Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Announcing General Availability of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.0

VMware just announced the aviability of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager automates Day 0 to Day 2 operations of the entire vRealize Suite, enabling simplified operational experience for customers. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager automates lifecycle management with a single pane of glass, thereby freeing customer resources to focus on business-critical initiatives, while improving time to value (TTV), reliability, and consistency.


Here is quick video showcasing the product and capabilities:



Key capabilities include:

·       Simplified New Install of vRealize Suite
o  Product & Solution Based install (VVD)
o  Standardized deployment sizing (S/M/L)
o  Silent Install (infra as code)
·       Support Brownfield Environment - Import existing environment
·       Single sign-on (vIDM integration)
·       GUI & API based
·       Export configuration (JSON template)
·       Snapshot and one-click upgrade
·       Day 2 Operations - Scale-out, Organic growth
·       Pre-checks & Validation
·       myvmware.com Integration
·       Configuration Management and Drift Reporting
·       Health Monitoring (Integration with vROPS SDDC Health)
·       Error Handling / Log Bundles
·       Aligned to VMware reference architecture & VMware validated designs
·       Backup and restore with EMC Avamar.


Important Links:

·       Download Landing Page

·       Release Notes 



Monday, September 4, 2017

vROps Webinar 2017 - Announcing Part 4 : Optimizing Workload Performance Using Automation


Back from VMworld 2017. Clearly, this has to be the BEST EVER VMworld for VMware and its customers. I am still hungover from all the announcements and amazing solutions we have to offer to our customers.

Well, in all this excitement, I wanted to make sure that we are able to keep our promise of sharing more about vRealize Operations 6.6. In my last episode of the webinar series, I gave you a quick overview of the all new version of vROps. IN this episode, I want to DIVE DEEP into the interesting topic of introducing automation into operations.

While we all know that, automating day to day operations tasks is becoming the choice of an IT organization, it is hard for them to find a solution which can completely understand their business policies and provide them the efficiency they need from automating simple operational tasks.

Based on our research, we found that, one of the most time consuming activity done by an Virtual Infrastructure Administrator is to juggle resources between the changing business requirements and ensure that every VM which is being hosted in their environment is BEING SERVED WELL.

With VMware vRealize Operations 6.6, a new and innovative solution is introduced to cater to this use case. While there are other products in the market which claim to have done this, what we have learned from our customers that Technology applied by those solutions quickly forgets that Automation should also consider business policies.

With Workload Balance as the next topic of our Webinar Series, we will talk about some real world use cases and demonstrate how we can AUTOMATE OPERATIONS keeping in mind the business goals and requirements. I have selected a date post VMworld Barcelona and hopefully it will suit you.

Make sure that you save the invite. Here are the details: 👇👇👇


Session Title
Date
Tuesday, 19th September 2017
Time
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Speakers
Sunny Dua & Simon Eady
Webinar Link
Save Invite


See you at the Webinar!!  👋👋👋👋




Saturday, August 26, 2017

See you at VMworld!!





Hope your bags are packed and you are heading towards Vegas for VMworld 2017. This year like every year if bigger and better and I am extrememly excited to be part of this game changing time in the industry. 

Just in-case you are unable to attend this year, make sure you mark your calendar for the Live General Sessions. Here is the link with more details..

If you are at the show then do not forget to catch up. I would love to have a chat with you if you are challenged in running operations and looking for solutions. One way to catch up would be through breakout sessions. This year, I am privileged to present a session with a customer and a old buddy Sudharsan S. from Cognizant about this exciting concept of running measured operations. The founder of the program is my close buddy Iwan Rahabok and you can learn more about the program on his blog. Or you can be in this room at VMworld to attend LIVE


Add this session to your schedule by clicking here.
In another session (Group Discussion), I will talk about how we help customers run production operations with vRealize Suite. This is a JAM session where we would welcome all the feedback you might have from your experiences of using the VMware vRealize Intelligent Ops Solutions. So if you have feedback for us which we can use to help create our next gen products, this is the session for you.


Add this session to your schedule by clicking here.

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For our TAM (Technical Account Managed) customers, I will be available in the TAM Central in VMVillage presenting on a couple of topics. These are exclusive events for TAM customers and you need to speak to your TAM to attend these. The first one will be with Iwan. This is a 2 hour deep dive workshop which will talk about Architecting Operations in this new ERA. The learning's from this session would be applicable to your work as soon as you are back to office from VMworld :-)



Another TAM customer session would be on a topic which I cannot disclose on my blog. But if you are a TAM customer and looking for solutions to manage large scale, globally distributed cloud environments, then this is the session for you.

