It’s 9:00 on Monday morning. Do you know where your virtual machines are?
If you don’t, you’re in for a long week.
Sure, you know which cluster in the data center they reside on, and maybe you know which hosts they’re running on, but do you know how healthy they are? Do you know which ones have performance problems, which ones are costing you more CPU than they should and which ones have been changed recently?
My team meets with a lot of virtualization administrators working in VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack and other environments. They tell us that they always have more questions than answers about the status of their VMs, especially in two areas:
Our new version of Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition (FVE 8.0), answers those big questions â€• and the little ones that go into them. I’ll describe the features we’ve added in version 8.0 to address the VM questions you spend the most time researching manually.
First, we’ve built a Getting Started dashboard onto the front of FVE 8.0 where you can’t miss it and we’ve filled it with top-of-mind information. Look at the screenshot below to see how many questions the dashboard answers about your virtual platforms:
The Getting Started dashboard puts your entire virtual environment at your fingertips and shows you what needs your attention most.
The dashboard in FVE 8.0 means that from now on you’ll know where your VMs are on Monday morning at 9:00 — and 9:04 and 9:18 and so on throughout the day. It’s a huge advantage for virtualization administrators trying to keep up with changes and keep ahead of problems.
In my next post I’ll finish up my walk-through of FVE 8.0 with a look at our new Change Analyzer feature. Meanwhile: