Managing Your Virtual Infrastructure with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

Managing all your virtual appliances and virtual machines is a daunting task. Enterprises these days have hundreds and thousands of virtual machines and having visibility into the health and performance can get challenging and overwhelming. You have to have visibility into VMs but also look at compute resources to monitor shared pools of CPUs, memory, storage, and network resources. This makes virtualization management a complex and a time consuming activity.

Benefits of Monitoring Your Virtual Infrastructure

Virtualization management in a complex environment will give you visibility into the database, application, physical servers, storage devices, and the network. From and single pain of glass, you can diagnose and troubleshoot performance issues in the right places across your IT infrastructure.

  • Gain full control of VMware® and Hyper-V® environments
  • Find stale, zombie, and over-allocated VMs, orphaned files, and total snapshot size
  • Monitor, predict, and troubleshoot capacity bottlenecks and forecast when current resources will run out
  • Free up over-allocated resources and right-size VMs for optimal performance
  • Identify the root cause of problems in minutes by quickly drilling into the app, server, virtual, and storage layers to troubleshoot performance issues
Benefits of Monitoring Your Virtual Infrastructure

Best Practices: Manage & Monitor Your Virtual Infrastructure

Virtualization management and monitoring software helps you proactively monitor and analyze virtualization specific performance problems in VMware and Hyper-V environments. It allows you to deeply analyze performance problems unique to virtual and private cloud deployments, and troubleshoot application and workload issues in context of discovered virtual dependencies.

Best Practice 1: Monitor Virtual Machine Performance Problems

Virtualization management gives you the ability to monitor performance problems unique to virtualization. Drill-down and troubleshoot virtual machine performance issues in your VMware ESX®/ESXi™ or Hyper-V based virtual infrastructure. Proactively detect and diagnose bottlenecks and monitor the health of your virtual machines and hosts. To ensure you’re meeting your SLA’s you should keep a close eye on shared resource contention for CPU, memory, network, and storage. Go further and drill into metrics in detail and plot different objects and their relationships (VM on hosts, hosts in cluster, etc.).

Best Practice 1: Monitor Virtual Machine Performance Problems

Best Practice 2: Cloud Performance Monitoring & Capacity Planning

Virtualization management tools help you proactively prevent these problems from happening in your private cloud. You can get insight into VM sprawl issues, perform capacity planning to optimize resources, and get ahead of noisy neighbor situations with proactive alerting. All this helps reducing considerable downtime, faster identification of root cause issues, and increase in number of admins to VM management.

Best Practice 3: Virtualization Performance Dashboards

Create custom dashboard views and get at-a-glance insight into the performance, capacity, and usage of your virtualized infrastructure. Create dashboards that show resource contention issues, such as stale, idle, and zombie VMs. In addition, dashboards portray CPU, memory, and storage usage across any configured resource pool and folders that commonly represent various user groups. You can also view capacity trends and bottlenecks. This simple customization of virtualization dashboards provide a robust search capability that enables you to search, filter, and sort across collected configuration & performance data, giving you the flexibility you need to create alerts, reports, trends, etc.

Best Practice 3: Virtualization Performance Dashboards

Best Practice 4: Unified View into Troubleshooting Application Performance

Automated application to infrastructure relationship mapping allows you to automatically map relationships between the application and its underlying infrastructure. Seamlessly go from the app to virtual to server to storage layers and quickly identify the root cause of application issues within a unified dashboard. The application stack management dashboard provides you full visibility into the performance of the environment across all layers and helps pinpoint relationships and dependencies in the application stack.

Best Practice 4: Unified View into Troubleshooting Application Performance

Additional Resources

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Try It Yourself

You can monitor VMs and hosts (and a lot more) when you download a free trial of Virtualization manager. It’s fully functional for 30 full days!

With our DIY deployment wizard, you’ll be up and running in less than an hour.

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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

With our DIY deployment wizard, you’ll be up and monitoring your applications in less than an hour.

  • Identify and troubleshoot performance, capacity, and configuration issues—from VM to storage
  • Control VM sprawl and reclaim and optimize space and resources
  • Map dependencies and perform forensic troubleshooting and problem analysis

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