True Visibility Suite

Webinar: See vRealize 7.5 with True Visibility


Peter: Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to everybody wherever you are joining us in the world today. We appreciate the time you are taking to join us as we look at Vrops 7.5 along with the true visibility suite. Today we are joined by John Diaz, who is the technical marketing architect at VMware. I am sorry to everyone else at VMware, John is probably my favorite VMware employee out there. Today we are also joined by Blue Medora’s own Brian Williams. Brian is a solutions architect and covers the Ohio Valley region of the US. Brian has been with us for 7 years. Thank you both for joining us today, and we’ll get going.

John: Awesome, thanks peter, and by the way, you are my favorite Blue Medora employee, just wanted to throw that out. Hey everyone, before we get started here with our demos, we’re not going to bore you to death with slides today. I do want to lay the ground work about what we are talking about, basically the goal of what we are trying to achieve here is to give you the same experience –audio skips– fortifying data center as you would expect from a self-driving care or any modern car that has some elements of navigation systems, warning systems and things like that . If you think about jumping in your vehicle, even if it’s not self-driving, you put in your destination and you get to choose the route you prefer, maybe a more scenic route, avoiding toll ways and high ways and the fastest route. We allow you to use Vrealize operations to set parameters on how you want Vrealize operations to monitor and manage your environment, and then in accordance with those desires, what we call intent, those will guide how optimization, efficiency is conducted by Vrealize operations. So you are in full control, just like in a self-driving car you can take your hands off the wheel and the car can do what it needs to do to get you to the destination but you can also update the route, grab the wheels and take control when you need to, just like in Vrealize operations. So that’s really kinda the basis for everything that we are doing in our latest Vrealizes and a couple of the previous Vrealizes as well as going forwards. so if you look at self-driving operations in terms of the cloud architecture here you’ll notice along the bottom that you have your typical SDDC infrastructure and maybe that’s infrastructure that you’ve built long ago and continue to support, maybe its infrastructure that you’re standing up with something like VMware cloud foundation, but at any rate you may be considering extending that into public cloud providers that use the same hypervisor and technology that you are using today on premises with VMware and that would either be one of our VCPP partners or VMware cloud on AWS to give you the mobility of being in the cloud but using the same tools you use today to manage your environment. and then maybe you have workloads going out to native public clouds on AWS or azure or google. And we support visibility in to those as well in both Vrealize operations and the extensibility that Blue Medora provides but the idea is that irregardless of where these workloads live, we can give you that self-driving operations experience from Vrealize operations for on premises, native cloud, or some mixture of hybrid cloud environments. So, one of the things we did in 7.5 is we introduced an additional tenant to self-driving operations. Previously the first three tenants or principles if you prefer that guided you in understand what value Vrealize operations brings to the table. continuous performance operation, capacity management, intelligence remediation and then this release 7.5 the 4th tenant is integrated compliance and we will talk about how it not only allows you to create custom compliance templates, but auto map a crop up in the environment. All this adds to the bottom row there in terms of increasing the value that you get from using Vrealize operations to optimize your hybrid cloud in both performance and capacity so you can see those very impressive numbers down there. And these are numbers that real customers are experiencing by adopting Vrealize operations. This is a bit of an I chart, I’m not going to read through this, but these are some highlights from Vrealize operations 7.5 that actually says what’s coming, a slide I didn’t get around to updating and should say what’s here in Vrealize operations 7.5. As you can see it’s a big payload for a dot release and we’re gonna go through each of these areas/ silos/columns and go through a few of the enhancements. As you can see most of the enhancements we made or the updates/new features that we added are in the middle two with efficient capacity management and intelligent remediation. I would like to call out specifically that the allocation model is back so that is good news for customers that have been waiting to upgrade from 6.6.1 or earlier to 7.5 to go above that release and start taking advantage of our new capacity engine. So, we’ll talk about that bit or from VMDKs, a popular feature that has been requested for some time by our customers that we show you those orphan VMDKS so you can take action to clean those up. Custom VM profiles, we added some more what ifs in there, I’ll walk through those as well. Intelligent remediation, we have a new capability for application monitoring that adds the ability to life cycle management of the agents that you need to push out to do application monitoring so this is a really exciting capability I think its gonna make it easier to bring in application monitoring as a part of the full stack visibility for trouble shooting and remediation. We also have some other things that I’ll show you, something I won’t get to is service now integrations. But basically, an alert trigger, we can open an incident in service-now for example and then some other enhancements with various management packs for skyline and NSX-T support and so forth. So, we’ll touch on each of these pillars as we go through the demonstrations, but for now we’ll pop it over to Brian and let him talk about TVS.

