Monitor any OpenStack Icehouse implementation with vR Ops

The management packs keep coming after the announcement of vR Ops 6 last week. The latest one today is very interesting, since it allows you to monitor any OpenStack Icehouse implementation. Including the beta of our own VIO. (note this beta is now closed).

vRealize Operations Management Pack for OpenStack 1.0 is now GA and live on VMware Solution Exchange.

What’s new?

This management pack is the most advanced management pack to date and truly unique in its capabilities. It provides the most comprehensive set of operations management capabilities for OpenStack available today. Including the ability to manage OpenStack Cloud controllers, performance and capacity of OpenStack infrastructure, and advanced tenant focused troubleshooting.

The management pack can tie together data from several sources including vSphere, NSX, Hyperic, and Log Insight. Providing correlation across these data sources and launching in context to the relevant details for a given object. The management pack also works across any OpenStack icehouse distribution, including the current beta of the VMware Integrated OpenStack product. It is available for any vRealize Operations Advanced edition customer.

Download from VMware Solution Exchange: https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/products/management-pack-for-openstack-1-0

New management pack for NSX in vR Ops 6 !

Today we announced a new management pack for NSX-vSphere and NSX Multi-hypervisor. This is good stuff as we are now able to manage end to end and include networking data in vRealize Operations Manager. It is a free download, from the announcement:

The vR Ops Management Pack for NSX-vSphere 2.0 and vR Ops Management pack for NSX-MH 1.0 extends the operational management capabilities of vRealize Operations 6.0 into the areas of virtual and physical data center networking. It provides the following operations capabilities for virtual infrastructure administrators and network operations administrators, in highly virtualized network environments:

  • Embedded dependency rules of both logical and physical networking relationships for problem alerting and root-cause problem solving. This includes detection and alerting of NSX configuration, connectivity, and health problems. All alerts are consolidated into a vRealize Operations Manager alert interface.
  • Search and drill down functions for obtaining the operations health of deployed NSX objects.
  • Extension of the core vRealize Operations Manager health and risk analytics engine for the inclusion of NSX object key performance and health indicators.
  • Visibility of all NSX components including NSX manager, NSX controllers. Several different pre-defined vRealize Operations widgets are leveraged for representing NSX services.

Details of the release and the management pack can be downloaded from below links on VMware Solution Exchange:

 

vRealize Suite 6.0 refresh cloud operations details

Right on cue as promised we announced a lot of important new versions in the vRealize Suite for cloud operations. I will list here a reference to all documentation and download sites. cloud automation in a separate update.

In this post:

vRealize Operations Manager 6.0. This is the big one we were all waiting for !

What’s New:

  • New resilient architecture
  • Unified user interface
  • Smart Alerts
  • Enhanced reporting
  • Flexible capacity models
  • Custom policies
  • Unified storage visibility

Download Landing Page.

Documentation Landing Page.

Release Notes.

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vRealize Hyperic 5.8.4.

What’s new?

Hyperic 5.8.4 is a maintenance release with major and minor bug fixes.

In addition to general issue fixing, the following changes have been made in vCenter Hyperic 5.8.4.

  • Non-English languages are supported for Windows operating systems.
  • JRE version 7u71 is supported.
  • Several updates have been made to some of the plug-ins

Download Landing Page.

Documentation Landing Page.

Release Notes.

We are pleased to announce the General Availability of vRealize Configuration Manager (VCM) 5.7.3,  a key part of the VMware vRealize Operations Management Suite that automates configuration management across virtual, physical and cloud environments.

Organizations can use VCM to continuously audit the configurations of VMware infrastructure (including VMware ESX®, ESXi™, vCenter, vCloud® Director™ and vCloud® Networking and Security) as well as Windows, Linux and UNIX operating systems. Configuration compliance can be maintained against internal standards, security best practices, vendor hardening guidelines, and even regulatory mandates.

This release delivers critical enhancements requested by our customers, field and PSO teams to improve vSphere support, speed time to value, and extend capabilities for OS configuration management.

