Are you wondering what’s new with this upcoming version of HP’s Virtualization Performance Viewer? Well, there’s lots to look forward to! The HP R&D team has leap-frogged into new aspects of monitoring virtual and cloud environments at production scale – see the graphic below. (Click on the image to view in full-size)
Let’s look at the features in detail in the next few sections.
Placement and Optimization
Now vPV offers you a way to identify virtual machines that are over-sized or under-sized and recommends cpu, memory and storage size for the VMs. With this, vPV can enable return on your investment beyond fault diagnosis and performance troubleshooting. This is using the best available vCenter metrics such as cpu.demand.
It is important to know where your department is headed—this is why vPV offers forecast. This is not just a simple linear forecast. Our best brains have been working to build a ‘best-fit’ forecast from four different forecasting algorithms.
Just for you VMware cloud admins, there’s the nice “fitment feature” to suggest where a bunch of new VMs can be placed. Even with this capability, we leave the operational VM movement in the trusted hands of VMware DRS.
Guest OS Drilldown
As a virtualization admin, how many times have you received complaints that your VMs are poorly performing, but in reality there’s no problem as reported via the host? On the contrary, how many times have you seen a VM that is flaring up in disk IOPS and wanted to know what’s really causing the high disk IOPS on the guest? With vPV Premium Edition (as well as the full-featured version you can run in evaluation mode for 60 days) we offer lightweight instrumentation at no extra cost.
Now you can easily burn into your VM images or do a network install. This is the trusted HP performance collection capability offered in a lean-and-mean form, running on http-enabled steroids, with a live UI to go. Look at the UI in the screenshot above to see how this process works. This is ideal for all virtual environments—whether you are running VDI or server workloads or a test-dev cloud. I also don’t want you to miss the cute, but powerful, process word-cloud representation used to display the workload of the virtual system.
Openstack is ubiquitous – either folks are planning to try it, or they’ve already installed it and are testing it out. vPV offers you a way to monitor your openstack private cloud, by giving you a look into the cloud tenants and instances. Use this to get a sense of the usage and capacity allocations.
if you are a HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) admin or user, I bet you would love to know your instance usage and utilization forecasts. By integrating vPV with CSA (via LDAP authentication), you can get to know the user instance forecasts and current usage.
Open-source Virtualization Support
In addition to VMware vSphere and MS Hyper-V (SC-VMM), vPV also supports open-source linux virtualization technologies – KVM and Xen. If you are running KVM and Xen hosts, go ahead and add these to vPV as targets to start monitoring the VMs. Use the reports we offer to ascertain usage trends and obtain configuration details.
Ramkumar Devanathan (twitter: @rdevanathan) is Product Manager for HPE Cloud Optimizer (formerly vPV). He was previously a member of the IOM-Customer Assist Team (CAT) providing technical assistance to HP Software pre-sales and support teams with Operations Management products including vPV, SHO, VISPI. He has experience of more than 14 years in this product line, working in various roles ranging from developer to product architect.