Virtual SAN already has a number of features and extensions for performance monitoring and real-time diagnostics and troubleshooting. In particular, there is VSAN Observer, which is included as part of the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC). Another new feature is the Health Check Plugin, which was recently launched for VSAN 6.0. However, a lot of our VSAN customers are already using vRealize Operations Manager, and they have asked if this could be extended to VSAN, allowing them us to use a “single pane of glass” for their infrastructure monitoring. That’s just what we have done, and the beta for the vROps Management Pack for Virtual SAN is now open. You can sign up by clicking here.
In case you missed it, VMware released two interesting additions to the product portfolio last week.
vSOM – vSphere with Operations Manager
It became apparent that vCenter’s UI, while adequate for a lot of activities such as VM provisioning, does not provide the level of detail or forecasting required to manage large and complex infrastructures on a day to day basis. This is why VMware has introduced a new SKU which bundles the vCenter Operations product with vSphere. vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps) is the most comprehensive product for monitoring the health and performance of your virtual infrastructure. It also monitors capacity & over provisioning and helps you to anticipate performance bottlenecks. Great to see it included with vSphere. Read more about it here and here.
VDPA – vSphere Data Protection Advanced
VDPA, as you might expect from the name, is building on top of VDP (vSphere Data Protection) which we released last year alongside vSphere 5.1. Scalability enhancements in the new VDPA include a larger store (up to 8TB) for storing deduplicated backup data and the ability to grow this store dynamically (in case you started out with a small store and now require a larger one). Another major feature, possibly the best feature of VDPA, is the ability to do backups and restores of Microsoft® SQL Server™ and Microsoft® Exchange Server™, both at the image-level and at the guest-level. Read more about VDPA here.