Brian: Thanks John, With Blue Medora, we offer our True Visibility suite. The reason why Blue Medora is talking about this today is it will really supercharge your Vrops deployment. Blue Medora is able to use management packs on agentless fashion that are very easy to install and configure. We target our endpoints to pull the data back into Vrops so that we can see new relationships and new capacity and performance data to get a better view of our actual running infrastructure and environment. So, what can you get when you get TVS added to your Vrops deployment? You know you can see a deeper intelligent remediation; we build dashboards to provide a single pain of glass, or a more wholistic view of the environment. WE can see deeper performance within the actual storage system or physical devices, databases or other technology. And really working with Blue Medora and the true visibility suite, we can help you really achieve that end to end visibility from operational performance, tracking your alerts, health availability of the different objects. Back to you Jeff.

Jeff: Awesome! Well let’s put the slides behind us and get into the demo, I’ll start sharing my screen, and I think Peter and Brian I don’t see any questions yet, but we haven’t really gotten into the demo, I would like to encourage people definitely to enter their questions in the Q&A and we’ll be monitoring that to make sure that we get to your questions during the presentation or before we close out the call. Alright so this is the Vrealize operations, let me go full screen here to give us the most screen real-estate that we can possibly get, lets blow that up a tad. oh, it’s going to go off screen. But anyway, one of things that you’ll notice when you log into Vrealize operations, if you haven’t seen from version 6.7 or higher of 7.0 and 7.5 is you land on this quick-start page. This quick-start page there are four cards here, and those cards align to that messaging I talked about earlier with the 4 tenant and principles and the feature list that I showed on that slide. So when you come in, the ideas is that you know what you need to do, and where you need to go by looking at these cards and saying well I’m worried about performance right now, or I need to find out how much capacity I need to add because I have to onboard 40 new VMs or a project. So you can go very quickly to the place within Vrealize operations that you need to go to perform specific tasks What I’m gonna do is walk through each of these cards and show you some of the new goodness in Vrealize operations 7.5 and that will also give you a fill if you are kind of new to Vrealize operations, it should give you a fill for how the product works and accomplish kind of 2 things. Let’s go to workload optimization first. Workload optimization gives our customers the ability to find out where they may have bottlenecks that contribute to performance issues. What I am talking about specifically when you look at for example a cluster… We’ll look at host-based licensing custom data center, this is not a cluster, it is a custom data center, which is comprised of clusters, and you can see that I’ve got 77 days remaining and I’m not optimized. well what does that mean? When I click on the card for that custom data center, I can go in there and I can see a few things. First of all I can see that I got information about not being optimized and my intents… my operational intent and the business intent, remember I talked about setting the destination and preferences four the route you want to take, and that’s what the intents do and this case its set for placing virtual machines on hosts that they are licensed for. Like windows servers and windows VM go on hosts that are licensed for Microsoft, oracle, etcetera. So, it helps with initial placement as well as maintaining and making sure that DRS rules are set up appropriately for you, so you don’t have to go in and type those out yourself. They’ll do that for you through Vrealize operations to enforce that business intent. Operational intent I just want to make sure my workloads are balanced between all the clusters within that data center. You can see here for example that I’ve got CPU workload for my two clusters I out of balance. I’ve got 57% CPU workload on one cluster and on the other I’ve got 79% so that’s not getting me to where I want to be with that smooth kind of peanut butter spread across those. You’ll also see I have a little tag. this is new, it shows me license enforcement for oracle is being violated and gives me the specific VM name. Before all you could see in the previous release you’ve got a violation. Now we’ll give you detailed information on which VM and that host group visibility is something new so if I have multiple host groups that are based on vSphere tagging I could see the actual resource consumption per host group, so we’re giving you more granular information about how those resources are being used. If I click on optimize now what will happen is a plan will be created to address the problems that have been found that are in violation of your operational intent and your business intent. What we added in 7.5 is support for Vsan data stores. Before 7.5 you could only do this with data store clusters that were not Vsan now we we’ll actually move workloads between Vsan clusters to support the enforcement of the operational and business intent. You can see here we have this before and after, you know this imbalance, and then things are a little better balanced between the two