Listening to Paul Maritz describe VMware’s vision for automated Data Center Operations at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas last month (a review of which is in this post), caused a very important issue to surface in follow up conversation with several attendees at the show. The issue is the degree to which the current organization of Data Center Operations would prevent an enterprise from being able to attain the benefits of automated IT Operations.
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As a delegate for Tech Field Day 6 in Boston, I was introduced to many third party management tools. In the past I have been given briefings as well on various VMware, Hyper-V, and Citrix Xen Management Tools as well. Many of these tools are marketed directly for use by the administrator, but they have the tools can be used by more than the administrator. These tools should be marketed to management, administrators, as well as the network operations center (NOC). The NOC you say, why should they see the details of my environment? The NOC should not, but they should be able to tell when systems are in failure states outside of the hardware. Only a few tools can be used this way today. The sooner administrators get the word of a problem the sooner it can be fixed. The NOC is the one place that centralizes all monitoring whether it is for security or health of your virtual and cloud environments.
VMware released 3 versions of vCenter Operations, standard, advanced, Enterprise. We have already discussed the abilities of vCenter Operations vCenter Operations – vSphere Performance, Capacity and Configuration Management with Self Learning Analytics but is this an integrated and secure implementation of monitoring or do we need more security than what is provided?
At the time the first article was written there was a bit of vital information we did not have available to us. That is how to access vCenter Operations Standard or Advanced in a multi-tenant manner, that has now been provided. vCenter Operations Alive functionality can be accessed directly from a web browser using your VMware vCenter Credentials, which allows you to see the Alive status of any VM you have the permissions to view. This capability is a huge capability, as it now allows me to provide a non-vSphere Client mechanism to view the status of the virtual environment.
When VMware announced the three editions of vCenter Operations, VMware sent a couple of very clear messages about how VMware felt that monitoring solutions for vSphere should be constructed. The first message was that VMware views Performance Management and Capacity Management as two sides of the same coin. The second message was that Configuration Management as an essential part of a performance and capacity management solution since so many of the problems are in fact configuration related. The last message was the given the complexity and rate of change in virtualized environments that the interpretation of monitoring data has to be automated with self-learning analytics.
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.