Deploying an efficient and effective virtualization monitoring solution is often perceived as a long and complex process. Add to that the perception that a monitoring solution is expensive and odds are that it never gets implemented. Â Well HP has a solution for you and if you have less than 25 vms itâ€™s Free. Not two words that are typically seen in the same sentence; Free and HP 🙂
At HP Discover in Frankfurt, I got a chance to meet up with two members of the HP Software team Sudhindra KumarÂ and Ian Bromehead to discuss HPâ€™s new approach to virtualization management. Along with Â vPV, HP alsoÂ launched and demonstrated another newÂ additionÂ to the BSM Portfolio – HP Operational Analytics (OpsAnalytics).Â Both Sudhindra and Ian wrote a blog introducing the new products to the HP BSM Solution Set.
As virtualization has been adopted by data centers of all sizes over the last couple of years, IT managers are now seeing new challenges. Â VMware and Microsoft (Gartner Leaders) guaranteed lower costs, better utilization of resources, and more agile service delivery. Is this really the case? Is your organization seeing the long term benefits of virtualization or has your server purchases been replaced by San purchases in your CAPEX budget? Considering VMware is an EMC company I would say there plan workedâ€¦.I will tackle this debate another time!
So what problems are IT Managers facing with their virtual infrastructure? As virtualization has reduced the physical size of the IT infrastructure by eliminating redundancies in hardware and storage, it also increases complexity in several ways;
â€¢ Virtualization software creates an additional layer between the physical server and end users.
Result – Typically resulting in hiring a virtualization admin/expert creating another spoke in the troubleshooting wheel.
â€¢ Automation capabilities built into the virtualization make services more dynamic, capable of moving around the data center or even bursting into the cloud.
Result – Excel simply wonâ€™t cut it!
â€¢ The rate of change accelerates as new services are deployed more frequently and existing services migrate frequently from resource to resource.
Result â€“ Everyone wants a new VM. A typical customer runs 4 vms (Test, Dev, QA, Pre-Prod) for every Production machine.
So letâ€™s discuss the solution HPâ€™s vPV. As HP Software prides itself as being a heterogeneous solution provider they have introduced HP Virtualization Performance Viewer (vPV) to support VMware and Microsoft. Â Â vPV provides VMware and Microsoft HyperV, administrators and virtualization subject matter experts (vSMEs) diagnostic tools, essential to support their decision processes and problem resolution. When visiting customers the typical problem in regards to their virtualization infrastructure is performance. They want a simple single pane of glass view into their infrastructure that measure against key performance indicators. AKA â€“ CPU, RAM, DISK. The intuitive at-a-glance HP vPV dashboard does just that. HP vPV utilizes Treemaps, which are visual analytic representations of data trees that organize objects in structured hierarchies to represent multidimensional performance data using easily identifiable size and color indicators. Same principal as a traffic light, donâ€™t need a manual to understand red means bad news! This provides an intuitive, visual way to identify issues quickly with resource utilization and capacity.
In summary, below are the benefits, deployment options and feature comparisons for Hp’s new vPV.Â Feel free to install or should I say deploy the virtual appliance. Once downloaded, I deployed the virtual appliance and was monitoring against my virtual infrastructure within 30 minutes!
Quick time to value
Intuitive at-a-glance dashboards
Triage virtualization performance issues in real-time
Foresee capacity issues and identify under / over utilized systems
Operational and status report for performance, uptime and distribution analysis
HP vPV Deployment Options
vPV is available as a Virtual Appliance (CentOS-based), which can be deployed using the vSphere Client (version 4 and above) or as a Linux Installer on RHEL version 6.x. The free version of vPV is also available as a zip extract on WindowsÂ® XP/VistaÂ®/7. vPV needs a minimum of 4 GB RAM and 25 GB free disk space. AdobeÂ® Flash Player 10.3 is the minimum required version to view the user interface properly.
HP vPV feature comparison: Free versus licensed versions
HP vPV Download
HP vPV Demo
View theÂ Â HP Virtualization Performance ViewerÂ DEMO
(15 minutes and no registration)