SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Overview

Date:
08/13/2013
Duration:
2:30
Size:
529.4 MB
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This video provides an overview of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and some of its key features including alerts, dashboards, performance monitoring, capacity planning, and VM sprawl management.

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Hello. I'm Lawrence Garvin, SolarWinds® Head Geek. This is a quick look at

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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager,

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a comprehensive solution for managing your VMware® and Hyper-V® virtual

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environments.

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Whether you're managing VM sprawl, investigating performance bottlenecks,

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doing capacity planning, or providing chargeback analysis,

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Virtualization Manager can help. Out-of-the-box,

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Virtualization Manager's dashboards display the most common problems when

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managing a virtual environment.

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The Administrator Dashboard proactively alerts you to many common, best practice

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issues.

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For example, on the Alerts widget, you can view a CPU-ready problem in this

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environment.

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where VMs are contending for CPU resources on the underlying hosts.

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You can also see other common areas of contention,

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like memory ballooning or storage I/O. Virtualization Manager also provides a

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global view of your environment,

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including clusters, datastores, hosts,

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VMs and applications. By drilling down into the details of a widget,

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you can diagnose current issues, as well as view historical data for recurring

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problems

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or configuration changes. On the Sprawl dashboard,

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you can easily find and eliminate idle or zombie VMs

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and reclaim storage by removing old and large snapshots identified in the

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dashboard.

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This also extends to right-sizing your VMs,

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where Virtualization Manager will provide specific recommendations

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for changing your VMs to reclaim underutilized resources

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such as CPU, memory or storage. Virtualization Manager's capacity

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planning feature can help answer many questions like:

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"When will I run out of storage, compute and I/O resources?"

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"How many more VMs can I fit in each of my clusters?"

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"Where should I place my next VM?" and

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"Which resource will run out first on each cluster or host?"

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Finally, Virtualization Manager does chargeback

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and showback, allowing you to see consumption of virtual resources per

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department.

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We provide an Amazon® EC2 dashboard

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that shows what it would cost to run your environment on Amazon. Visit

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SolarWinds today

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and download Virtualization Manager to begin collecting data from your VMware

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and Hyper-V environments

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in about an hour. And, be sure to check out our Server & Application Monitor

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integration video,

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which details how to use Virtualization Manager to get end-to-end views of your

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applications in your virtual

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infrastructure.