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vRealize Suite Provides Operational Insight to facilitate Resource Right Sizing

By Rich Bourdeau

In order to effectively manage your cloud services, you need the ability to not only provision new machines or applications; you need to the ability to manage those services throughout their lives.  That means the ability to reconfigure an application to add or remove component machines or change resources (CPU, memory, storage, memory, security) on individual machines.

The ability to perform day two operations like resource reconfiguration, snapshot management, backup and other functions is an area where many cloud management platforms fall way short.  Very few even provide the capability and most do not enforce the appropriate governance policies over which operations are allowed, who can initiate them, which pool of resources should be used and how much are appropriate.

Your Challenge: Knowing you have a problemHealth Status

Being able to change something in order to improve performance is one thing, but how do you know if you have a problem.  Do you how to look in another application to identify which applications or components are not performing at appropriate services levels.  Then write some information down just to take it to another application where you can initiate the change?  Or worse do you need to  wait until you receive a user complaint before you initiate a change?

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NEW vCloud Automation Center 6.1 Reference Architecture and High Availability Guides

by Rich Bourdeau

Scalability, availability and performance are three attributes that are critical to any IT vCAC Ref Archmanagement solution.  The default configurations for most enterprise software products are designed for rapid initial deployment and not intended to handle the needs of every customer.  In this regard, vCloud Automation Center is no different than other software products.

Performance and Scalability Considerations
You have successfully deployed your VMware cloud automation solution and production pilot was successful and demand is now growing.   What happens when the time required to discover configuration data exceeds the default collection interval, or provisioning operations take longer than anticipated because they sit in a queue due to a resource bottleneck.

High Availability Considerations
Initially having an IT service catalog with automated delivery was nice to have, but now being able to request new services as well as manage existing service has become critical to how your company operates.  You want to make sure your cloud management solution is configured to assure it will be available when needed.

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Realize the Power of EMC Storage Analytics with VMware vRealize Operations: Better Together

VMware and EMC have partnered to create a storage analytics offering available to extend the virtual administrators capability to view, troubleshoot and most importantly, proactively predict and prevent performance issues related to the storage infrastructure.  In releasing EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) over a year ago, EMC has been selling a storage-centric version of vRealize Operations (vR Ops) to address this need for greater depth in storage analytic capabilities than what was offered in vROps.  The adoption of the ESA technology has been increasing at a tremendous rate with over two thousand installs to date.

This week at VMWorld (Barcelona), VMware announces their latest version 6.0 of vRealize Operations; and the new vRealize Operations Insight (vROI) solution, which adds real-time log management for VMware environments (VMware LogInsight). And, with a number of new features and capabilities added in this release, EMC is also announcing their latest release of EMC Storage Analytics (version 3.0). This version will now also include vRealize LogInsight. The combined use of ESA and vROI will enable improved service levels for performance, and higher up-times by providing increased troubleshooting and health management for storage in the virtual environment.  The ability to monitor, search and run diagnostics on a collection of real-time logs provides faster resolution of problems.  This helps prevent delays in understanding issues which could otherwise interrupt application availability.

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Cloud Chargeback Part 3 – Establishing the Price of Your IT Services

By Rich Bourdeau

Once you understand the fully burdened costs of your infrastructure you will need to translate those costs into the prices you will show or charge the consumers of your IT services.  There are Price tagtwo approaches to configuring pricing info.  The first is to associate a price to the service.  For example:  small VM costs $x.  This works great if you only have a few different types and sizes of VMs.

The other option is to associate costs to your individual resources and have the prices of the service determined by the amount of resources the service consumes.  This approach works best for companies with a large number of possible resource configurations.  To minimize the number of service blueprints, they configure a single blueprint with variable resources with min-max thresholds.  When the user selects a given service the cost of their machine or application is determined by the specific amounts of resources that they request.  This pricing methodology also allows the cost to be adjusted if the users requests additional resources at a later date.

Regardless of which pricing model you choose you will need to configure cost profiles or rate policies in your cloud management software.

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Availability of Log Insight 2.5 Technical Preview 3 (TP3)!

