The HPE Cloud Optimizer 3.0 solution evolved from the Virtualization Performance Viewer (vPV). It allows you to monitor and analyze virtualization environments, and more. There’s a variety of features available with Cloud Optimizer like reporting, triage analysis, capacity reporting, problem and bottleneck detection, and trend reporting. These features ensure you have an overall status of your cloud environment at any time.
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Cloud Optimizer runs on a Linux environment, supporting both CentOS and RedHat Enterprise Linux. It has an embedded Vertica database with very fast performance. For this blog, I will concentrate on the virtual appliance, which is the second installation option, because it is easier and faster to deploy. I’ll be using vSphere Client to deploy the Cloud Optimizer appliance.
Start your vSphere client, click on File and Deploy OVF Template. This will open the vSphere Deploy OVF Template Wizard. Select the Cloud Optimizer OVF file and click next. The most important part during this guided Wizard deployment is tab Deployment Configuration. Here you need to specify the environment size you want to monitor; it means how many VMs are deployed in your environment. This has an influence on the Cloud Optimizer deployment parameters (like memory, CPU and disk space). You can choose between:
Small (targeted for < 1000 VMs)
Medium (1000 - 3500 VMs)
Large (3500 - 600 VMs)
In tab Properties, you can configure the network settings (IP address, DNS, netmask). Leave it blank in case you want to use DHCP. Afterwards you are done. Click finish and your deployment starts.
Once the deployment is finished your Cloud Optimizer should be up and running. You will see the following screen:
Hint: The webinterface will automatically redirect you to a secure connection. Cloud Optimizer web address is https://<systemname>:8444/PV
As a first step I would advise you to change the default password for the root user. Therefore login to the virtual appliance machine as user root and change the default password (via passwd)
Hint: The default password for the Cloud Optimizer virtual appliance can be found in the HPE Cloud Optimizer Installation Guide.
Cloud Optimizer Configuration:
Once you have opened the Cloud Optimizer web interface you start by connecting your virtualization systems. Cloud Optimizer supports a variety of cloud and virtualization systems:
System Center VMM
In order to connect any of the above supported data sources click on settings:
From here you need to enter the system name, username and password to connect the data source.
Afterwards Cloud optimizer will collect the data and afterwards display all relevant metrics on the dashboard.
User authentication in Cloud Optimizer can be done via LDAP or Microsoft Active Directory. This can be found via Settings -> LDAP. From here you can connect your LDAP or Microsoft Active Directory. Please have a look at the manuals for details.
Once you have connected your LDAP directory for authentication a login screen will be presented.
The dashboard from Cloud Optimizer gives you a quick overview about what is going on in your environment at a glance: The dashboard will be the default page when you log into Cloud Optimizer.
There is also a capacity overview available here Capacity -> Overview:
And for sure much more features are available when using the Cloud Optimizer. E.g. there is an automatically calculated forecast planner available. It gives you details about the cloud environment in terms of CPU, memory and disk usage. In addition you have a capacity planner at hand which helps you to optimize the deployment of virtual machines.
HPE Cloud Optimizer is a very powerful tool which helps you to monitor, manage and plan your virtual environment. It provides powerful dashboards to visualize and analyze your environment. With the virtual appliance the installation and setup of the Cloud Optimizer is easy, fast and can be done in minutes.