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Effective Management of VMware Environments

Effective Management of VMware Environments



For more information on Virtualization Manager, visit: http://www.solarwinds.com/virtualization-manager.aspx ...

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Virtualization is changing the way people manage their environments – management tools born out of the physical world were designed for static and largely dedicated infrastructure, not the dynamic and shared pools of resources served up by Virtual Infrastructures and Private Clouds. Learn about the common pitfalls that you will encounter as you progress on your Virtualization journey towards Private Cloud computing. Join SolarWinds Head Geek Josh Stephens as we discuss the changes that these Virtual Environments have caused and how they affect virtualization management best practices.



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Effective Management of VMware Environments Effective Management of VMware Environments Presentation Transcript

    • A big “ Howdy ” from SolarWinds based in
    • Austin, Texas
      • Josh Stephens – Head Geek/VP Technology
      • Jonathan Reeve - Senior Director of Product
      • Management
    • Today’s Topic
      • Effective management of VMware environments
    • Can you hear me now?
      • If not, use the GoToWebinar chat or Q&A panel to let us know.
    • How do you ask questions?
    • Will this thing be recorded?
    • Please ask lots of questions!!!
    • The Virtualization Management Journey
    • Level Set - Reporting
    • Assuring Virtual Performance
    • The Capacity Challenge
    • Moving to Private Cloud - Chargeback
    • How many VMs do I have?
    • How many have I added in the last 6 months?
    • Do I have rogue or orphan VMs?
    • What OSes do they run?
    • Where’s the bottleneck?
    • When will I run out of resources?
    • How many app servers will fit in my virtual infrastructure?
    • How much more do I need to buy?
    • “ What-if” I add more hosts or VMs?
    • Where should I place these new VMs?
    • What departments are using what resources?
    • How much would it cost to run certain workloads on Amazon EC2?
    • How can I automate private cloud resource allocation?
  • Virtualization Changes Virtually Everything - Slide -
  • Sprawl Signs - Slide - DISK VMs OFF or Suspended DISK VMs Powered ON – not being accessed - Zombies CPU MEM Thin Provisioning App Licenses DISK DISK DISK Unchecked Snapshots “ Orphaned” Files DISK
    • 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?
    • Walk the Path – “Showback”
      • Measure, Map & Report
        • Map the VI to the Business – Measure Virtual Environment Usage
          • Understand what the business is using
          • Understand internal costs
        • Provide Transparency to the Business
          • Reports, Trends, Dashboards, Integration
    The Journey to Chargeback
    • Walk the Path - Multiple Chargeback Models
      • Fixed
        • Flat fee Per VM; Application Aware
      • Allocated
        • Size of VM; Application Aware
      • Used
        • Consumption
      • Combination
    The Journey to Chargeback
  • Private Cloud Operations and Management
    • Our Focus – Providing the required analytics to enable predictable performance and capacity in virtualized and private cloud environments.
    Customer Self Service Portal Private Cloud Analytics Engine: Performance & Capacity Intelligence Logical Provisioning / Workflow Physical Hardware Provisioning
  • www.SolarWinds.com Q & A
    • Thank you for attending!
    • To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of
    • SolarWinds products visit: www.SolarWinds.com
    • Contact information
    • Josh Stephens, Head Geek
    • [email_address]
    • twitter: sw_headgeek
    • Blog: http://solarwinds.com/geek
    Summary and Q&A