Control for the Cloud with vOPS Server Standard 6

Greetings from booth #607 at VMWorld in San Francisco! After a frenetic opening night out here, we're excited to release our new vOPS Server Standard 6.0, which is designed to extend "control" into cloud environments. Over the years, we've been working to create features and functionality that take the "firefighting" out of common day-to-day operations for the system administrator. We've done this by providing a solution that gives the admin control over his or her virtual environment through:

  • Analysis – Data is processed through multiple methods to provide environment visibility and spot issues
  • Advice - Issues are matched to resolutions written by experts
  • Automation - Issue resolution and optimization advice is executed automatically into the environment

This "Triple A" approach turns a system administrator's day from a series of firefights that can ruin someone's day, to a much more proactively planned set of activities. The new functionality in vOPS Server Standard 6 further adds to the ability to immediately seize control of a situation if, for example, an application owner calls complaining of VM slowness, and goes further to help avoid issues altogether. This is provided through:

Unified Multi-Data Source VM Issue Diagnosis - VM performance issues can occur from a variety of causes such as misconfiguration or the unintended impact of automated system changes. This information is housed in multiple datasets, requiring a significant amount of analysis and data correlation to uniquely identify an issue's root cause. vOPS Server Standard 6 introduces new Unified Multi-Data Source VM Issue Diagnosis functionality that analyzes:

  • Network, CPU, memory and storage performance
  • VM configuration
  • Related virtual objects that share resources such as other VMs, datastores and hosts
  • Changes and events that have occurred to that VM

The end result is one screen for a VM that shows all issues and also rates the health of other subsystems in case additional IT teams are needed to resolve any issues. Lastly, this functionality provides advice on how to resolve issues and the workflow can be completed with automated execution of these steps.

Change Impact Modeling for Performance and Capacity - To remove this source of firefighting and provide control to the environment, vOPS Server Standard 6 introduces new Change Impact Modeling. Here, multiple administrators can jointly model changes in a “dress rehearsal” before executing them in the environment. vOPS’ analytics determine if any issues will occur as a result of a change in order to advise an administrator if the change is safe to make. This workflow can be completed through automation that will implement those changes into the environment.

VMware vCloud Director Integration - Version 6 introduces integration into VMware vCloud Director and other cloud provisioning portals. This integration extends the control that vOPS enables to cloud deployments, with analysis of vCloud Director-specific data objects. Additionally, this integration adds visibility into changes initiated by cloud provisioning portals. This will leverage existing functionality that assesses changes for adverse capacity and performance impacts.

Check out the video below to see what these enhancements look like within the product: