Starting with VMAN 8.0, the appliance is no longer a requirement for VMAN, as it was in prior versions. VMAN functionality has been incrementally migrating over to the Orion Platform, for several releases, with some functionality only available on Orion, and some features still only available on the appliance. This post will identify what features are available on a VMAN 8.1 Orion only install, and what features are in progress from the appliance. If you use a feature extensively, that is on the appliance and you do not see listed on the post, please respond in the comments below, or add it directly to Virtualization Manager Feature Requests, so that this may be tracked.
Features/Functionality included in VMAN 8.1
|VMAN Polling on Orion (Single Platform)|
In VMAN 8.0 and VMAN 8.1, the appliance requirement to poll for VMAN functionality has been removed. VMAN is now fully installed with the Orion Installer and is part of the Orion Platform. The data provide by VMAN Orion is far more extensive than the standard high-level virtualization metrics collected by NPM and SAM.
In addition to simplifying the install and maintenance requirements, VMAN functionality is extended by providing Orion only features such as Recommendations, PerfStack, AppStack, & AWS monitoring. Orion core improvements apply to VMAN such as High Availability and DR.
Free Additional Polling Engine (APE)
The Additional Polling Engine (APE) provides large installs the ability to scale out VMAN installs by distributing VMAN polling away from the main poller to one or multiple APEs. This functionality is free to VMAN customers and requires no additional licensing similar to the federated pollers used by the appliance. As a note, federated polling functionality only supports VMAN appliance polling and the VMAN APE only support VMAN Orion Polling.
The VMAN APE benefits from the new Orion Installer which allows for easier upgrades and less management of the APE.
Complete coverage for VM Sprawl includes Rightsizing, Orphaned Files, Zombie VMs, Stale VMs, Idle VMs, snapshot usage, co-stop, and powered off VMs.
Although similar to functionality found on the appliance, VM Sprawl on Orion adds additional functionality by selecting an action that allows for the immediate resolution to sprawl issues.
Actions that can be performed:
Provides historical resource consumption of disparate selected metrics across multiple SolarWinds products. As a result, all performance data can be visualized over time to identify the root cause.
All Active Virtualization Alert Dashboard
Provides an out-of-the-box single dashboard that provides Hypervisor specific alerts with technical meaning and importance explained. Critical alert always ”bubble – up” to the top to take the admins eye to what is important. Useful for new admins and virtualization experts alike for identifying issues in your virtual infrastructure soon after install with no additional configuration necessary.
Provides easy to use and familiar Orion interface with drill down for explanation why alert was triggered.
VMAN Alerting & Reporting
All out-of-the-box alerts and reports migrated to Orion web-based alerting and reporting.
Ease of use has drastically improved over the original appliance. The intuitive web-based reporting and alerting of Orion make it simple to use an out of the box alert/report or create your own custom version.
The Recommendation Engine ensures VM stability and performance through provided actions:
Actionable Intelligence allows for single-click remediation of active and predicted VM performance and resource allocation. Recommendations can be individually selected or multi-selected to be run immediately or scheduled to run at a later date and time.
Virtualization Manager provides administrators the ability to take actions on the alerts and metrics reported on within the interface. Administrators have the ability to execute Power management actions (Power Off/On, Reboot, and suspend a VM) & Snapshot Management actions (Take and delete snapshots) without leaving the Virtualization Manager interface.
AppStack automatically gathers information about objects in your environment, as well as their respective relationships, and display them. Some relationships, such as groups and dependencies can be defined by the user.
|Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring|
Monitor and manage your AWS EC2 and EBS instances from the same console as your on-premises virtualization environment.
Model capacity trend analysis using current utilization of selected environment resources (resource depletion) and user-defined workloads.
The new and improved capacity planning feature provides a modeling wizard, which is more intuitive and helps the user create various configurations along with test variable growth scenarios. Administrators are now empowered to generate reports on the fly and provide accurate growth predictions of their virtual infrastructure to the business.
Migration to VMAN (Orion) - In Progress
|Search||Provides the ability to search for monitored virtual objects or their individual monitored attribute.|
Migration to VMAN (Orion) - Planned for Future Release
|Chargeback||Analyze virtual infrastructure consumption and associate the cost to the consumer of those resources.||Chargeback on Orion Based VMAN Install|
|Time Travel||Provides forensic troubleshooting by showing historical relationship mapping and alert/issue indicators for a selected resource(s) in a configured point in time.||Time Travel on Orion based VMAN Install|
|Cloud Cost (EC2)||The Cloud Cost (EC2) dashboard displays data about the cost of moving your current virtual infrastructure or a part of it to Amazon EC2.||Cloud Cost functionality on Orion based install of VMAN.|