clusters in terms of that CPU utilization. If I go to next, it will actually show me what is going to be moved, I have one VM that’s gonna be moved to address the imbalance in CPU and it shows Vsan data store movement. So, this was a big ask from our customers that have adopted hyper converged on VCM and that is going to allow them to take advantage of this capability as well. Alright, let’s go back if there are no questions… go back to the quick start page and talk about what’s going on with optimized capacity. And let’s start first, not assess capacity…. I was afraid I clicked on the wrong thing, so if I look at in this case, I’ll look at my custom production data center, And you can see that it is comprised of various hosts and I’ve got reclamation opportunities here but more importantly, if you look down below, you can see I have a resource constraint, 19 days remaining until memory by allocation model runs out. What this means is before we only show the demand model and we still show demand by default, that’s the capacity model that is used. demand model simply means that I want to base my resource planning and usage, you know reporting, on how many resources among CPU compute and storage are being consumed by the virtual machines running in the environment. For an allocation model, this is, you know kind of a traditional way that customers would manage their capacity. You know I have certain allocation ratios of you know 4:1 virtual CPUs, Physical CPUs, I never over allocate memory, or I’m okay with 200% memory over allocation, same thing on disk whether or not I over allocate because I’m using provisioning, etc. So, customers find this easier to use or reconcile and their reporting to manage, for their planning. We wanted to be able to support that and we do. So, what’s nice about this is as I look at my allocation model, and you can configure the allocation to be as appropriate for your environment in the policy settings. Let’s say that your memory allocation or your CPU allocation is extremely generous, okay. So, you can see for example, I’ve got CPU allocation. according to that model I’ve got 177 days until I runout okay. You may want to adjust your allocation model, because based on how that CPU resource is being used in that cluster, I’m going to run out much sooner than the allocation model would indicate okay. So, I may need to adjust, go back and reconsider using this information and adjust my allocation model to something more conservative to reflect how the CPUs are being used. That’s why it’s important to have both of these to just validate that your allocation ratios that you are using in the allocation model are going to not create resource constraints in your environment. If we look at reclaimable stuffs in Vrealize operations 7.5 we have still the idle VMs powered up VMs snapshots, we now have orphaned disks, so you’ll be able to reclaim those as well. one of those things we show you on the allocation model, the demand model, we’ll show you per cluster whether or not this savings is which model that savings will impact basically, you can see from the key coloring here that this would be 3.3 gigs of savings based on the demand model. And it will do that based on the most constrained. That’s why it’s not consistent among these is looking at each cluster individually and finding out hey what’s most constrained for this cluster, is it allocation or demand and where can I achieve savings in those environments. Let me actually find an environment that’s got some orphaned VMBK, there we go, so when I look at the orphaned disks, one thing you might notice, when I look at snapshots, I have the ability to go in to the VM and click delete snapshots. With the orphaned VMBKs we didn’t want to do that because there may be some cases where these orphaned VMBKs are not actually orphaned. That can happen if all of your Vcenters are not monitored by Vrealize operations. So, it could be that the storage is shared with another Vcenter that has cluster that is using that storage, or it could be living VMs. Another use case is in the horizon in view desktop area. So, we want to be very careful, what we will allow you to-do is export a report that you can then take and review these with. Sometime people keep VMBKs around for historical purposes as archives, things like that. We will give you the last modification age for that VMBK as kind of an indicator and we won’t flag them as orphaned by default until they’ve been thirty days without modification. We’re not aggressive with this but we will find opportunities for you to reclaim. So, all you would need to do for this is click on those and export the report so you can evaluate those one by one. If anyone is telling you that there are scripts and things that automatically find those things and delete them, I’d be very careful about that very cautious about that because there could be undesirable results in automating that piece of it without fully evaluating why these are showing up as orphaned when they may be there for a specific purpose. So, when I look at my clusters, when I look at my reclaim capability, and let me go back to the overview piece here, one of the things that we’ve added is… go to production, kay. When I click on a particular cluster and I want to look at details about that cluster and I look at the capacity, I can see some nice information about both allocation and demand model for CPU memory and disk, but we also have the ever popular number of VMS that I can fit into this environments along with