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7 advancements to vPV to boost private cloud management

7 advancements to vPV to boost private cloud management

Pranesh

HP Virtualization Performance Viewer version 2.10 is now generally available and it packs many new and exciting capabilities to govern your virtualized and cloud environment. Here are they:

 

If you aren’t currently using vPV, you can download to sample it today.

 

Business Groups

 

The latest release of vPV brings you the capability to create a custom group of objects called business groups. A business group is a logical grouping of entities that represents a business service, an application, line of business or a department. The use of business groups makes it easier to correlate business performance against infrastructure performance. It enables you to forecast infrastructure utilization by line of business or by departments of your organization.

 

For example, you might have multiple instances of an application serving three different geographical regions. This application could also be distributed across multiple virtual machines. With the capabilities afforded by business groups, you can create a grouping by the name of the application and you can define groups per each region. This helps to customize the operational view of the virtualized infrastructure. This capability allows you to categorize and group virtualized entities like virtual machines, hosts or datastores.

 

But the business groups capability is about more than just creating groups. You can define business metrics and also log them along with the infrastructure performance metrics. This allows you to visualize capacity utilization of the infrastructure versus business performance and obtain usage forecast projections.

 

Comprehensive Datacenter View

 

The latest release of vPV allows you to integrate with HP OneView so you can stitch the physical infrastructure with the virtualized infrastructure to get a unified view. This integration gives you out-of-the-box reports to understand the impact of any changes in the physical infrastructure on the virtualized infrastructure.

 

Consider this scenario - Let’s say an enclosure needs to be shut down for maintenance. In this scenario, what is the impact on the virtualized infrastructure? The cluster risk analysis report provides the necessary risk assessment evaluation information you would need and more.

 

You also get host power utilization report that enables an administrator to understand the relative power usage of the servers. vPV’s workbench also provides CPU, power and temperature metrics for enclosures and blades so you can analyze the performance.

 

 

Performance and Capacity Usage Forecasts for Physical Systems

 

It is well known that vPV provides utilization forecast reports for the virtualized infrastructure to aid capacity planning. With the latest release of vPV, the performance visualization and capacity usage forecast functions have been extended to physical systems also. You can triage and troubleshoot problems using vPV’s treemap and the workbench interfaces. More importantly, you can visualize capacity usage forecast with days to capacity scores and usage projections for the physical servers. With this, we are extending the fabulous user experience to support a hybrid environment consisting of physical and virtual servers.

 

REST Interfaces for Best-fit VM Placement and Capacity Optimization Recommendations

 

One of the key challenges in cloud service provisioning is where should the new virtual machines be placed in the available infrastructure resource pools. vPV now provides you REST API to get optimal virtual machine placement suggestions. A cloud service provider or the automation software can use this interface to provision the cloud services in an optimized manner in the virtualized environment. vPV would provide the placement suggestion based on the utilization and the usage trend of the resource pools and also includes days to capacity scores.

 

vPV also offers REST interface to obtain the optimization recommendations. This interface helps you to automate waste reclamation, right-size the virtual machines and flex the environment.

 

Infrastructure Monitoring from HP OMi

 

You can now enable infrastructure monitoring of the VMware vSphere environment directly from Operations Manager i (OMi). With the OMi management pack for vPV, you can easily integrate vPV with OMi for virtualization topology, alerts, and performance graphs in OMi. This enables you to monitor the health and performance of the virtualized infrastructure including clusters, hosts, virtual machines and datastores from OMi.
 

Smart Alerts for MS Hyper-V Environment

 

vPV now extends the smart alerting capability to MS Hyper-V environments also. Smart alerts help to detect performance bottlenecks and resource saturation symptoms. You get actionable alert messages with the appropriate symptom, possible cause and recommendations to resolve the problem. You also get context-relevant reports that aid in the investigation of the performance problem.

 

Filter to Probe Performance Data

 

Now you have the ability to search through the performance data of the virtualized infrastructure to identify trouble spots. The performance filter capability lets you inspect datasets of interesting behavior and quickly identify any issues across VMs, hosts and datastores. The filter is flexible and permits you to probe and examine the performance data easily.

 

Get more information

 

HP Virtualization Performance Viewer – hp.com/go/vpv

 

HP Virtualization Performance Viewer Forum – hp.com/go/vpvforum

 

You can also try vPV for yourself here.

 

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About the Author

Pranesh

Pranesh Ramachandran is a Software Engineer working in HP Software’s System Management & Virtualization Monitoring products’ team. He has experience of more than 7 years in this product line.