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vRealize Operations 6.7 - Automated Driving Operations Experience

2018-04-25 14:00:16 Author: Source:CTI ForumComment:0  Click:


Recently, VMware released the latest version 6.7 of vRealize Operations, a cloud computing operation and maintenance tool, to help users implement a "Self-driving" data center operation and maintenance experience through enhanced performance and capacity optimization. The peacekeeping business “intent” continuously optimizes performance, improves capacity utilization efficiency, proactive planning and intelligent repair to provide a unified IT operation and maintenance management platform to optimize, plan, and extend applications on private or hybrid clouds. And infrastructure.
The enhancements to vRealize Operations 6.7 focus on the following areas:
  • Continuous performance optimization:Satisfy all kinds of business and operation and maintenance intentions, such as ensuring the performance of key business applications, improving the utilization of computing resources, and reducing license costs of commercial software through optimized scheduling.
  • Capacity management and planning:Real-time capacity analysis and prediction, timely recovery of idle resources, and rational use of private and public cloud resources.
  • Embed vSAN operation and maintenance management function in vCenter:Allows administrators to centrally manage computing and storage resources through the vCenter management interface.
  • Enhanced application monitoring capabilities:Tight integration with Wavefront automatically discovers new virtual machines, applications, and monitors.
  • Reduced resource consumption by 30%:The vRealize Operations Appliance download pack is 1.8GB slimmer and uses 30% less resources.
Continuous performance optimization
“Self-driving” is a new concept proposed by vRealize Operations 6.7. It can achieve continuous and automatic closed-loop performance optimization based on business and operation intent with minimal cost. The key to implementing this unattended operation and maintenance mode is to optimize workloads and reasonably schedule workloads in the computing cluster to ensure that they can always obtain the required resources. The basis of this scheduling algorithm is the administrator's pre-set intention (Intent ). The intent indicates the goals of the business and operation and maintenance, such as ensuring the performance of key business applications, reducing operating costs as much as possible, guaranteeing a certain operational service level SLA, and so on. The administrator only needs to specify the operation and maintenance intent. The rest of the work can be done automatically by vRealize Operations 6.7. Just like setting the driving mode of the car, the driving computer will automatically adjust the operation of the engine and other components. Mode to achieve the owner's driving intent.
Let's look at some examples of "autopilot" operations:
Scenario 1: Reduce commercial software licensing costs
There are commercial software such as Microsoft Windows clusters and Oracle database clusters, and their charges are cluster-based. In this case, vRealize Operations can schedule virtual machines running the same business software to run in the same vSphere cluster by optimizing workloads, thereby reducing the company's cost in terms of software licensing.
Scenario 2: Implementing a tiered service level SLA
In order to meet the needs of high service levels and control costs for key applications at the same time, hierarchical service levels can be implemented in the data center:
  • best service:Corresponds to critical applications, using more expensive server hardware, such as high-performance CPUs, high-speed SSDs, etc.
  • Silver service:For general applications, cheaper low-end servers and low-cost hard disks are used.
vRealize Operations can automatically schedule virtual machines to run in clusters of the right level based on service level tags of virtual machines. Critical applications can achieve better operating performance and reliability in clusters with gold service levels.
Scenario 3: Running VMs centrally to facilitate physical host maintenance
The physical host needs regular maintenance, such as upgrading the firmware version, hardware expansion, and replacing faulty components. Under the management of vRealize Operations, hardware maintenance operations can be implemented without service downtime. The operation and maintenance intent can be set to increase the running density of the virtual machine. vRealize Operations will try to concentrate the virtual machine on some hosts as much as possible so as to make other hosts idle and facilitate various hardware maintenance operations.
Capacity management and planning
The capacity analysis engine in vRealize Operations 6.7 enables real-time analysis of the use of various resources and forecasts possible future usage based on industry-standard statistical analysis models. The forecast also includes possible upper and lower limit values. This forecast is real-time and will be adjusted in real-time based on actual usage and historical data of the current capacity.
The capacity management and planning capabilities of vRealize Operations can help administrators manage the private cloud more finely, recover idle resources in time, allocate appropriate resources to virtual machines based on the collected data, and prepare for capacity expansion when capacity forecast increases, avoiding resources Loss of performance due to shortage or application scheduling failure.
Embed VSAN Operation and Maintenance Management Functions in VCENTER
vRealize Operations 6.7 embeds the management and maintenance functions of vSAN into the management console of vCenter Server, enabling administrators to monitor and manage vSAN storage without leaving the management interface of vCenter, including six customized HCI dashboards, etc. Administrator's work efficiency.
Enhanced application monitoring capabilities
Wavefront, an application monitoring technology acquired by VMware in April 2017, was launched in August 2017 as part of VMware's new cloud service with VMware Cloud on AWS. vRealize Operations 6.7 is tightly integrated with Wavefront to quickly and automatically discover new virtual machines, applications, and monitoring, providing more than 100 built-in dashboards to help manage and effectively monitor new generation applications such as Kafka, Kubernetes, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Active Directory, and more.
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