the capacity remaining, and when I click on that card you’ll see that I get this virtual machine profile. I’ve got an average which is a default that is based on the average VM that is running in the environment. This is one that is create this small so you can actually define these by clicking on the cross there and you know you can either select form ones that have been added in the environment or you can create a new profile and that profile can be based on some metrics that you provide like a lot of customers like to do t-shirt sizing like the number of CPUs, the amount of memory for small medium and large. You can say I have a database server out there that I want to model as my you know you know this is a typical database server, so ill choose a SQL server and it will fill in the values for you and then boom, you’ve got a new profile you can apply to that and I’ll just add that in there and you” see its figuring out, right after I add it its gonna take you know 5-10 minutes to find out how many SQL servers I can fit into` the environment but this is really handy in terms of planning you know when the boss comes in, and says hey how many more VMs can we add to the environment. We just got an urgent project and we need to know, and you can provide the answer pretty quickly right there. Or better yet, you can go to the what ifs scenarios, so let’s go to there, and you can get there from the optimize capacity card click on the plan link and you’ll see the what if analysis Previously we had workload planning for adding VMs, physical infrastructure planning for adding hosts and we have migration planning. But we’ve added now the ability to remove workloads and remove Virtual machines from an environment as well as remove host from the environment and we’ve totally overhauled the migration planning for them (indiscernible) cloud and (indiscernible) cloud stuff you know I’ll go through that in a minute. And then the hyper-converged infrastructure is a new card. Again, customers with VCM are considering Vsan ready modes, HCI on Vsan are gonna benefit from this. So briefly let me tell you why they’ll remove weeks or what if scenarios are handy to have. Let’s say that you have hardwire refresh coming and along with that hardware refresh, you’re also gonna be adding more VMs to the environment. So what you want to know is as I refresh these hosts I’ll be removing old hosts from the environment, so I’ll just click on remove and then I would select the data center that I would like to remove those from and then the cluster and then I select the server and it says oh these are the servers running in the cluster, how many are you gonna remove, I’ll just remove however many of those and then pick my project date. And it will give you a result, then I can do the same thing for adding hosts to the environment okay, so then I can select my hosts, my datacenter you know the production and when I select the server it will show me the server types that are already in the cluster, or I can select from a list from basically all the manufacturers that provide models that are on our hardware compatibility, and you can even put in white box specifications if you wanted to as well. So once I do that, I have two scenarios that have results right, but what I can do now is save those scenarios and I can say well I’m gonna add capacity and I’m going to, let’s see if I’ve gotta remove one here… lot of people have been playing around in my environment. Let me actually… let me see if it will let me do that, let me edit that real quick so it’s not a date that occurs in the past, just update that, save it, okay so I’m gonna de-commission, remove workload, I’m going to add host for capacity, and it’s still not doing it… sorry folks… let me just create something from scratch so we’ll add hosts, say new servers and I’ll do my production, production central, server type and I’ll do 4 and save that scenario, and then I’ll do remove hosts… select the same data center and cluster.. alight and save. Oh, did I do that already? I’m repeating the same scenario… add host. And production, select server, let’s do all server types and then because I work with VMware, I’ll say dell and I’ll just grab this power edge right here, and I’ll say yep, gonna add 4… save that scenario. So now I’ve got add and my remove. Okay usually I have this set up ahead of time and surprisingly, it’s not there. Okay so now I can run these two scenarios after that. I run it and the combined result of those, and I can see I go from 162 days to a year by refreshing those hosts basically. You can look at bot memory and CPU, now I mentioned HCI on the HCI side we would be able to see the impact of adding HCI servers to Vsan cluster that would show us how much more storage we’re getting in addition to the CPU and memory. I could also layer in you know that project of adding the VMs to the environment along with the refresh just to make sure those new VMs will be served by the additional capacity, so you’ll hopefully get a good idea about what is actually there. Let me just touch real quickly on the plan migrations, so let’s say that you are thinking about moving your gold tier servers to you know VMC on VMware main cloud on AWS, you can come here and select the region you would like to move to, like US west. You can also add your own cloud providers also we provide you with you know some of the bigger names out there, certainly the VMware cloud provider partners can be added in here, you would just need to upload the rate sheet for those