Virtualization Manager Overview

Uploaded by solarwindsinc on 03.06.2011

Hi, my name is Jonathan Reeve, and I am Senior Director of Product Management here at SolarWinds.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the Virtualization Manager product,
a comprehensive solution for managing your virtual environment.
Whether you’re dealing with issues like VM Sprawl,
managing performance bottlenecks, or trying to do a better job of capacity planning and
understand when you’re going to run out of resources,
all the way to things like Showback and Chargebacks, so that you can
understand who's using what resources in your environment.
So let's go ahead and take a closer look.
So here’s the Virtualization Manager interface.
Out-of-the-box, we provide you with a number of dashboards that are oriented
towards the most common problems that administrators encounter when managing
a virtual environment.
From the virtual administrator dashboard that looks at performance issues to capacity
planning to management level reporting to Showback and VM Sprawl, it's all
here in the out-of-the-box dashboards.
The administrative dashboard out-of-the-box, for example, alerts you proactively to a lot
of common best practice issues.
For example, I can see that I had CPU ready in my environment
or VMs that are contending for CPU resources on the underlying hosts. We can
also look for those other common problems of contention,
such as memory contention, like memory ballooning or memory swapping
and storage I/O. What latency am I experiencing on the share data stores that
VMs are leveraging on the back end?
Virtualization Manager also allows you to get a global view of your environment,
into your clusters, your data stores, your hosts, and even your applications, allowing you
to understand what issues you may have going on in the current time, but also to be
able to go back in time to look for recurring issues or problems that you
may have experienced in the past.
We call this Time Travel.
Many of you may be tackling VM Sprawl, whereby you have VMs that are
not being used in the environment.
Problems such as Idle or Zombie VMs, where you have VMs that are powered on, consuming
resources but nobody's using or nobody's logging into, and overly used snapshots,
such as old and large snapshots in the environment. This also extends to what we call
Right-sizing, where Virtualization Manager will provide you recommendations
as to how you can Right-size your VMs, for example, from a memory or CPU
Capacity planning continues to be a critical issue in the Virtual Environment,
as folks grow their environment
and look to deploy mission critical applications.
Many questions that arise include: when will I run out of resources across my
storage, my compute, my I/O resources?
How many more VMs can I fit in each of my clusters and where would the best place
to fit those VMs be?
All the way to proactive issues: where will I run out the fastest across my
compute and my storage resources in each of my clusters? Finally,
Virtualization Manager gives you visibility into Chargeback and Showback,
so that you can show different departments what their consumption is.
Out-of-the-box, we provide an Amazon EC2 dashboard that allows you to
understand what would it cost me to run my environment on Amazon EC2.
What would it cost for my Windows machines? What would it cost for my Linux machines?
To really give you deep visibility into cost information in a virtual infrastructure.
Virtualization Manager is easy to download from, and very quick
to deploy and try out.
We offer it as a virtual appliance,
and you can be up and running within an hour, looking at many of the dashboards
that we've looked at today.