In “VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance“, we detailed the strategy the VMware announced at VMworld Las Vegas in the fall of 2011. The cornerstone of that strategy was to open up a new ROI for virtualization. This new ROI is based upon OPEX savings that come from automating IT Operations, in contrast to the CAPEX savings that come the server consolidation that has fueled the virtualization industry so far.
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VMware customers who have needed to manage the Availability, Resource Utilization, Capacity, Configuration, and the impacts of these areas upon system performance have had a rich set of vendors to choose from to get these types of solutions. Up until today, a comprehensive solution in this area has not been available from VMware itself. VMware has now announced vCenter Operations, three editions of which are intended to address these issues.
On 9/28/2010 CA Technologies announced that it will acquire Hyperformix. Hyperformix is a vendor that delivers capacity management and performance management solutions for physical and virtual environments.
With this announcement CA formerly enters the capacity planning, and more importantly the capacity management market for virtual environments and their underlying physical infrastructures. It is important to distinguish between the capacity planning and management use cases for this product set. Capacity Planning is something that enterprises have been doing for years and is a periodic activity that is focused upon making sure that an application system does not run out of capacity for a critical hardware resource inside of the purchase cycle for more of that resource.
While it may seem that with Integrien VMware has acquired yet one more piece of the puzzle (a puzzle whose final form no one knows), this acquisition is perhaps one of the most significant if not the most significant that VMware has done. To understand the significance of this acquisition, one has to step back and examine a bit of history in the Systems Management business.
For quite some time VMware has been letting it known that it intends to be a management software vendor on top of its own virtualization platform. In fact VMware has already taken a series of steps that prove that management is not just an intention, but will be a strategy fulfilled with product deliveries. These actions include buying B-hive and delivering the resulting AppSpeed product, buying the four management products from EMC/Ionix which resulted in Configuration Manager, Application Discovery Manager, and Service Manager (Fastscale seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle), developing and delivering CapacityIQ, buying SpringSource with which came Hyperic and integrating it into vCenter, and delivering Chargeback.
The principal objectives of monitoring a system (a set of hardware and software infrastructure), an application, or a service (a combination of the prior two that accomplishes a business objective like the ability to enter an order and ensure that it ships), are to find problems in the system, the application, or the service, and then to find out what caused the problem so that the problem can be eliminated and hopefully prevented from occurring again. There are therefore several steps to a process of monitoring and management that broadly get repeated across a wide array of problems.
These steps can be briefly summarized as:
- Collect data about whatever is important to you. If you are the systems administrator in charge of the virtual infrastructure in your company, then obviously what you want is data about how the resources in your environment are being used, what load is being placed on your environment, how your environment is performing in support of the applications and services that rely upon it, and how these numbers are changing over time so that you can plan for capacity additions to the environment in an orderly manner. This step alone can be somewhat daunting as it is not easy to select from the thousands of available metrics the ones to watch. Purchasing a resource and available monitoring solution from a vendor like VizionCore or Zenoss can be easily justified just on the basis of the time saved in selecting the most important metrics, since the vendors of these solutions have often done a great deal of the homework for you due to extensive interactions with their customers over a long period of time.