to run the scenarios. But we will to VMC, VMware manage clouds. I’ll select my VMs and I’ll go in here and just say gold VMs, I’ll select all of my gold tier VMs and when I run this scenarios, it will tell me, you know, you need 4 hosts, this is your utilization, this is your price based on, and these are the prices based on the default rates, the published rates, if you negotiated lower rates, with VMware for VMware cloud on AWS you can update the rate card to reflect that discount as well. What we are showing you here is out of the box and you can use this edit discount button down here to get more accurate with that. So very easy way to you know plan your migration, not only from a cost but you know, what kind of VMs or instances I’ll need. So if you look at for example, I’ll do gold tier again, if I wanted to move those VMs into native cloud, say EC2 and I was doing ,let’s say east coast of the US and I wanted to compare with IBM maybe in Dallas and then Microsoft Azure, and I’ll import those same virtual machines, and I do that it’ll not only show me the cost for those but it will actually show me the instance sized that I’ll need from each of these and what the cost of those instance sizes is as well and then if I decided what does that look like if we do the west coast right, I can change that around on the fly to reflect different locations as well. That’s the what if analysis and that kind of rounds out what we have in the optimize capacity card. Let’s go into trouble shooting and the big news here is with application monitoring. When I select application monitoring, one of the things that you’ll see here are a list of all the applications that are currently supported. A couple of things I want to point out, this will replace in the next release it will replace end point operations. If you’re familiar with that the way we have been doing it traditionally application monitoring in Vrealize operations, you’ll want to consider testing this out or if you’re not doing any application monitoring, using this application monitoring built into Vrealize operations instead, so just a heads up on that. You’ll notice we only have about 17, 18 applications that are supported today; this will absolutely grow to cover everything that is being covered by end point operations currently. So, we will have complete parody before we kind of say nope were done with endpoint operation monitoring. The other thing is, this has zero impact on the Blue Medora content, there’s no overlap, it doesn’t break anything that Blue Medora provides with their content at all so don’t be concerned about that. What you get through this is the ability to do life cycle management for the agents that you deploy. So you can see for example I’m in this manage agents tab in the inventory and I’ve got all these VMs and some of these VMs I have to use the new agent and the agent is a telegraph agent, it is an open source agent. By the way that is the same agent that wave front by VMware uses so we have parody with our other products in the portfolio that have agent based monitoring so that’s a plus, in fact you can use this lifecycle management to deploy agents to Virtual machines that are monitored by wave front or if you prefer you can monitor those applications in Vrealize operations. So you just go through a simple process here providing credentials for the operating system, obviously we have to get in there and install the agent on the operating system, but once that’s done, we’re done with those credentials, everything is managed by Vrealize operations and the application remote collector at that point and you can see that it goes out and it actually discovers applications that are running within the environment. There I have Microsoft SQL and if I wanted to monitor that I would come in and configure the required information that is needed to start monitoring Microsoft SQL through the telegraph agent. We can also do remote monitoring, so you can see here that I have HTTP check set up. What this is helpful for is let’s say you have an application that has an external system that requires an external API that is needed. It could be Google maps, a weather app or in this case the survey site that is a part of your checkout process. You don’t necessarily manage that application component. It’s a 3rd party, but if it’s not working at all or it’s not working well its very slow to respond, it can have a negative impact on your application so what that means is if you don’t know about that you can’t respond appropriately. IF you don’t understand the reason that the application is slow is because the 3rd party website is slow I’m going to call those folks up and see what’s going on. You can waste precious trouble shooting time trying to troubleshoot a problem in your app when one doesn’t exist for example. Now once you have the agents collecting data in the environment, you can then go and click on the icon that shows detail, and you can actually go into the all metrics screen and here you’ll see an example of our new enhanced relationship, and you know Brian, I think you’re going to talk about this more later this is a very snappy, responsive modern looking widget that gives you very concise or clear information about the relationships between objects that are being monitored in an environment. And basically, what it means in terms of application monitoring specifically, but it would apply to any of the Blue Medora management packs as well. I can see end to end for example in this case from a database running