Effective monitoring of data center resources is a key factor in the IT team’s success in keeping the infrastructure up and running. This is even more critical in an OpenStack deployment for which there is no set solution for monitoring the cloud. Rather, there are a number of solutions available ranging from pure open source approaches to vendor-provided solutions. These solutions usually require some effort from the IT administrators as they fine tune their monitoring through trial-and-error.
VMware solves this need with the VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for OpenStack. This management pack is a group of data collectors and dashboards for the components that make up an OpenStack cloud running on VMware: namely vSphere, NSX, storage, and the individual OpenStack control plane services (ex: cinder-volume). Due to the flexibility of vRealize Operations, users are free to define their own custom dashboards and set thresholds for alerts.
The benefit to the IT operations team is that they get to monitor and report on their OpenStack deployment with the same ease that vRealize Operations provides for reporting on their core vSphere resources.
The following video provides a detailed walkthrough of using VMware vRealize Operations to monitor the OpenStack control plane.
Stay tuned for the next installment covering log message analysis with VMware vRealize Log Insight! In the meantime, you can learn more on the VMware Product Walkthrough site and on the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page.