Basics of Virtualization Management


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With virtualization continuing to tighten its grip on the datacenter, what are the fundamentals we need to be concerned about from a management perspective?

Learn about the key areas you to need to know to effectively manage your virtual deployment. Join SolarWinds Head Geek Josh Stephens as we discuss the changes that these Virtual Environments have caused and how they affect management best practices.

• Understanding key signs of performance contention (CPU, memory, storage) in a virtual infrastructure
• Building your first Capacity Plan!
• Tracking virtual configurations in a dynamic world
• Conquering the inevitable VM Sprawl that will arise
• Preparing for a cloudy future!

Also during this webcast we’ll demonstrate key technologies from SolarWinds that help to conquer these challenges and ensure success in virtual environments.

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    1. 2. <ul><li>A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds based in </li></ul><ul><li>Austin, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Josh Stephens – Head Geek/VP Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jonathan Reeve - Senior Director of Product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today ’s Topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basics of Virtualization Management </li></ul></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>Can you hear me now? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If not, use the GoToWebinar chat or Q&A panel to let us know. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do you ask questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Will this thing be recorded? </li></ul><ul><li>Ask lots of questions </li></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>The Virtualization Management Journey </li></ul><ul><li>Level Set – Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Assuring Virtual Performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage IO </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Capacity Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Moving to Private Cloud - Chargeback </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>How many VMs do I have? </li></ul><ul><li>How many have I added in the last 6 months? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have rogue or orphan VMs? </li></ul><ul><li>What OSes do they run? </li></ul><ul><li>Where ’s the bottleneck? </li></ul><ul><li>When will I run out of resources? </li></ul><ul><li>How many app servers will fit in my virtual infrastructure? </li></ul><ul><li>How much more do I need to buy? </li></ul><ul><li>“ What-if” I add more hosts or VMs? </li></ul><ul><li>Where should I place these new VMs? </li></ul><ul><li>What departments are using what resources? </li></ul><ul><li>How much would it cost to run certain workloads on Amazon EC2? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I automate private cloud resource allocation? </li></ul>
    5. 6. Virtualization Changes Virtually Everything - Slide - Dynamic
    6. 8. <ul><li>Virtual Environments are dynamic! </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking Virtual Configurations and Drift </li></ul><ul><li>Management Reporting / Trending </li></ul><ul><li>Configuration Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Ad hoc reporting </li></ul>
    7. 9. 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
    8. 11. Memory and CPU Contention <ul><li>Memory Swapping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESX forcibly reclaim memory from VM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Memory Ballooning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VMs with tools, balloon driver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage guest to use its own swapping algorithms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>VM CPU Ready % </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VMs are waiting for CPU cycles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could indicate maxed out host </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bigger Host Needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less VMs on the Host </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VM CPU limits </li></ul></ul></ul>VM VM VM VM - Slide - VM
    9. 12. <ul><li>Latency is a good indicator of a storage issue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Queues can build up at any point in the path </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the latency “high” from the Host to the array? (i.e. > 20 ms) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is the bottleneck in the Host or the array? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is most of the delay coming from the host or the array? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which VMs are generating the most IO? </li></ul>
    10. 15. <ul><li>Walk the Path – “Showback” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure, Map & Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Map the VI to the Business – Measure Virtual Environment Usage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understand what the business is using </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understand internal costs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Transparency to the Business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reports, Trends, Dashboards, Integration </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>The Journey to Chargeback
    11. 16. <ul><li>Walk the Path - Multiple Chargeback Models </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fixed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flat fee Per VM; Application Aware </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allocated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Size of VM; Application Aware </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consumption </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combination </li></ul></ul>The Journey to Chargeback
    12. 17. Private Cloud Operations and Management <ul><li>Our Focus – Providing the required analytics to enable predictable performance and capacity in virtualized and private cloud environments. </li></ul>Customer Self Service Portal Private Cloud Analytics Engine: Performance & Capacity Intelligence Logical Provisioning / Workflow Physical Hardware Provisioning
    13. 18. Integration - Slide - VMan
    14. 19. Q & A
    15. 20. <ul><li>VMworld! </li></ul><ul><li>Come and meet SolarWinds at VMworld (August 29-September1) and see what ’s happening in Virtualization Management. Stop by our booth #612. </li></ul><ul><li>To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of </li></ul><ul><li>SolarWinds products visit: </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Josh Stephens, Head Geek </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>twitter: sw_headgeek </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul>Summary and Q&A