on a database server running on a Linux OS onto the VM and the supporting infrastructure for that VM. So, the DBA for this application would come and say, they the open card database is running slow. All I have to do is search for that, pull up this relationship view and I can very quickly analyze, we’ll do I see any problems in this relationship tree, are there problems on the virtual machine. Maybe I want to start with the virtual machine and start with CPU usage. I see that metric kind of lit up there and that indicates that its behaving abnormally. When I pull that metric up, I can look and sure enough there has been some change in behavior over time and we can see some big spike in performance. You know, up to 50% CPU usage at times, you wonder what’s going on there, what you can do now in Vrealize operations 7.5 is actually do this correlation and you can say show me all the other metrics on this VM that have the same pattern of behavior. So it will go out and it will start looking at everything at it will correspond with other CPU metrics that have the same behavior and that’s not really a surprise but notice here that I’ve got something from the network domain so my data transmit rate is showing the same pattern of behavior. Let me pin that and come back to it to see if there is anything else. I’ve got other network metrics oh I’ve got an inverse correlation with memory that’s interesting, I could pin that if I wanted to. Iven got let’s see there’s usually something for storage here, but a couple of more metrics for memory etcetera. So these are all automatically correlated for you so that you can find out here’s a file system utilization, so I’ve got memory, network and storage metrics that are correlated to this behavior in CPU now I can take that and pin those on, I can do some more troubleshooting to basically understand how the user related and go back to that database administrator and say, by the way I noticed that the network data transmission rate was increasing with the same intervals, can you maybe look at your logs and see what was happening on the database , better yet if I’m monitoring that database, I can say well let me pull up and see what was going on maybe in terms of did we have index waits or IO waits what was the number of wait counts and so forth so I can start to correlate those metrics in the same trouble shooting as well. You can move this around and get more you know get better visibility on those. So excellent troubleshooting capability, full stack end to end, this doesn’t just work with you know it will also work with the Blue Medora management packs as well the content that they provide, so it’s gonna be a real boost for improved trouble shooting. The last part I want to cover, I’m a little behind the 8ball –Indiscernible–, I apologize but I’ll do this one real quickly is under compliance. Before you know we gave customers the ability to monitor compliance in their environment, not only for the vSphere security guide but also for these standards that you see here, HIPAA, ISO, PCI etcetera. So, these are templates that you can download and easily install into your Vrealize operations to find out how you stack up against these different regulatory or industry standards. And what customers is telling us is that’s cool, but in reality, I don’t really care about virtual machines, I only really care about hosts that’s the only things my auditee is interested in when they audit our environment. Okay fair enough, now we have given the ability to create your own standards, for example, I have a host only here that was created, and basically I am taking the alerts from all the other compliance templates that are related to hosts and I’m only reporting on those, I am only alerting on host alerts for all the different standards that I am enforcing so PCI HIPPA, etc. So total flexibility any compliance alerts that are either provide by VMware as a part of the compliance template or ones that you create yourself or ones that come from Blue Medora, you can leverage those as part the custom compliance template. But what you can also do is auto remediate the vSphere specifically, the vSphere security, hardening guide misconfiguration, I should say, or alerts. that’s done through the Vrealize orchestrator management packs so the take away here since I’m a little short on time is basically, they we typically tell you this host is violating one or more guidelines be it PCI, or vSphere security hardened. You have to typically, you would have to go out and evaluate all these symptoms, figure out what they currently are, where to configure them, what they are set to, what they should be set to, and you can see this a lot of work. You have a lot of different abilities to do an automation either kick it off by clicking a button to resolve those issues for you, we’ll go out and do that through Vrealize orchestrator or you can just have it automatically trigger when this alert surfaces and fix those for you. We also give you full control, so maybe you don’t want us to adjust anything that is network related, but you are `okay with us reconfiguring NTP to make sure time services are running appropriately. So you have full control on which ones are enforced but we will give you a report at the end of that says, this is what we were able to fix, this is what you told us not to fix you still need to go out and fix those, but at least we took care of some of the low hanging fruit, so with that I’m going to stop sharing and let Brian take the show from here.

