Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vote for VMworld 2017 Sessions - Last Chance Today!

VMworld 2017
Today is your last chance to vote for your favorite VMworld 2017 sessions. Please vote for mine and Joe Tietz, Eiad AlAqqad, Craig Risinger, and Howard Shoobe sessions at

VMworld 2017 session catalog voting closes today Thursday, April 13. Don't wait, vote now!

Trisha Navarro and I have a session number 2562 in the catalog titled Automate and Align vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes.

Session Overview:
How can you align IT with business outcomes? By leveraging the power of VMware vRealize Operations (vROps). We will cover how to extend vROps into a comprehensive solution that enables IT to become more transparent and aligned with business outcomes. We will demonstrate how to define Custom Groups that align IT infrastructure with the business structure of your organization. Turn business questions into Super Metrics that quantify the way you do business by metering underlying infrastructure. Present the newfound information in consumable dashboards that aid in the decision-making processes. Watch how we automate the complete solution using REST API and vRO. You will leave with actionable insights applicable to your vROps deployment. This session is a must for anyone trying to coax more value out of vROps. Expect a technical deep dive.

Presenter: Peter Tymbel
Co-presenter: Trisha Navarro
Session ID: 2562
Session Type:  Breakout Session
Track :  Modernize the Data Center
Modernize the Data Center Subtrack:  Cloud Management
Session Audience:  IT – Operations
Product and Topics:  Other, IT Business Management Suite, vCloud Suite, vRealize, vSphere with Operations Management
Technical Level:  Technical – Intermediate

Friday, March 31, 2017

Vote for VMworld 2017 Session 2562 - Automate and Align vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes

VMworld 2017 session catalog is now open for public voting. I have a session number 2562 in the catalog called Automate and Align vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes. Please vote for my submission and sign-up for VMworld 2017 if have not already!

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. 

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.


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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.