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OpenStack: Demystifying OpenStack logs using vRealize Log Insight

The VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) team is happy to announce the availability of the OpenStack content pack for Log Insight! The content pack features 11 dashboards, 56 widgets in an easy to understand, visual representation on how well operationally, the OpenStack setup is working.

Background

An OpenStack setup usually consists of a very (large) pool of compute, storage and network resources. One of the biggest challenges for OpenStack administrators is monitoring these stacks and analyzing logs for anomaly and problem detection. The OpenStack Log Insight Content Pack gives operators and administrators a powerful tool to monitor their OpenStack setup and is the log monitoring product for the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) solution.

OpenStack VIO Compute (Nova) supports the VMware vSphere product family. The VMware vCenter drivers enable the nova-compute service to communicate with VMware vCenter servers that manage the ESXi host clusters. The VMware virtual disk driver enables the management of the OpenStack Block Storage volumes on vCenter managed data stores.

Datacenter networks contain many devices – servers, network equipment, storage systems and security appliances. OpenStack Networking (Neutron) allows for a pluggable, scalable and API-driven system for managing networks and IP addresses. Object Storage offers a cost effective, scale-out storage that allows for a fully distributed storage platform that is API-accessible and can be integrated directly into applications for backup, archiving and data retention.

 

OpenStack Log Insight Error Dashboard

Log Insight Error Dashboard For OpenStack

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Capacity Management in SDDC – Part 5

Capacity Management policy is interlinked to the Performance Management policy and Availability Management policy. As shown in the diagram below, both Performance and Availability management drive your Capacity Management. The Capacity Management threshold is the lower of the 2. For both policies, you naturally have different service tiers. The availability of a mission critical VM is certainly much higher than a development VM.  The same goes for performance. You will not accept any form of resource contention for mission critical VM, but will accept contention in development environment as cost is more important.

Capacity Management 01

It is common for an enterprise to have 3 service tiers. For simplicity, I will call them:

  1. Tier 1: This is the highest, most important tier. All your mission critical VMs are placed here.
  2. Tier 2: This is the middle tier. Majority of production VMs are placed here.
  3. Tier 3: This is the lowest tier. Majority of test & development VMs are placed here.

Avoid having more than 3 tiers. Even in a large environment (>100,000 VM), keep it at 3 tiers. The more tiers, the more confusing it is for your customers (the Application team). The positioning of each tier must be clear. Having too many tiers blurs this positioning.

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Palo Alto Networks Content Pack is Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the Palo Alto Networks Content Pack for vRealize Log Insight is now available here.

Our friends at Palo Alto Networks and VMware have partnered to provide a unique solution for troubleshooting Palo Alto Network’s (PAN) next generation firewalls in in dynamic VMware virtual environments.  The PAN-OS Content Pack for VMware Log Insight helps Log Insight administrators get powerful insights and operational intelligence into their PAN-OS firewall deployments.

Palo Alto Networks Content Pack For Log Insight

Palo Alto Networks Content Pack For Log Insight

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Exploring New vRealize Operations Capabilities – David Davis Post #21

vrealize-operations-6-youtube-videoIn my last post, I covered how you can view and test, first hand, how vRealize Operations and Log Insight can be integrated to work together in the VMware Hands on Labs (HoL). In this post, I’d like to explore some of the many new vRealize Operations, version 6.0, features.

While vRealize Operations 6 was announced at VMworld Europe around October of 2014, if you are super-busy like most IT people are then you may not have had the chance yet to download, install, and try out some of the new features first-hand (I know that was the case for me, up until recently). To familiarize myself with the new features, there were a number of resources that I used and I’ll list them out right from the start, below, because I’m sure that they’ll help you, just as they did me:

Based on what I learned in the resources above, there are a LOT of new features to checking in vR Ops 6. For brevity, I checked out the following 5 new vRealize features and changes…

#1 Unified User Interface

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How to Configure Widgets – vRealize Operations Tech Tips #13

In my previous blog post, we discussed customizing vRealize Operations Manager to better meet your business needs by creating Custom Dashboards.  We would be remiss if we didn’t take some time here to discuss the Widgets that are the building blocks of the Custom Dashboards.

This video will walk you through and explain the process to configure Widgets in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0. Widgets are a key component of vRealize Operations Manager and we provide a large number of them out of the box.  Widgets that will give you different visualizations and ways to view your data, from simple graphs to complex data mash-ups; alert lists to detailed health breakdowns; topological relationship views to geographic maps.  vRealize Operations Manager helps you display your data the way you need to visualize it.

