IT professionals around the world trust VMware’s vRealize Operations (vROps) for vSphere management, but not everyone maximizes the power that vROps can provide. Many don’t know the tips and tricks that you can use to get the most out of it.
For instance, you may not know that vROps can manage the full data center stack, from applications to infrastructure; and it can do this across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Perhaps you aren’t aware of the multitude of resources available to soup up vROps into a performance and capacity management machine for the IT operations group. And, I’d be willing to bet that you aren’t aware of the latest enhancements to vROps that allow you to enable self-driving cloud operations in your data center.
Many organizations are missing crucial information about their data centers. For example, they don’t understand how their applications are performing today; they don’t have a capacity plan for the future; and when trouble happens, they blindly restart software and hardware in hopes of returning the applications to the status quo.
All of these are a sign of a data center management group that doesn’t have any intelligence around their data center operations. It’s no secret that modern data centers are complex, so it makes sense that you’d need intelligent tools to manage such an environment. vROps is the tool, both now and in the future, that you should be using to manage your complex, modern data center.
How Does vRealize Operations Work?
vROps deploys as a virtual appliance into a vSphere infrastructure. That virtual appliance includes both the database and the analysis engine. The integrated database stores collected data; the analysis engine presents that data to you, intelligently, and alerts you to what you need to know. The vROps virtual appliance connects to VMware vCenter to learn about the vSphere infrastructure hosts, clusters, VMs, virtual networks, and datastores.
5 Reasons You Need a Virtualization Performance and Capacity Management Tool
1. Maximize VM density. Servers now have massive CPU and memory density. This gives them the ability to run more virtual machines (VMs) than you’ve ever likely run before on a single server.
Even if the potential number of VMs exceeds your comfort level, it’s your job as a virtualization admin to push that hardware to the limit to maximize your company’s IT investment. But how do you know what that number is? Just because one company can run 100 VMs on a server doesn’t mean that your servers can.
2. Prevent bottlenecks and downtime. Virtual infrastructure can and will hit resource bottlenecks, and it’s your job to prevent that before they degrade application performance or cause application downtime. This can be tough to do without a tool that’s monitoring your resource utilization 24/7, keeping a history, and making recommendations.
3. Correlate events and changes. With more complex virtual infrastructure comes multiple administrators and multiple changes. It’s critical to have a system that tracks those changes and correlates them with system events and/or performance issues. This way, when unexpected downtime or performance bottlenecks occur, they can quickly be tied back to events and changes that may be the root cause.
The new VMware vRealize Operations was designed to be helpful whether you are just getting started with vROps or whether you already have vROps deployed in your datacenter. For those who are new to vROps, the book will walk you though how to get started with vROps, how to deploy it, and how to configure it. For those who already have experience with vROps, the Gorilla Guide will walk you through configuring some of the more advanced features of vROps and what you need to know about the latest and greatest features that are now being offered with vROps 6.7 to allow you to enable self-driving operations in your datacenter!
In the book you’ll learn:
- How to get started with vRealize Operations
- How to deploy and configure vRealize Operations
- What’s new in vRealize Operations 6.7
- And much, much more!
When you read the book you’ll find that this is a very practical, how-to focused book that will walk you through using vROps, step by step.