Previous blogs about the extensibility of vCenter Operations for technical domains beyond vSphere discussed the need to have a rich set of ecosystem partners in Storage, Converged Infrastructure, Network, Applications and more. Applying the analytics of vCenter Operations to the network space will be a fascinating application of Health, Risk and Efficiency for network operations and administrators.
With this in mind we are proud to announce our first networking centric Management Pack: The vCloud Suite just get better with the completion of the vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) Management Pack for vCenter Operations. Customers can now operationally manage all of the edge services within vCNS from one single management platform. The Management Pack for vCNS has been released and is available on the VMware Solutions Exchange for customers who have either the Advanced or Enterprise Editions of vCenter Operations
The vCNS management pack for vCenter Operations is compatible with vCNS versions 5.1 and 5.5.
The features of this management pack include the following:
- Near real time and proactive health, risk, and capacity analysis of the vCNS edge appliances as well as the services that run on these appliances including Firewall, IPSec VPN, Load Balancer, SSL VPN, NAT and IP Pool status.
- Pre-defined dashboards for viewing the above.
- Ease of integration with single and multiple instances of vShield Manager (the vCNS management console) for single and/or multi-cluster representations.
- Service representations by tenant/org via the embedded vCloud Director adapter.
- Rich correlation with the vC Ops vSphere adapter for providing rich health data on the underlying virtual machine health, in which the vCNS services are running on top of.
- Scalability up to 400 edge service deployments
- High availability relationships of the edge service (active/active, active/standby etc)
- Integration with vC Ops version 5.7.X, 5.8.X.
Below is example is the second example of the out of the box dashboards within the vCNS management pack for vC Ops that shows the overall health of multiple vCNS edge deployments.