Storage, Virtualization, vmware, vsom

VMware vSphere with Operations Management

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.

What tools are in your toolkit? perfmon, esxtop, vcenter performance tab, vsom (vcops) other???


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.


Operations Management

 VSOM  Badges   Badges..

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.


Performance, Capacity and Configuration INFORMATION – A single view. QUICK and Informative.
Analytic algorithms – beyond normal parameters… RED is bad!
VSOM. .Deploy the vApp…!
You’ve now employed a FTE (Full Time Employee) That just keeps working and working for you.

Health  — Operations

Immediate issues – Anomonilies & Faults

Risk — Short Term health
Forward looking issues, may come up if not addressed soon
Efficiency  — Long Term Health
Where improvements can be made
VSOM uses a multi-dimensional analysis. There are more facets, properties of an object monitored than a single dimension. i.e. is it on or off. How long it it on. What kind of health does it have? Can it access the resources defined for it? Can it meet the demand the object wants for the associated resources it needs? i.e. disk access? network access? compute access? Is this being throttled by a bottleneck somewhere?
How is your Virtual Environment? I call this the compute ecosystem.
Score card
“immediate Issues”
“Future Issues”
– Time remaining
  • when resources exhausted
-Capacity remaining
# VMs deployed
# VMs powered on.
# VMs remaining can be deployed
Longer time period vs workload (instantaneous)
Reclaimable Wastes “Right-sizing” of VMs. Maximize. Run Hotter.
Where do you want your operations to be be set. Are you running at the level you can manage? Are your end users consuming resources effectively??
  • above or below optimum
  • reduce VM sizing

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