Highlights of this release include:

 

  • Updated Platform Support for the VCM Collector
  • Installation of the Collector and SQL Server components on Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2 is now supported
  • Existing installations of VCM can be upgraded or migrated to Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2 as part of the installation process for 5.7.3
  • Added Support for New Versions of Client Platforms
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
    • CentOS 7
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7
    • vSphere 6 Ready
  • VCM 5.7.3 will support vSphere 6 upon its release
  • Support for older versions of vSphere is unchanged in VCM 5.7.3 (vSphere 4.0U1 and later)

Product Information and download pages.

Docs landing page.

Release notes.

Installation guide.

VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5.0 is now GA and live on www.vmware.com.

What’s new?

This release introduces several new features in all areas of the product. Some key innovations and enhancements are:

  • Event Trends Analyser
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Integration with vRealize Operations Manager 6.0
  • Log Insight Forwarder
  • Integrated Load Balancer
  • Built-In Content Packs
  • Internationalisation
  • New vRealize Log Insight Linux Agent
  • Contextual Log Browsing for Events
  • Several Usability, Performance and Security Improvements

Download Landing Page.

Documentation Landing Page.

Release Notes.

new product names matrix

You  may have noticed that since VMworld we use some new product names for our management products. Since I have renamed the tags on my blog here accordingly, I wanted to give you a little table of transition here. What’s in a name you might say, well actually quite a lot since we rationalised things and put some more logic in. Things I explain in my presentations is that the new vRealize Operations has no obligatory link to VMware vCenter anymore, so it would be silly to still call it vCenter Operations Manager…

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old name new name on premise new name SaaS version
vCloud Hybrid Service vCloud Air
vCenter Operations Manager (vC Ops) vRealize Operations (vR Ops) vRealize Air Operations
vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) vRealize Automation (vR A) vRealize Air Automation
ITBM vRealize Business

Please also note that our public cloud service changed names to vCloud Air. And … you see of course that we have SaaS versions in the pipeline. These will live in vCloud Air but can also be used to manage your private cloud. A first tool not in the table is in beta, namely vCloud Air Compliance, a tool to perform the compliance part of vCenter Configuration Manager without local installation !

There is also a vRealize suite which contains Operations, Automation and Business. The difference with vCloud Suite is that vRealize is positioned for hybrid environments with multiple hypervisors and external cloud services. It is licensed per OSI (operating system instance). More info here.

New winter school sessions @ VMware BeLux

In January the VMware BeLux SE team organizes again free technical enablement sessions in Zaventem and Luxemburg, see details below. I will deliver the cloud operations and cloud automation day with Stef Verbist and the Openstack, containers,… afternoon with Filip Verloy.

Agenda – overview:

Technical Tracks (HALF day)

See detailed session content information here.

Time: 09h30 – 10h00 registration & welcome coffee

           10h00 ­ 12h30 presentations, whiteboards, demos Š

           13h00 ­ 13h30 registrations & welcome coffee

           13h30 ­ 16h00 presentations, whiteboards, demos on second topic

Don’t miss this opportunity and register for these sessions.

Location Belgium:

VMware premises, Imperiastraat 18, 1930 Zaventem

Location Luxembourg:

TBC

Belgium:

Monday January 12 AM

Luxembourg:

Monday January 19 AM

High-level general session: SDE (vCloud Suite, vRealize Suite, vCloud Air)

Winter School 2015 is all about the Software-Defined-Enterprise, VMware’s foundation for helping customers transform their traditional IT environments into a broker of services in order to aligned with business demands.

On this first day, we will give you an introduction into all the different VMware’s building blocks that make up the Software Defined Enterprise.

Belgium:
Monday January 12 PM

Luxembourg:
Monday January 19 PM

High-level general session: SDE (VSAN, NSX, EUC)

Winter School 2015 is all about the Software-Defined-Enterprise, VMware’s foundation for helping customers transform their traditional IT environments into a broker of services in order to aligned with business demands.

On this first day, we will give you an introduction into all the different VMware’s building blocks that make up the Software Defined Enterprise.

Belgium:

Tuesday January 13 AM

Luxembourg:

Tuesday January 20 AM

Hyper Converged Infrastructure – VSAN2.0/EVO:RAIL/RACK

During this session we will review the choices we give our customers to build their Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). We will look into technical detail to the different technologies used.

