Virtualization Manager 4.0 Sneak Peek


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Virtual environments are complex, dynamic and built upon shared pools of resources - management tools built for the physical era are not sufficient for the virtual journey towards Private Cloud Computing. New management challenges have emerged with virtualization adoption, around assuring performance, capacity, reporting and chargeback. How do you find a powerful solution to all these new challenges without breaking the bank?

Join SolarWinds for a sneak peek webcast of our upcoming Virtualization Manager 4.0 release. We’ll show you how to take your virtualization initiative to the next level as we discuss:

• Performance Management (Get recommendations on performance contention and hot spots across your shared memory, CPU and storage resources)
• Capacity Planning - Take your planning to the next level by factoring storage and network IO into your capacity plans
• Dashboard Reporting - Check out the new dashboards for sharing visibility into the health and cost of your environment
• Time Travel - You'll have to wait and see on this one!

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  • Virtualization Manager 4.0 Sneak Peek

    1. 2. <ul><li>A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds based in </li></ul><ul><li>Austin, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jonathan Reeve - Senior Director of Product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bob Quillin- Sr. Director, Product Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today ’s Topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sneak Peak Virtualization Manager 4.0 </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>Historical Problem Diagnosis – “Time Travel” </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Analyzer 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance Graph Overlays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Metrics for One CI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stack Graphs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capacity Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I/O Planning (Storage + Network) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>N-X Failure Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>vSphere Hyper9 Plugin </li></ul><ul><li>Alert Recommendations / New Content </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. Solves Key Virtualization Pain Points 1. VM Sprawl <ul><ul><li>“ Not sure what some of my VMs do or who they support - abandoned snapshots and corrupted VMs are killing me” </li></ul></ul>2. Resource Bottlenecks <ul><ul><li>“ I’m getting more information on the state of my VMware environment from end users than vCenter itself.” </li></ul></ul>3. Capacity Chaos <ul><ul><li>“ I’ve got over-allocated resources – I know some VMs aren’t using the CPU, & memory we allocated them” </li></ul></ul>4. Configuration Drift <ul><ul><li>“ There are 100’s of changes a day – but when I ask users what changed, the answer is always…nothing.” </li></ul></ul>5. Application Anxiety <ul><ul><li>“ I’m the new “network” guy – the app guys now blame virtualization when their app performance goes down.” </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. Unified Virtualization Management <ul><li>Virtualization management requires a unified approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As virtualization itself unifies the infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Across domains, disciplines, analytics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-domain management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>System, storage, and network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Converged infrastructure systems deployments growing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cisco UCS, Dell VIS, EMC vBlocks, HP Matrix </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT organizational roles are changing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Siloed, vertical admin roles (storage, network, sys) giving way to unified data center admin roles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-discipline management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity and performance are linked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configuration-driven performance, capacity, & chargeback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-dimensional analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time-based and model-based paradigms </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Performance Analyzer 2.0 <ul><li>Comprehensive Performance Management </li></ul><ul><li>Plot relational performance </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Metrics for each CI (same units) </li></ul><ul><li>Graph Overlays </li></ul><ul><li>Stack Charts </li></ul>Increased Line Count Multiple Metrics Overlays
    8. 9. Solarwinds Time Travel <ul><li>Solarwinds Unique Unified Historical Repository Allows Answers to “What happened at 3am last Tuesday?” </li></ul><ul><li>What VMs were on this host at that time? What alerts were active? What was the performance? </li></ul>
    9. 10. Solarwinds Time Travel <ul><li>Enables historical problem diagnosis in fast moving virtual environments </li></ul><ul><li>What VMs on the host were driving most CPU use at that time? </li></ul>
    10. 11. Capacity Planning – Now with IO! <ul><li>Being able to plan for IO is critical for database intensive mission critical apps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce IO problems downstream </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Desktop deployment – increasing LAN network IO </li></ul>Latency IOPs IOPS Latency
    11. 12. Capacity Planning Analytics <ul><li>N-X Analysis allows failover analysis for N-2, N-3 etc… </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Isolation Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignore specific resources on demand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full “what-if” use case coverage across 5 resource types </li></ul>
    12. 13. vSphere (4.0+) Plugin <ul><li>Leverage Virtualization Manager directly from within the vCenter client </li></ul><ul><li>Launch modules from vCenter Inventory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dependency Map, Performance Analyzer etc…. </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Alert Recommendations / Active Link <ul><li>Alert Recommendations – improved alert recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Active Links - Launch directly from an Alert into dependency map, search, DNA and performance analyzer in context </li></ul>Active Links
    14. 15. New Out Of The Box Content <ul><li>2 New Dashboards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Host and Cluster Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Showback” – Usage broken down by folder and resource pool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>12 New Alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VM Disk Latency, Host To Datastore Latency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host Bus Resets, Command Aborts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Phantom Snapshots” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Datastore Excessive Log File Usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi CPU VM Potential Unused CPU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host Network NIC Utilization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory Limit Less Than Allocated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>18 New Trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thin Provisioned Reclaimable Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon EC2 Cost by Folder, Resource pool </li></ul></ul>- Slide -
    15. 16. Find Misaligned Disk Partitions <ul><li>Disk Alignment can dramatically affect overall IO throughput </li></ul><ul><li>Affects Windows 2003 and older </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows 2003 and older will align on 32K which will not be aligned with the 64K VMFS layer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows 2008 and up are aligned by default </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unless you upgrade from Windows 2003 to 2008 etc… </li></ul></ul>- Slide - Find Guest Misalignment VMFS SAN Guest 4kB NTFS Partition 64kB Block 64kB Block 64kB Block 64kB Block 64kB Block 64kB Block 64kB Block 64kB Block 64kB Block
    16. 17. vSphere 4.1 Storage Metrics - Slide - <ul><li>Pull NFS / vscsi metrics from 4.1 API </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For metrics such as storage latency, IOPs, throughput </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Storage Path Metrics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available as “drill down” graphs from host objects </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Peak Plus Other Key Metrics - Slide - <ul><li>Support for multiple peak metrics </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and plot peak in addition to average </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage peak metrics in VM Sprawl “rightsizing” </li></ul><ul><li>Add VM/Host in/out dropped packets, throughput </li></ul>
    18. 19. Q & A
    19. 20. <ul><li>Thank you for attending! </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