Last week, Virtualization Manager 4.1 went GA.  The big focus of this release was in providing integration with SolarWinds Storage Manager 5.1 - The Release You've Been Waiting For but there were also a number of other notable improvements.

Storage Integration

As we talk with customers, Storage IO performance contention continues to be one of the major (if not THE major) challenges to virtualizing mission critical applications.  While VMware has done a great job of making storage instrumentation available in their platform (storage IO, latency metrics), and we provide multiple innovative ways (e.g. alerting, time travel, performance analyzer) to navigate this information in Virtualization Manager, you sometimes need to go beneath the virtualization layer to understand what is happening at the physical array level.  For example, are these datastores and LUNs sharing a RAID group and contending for resources on the physical array?  SolarWinds Storage Manager helps you answer these questions.  In Virtualization Manager 4.1,you’ll notice that whenever you drill into an object detail view for a VM, Host, datastore or cluster, you’ll get a list of LUNs that this particular object is related to.  If you configure Storage Manager integration, the relevant LUN links will have links to launch into the Storage Manager product.  Maybe I’m troubleshooting a slow VM for example – clicking on that VM allows me to understand the LUN (or possibly LUNs) that back this VM.  Clicking on that LUN allows you to launch in to Storage Manager in context of that LUN and access physical array performance data for it.

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Dashboards

The look and feel of the dashboards has been improved and some of the dashboard controls have been moved to the top of the screen for better accessibility.  The widget controls have been unified for consistency.

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New Widgets

There are a couple of new widget types, these being the map widget and the performance graph widget.

Map Widget

The new maps widget allows you to visualize a subset of your virtual infrastructure, and the alerts relevant to it, right there as a widget on your dashboard.  Maybe you have a production cluster, or a cluster running VDI for example, and you just want to get alerts relating to that cluster.  You’ve always been able to do this in the map view, but now you can encapsulate that view in widget form.  And just like all dashboard widgets, you get right click sharing capability to embed that widget in an external web page or portal.

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Performance Graph Widget

Now pick any performance metric for any object in the system and plot it on a graph (just like you can select graphs in the “performance analyzer” view)

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Improved Map View

The map view has been improved to allow for higher density of information, and will now expand to fill the screen on your large screen monitor!

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That’s it until next time.