IT Operations Management (ITOM)

vSME Challenge #1 – Being the Guardian of Virtualized environment(s)

vSME Challenge #1 – Being the Guardian of Virtualized environment(s)

Vishwanath Parg

In my previous blog post  I spoke about the various challenges that a vSME faces and about need of a vSME tool.


 In this article I am comparing  vSME to a guardian or a caretaker.


A guardian is one who protects or defends something. In the context of virtualization, the vSME needs to protect  the  virtualized environment and be the caretaker  . He should know all of the greens, reds and yellows of this environment. Imagine that he is a person with binoculars in hand, always looking at the horizon to see what’s happening. 



 He can be compared to a super hero with his weapon as vSME tool. He is a super hero who has the responsibility to ensure that the right things happen in his virtualized environment and there is no entry for “bad stuff”. This bad stuff can include:  


  • VM performance impacted due to low CPU/Memory capacity
  • Struggling hosts not able to run desired number of VMs
  • Storage utilization close to 100 percent 
  • High storage latency impacting VM’s …
  • and the list goes on….

Now how about a weapon for this super hero? He needs a weapon that he can use day-to-day to ensure he performs his duty with utmost efficiency. Let us now see how vSME tool can be his weapon to play the role of a guardian.


This tool should help him visualize his virtualized environment at one glance. Tool should help identify “bads” (reds) in one glance. The vSME tool also should be able to help identify the root cause for the reds with ease. It needs to provide performance metrics for every artifact of the virtualized environment. The tool should support multi-hypervisor technologies eg:  VMware, Hyper-V, KVM. The most important aspect is that the tool should be easy to use, with almost zero maintenance. The tool should help the vSME to focus on his core job of overseeing the environment instead spending time on maintaining the tool itself.


  HP virtualization Performance Viewer (vPV)  provides all of the above capabilities for a vSME. It provides a way to glance at your virtualized environment with ease via its treemap view. vPV provides deeper performance metrics and provides a workbench where the vSME can graph the metrics in real time and is also able to go back  in time to check the performance. It supports the performance monitoring of VMware, Hyper-V, KVM and Xen virtualization technologies.  


vPV has quick time to value with less than 20 minutes to install and configure. It has zero maintenance requirements.  I will encourage you to watch this video available  here which talks about vPV’s capabilities in the context of vSME as a guardian. vPV is available as free download, you can download it here to check the capabilities of vPV as a vSME tool.  


In my next blog post I will talk about the next challenge  of vSME , being the detective or troubleshooter  for  virtualized environments. I also encourage you to learn more about vPV at our homepage here.


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Vishwanath Parg