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Using Virtualization Manager 4.0 to Manage Your Environment


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Virtual environments are complex, dynamic and built upon shared pools of resources, creating new challenges that leave traditional management methods and tools in the dust. Virtualization Manager addresses these challenges with complete insight into your physical resources, the configuration of your virtual environment, and the performance of both.
This webcast shows how to leverage Virtualization Manager to take your virtualization infrastructure to the next level. We will discuss:

• Performance Management - Get recommendations on performance contention and hot spots across you 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
• Sprawl - Identify resources you can reclaim or reconfigure to improve performance.
• Sneak Peak! - See what's coming in the next version of Virtualization Manager and Storage Manager!

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Using Virtualization Manager 4.0 to Manage Your Environment

  1. 1. Using Virtualization Manager
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds ® </li></ul><ul><li>based in Austin, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Josh Stephens - Head Geek, Monster Blogger, and Constant Tweeter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jon Reeve – Director, Product Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brian Radovich – Sr. Product Manager, Storage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today’s Topic: Using Virtualization Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Who is SolarWinds? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What we do… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are our customers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The SolarWinds community… </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Housekeeping <ul><li>Can you hear me now? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If not, use the GoToWebinar Q&A panel to contact the moderator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do you ask questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Will this thing be recorded? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>What are your top problems? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Performance Bottlenecks – cpu, memory, storage I/O </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity Planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Migrating to vSphere 5 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What’s New in Virtualization Manager 4.1? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New GUI Features </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integration with Storage Manager </li></ul></ul></ul>- Slide -
  5. 5. VMworld Survey Results <ul><li>What are your top issues today? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance Bottlenecks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sprawl </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vSphere 5 licensing and migration </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Performance: CPU, Mem & Network <ul><li>Memory Swapping </li></ul><ul><li>ESX forcibly reclaim memory from VM </li></ul><ul><li>Memory Ballooning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VMs with tools, balloon driver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage guest to use its own swapping algorithms </li></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><ul><li>Bigger Host Needed </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less VMs on the Host </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VM CPU limits </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General IO Throughput </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dropped Packets (VM Rx Buffer) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Host NIC Balancing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Performance: Storage IO <ul><li>Latency is a good indicator of a storage issue </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Queues can build up at any point in the path </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is the latency “high” from the Host to the array? (i.e. > 20 ms) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Is the bottleneck in the Host or the array? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is most of the delay coming from the host or the array? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Which VMs are generating the most IO? </li></ul>
  8. 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. 9. Capacity Planning <ul><li>When will I run out? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory, storage (space and I/O), CPU, network IO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Account for lead times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report and trend - predict </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can I fit these workloads? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure/Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trend/Predict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ What-if” analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Placement </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 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. 11. Sprawl <ul><li>Dealing with “unplanned” waste </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over and under allocated VMs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Stale” VMs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Zombie” VMs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Orphaned” Files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snapshots </li></ul></ul>Genuine Growth Sprawl?
  12. 12. VM Sprawl Signs 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
  13. 13. vSphere 5 Licensing <ul><li>vSphere 5 Licensing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Licensing by processor and virtual RAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlling sprawl affects the bottom line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure your needs in Virtualization Manager: Essentials, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus </li></ul></ul>vRAM Pool Cap vSphere 5 Licenses Socket Count
  14. 14. Migrating to vSphere 5 <ul><li>Visibility with Virtualization Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Before you migrate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze your current capacity, configuration and load across all your resources (CPU, Memory, Network and Storage) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate your new licensing requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After you migrate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New load balancing is per cluster, but you still need to analyze cluster performance for initial placement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Police storage vMotion recommendations as vSphere has limited visibility into storage, so it may not align to your configuration or expectations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to use Capacity Planner to be proactive to manager you capacity and IO – you can still overwhelm your resources. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. New Releases in Nov <ul><li>Storage Manager 5.1 </li></ul><ul><li>GUI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top Ten on Main Console and Array Perf tabs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive cross linking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target View based on FLEX (looks like VMan) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Header </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arrays: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IBM XIV: Complete Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HDS VSP: Same as the USPV </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links from VMan directly to the LUN view </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtualization Manager 4.1 </li></ul><ul><li>Integration (linking) with Storage Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct link from CI to Target View </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Context Sensitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One Way </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usability Improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dashboard Selector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Map View Improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Map Widget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance Graph </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. vSphere 5 & SolarWinds <ul><li>All SW products support vSphere 5!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Orion Family of Products (NPM, APM, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtualization Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Storage Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Log & Event Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Want to more about your Storage? Take a Deeper Dive with Storage Manager! </li></ul><ul><li>Array Capacity, Usage, End to End Mapping (VM to LUN to disk) and extensive performance reporting </li></ul>
  17. 17. <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