Blue Medora extends VMware vRealize Operations to Cisco UCS

Cisco UCS is a common building-block within virtualized data-centers and is used in both converged (including VCE Vblock and NetApp FlexPod) and non-converged infrastructures because it integrates compute, network switching fabric, and an integrated management layer called UCS Manager.

We are pleased to announce that Blue Medora has released a new VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Cisco UCS.

Blue Medora is one of VMware’s partners in the Cloud Management marketplace on VMware Solution Exchange. The vRealize Operations Management Pack for Cisco UCS is the 6th Management Pack Blue Medora has released over the past year with 6 more Management Packs expected to come in rest of the 2015.

UCS VMware vRealize BlueMedora

In this post, we are going to dig into the Management Pack for Cisco UCS in more detail:

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IT Compliance Management with vRealize Operations – How to Set Up Alerts and Reports

My own compliance based on customized symptoms

My own compliance view based on customized symptoms

In this article I would like to provide some suggestions on following topics:

  • How to enable pre-defined compliance alerts in vRealize Operations Manager?
  • How to create and modify the rules?
  • How to create a detailed compliance report?

But first things first, why should we care about it?

IT Compliance has always been an interesting topic and a critical concern for IT organizations. No one wants to see one’s name in the headlines about outages, security breaches or stolen customer data. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying it can’t happen to you if you are compliant, but at least you can prove you did your best to avoid it. If you loose your server room key in a karaoke bar, no hardening guide will help.

There are at least three different kinds of compliance rules:  regulatory compliance (for example PCI DSS),  vendor best practices compliance (for example vSphere Hardening Guide) and internally defined compliance rules.

vRealize Operations 6 (6.0 and 6.0.1) provides alerts and symptoms which allow you to check your ESX host and VM settings for their compliance to the vSphere Hardening guide. This is a classic implementation of a vendor best practices compliance check. Continue reading

Capacity Management in SDDC – Part 4

In the previous post, I covered capacity management for the compute element of data center. In this post, I will cover storage and network.

For the storage node, capacity management depends on the chosen architecture. Storage is undergoing an evolution with the arrival of the converged storage, which introduces an alternative to the traditional, external array.

In the traditional, external storage model, there is a physical array (for example, EMC VNX, HDS HUS, and NetApp). As most environments are not yet 100% virtualized, the physical array is shared by non-ESXi servers (for example, UNIX). There is often a physical backup server (for example, Symantec NetBackup) that utilizes the VMware VADP API.

The array might have LUNs replicated to a DR site. This replication certainly takes up bandwidth, FC ports, the array CPU, and bandwidth on your inter-data center line.

If the array is not supporting VAAI (or that specific feature is not yet implemented), then the traffic will traverse the path up and down. This can mean a lot of traffic going from the spindle to ESXi and back.

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VMware vRealize™ Code Stream™: Troubleshooting Errors in a Release Pipeline

Continuous Delivery requires the capability to quickly spot errors while executing a release pipeline and easily investigate them. Determining the root cause of a pipeline failure can be quite hard to work out by just looking at the symptoms. However, if the failed execution can be compared against a previous successful run, then the differences can pinpoint the cause quickly.

The release dashboard in vRealize Code Stream provides the capability to compare the results of multiple pipeline executions. By comparing a failed pipeline to a benchmarked one, the release team can quickly narrow down to the changes that broke the pipeline run. The comparison is applicable on finished, cancelled or failed pipeline executions. The example below shows a missing jar file in the pipeline execution that failed.

Compare Pipelines

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What is vRealize Air Compliance?

vRealize Air Compliance drives security and compliance by automating the detection of non-compliant infrastructure against industry best practices and hardening guidelines – without manual effort or custom scripting.  Discover, measure and manage the compliance of your infrastructure in real-time, not monthly or quarterly.  vRealize Air Compliance is a low friction compliance engine with an event driven approach that leverages vCenter events, provides quick compliance assessment, trending, exceptions and alerting.

 

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vRealize Air Compliance Management overview screen

With pre-configured and customizable policies, vRealize Air Compliance can:

  • Automatically discover and pinpoint vulnerabilities within the configuration of your virtual infrastructure.
  • Provide visibility into who made non-compliant changes in real-time.
  • Assess infrastructure against a variety of out of the box security and regulatory policies (e.g, vSphere Hardening Guidelines, PCI, HIPAA and more).
  • Deliver centralized, real-time insight into the state of compliance through intuitive dashboards and reports.
  • Highlight the severity and risks of the virtual infrastructure configuration with dynamic and informative compliance badges. Continue reading