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edavis1
Level 9

Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

Can someone explain the difference between Virtualization Manager and IVIM?  What do I get from Virtualization Manager that I don't get from IVIM?  Does it require a separate machine and cannot be installed on the same machine as NPM and all the other modules? 

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chrispaap
Level 13

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

Eric

This is a common question among Solarwinds users.  I have attached a feature comparison guide to help explain but simply put, IVIM is the basic Virtualization monitoring that is included with SAM & NPM while virtualization manager offers more in depth virtualization performance & capacity planning monitoring. IVIM will provide you with VM to host relationships and general node level monitoring found in SAM & NPM such as CPU, Memory, and Network statistics. By comparison Virtualization Manager (VMAN) digs into what is going on within the hypervisor and bubbles up current or potential performance issues with the VM & hosts.  Not only that but it provides the datastore metrics and acts as the connecter in our AppStack View between the application (SAM) and backend Storage (SRM).  Virtualization Manager requires the install of a virtual appliance which can be downloaded here and then integrate with Orion.  You can integrate with an existing NPM or SAM instance or download the stand Alone Orion install for VMAN so you can get access to web based reports , Alerts, Appstack, & Management Actions.

SAM/NPM IVIM Module vs. Virtualization Manager – VMware® and Hyper-V® Monitoring

Feature

SAM/NPM

IVIM Module

Virtualization Manager

View virtualization environment tree with up/down status and top 10 counters (both VMware & Hyper-V)

Yes

Host & VM should be managed node in SAM.

Yes

Host and VM performance metrics (CPU, memory, network, average response time & packet Loss)

Yes

Yes

Virtualization host hardware health

Yes

Yes

Alerts for virtualization-specific issues

  • Memory swap
  • Memory ballooning
  • VM CPU ready
  • Zombie/idle/stale VM
  • Large/old VM sanpshots
  • VM disk near full
  • VM disk latency (IOPS)
  • Datastore I/O latency
  • VM resources under/overallocated

No

Yes

Historical forensics map providing contextual relationship mapping over time

No

Yes

Virtualization management tools (power off VM, suspend VM, reboot VM, take snapshot of VM, delete snapshots, change CPU/memory resources, move VM to a different host, move VM to a different storage)

No

Yes

VM sprawl monitoring (idle VM, power off VMs, orphaned VMDK files, VM snapshots)

No

Yes

Alert remediation with management actions

No

Yes

VM Right sizing with recommendations

No

Yes

Datastore performance monitoring

No

Yes

Performance explorer graph providing correlation insight between virtualization n metrics

No

Yes

Capacity Planning  - “What if” scenario planning & resource depletion

No

Yes

Chargeback and showback metrics (track how the virtual machines are being used over time)

No

Yes

Calculate cost of moving virtual infrastructure to Amazon® EC2®

No

Yes

Out-of-the-box virtualization performance reports

Limited

Yes

AppStack Environment dashboard on Orion interface

Yes

WPM + SAM + SRM + VMan

Yes

WPM + SAM + SRM + VMan

bslobodn
Level 8

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

Can the virtual appliance be installed on the same server as NPM/SAM ? 

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mprobus
Level 13

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

By virtual appliance, are you referring to the VMAN server or VIM?  VMAN is a CentOS appliance that is built from a ova file.  The integration to Orion is done via VIM.  This is an add on that can easily be integrated into your existing Orion (NPM/SAM) console.  It's just a matter of running the installer.

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ludek.frey
Level 9

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

If you mean VMAN virtual appliance (CentOS virtual machine), it can not be installed on Windows server, it has to be deployed to Hyper-V or VMware.

If you mean VIM Orion module (virtualization module that is part of Orion), it can run on the same server as NPM and SAM.

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bslobodn
Level 8

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

I thought as much, thanks Mprobus and ludek.fry, the documentation left me slightly confused.  

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jhbach
Level 8

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

Hello, I'm still confused over the difference between VMAN, NPM, IVIM & Orion.

We have VMAN.  We also have NPM.  What is Orion and which of these 2 products uses it?

When I look at the screenshots/videos of VMAN on this website I see views that I don't recognise from having only used VMAN.  Are these views taken from NPM that's been integrated with VMAN?

Also, what are the benefits of integrating VMAN with Orion/NPM?  Do you get better views?  Can you integrate VMAN with Orion without having NPM?

Sorry for the questions, but this has always confused me.

Thanks

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mprobus
Level 13

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

VMAN:  This connects directly to your vCenters or HyperV Hosts.  It pulls in various virtual metrics only.

NPM:  Generally used for networking (routers, switches, etc.)

IVIM:  This is the link between VMAN and Orion.  It pulls in some of the virtual metrics into Orion.

Orion:  This is the single pane of glass for many Solarwinds products.  It really is not a product itself, but a suite of products.

By integrating VMAN with NPM through Orion, you get extra visibility into troubleshooting problems by having all of the components in a single view.

Yes, you can stand up a single Orion instance that connect to VMAN and is separate from NPM.

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jhbach
Level 8

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

I would like to integrate only VMAN & Orion.  Is it possible to install the Orion Web Console independently of the other products?  Is there a separate download for it?

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jhbach
Level 8

Re: Virtualization Manager Versus IVIM

Where can I find the Standalone Orion install for VMAN?

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