By Devaki Kulkarni

Dear Friends of Log Insight,

We are pleased to announce the availability of Log Insight 2.5 Technical Preview 3 (TP3)! Thanks for your feedback and we are happy to release some of the features and enhancements you requested. You can download this release from: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/get-download?downloadGroup=STRATA25TP3. You must be a member of the Log Insight Expert Community to participate. Register here to join.

What’s new in Log Insight TP3:

  • Easy access to Content Pack Marketplace
    • You can now install a content pack without having to leave the Log Insight UI.
  • Log Insight Agent enhancements
    • The Linux agent is available as a standalone package (.bin) that can be installed on various flavors of Linux.
    • Restart of Windows or Linux Agents’ services is no longer required when you make configuration changes
  • Debug support using Support bundles
    • You can generate support bundles with both Log Insight Windows and Linux Agents and submit it to us for additional support
  • Vulnerable versions of bash are patched to fix Shellshock security bugs.

By accessing the technical preview program site, you agree to keep any information regarding the pre-release software confidential, not to be shared outside this community. For more information, please access the links below:

If you have any comments or questions about the upgrade, please let us know at li-info@vmware.com . You can submit additional requests for features, enhancements or report bugs on our community page: loginsight.vmware.com.

Thank you,

(On behalf of Log Insight Team)

Devaki Kulkarni
Product Manager

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David Davis on vCenter Operations – Post #18 – What is the vC Ops Custom Interface and Why Do you Care?

In my last post, I covered some of my favorite vC Ops Tips for Success, based on what I have learned during my testing of vC Ops and covered in my vC Ops series of posts,. In this post, I’d like to talk about something you’ve likely heard about but may not have known what it is or how it can help you — the vC Ops Custom Interface.

what-is-the-vcops-custom-interface-1 Figure 1 – The Default vCenter Operations Manager Custom Interface Homepage

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vRealize Operations and vRealize Orchestrator Extensibility Presentations from VMworld 2014

There were a variety of presentations in VMworld around solution extensibility of vRealize Operations and vRealize Orchestrator.  The following presentations give great detail around extensibility and have many examples of both VMware and Partner integrations.

Video: How to Upgrade from vCloud Automation Center 6.0 to 6.1

By Rich Bourdeau

Thinking about Upgrading from vCloud Automation Center 6.0 to 6.1 we have a video available vCAC 6.0-6.1 Upgrade Videoto help you understand the process.  The video covers how to upgrade:

  • The virtual appliance
  • The  IaaS database
  • The  IaaS machine
  • The SSO appliance (vCenter Server Appliance)
  • Verify Update

WatchvCloud Automation Center 6.0 to 6.1 Upgrade

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Researching ITFM Vendors? Check out the latest Gartner Report!

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If you’re a CIO, lead IT Finance, or the head of Infrastructure and/or Operations in an enterprise that is pressured from stakeholders to justify IT costs or needs data to help the lines-of-business (LOB) make fact-based investment decisions, chances are very good that you are seeking ways to get better at IT Financial Management (ITFM).

You may also be at a point, where manual processes, such as spreadsheets are just no longer sustainable.   It may be time to look at an automated solution to facilitate the processes.  Well, you have come to the right place.  VMware is now sharing Gartner’s latest Market Guide for IT Financial Management Tools for FREE!  The report covers VMware and other vendors participating in the ITFM marketplace and provides guidance on selecting an automated solution that is right for you.
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vRealize Suite Delivers Enhanced Resource Reclamation

by Rich Bourdeau

VM SprawlDo you have a VM sprawl problem? 

Customers tell me all the time that somewhere between 5% and 15% of their resources are likely to be inactive and no longer needed.  Lease policies address transient applications like development, test, modeling, simulation, but what about all those applications that are supposed to be permanent, but have stop being used over time.  This can be very problematic with desktop systems where the level of inactivity is likely to be much higher than servers.

If you are a company with 1,000 VMs and 10% inactive, that can be costing you over $100,000 annually in additional hardware expenses that are not really needed if you could use your current resources more efficiently.

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