The Top 5 Features to Look for in VM Management


Pete Goldin’s article in BSMdigest makes for interesting reading. The article lists the top 5 features to look for in a VM management solution.
These are:

  • Integration of physical and virtual environments
  • End-to-End visbility
  • Change awareness
  • Built for the new virtual environment
  • Cost effectiveness

Agree on all counts. Thats why eG Enterprise’s virtualization monitoring solution has all of these covered!

2 thoughts on “The Top 5 Features to Look for in VM Management

  1. John Worthington June 11, 2010 / 11:58 am

    Isn’t it interesting that virtually all management software players suddenly manage VM environments? Similar to everyone being able to perform ‘root-cause’ analysis, this is marketing hype for the vast majority of players.

    I remember (I think it was EMA) commenting on eG’s foresight in the design of the product over 3-4 years ago. Embedding the correlation logic into the monitor makes eG better by design, and this has been proven repeatedly over the past 4 years or so by consistently broadening the scope of the monitored environment (web, Citrix, ERP, now virtualized infrastructures) without ‘re-engineering’ the whole product.

    This quote in the BSMdigest article really rings true for me:

    “Many legacy tools just build virtualization management onto their products,” warns Thierry. “Unless the tool has a real-time model with dependency mapping configuration built into it, the tool will not be able to do it.”

    “Look for a tool that has been purpose-built for this new virtual world,” he continues. “You can’t take a 1930s car and bolt on a brand new turbo charger. It was not designed for that.”

    Looking to your legacy provider for this may result in significant frustration, lost time and may work against the cultural transformation needed to achieve true service management.

  2. Tim Clark June 21, 2010 / 7:40 pm

    EMA mentions five key capability areas when implementing processes and technologies for ensuring performance and availability in a virtual infrastructure.

    Discovery .
    Tools should automatically locate, identify and provide insight into the complete topology of each IT service; and should subsequently maintain an up-to-date record of all these components. Discovery should be able to detect physical servers, virtualization platforms, virtual hosts and guests, and the applications on top of them, as well as the relationships and connections between them. Ideally it will also provide (or integrate with) a ‘single source of truth’ for storing discovered systems, such as a federated configuration management database (CMDB).

    Physical infrastructure monitoring.
    Virtual environments always run on top of some physical infrastructure (and EMA research shows most enterprises plan to retain a substantial non-virtual environment for the foreseeable future). Therefore, it remains important to monitor the availability and performance of the underlying physical system and components. This includes detail of granular resources, network performance, file I/O, system uptime, response times, etc.

    Virtual infrastructure monitoring.
    This is of course a critical differentiator for VSM tools. They must monitor performance metrics (response times, resource utilization, I/O rates, etc.) of dynamic virtual systems in real time. They should be able to track applications and components as they migrate, and still maintain appropriate (service-specific) performance profiles. They should also be able to monitor multiple virtual environments simultaneously – across multiple platforms, technologies, vendors, hosts, subnets and even data centers.

    Operational service monitoring.
    In order to understand the performance and availability of a complete end-to-end service, tools must be able to monitor the complete operating environment that delivers that service. This includes servers, applications, databases, middleware, networks, storage, client connections and more, with an in-depth understanding of the virtual platforms, the resulting patterns of dynamic resource utilization, and how changes to specific component metrics will affect overall service performance.

    Connecting the pieces.
    All these capabilities must be connected into a single view that holistically integrates visualization, event correlation, detailed reporting and predictive alerting. This should connect all the diverse physical and virtual components that deliver an IT service, and measure not just from the inside out (measuring performance and availability of components within the data center), but also from the outside in (measuring response time, availability and end-user experience at the client).

    eG scores a perfect 5 here too

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