the color of the boxes represents the latency experienced by these virtual machines from the underlying storage. A NOC administrator can take the next steps in his investigation to find the root cause of this latency and resolve it to avoid potential performance issues.

To see this dashboard in action click here

 

Host Usage Overview

The Host Usage Dashboard is suitable for a NOC environment. The dashboard provides a quick glimpse of all the ESXi hosts in your environment using a heatmap. Using this dashboard the NOC administrator can easily find resource bottlenecks in your environment created due to high Memory Demand, Memory Consumption or CPU Demand.

Since the hosts in the heatmap are grouped by clusters, you can easily find out if you have clusters with high CPU or Memory Load. It can also help you to identify if you have ESXi hosts with the clusters which are not evenly utilized and hence an admin can trigger activities such as workload balance or enable DRS to ensure that hotspots are eliminated.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Operations Overview

The Operations Overview dashboard provides a high level view of objects which make up you virtual environment. It provides you an aggregate view of virtual machine growth trends across your different datacenters being monitored by vRealize Operations Manager.

The dashboard also provides a list of all your datacenters along with inventory information about how many clusters, hosts and virtual machines you are running in each of your datacenters. By selecting a particular datacenter you can zoom into the areas of availability and performance. The dashboard provides a trend of known issues in each of your datacenters based on the alerts which have triggered in the past.

Along with the overall health of your environment, the dashboard also allows you to zoom in at the Virtual Machine level and list out the top 15 virtual machines in the selected datacenter which might be contending for resources.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here



Optimize vSAN Deployments

The Optimize vSAN deployments dashboard is an easy way to device a migration strategy to move virtual machines from your existing storage to your newly deployed vSAN storage. The dashboard provides you with an ability to select your non vSAN datastores which might be struggling to serve the virtual machine IO demand. By selecting the VMs on a given datastore, you can easily identify the historical IO demand and latency trends of a given virtual machine.

You can then find a suitable vSAN datastore which has the space and the performance characteristics to serve the demand of this VM. With a simple move operation within vRealize Operations Manager, you can move the virtual machine from the existing non vSAN datastore to the vSAN datastore.

Once the VM is moved, you can continue to watch the utilization patterns to see how the VM is being served by vSAN.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here


vSAN Operations Overview

The vSAN Operations Overview Dashboard provides an aggregated view of health and performance of your vSAN clusters. While you can get a holistic view of your vSAN environment and what components make up that environment, you can also see the growth trend of virtual machines which are being served by vSAN.

The goal of this dashboard is to help understand the utilization and performance patterns for each of your vSAN clusters by simply selecting one from the provided list. VSAN properties such as Hybrid or All Flash, Dedupe & Compression or a Stretched vSAN cluster can be easily tracked through this dashboard.

Along with the current state, the dashboard also provides you a historic view of performance, utilization, growth trends and events related to vSAN.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Hope this post will give you insights on how each of these dashboards can help you run smoother operations and ensure that you have answer to those difficult questions at the back of you hand. Stay tuned for more information on other categories.

 

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New Contest : Share Your vROps 6.6 Upgrade Story

The VMware Communities is running a contest on vRealize Operations 6.6 (vROps 6.6). Make sure you check it out and participate by sharing your upgrade experience. Top winners will get exciting prizes!

Click HERE to Share Your Story

If you are all excited about our new release of vROps 6.6 and have already upgraded, please share your story. We are running a contest through July 2017 to spotlight the top 3 stories in our upcoming blog. The top 3 winners will be selected to get a 1:1 training workshop for your entire team with our product experts.

Top 5 reasons to upgrade to vROps 6.6:

  • Simple to use and more efficient
  • Fully automated workload balancing
  • More Dashboards Out of the Box
  • Tighter Integration with VSAN, vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Business for Cloud
  • Better look and feel with HTML5 Clarity UI

Watch this 5-min video to learn how to upgrade!

Post your success story in the VMware Communities forum answering these simple questions:

  • Why did you upgrade to vRealize Operations 6.6?
  • What benefits have you seen from this upgrade?
  • What best practices can you share with your peers?

Click HERE to Share Your Story

Judge Criteria: Most interesting best practices, upgrade themes into any of the 5 reasons above.

Once you upgrade, watch these videos to get the most out of vROps 6.6

  • Getting Started Dashboards (video) These Persona-Based dashboards allow the user to look at five categories for a quick access to valuable information: Operations, Capacity & Utilization, Performance Troubleshooting, Workload Balance, and Configuration & Compliance.
  • Troubleshooting of VM (video): Bringing together log analytics with vROps 6.6, you are able to troubleshoot across structured and unstructured data in one place. Tackle issues faster with grouping alerts.
  • Workload Balancing (video): Validate and modify DRS settings, rebalance unbalanced data centers or custom data centers, and automate. This is the enhanced experience allow you to eliminate performance bottleneck & increase capacity efficiency.

Look forward to exciting stories! Go vROps 6.6 Ninja!!

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July 19th: Getting More Out of vRealize to Monitor Multiple Clouds

Be the multiple clouds hero and manage your entire IT infrastructure proactively. We are continuing our “Getting More Out of VMware vRealize” series with this special webinar on July 19th!

How often does your team run into storage issues, slow applications, network latency or growing multi-clouds? To ensure that your infrastructure platform is available when developers need it, join this special webinar on July 19 and learn how to manage operations across physical, virtual, and multiple cloudsenvironments so you can respond quickly to performance and management issues.

Why Should You Attend?

  • You want to do your job well, which is serving your end-users. Your goal is to ensure the IaaS platform delivers the SLA levels of performance and availability that you promise
  • You need to troubleshoot fast, and see problems before they become serious
  • If you cannot troubleshoot the root cause, at least you need to prove that it is not caused by your IaaS platform
  • Your IaaS platform is healthy, your storage, network, server, hypervisors are all doing well. However, storage is not working and it is impacting your CEO desktop. You want to see all. How each IT resource performs, and how is related to one another.

Join this specialwebinar “Get More Out of VMware: Improve Your Skills From Monitoring Virtual Machines to Multi-Clouds. Be the Hero!”

Date: July 19th 2017

Duration: 90 minutes

Time: 9:30 am PST

Audience: IT Admins, Operations and Capacity teams

What Will You Learn?

  • Proactive performance monitoring, alert management and predictive analytics
  • Cross-cloud visibility spanning heterogeneous on-premises and public cloud resource consumption
  • Accurate, timely cloud cost and capacity management, modeling, and forecasting
  • Automated workload balancing to proactively optimize application and infrastructure performance
  • Native operations management for hyper-converge infrastructure solutions powered by VMware VSAN
  • Moreover, learn best practices to upgrade your existing vSphere licenses as well as getting ready to manage multi-clouds

Be the hero for multi-clouds and present these new capabilities to your team. Our subject matter experts will be on hand to answer your questions during the webinar. Look forward to speaking with you soon!

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