OpenStack is a great Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform, but what happens when components in the control plane don’t act the way we expect them to? Well, OpenStack is capable of generating a significant amount of syslog messages to assist you with troubleshooting. How do we make sense of them all? Consider VMware vRealize Log Insight!
The vRealize team partnered with the experts in-house who operate our OpenStack development cloud to classify log messages according to each control plane component. The end product of that work is a free Content Pack for Log Insight that automatically adds OpenStack intelligence to the solution.
My colleague, Yogita Patil, shared a great blog post about the content pack. So, I won’t go into as much detail as she did. Instead, I’ll share the following video that provides a walkthrough of using VMware vRealize Log Insight for OpenStack control plane analysis.
Stay tuned for the next installment covering cloud cost analysis with VMware vRealize Business! In the meantime, you can learn more on the VMware Product Walkthrough site and on the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page.
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.