Belgium:

Tuesday January 13 PM

Luxembourg:

Tuesday January 20 PM

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery – SRM/vSphere Replication/ vCloud Air DR/vSphere Data Protection/vMotion/FT/HA

IT organizations are continuously challenged with protecting business-critical applications and data against various causes of downtime. VMware delivers a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions that provides high availability, data protection and disaster recovery. During this session we will go more in depth into those solutions.

Belgium:

Wednesday January 14 AM

Luxembourg:

Wednesday January 21 AM

Cloud Operations Management – vRealize Operations Insight (vROps 6 + vRLog Insight)

Operations disciplines are converging. Performance, capacity and configuration become inseparable as the SDDC is extended with public cloud services. IT departments require integrated, analytics-based operations management to ensure service quality and increase operational efficiency on or off-site.

Belgium:

Wednesday January 14 PM

Luxembourg:

Wednesday January 21 PM

Cloud Automation – vRealize Automation & Cloud Business ­ vRealize Business

Automation plays a critical role in managing the SDDC where compute, network and storage resources are virtualized and controlled by software. It improves speed and control of both service delivery and ongoing management functions. Automation is also a central point of control for service delivery that combines on-site and public cloud resources.

Belgium:

Thursday January 15 AM

Luxembourg:

Thursday January 22 AM

Network virtualization

VMware NSX is the network virtualization and security platform for the SDDC. In this session we will provide a deep dive into the capabilities of the platform and go into the new features of the latest release. We will also cover how the integrate the platform into an existing network and best practices.

Belgium:

Thursday January 15 PM

Luxembourg:

Thursday January 22 PM

VMware’s Integrated OpenStack ­ Containers (Docker, Kubernetes Š) ­ Pivotal CF

This session will explain VMware’s Integrated OpenStack (VIO) distribution, VMware’s involvement in the OpenStack project in general, and VMware’s initiated Congress OpenStack program, incl. advantages of running OpenStack with VMware software, and roadmap and integration plans across the multiple components of our product line.

Belgium:

Friday January 16 ­ ALL DAY

Luxembourg:

Friday January 23 ­ ALL DAY

Mobility – End-User Computing (EUC)

During this session we will review the VMware EUC Vision and Strategy and take a closer look into the technical details of VMware App Volumes, Virtual SAN in Horizon View environments, Horizon Flex, Š

Don’t miss this opportunity and register for these sessions.

vR Ops deepdive session announcement

After numerous requests by colleagues we are setting up a deep dive session on vRealize Operations manager. The target audience is existing customers who have questions on the configuration and usage of vR Ops 5.8.x and who want to know what to expect in the new version 6. The session will be led by Stefan Verbist and myself. It is a technical session with a minimum of slideware and a maximum of hands-on in a real environment. There will be time for Q&A.

Agenda:

  • vCOPS Policies
  • Missing Metrics & how to understand in vCOPS dashboards
  • Capacity planning  (how to understand)
  • Custom dashboards
  • vROps 6 – what is coming
  • Q&A

When ? Thursday 18 december, 8h30 am – 10h00 am CET

Where ? Webex, follow this link. Registration and approval is required !

After this session people will be encouraged to attend our new winterschool sessions or vR Ops On Demand training.

A Batman and Robin production.

Benelux customer briefing and lab visit #VMworld

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Like last year I am organising a VBC on Cloud Operations during VMworld Europe in Barcelona next week. If you are a VMware customer in the Benelux area and you have questions on vRealize Operations Manager (the artist formerly known as vCenter Operations Manager) or Log Insight come and visit us ! We will be running an open format with questions and some presentations on what is to come. Jon Herlocker, CTO Log Insight & vRealize Operatons Manager, and Eran Carmel, Sr Product Manager will be there to inform you.

Please check for more details and free registration at this EventBrite event. Please note that this is not a session in the catalogue. We run an open format, you do not need experience. I will check entries against our CRM system and kick out anyone who does not qualify…

Also this year I decided to organize a Hands-On Labs behind the scenes tour for Benelux customers. This is a unique opportunity to see how we manage this great event with our own tools. Deploying 15000 VMs at the US session ! The visit is scheduled on Thursday morning, so that on the last day of the conference you can have an easy start after the party… Register on Eventbrite.

