What a title! Operations Management How do you define Operations management?
Can it be one system (ESX host or 1000?) How many VMs are running? How many vCenters do you run? How much storage do you have?
What: But more important is: What are you charged with? What is your responsibilities? How can you answer questions respective to your area(s) of responsibility? Can you answer questions related to your infrastructure?
OK. What about the next level of questions related to the above? You may know what you run (hopefully) but how is it running? Is it running with maximum efficiency? Can you improve how things are running? Where are your bottlenecks? At which level? VM? Storage? Network? Host? You can determine that in about 60-90 seconds for a single VM, a single host, a few DataStores.
Now things are getting interesting… Data collecting is good. That is step one.
Now sorting and analyzing data is the next level. What about data correlation? Data analysis?
Root Cause Analysis (Why, why, why, why, why, why, why? aka “The 7 Why’s” … to drill down and find the answer) RCA is exhausting and time consuming. It burns up your man hours aka OpEX. How large is your team/ staff to address this question? And then the next quadrant.. Data Trending? Can you be proactive? Can you make more than a SWAG? How accurate is your predictive prowess? What is your strategy to handle these questions? I work with many customers looking to answer these questions. Scope and scale of responsibility can be overwhelming. I do know that VSOM does help and more often than not does answer the above questions and MORE.
We don’t need “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” Actually you do.
When you understand the mindset Health Risk and Efficency or just for short H.e.R.E. The approach to the vsphere management is very visual. Very quick and very dynamic.
*** Badges are not Metrics. Badges are MORE.
Health — Operations
Immediate issues – Anomonilies & Faults
- when resources exhausted
- above or below optimum
- reduce VM sizing
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