I am very excited to announce the beginning of the Virtualization Manager 6.0 beta (sign up for the beta).  Many of you have been voting for your favorite feature on the Virtualization Manager Feature Requests forum, but no feature is requested more than Integration with SAM and NPM. Well, you are finally going to get your wish!  Before we dive into the details of the integration, lets review all the goodness that is coming with 6.0.

  • Integration with Orion - we will talk about this feature more below.
  • Resizable widgets - one size does not fit all, and now you can change the size of your widgets.  Check out the details in the feature request Add Ability to Adjust Widget Grid for all the details and some cool screenshots.
  • Performance Analyzer (charting) - we have made numerous improvements like better date selections, allowing you to adjust the size of the legend, and improving the segmentation of data.  Be watching the feature request Change the format of the legend for charts for more details.

  • Capacity Planner - speed improvements and bug fixes
  • Speed and Security - we made adjustments to improve the speed of collection and the GUI.  A few of these sneaked into the recent 5.1.1 service release, but most arrive in this release.  We have also updated the core components of the appliance to address known issues.


Sign Up: Don't forget to sign up for the beta at Virtualization Manager 6.0 Beta Participation Survey.


Integration - what does it mean?

Before we dig into the features and screenshots, a couple of notes on what integration means:

  • Seeing it in Orion - we aren't just pasting some Virtualization Manager widgets into Orion views, were actually exposing the data in Orion in native resources.
  • Keeping it in Orion - we wanted to keep you navigating in Orion naturally, moving from Application to VM to Host to Datastore and back again without leaving the Orion interface - unless you want to.
  • Linking it to Virtualization Manager - we do want to expose the Virtualization Manager interface, but contextually.  When you see a link to Virtualization Manager, it will be in context of the Orion object you are viewing, and it will be clear that it links to Virtualization Manager.

With that out of the way, let's get to the cool stuff.

What can you do with all this Goodness?

This is a lot of new data we are exposing in Orion but how will you be able to leverage it?  Here are a few new and enhanced ways you can solve problems:

  • Enhanced:  Why is my application slow? 
    My application is running slow, I drill down to the VM, CPU and Memory look good... storage feels slow, but I don't see anything suspicious on the VM.  Click the storage subview and drill down to the Datastore View.  From here,I see another VM is using all the IO on the datastore, click to that VM and see the applications associated with it, diagnose the issue from there.
  • New: Which of my datastores are busiest?
    My hypervisor is suppose to load balance everything, but I constantly run into storage performance issues.  With the new Top 10 lists, you can find out quickly which datastores are busiest and what VMs are causing the problem.
  • New: Do I have any CPU/memory/storage capacity I can reclaim?
    With the sprawl view, Orion will give you recommendations on modifying or deleting VMs to reclaim precious CPU, Memory and Storage resources - but before you do, you can drill down to the application view to make sure there is nothing important running on that server.

List of New Views

There are many new views, subviews and resources - here is a quick list.

  • Added to the Virtualization Tab
    • Storage - summary of all virtualization storage, both capacity and performance.
    • Sprawl - where you could reclaim computer, memory and
    • Map - show Virtualization Manager map embedded within Orion
    • Reporting - show Virtualization Manager reports within Orion
  • Added to the some virtual object views in Orion (Cluster, Host and Virtual Machine)
    • Storage Subview - summarizing the storage related to that virtual object, both capacity and performance
  • Datastore View: Summary of the capacity and performance of a datastore

I'll focus on the datastore view next.



Datastore View Details

The datastore view focuses on a single datastore, presenting both capacity, utilization and performance, as well as the other virtualization objects and applications related to this datastore. Yes, applications too.


List of Resources:

  • Virtualization Manager Tools:  Links to Virtualization Manager from this object
  • Virtualization Manager Alerts: All Virtualization Manager alerts for this object
  • Datastore Info: Status, type and location of the datastore
  • Datastore usage: Capacity, utilization, over provisioning and predicted depletion date
  • Related nodes: All the nodes in Orion related to this datastore.
  • Applications on this Datastore: Show the applications running on the VM's on this datastore.
  • Top Ten VMs by Used Space: What VM's are consuming the most space
  • Top Ten VMs by Allocated Space: What VM have been allocated the most space.
  • Top Ten VMs by Low Storage Space: What VM's are almost out of space.
  • Datastore IOPS and Latency gauges: Last value collected for IOPS and Latency
  • IOPS (Datastore & Top VMs): Chart of datastore IOPS over time overlaid with IOPS from the busiest VMs.
  • Latency (Datastore & Top VMs): Chart of datastore latency over time overload with the latency of the busiest VMs.


More to Come

We couldn't list everything or cover all the aspects in a single post.  There will be lots of questions about core features (alerts, reports, configuration, etc.) that we will cover in future posts, but please ask questions here or contact me directly if you want to have a more in depth conversation about integration. 

Disclaimer:  The screenshots presented here are mockups and are not identical to the final deliverable.