Monday, March 13, 2017

Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes - vROps White Paper

VMware just published my White Paper titled "Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes" on the Tech Papers site. Read it here.

Over the past few years, I have been designing, deploying, and customizing vRealize Operations (vROps) Manager for many VMware customers. Working with different clients, I noticed a common theme emerge among various business and IT leaders. Many customers are looking for IT reporting that closely resembles their lines of business such as services, departments, applications, teams, and other logical business constructs. Quantifying performance, utilization, and consumption at the logical business unit level is more important to business leaders than at the vSphere Cluster level. This is because in today’s world, services, applications, and business units can span multiple infrastructures from private, through hybrid, to public. Generally, IT reporting around business services has been difficult with traditional tools as they are very infrastructure-centric. 

vRealize Operations Manager is flexible and ready to answer this challenge. This white paper is designed to serve as a comprehensive guide that ties various distinct vROps features into a cohesive solution and enables IT to become more transparent and aligned with business value. The white paper walks through extending vROps to provide business-oriented reporting that empowers business stakeholders to make better decisions and gain insight into various business services in the datacenter or cloud.

Download the White Paper and learn how to:
  1. Define Custom Groups that align your IT with the business structure of your organization.
  2. Create Super Metrics that quantify the way you do business.
  3. Build Custom Dashboards that provide information your business wants.
  4. Automating the entire process.
Enjoy creating your own business-oriented reporting in vROps!

VMware offers Professional Services that can help organizations design, implement, and automate solutions described in this White Paper.

Thank you,

Friday, March 3, 2017

VMware vROps - A quick look at what's new in vROps 6.5?

VMware announced the release of vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) 6.5. vROps is VMware's popular Cloud and Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) monitoring and analytics solution. This update includes the usual usability improvements along with a 25% scalability improvement in the number of supported objects and metrics, as well as a new Extra Large node size. One major new feature includes integration with VMware vRealize Business Manager for Cloud (vRBC). The version also supports automated End-Point Operations (EPOps) Agent upgrades and many other advancements. In addition to that, the vROps 6.5 upgrade process is 40% faster than in the past, especially with large multi-node deployments.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Honored to be named VMware vExpert 2017!


I'm honored to be awarded VMware vExpert for the 2nd time. Thank you everyone for reading my blog!

The VMware vExpert program is VMware's global evangelism and advocacy program. The award is for individuals, not companies or VMware employees, who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The VMware vExpert title is awarded on an annual basis to individuals for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology, above and beyond their job responsibilities.

Announcement:
https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/02/vexpert-2017-award-announcement.html

vExpert Directory: 
https://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa 

Other Resources:
https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vexpert 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

VMware vROps - What's new in vROps 6.4?

VMware announced the release of vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) 6.4. This update includes the usual stability and usability improvements along with support for vSphere 6.5, as well as introduction of Predictive DRS (pDRS) for Workload Placement (WLP). pDRS is in technical preview until vROps 6.5 is released in 17Q1. On top of that, just like vROps 6.3 before it, vROps 6.4 comes with more new Custom Dashboards OOTB. So without further adieu, let's take a closer look at all the goodies.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

VMware vROps - Exposing and Reporting on VM Custom Profiles with API and Super Metrics

Since the introduction of Custom Profiles in vROps 6.1, VMware has given customers the ability to define their own custom VM sizes for capacity planning purposes. This is a very handy feature when performing capacity analysis 
using the canned Analysis > Capacity Remaining dashboard on the vSphere Cluster level. However, there is no way to access these custom profile metrics through any of the metric pickers so they cannot be added to custom dashboards or reports. API and Super Metrics to the rescue. In this post we will cover how to access and expose the custom profile metrics to the GUI so they can be easily leveraged throughout the product's various visual elements. I had many customers ask for this in the past so figured it's time to let the cat out of the bag and let the world know.

Monday, September 19, 2016

VMware vROps - A closer look at what's new in vROps 6.3

Without much fanfare, VMware released vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) 6.3 right before VMworld 2016. vROps is VMware's popular Cloud and Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) monitoring and analytics solution. Besides the usual enhancements to most features including configuration, licensing, alerting, reports, policies as well as introducing some new dashboards and widgets, this release is jampacked with hidden gems all over the place. A number of bug fixes were also included. This post will elaborate on some of the new features and enhancements beyond what was provided in the press release. So read on because there are some cool things that VMware omitted from the official release materials that are well worth you time.

Monday, August 15, 2016

VMware vROps - Compare Multiple VMs Dashboard

A customer recently asked if it was possible to compare the same metric from multiple VMs in a single dashboard. Yes it is, and here is how it's done and what such a dashboard may look like. This type of dashboard is very useful if you want to evaluate and compare performance of several VMs carrying out the same or similar work. For example, it could include a number of load balanced web front-ends or some other VMs hosting a number of different enterprise applications. It can also be used to compare how similar VMs perform on different vSphere Hosts running on different generation hardware. Of course the same concept can be applied to comparing different vSphere Hosts or Datastores themselves.