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    I am excited to announce the availability of SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager 8.1 RC 1 which is now available on the Customer Portal. Release Candidates can be installed on the production system you have running today and you can contact Support for any Release Candidate issues you may encounter. The Product Management team would love to hear your feedback about the RC at the Virtualization Manager RC Forum on Thwack®.



    VMAN 8.1 Release Notes - Virtualization Manager 8.1 Release Notes - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

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    What is the Goal of this Release

    The SolarWinds team has been working diligently to release Virtualization Manager 8.1 RC 1, which continues the evolution of VMAN on the Orion platform. As you have seen with our prior release of VMAN 8.0, Orion functionality was extended by providing native VMAN functionality in Orion while removing the virtual appliance requirement.  Our goal with this release was to add functionality to VMAN on Orion by providing Capacity Planning and Azure Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring while continuing to improve ease of use and strengthen VMAN's ability to find and resolve problems in the virtual infrastructure.


    What's New in Virtualization Manager 8.1

    Capacity Planning

    The new and improved Capacity Planning is an Orion-based scenario wizard that helps you create and test variable configurations on the fly. You can also take a more intensive approach, accounting for your environment's historical performance, new system needs, and peak usage times.  When planning your virtual environment infrastructure, resources, and allocation, you may need help determining the best amounts and structure. How will adding a substantial amount of VMs affect your resource usage and performance? Should you add one or more new hosts to keep up with expansion? Do you need to worry about capacity right now, or will your environment be okay for the next 6 months? Capacity Planning uses historical data and trending calculations to better determine the outcome of your infrastructure needs. Run multiple types of expansion scenarios: Simulate adding VMs, adding hosts, or both. Each scenario generates a report with detailed usage statistics covering predicted CPU, memory, and disk usage.


    Capacity Planning Home

    From the Capacity Planning home page, you may select prior capacity planning reports to review or select new to open up the capacity planning wizard to create a new report.

    Three different modeling scenarios to choose from

    • Run Checkup Wizard -  A resource depletion report will be run on a cluster designated by you based on existing resource utilization.


    • Simulate adding extra VMs - Model a scenario of adding additional VM load infrastructure and determine the impact to your existing hosts. Model VM usage based on an existing VM or create your own configuration.


    • Simulate adding extra host computers - Determine the impact of adding additional hosts to an existing cluster.


    • Simulate adding extra VMs and host computers -  Determine if your infrastructure growth strategy will keep up with expected VM growth by simulating adding both VMs and Hosts to an existing cluster.



    Profiles are used to determine the impact of adding the specified number of VMs or hosts to your infrastructure.


    • Predefined Profiles - You can select a predefined VM profile of Small, Medium, or Large.

    These profiles are static and not based on your an actual VM in your environment.

    • Custom
      • Use an existing VM/Host -  Selecting an existing VM will model a scenario of adding a number of VMs based on the resource utilization of the profile.
      • The use of custom profiles greatly improves capacity planning modeling when you can forecast an upcoming project that will increase the use of resources based on a currently used profile.
      • Build your Own - You can manually specify hardware configurations.  Useful if you do not have an existing VM or host to model configurations after.


    The use of custom profiles greatly improves capacity planning modeling when you can forecast an upcoming project that will increase the use of resources based on a currently used profile.



    The Capacity Planning reporting wizard culminates in an easy to review report that breaks out the current and expected state of your virtual infrastructure.


    The report can be broken up into 3 sections.


    Projected Growth

      • Workload - Provides an aggregated view of VM workload utilization in the selected cluster.
      • Resources - Provides an aggregated view of Host resources in the selected cluster
      • Simulated growth - The amount and configuration of VMs or Hosts added



    Charting Thresholds

    Provides a graphical representation of the actual vs simulated utilization of CPU, memory, & Disk. Estimations of when thresholds are reached for Warning, Critical, and Capacity are provided




    • Available Virtual Capacity - How many VMs can fit in the environment based on selected profile and all 3 default profiles (small, medium, & large) and what the initial constraint will be for growth (CPU, memory, or Storage).
    • Additional Hosts Recommended - How many more hosts are predicted to be needed in the selected cluster based on the default or custom profile used in the selected time period.
    • Advanced Statistics - These are essentially a roll-up of the resource modeling chosen, usage history that the prediction is made on and the thresholds and resources included in the report.


    Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring for Microsoft Azure

    Cloud Monitoring for Azure is now available to both VMAN & SAM customers. Similar to Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring for AWS the cloud vendor API will be used to monitor cloud instances. This basic cloud visibility doesn’t use Orion licenses for the cloud servers. For full details on performance and availability, you can optionally manage cloud servers as Orion nodes, which will consume licenses.  Additionally, if you add SAM application component monitors to your cloud instance this would obviously require SAM licenses.


    What is included

    • Edit AWS/Azure Account using new UI (without editing API polling options)
    • Choose Instances/VMs for AWS/Azure Accounts
    • Azure VM’s polling, including performance metrics
    • Cloud Summary page accommodating instances for both cloud providers
    • Azure Cloud VM Details page with majority of resources
    • Monitor Azure VM as Orion Node (requires Orion node license)





    Release Notes

    Virtualization Manager 8.1 Release Notes - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support



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