Brian: Thanks John, let me get this screen-share going here. I think I want to comment here that my personal favorite feature of 7.5 is that metric correlation, I think that the power in that to do deeper analytics on those traditional metrics would save you a ton of time trouble shooting, and that’s kind of the top use case when I’m working with customers extending Vrops so I’m really excited to see that go into product in the real world to help our end users find those correlated problems and find those relationships a lot faster. For those that aren’t familiar with Blue Medora, we specialize in extensibility for Vrops, that’s management packs to connect to infrastructure database or other pieces in your environment that support the VMware infrastructure. We’re able to bring in objects to create new relationships, see performance details or capacity details for those new objects. When you’re working with extensibility, some of those new features in Vrops include a repository for managing these management packs for Vrops. This makes it really easy to one click install some of the management packs and extensibility provided by VMware as well as add management packs by Blue Medora and other third parties. This makes a lot easier to install upgraded versions or quickly uninstall any solution we no longer want in our system. some of the other improvements we are going to take a look at are on dash-boarding and widgets, one of the new features for dashboards is we are now able to reassign the ownership of dashboards This can be very helpful if you build dashboards and send them out to other teams. This can be done by selecting the dashboard and going to the transfer dashboard section in the action. All we have to do is select user account and hit save changes and then we reassign the ownership of that dashboard. Take a look at some of the other features, we have a quick dashboard that I put together here using the dashboard builder framework and let’s take a look at some of the new features that are available to us in dash boarding and widgets. One of the first things you’ll notice is there is a brand-new objects relationship widget known as the object relationship advanced. Taking comparing that to the old object relationship you can see that is laid out in a more horizontal matter and we have a little easier to read host names. The other thing we can see with this type of view is we can even go layers deeper, so I can edit this widget and include this to go an extra depth for my parent child. This can show me quite a bit more details. Here I am looking at an HP3 par storage system where I can see the virtual volumes and either individual ports that system may be using. I can click on other systems in my environment and see details as well for that. Here I am looking at a peer storage controller, here I am looking at an HP server fan. Another feature that should be fairly evident is the new time bar on the top right. Using this we can push and change the widget time for all widgets that are incorporated into this feature. Take a look at the health chart down here showing me about the last six hours or 12 hours and I can change that to look at the last 24 hours or if I want to see the health for the last 7 days if I want to see health over that time frame. Makes it real easy to be able to see time frames as you quickly select above. Another feature that is quite nice is if you build a lot of score boards to show statics, we now have a preview when we are editing those. If you are changing the visual theme such as the colors or adding and dropping different features such as the object name, we now get a nice preview to see how its gonna look. And the last feature I want to show off with dashboarding is the ability to clone widget. This can be really powerful to build a lot of dashboard. Widgets can be kind of complicated to put together and when you get that perfect widget that you want to reuse it can be really nice to be able to clone that and to build those dashboards a lot quicker. Let me show you how that’s done real quick. Really all you need to do is edit the dashboard, and when you get into the dashboard editing widget, you’re now able to select widgets, you’ll notice a blue bar on the ones that I have selected. Please note you can multi select widgets. So, to clone the widget all I need to do is select it, go to actions, copy widget, it’s going to be on my clipboard, and simply click a white space, go back to the action, paste the widget. Here we can see the same widget is buff, the sizing did get reset, but the configurating items inside of that widget did hold true, so I can use that to quickly clone those widgets and reuse those that. I have built. And with that I want to thank you for taking the time to join the webinar today to learn what’s new in Vrops 7.5 if you’re interested in building dashboards or joining a community on dashboard building check out We can go into Vrops build dashboards, share dashboard fields and help build a community of dashboarding. Blue Medora ourselves have put over 40 dashboards onto that code exchange for download. If you’re interested in learning more about Blue Medora or getting access to our demo environments or even a free trial Vrops demo or\free-trial. Thank you have a great day.

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