Hope to see you in Barcelona ! And if you have not registered yet, click the VMworld logo above… There is still time, cheap flights and AirBnB rooms…

Monitoring tools and the case for vCOps

On the excellent DevOps mailing list this week I stumpled across two interesting entries on monitoring tools. Note that I am not writing this to attack anyone, but to share some observations that I have relevant to our own tools and where we can help. I realize that our own platform vCenter Operations Manager (and packaging variants such as vSOM and vCloud Suite) caters sometimes for another type of customer than the typical devops crowd. As an early linux fan and ex-Sunnie I still care deeply about open-source (oops did I really say that ?) and projects like Nagios or Zabbix have their place. Maybe…

The first is a survey done by Dataloop.IO, a company that is developing a new SaaS monitoring tool. In a blog post they comment on a survey they did of 60 customers in the UK and their monitoring habits. Some of their findings captured my interest:

  • People use a pletora of tools and build-your-own: Yes, that is what we see too. People use tools because they are “free” (if your time is free) like Nagios, because they got them from a vendor as a – limited free – tool to use (CIM, MS SCOM,…) or bought them for a limited purpose (Veeam,…). For anyone using vSphere as a platform I think vCOps is a strategic choice. You will see that it will develop more and more into a platform and integrate with other products. Think cloud provisioning asking vCOps on which cluster there are enough resources to deploy. And whether you have vCenter and 100 VMs or want to monitor a vCloud service at the vapp level, this is the one tool that you use. vCOps is also becoming more of a platform with Hyperiq merging in: you can now monitor hundreds of services that are not VMware specific, and best of all vCOps discovers the relationships and shows you for example on which VM Windows is running with your MS SQL database. Magic. And did I mention more and more management packs are being developped to bring other data in vCOps ? Brocade, HP 3PAR, Dell storage, EMC, NetApp, Oracle,… Have a look on our management marketplace.
  • micro-services: Again I think people that are now building different tools for their departments are well served with vCOps. You can monitor centrally, but everyone can manage their own view using custom dashboards you build in minutes. We have customers monitoring java apps centrally and offer internal customers their own dashboard of their app without interfering with others or seeing their data.
  • alert storms: Well, we have been telling you about this one for a long time…. You need a modern tool like vCOps that does dynamic analysis of your data and sends you intelligent alerts when needed. We learn from your data and do trending…

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The second entry corroborates a further finding from Dataloop.IO: that most people still use Nagios. Andy Sykes from Forward3D argues in a Slideshare presentation that we should stop using Nagios for a number of reasons  – overall  because it is outdated. But he proposes to build another system that is composed of a number of tools… See the Dataloop.IO study….

Again I think the case is for vCOps. At a large European institution we have not so much replaced Nagios as we have enhanced it. Where their old system was complex and hard to change, we now import critical data from Nagios (around ntp…) and display it in custom dashboards in minutes. The same tool is used with other dashboards to monitor vapps in the vSphere environment and on top of that vCOps does it’s analysis magic on imported data too, so they have an idea of what the normal trending of ntp offset is, something you cannot do with Nagios.

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vCOps will not replace all other tools, but for customers adopting a software-defined datacenter model it is a strategic tool that can serve the infrastructure department and it’s customers, serving everyone relevant data and alerts from one tool in different forms.

Beta of Blue Medora monitoring Oracle Weblogic in vCOps

As you might know we have a new partnership with Blue Medora where they provide all the great knowledge they built on monitoring Oracle environments in a new management pack that you can add to vCenter Operations Manager.

They are now seeking beta testers for a new version that can monitor Oracle Weblogic J2EE workloads in a VMware environment. If you are interested, see this post.

vmLive: vSOM competition against MS System Center

Are you a VMware partner and want to learn more about how to compete with vSphere with Operations Management against Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center?
Well join David James and Sean Crookston for our vmLive on Thursday February 20 at 2pm UK time where we will give you all the business and technical arguments you need to sell in competitive situations.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Register via partner university.