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Watch this webcast: http://www.solarwinds.com/resources/webcasts/vmworld-us-takeaways-insights-and-best-practices.html

During this Geek Speak webcast, you will learn why Virtualization Manager won the Best of VMworld 2011 Gold Award for Virtualization Management and how to solve the issues affecting you the most.

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  • 1. VMworld Review: Preparing for vSphere5 with Virtualization Manager Jon Reeve, SolarWinds Mark O’Leary, SolarWinds
  • 2. Introduction
    • A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds ®
    • based in Austin, Texas
      • Josh Stephens - Head Geek, Monster Blogger, and Constant Tweeter
      • Brian Radovich – Senior Product Manager
    • Today’s Topic: Preparing for vSphere5 with Virtualization Manager
    • Who is SolarWinds?
      • What we do…
      • Who are our customers?
      • The SolarWinds community…
  • 3. Housekeeping
    • Can you hear me now?
      • If not, use the GoToWebinar Q&A panel to contact the moderator
    • How do you ask questions?
    • Will this thing be recorded?
  • 4. Agenda
    • Introduction
    • From VMworld - What are your top problems?
        • Performance Bottlenecks
        • Capacity Planning
        • Storage I/O
    • vSphere 5 – What do you need to do?
        • Licensing and $$$
        • Upgrade Considerations
    • Changes in Storage
        • Lots of new capabilities
        • Capabilities vs: Complexity
    - Slide -
  • 5. Best of VMworld 2011
    • VMworld 2011 – Las Vegas
    • First VMworld for SolarWinds
    • Thanks for coming by – 100’s of customers and prospects
    • vSphere 5 – SolarWinds products are ready when you are
    • Survey Results - What are your top issues today?
    • Performance Bottlenecks
    • Capacity Planning
    • Storage I/O
  • 6. Performance: CPU, Mem & Network
    • Memory Swapping
    • ESX forcibly reclaim memory from VM
    • Memory Ballooning
      • VMs with tools, balloon driver
      • Encourage guest to use its own swapping algorithms
    • VM CPU Ready %
      • VMs are waiting for CPU cycles
      • Could indicate maxed out host
          • Bigger Host Needed
          • Less VMs on the Host
          • VM CPU limits
    • Network
        • General IO Throughput
        • Dropped Packets (VM Rx Buffer)
        • Host NIC Balancing
  • 7. Performance: Storage IO
    • Latency is a good indicator of a storage issue
        • Queues can build up at any point in the path
        • Is the latency “high” from the Host to the array? (i.e. > 20 ms)
    • Is the bottleneck in the Host or the array?
        • Is most of the delay coming from the host or the array?
    • Which VMs are generating the most IO?
  • 8. Capacity Planning Today 1 minute 1 hour 1 week 1 month 1 year Capacity Operations Capacity Optimization 1 day Capacity Planning Capacity Management - Slide - Capacity Planning – your best defense against performance issues.
  • 9. Capacity Planning
    • When will I run out?
      • Memory, storage (space and I/O), CPU, network IO
      • Account for lead times
      • Report and trend - predict
    • Can I fit these workloads?
      • Measure/Report
      • Trend/Predict
      • Model
        • “ What-if” analysis
        • Placement
  • 10. Capacity Management 1 minute 1 hour 1 week 1 month 1 year Capacity Operations Capacity Optimization 1 day Capacity Planning Capacity Management - Slide - Capacity Operations Question Answered Performance bottleneck detection Has my capacity been exceeded? Performance bottleneck prediction When will a bottleneck occur? Capacity Optimization Question Answered VM addition analysis How many more VMs can I add? What-if analysis What if I add more VMs, hosts, storage? VM placement analysis Which cluster should I place my VM in? Application capacity analysis What is my average SQL server or Exchange VM using? Capacity shortfall identification When will I run out of capacity? Parameter isolation analysis How do I know when I’ll run out of just CPU, mem, storage or network in isolation? Capacity Planning Question Answered Capacity purchase recommendations How much more (CPU, mem, storage, network) do I need to buy? VM sprawl resolution Do I have stale, zombie, orphaned, or rogue VMs? Rightsizing…
  • 11. vSphere 5 Licensing
    • vSphere Storage
      • Licensing by processor and virtual RAM
      • Controlling sprawl affects the bottom line
      • Measure your needs in Virtualization Manager: Essentials, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus
    vRAM Pool Cap vSphere 5 Licenses Socket Count
  • 12. vSphere 5 Storage
    • Storage gets a major face lift
    • VMFS5 (64TB max, 1 MB blocks)
      • Can migrate VMFS3 to VMFS5, but best practice is to create new datastore and Storage vMotion from the old datastore.
    • VAAI – now for NAS too!
      • Offload work to both NAS and SAN
      • Thin Provisioning capacity awareness
      • Make sure you arrays are upgraded for VAAI
    • DRS (Datastore Cluster)
      • Balance Capacity and Performance with Storage vMotion
      • Assists with initial placement and ongoing management
      • Only works within the cluster
      • All datastores should have the same class of storage
    • VMware Storage Appliance
      • Make sure your tools can monitor NFS performance
    With all the changes to Vmware, do I still need Monitoring? YES!!! The new functionality increases complexity, so you need better visibility into your storage and compute infrastructure to plan, monitor and manage your VMs.
  • 13. Virtualization Manager & vSphere 5
    • Visibility with Virtualization Manager
    • Before you migrate,
      • Analyze your current capacity, configuration and load across all your resources (CPU, Memory, Network and Storage)
      • Evaluate your new licensing requirements
    • After you migrate:
      • New load balancing is per cluster, but you still need to analyze cluster performance for initial placement
      • Police storage vMotion recommendations as vSphere has limited visibility into storage, so it may not align to your configuration or expectations.
      • Continue to use Capacity Planner to be proactive to manager you capacity and IO – you can still overwhelm your resources.
  • 14. vSphere 5 & SolarWinds
    • All SW products support vSphere 5!!!
    • Orion Family of Products (NPM, APM, etc.)
    • Virtualization Manager
    • Storage Manager
    • Log & Event Manager
    • Want to more about your Storage? Take a Deeper Dive with Storage Manager!
    • Array Capacity, Usage, End to End Mapping (VM to LUN to disk) and extensive performance reporting
  • 15. Next Steps
    • Experience SolarWinds Virtualization Manager for Yourself!
      • Free 30-day trial of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
      • Visit us at Stand 54 at VMworld, Copenhagen 18-20 Oc t
      • Demo Videos - http://www.solarwinds.com/sedemo/
        • www.solarwinds.com – Free Trials and Downloads