Session Name : Can't tell you here :-)
Location - Mandalay Bay, Level 3, Palm A
Time - Tuesday, 29th August - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM


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I will be podcasting as well with Yadin from Druva Inc. whom I recently worked with on a very cool project of creating a vTrailMap. This map can help you immensely with your jouney to the cloud :-) More details can be found by meeting Yadin in the exhibition area. You can find him on twitter. Here is his tweet about the vTrailMap




Here is the Podcast Timing. Make sure to Tune in :-)

When
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12pm – 12:30pm Pacific Time
Where
VMware Village - Podcasting Booth (map)

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I am happy to share that me and Iwan would be presenting at the Extreme Performance Bootcamp at VMworld organized by Mark A. We will be talking about how to measure performance of your vSphere Environments using vRealize Operations Manager. We will also touch upon how you can troubleshoot your vSphere Environments effectively. Here are the session details.


Saturday August 26, 2017
8:00am to 5:00pm
(registration opens at 6:30am)
Location:
Mandalay Bay, South Convention Centre
3rd Floor Jasmine Rooms

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Just in case if we do not meet, do make sure you get your #vROpsNinja Stickers from the VMware Intelligent Operations Booths in the Exhibition Area. We have a bunch of them reserved for you :-)


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Finally I will be participating in the #VMworld Hackathon this year with a dream team. John Dias (the voice behind the product videos of vRealize Operations Manager 6.6) will be one of them.

Hackathon starts on Monday 8:00 PM at Luxor and runs late. More details here - https://blogs.vmware.com/code/2017/07/28/vmworld-hackathon-back/ 


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Demystifying vRealize Operations Data Collection

Around 3 years ago I wrote an article explaining the data collection process of vRealize Operations Manager. In that article, I wrote about the path followed by the data from source to destination. Fast forward 3 years and I still get questions about vROps data collection process and granularity.

People have different notions about this, so let me share the secret sauce:

vRealize Operations Manager Out of the Box, is configured to collect data every 5 (FIVE) minutes form the source. The collector wakes up every 5 minutes and gets last 15 samples of 20 seconds interval from the source.


15 Data Points X 20 Seconds = 300 Seconds ( 5 minute collection cycle)


Once the 20 samples are in, we go ahead and average them out to come up with the value which is saved in the FSDB (File System Database) of vROps. In parallel, operations such as threshold checking, computed metric calculation etc. take place.

As we all know you can further transform this data in views and super metrics by using functions such as Min, Max, Standard Deviation etc. All these functions run on the data saved in FSDB which is the 5 minute data point explained above.

These transformations are NOT ran on the 20 seconds samples. The 20 seconds samples infact are used to do calculations of the 5 minutes data points and are dropped as soon as that calculation is done. This reduces the storage requirement drastically.

Also, it is possible to change this default collection cycle from 5 minutes down to 1 minute, however it is not recommended to do that unless you understand the overall impact on Compute and Storage for increased collection and processinh.

Hope this helps!!




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.1 Released

VMware just announced the release of vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.1. This is a maintenance release which has the minor bug fixes which were reported with vRealize Operations 6.6. If you are looking to upgrade to vRops 6.6. I would highly recommedn to move to 6.6.1 so that you can benefit from these minor bug fixes.

As per the release notes, here are the lists of issues which have been taken care off with this maintenance release:

  • The Total Reclamation Opportunity widget in the Capacity Overview dashboard now displays the correct Reclaimable Capacity metric value.

  • The VM percentage metric values for the idle, wait, system, iowait, and swapwait metrics have been corrected.

  • Issues with View rendering where resource and aggregation filtering options have both been set, has been resolved.

  • Issues with report generation for reports created in earlier versions has been resolved.

  • Improved Cluster resilience in case of packet drop spikes in the network.

  • Intermittent End Point Operations adapter install/upgrade failures has been fixed.

  • The vSAN World object shows the correct number of VMs using vSAN datastore.

  • vRealize Operations user interface displays correct information when custom attribute is updated directly in vCenter Server.

  • Imported vIDM user preserves all assigned groups.

  • Users can enter FQDN as part of the vIDM redirect URL.

  • Endless analytics restarts caused by a empty file is fixed.

  • Only vSAN enabled host are counted in the vSAN World object.

  • The issue with empty Cassandra file has been resolved.

  • Intermittent REST authentication issues has been fixed.

  • vSphere tags are no longer cleared if tag query fails.

  • Negative values for some of the metrics of the vSAN adapter are corrected.




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