vROps has always been a trusted product for monitoring & forensics and customers have relied on its ability to analyze their infrastructure to get a holistic view of the environment. With the GA release of vROps 6.5 the abilities of this product have gone even far and some out of the box features make this release more productive & reliable solution.
Scale & Performance: The very first thing which comes into mind when we analyze any solution is its capacity to withstand and generate results out of the underline objects. Here is a simple comparison of vROps 6.4 & 6.5 and it is clearly seen that having same vCPU/vRAM node the number of metrics collected are tremendously high. Putting this in figures results 25% increase in supported number of resources with same footprint (as in 6.4)
|Single node max objects||12,000||15,000|
|Single node max metrics||3,50,000||4,375,000|
|Max objects / max nodes||120,000||150,000|
|Max metrics / max nodes||30,000,000||38,700,000|
Another interesting feature of vROps 6.5 is its ability to increase cluster node memory by 2x without increasing vCPUs or adding additional nodes. This feature plays very crucial role in situations when customer have started with small number of nodes and with growing object metrics the current set of vROps cluster nodes are facing challenge to collect results and customer is not willing to add additional nodes into the cluster. One caveat to this feature is that one has to maintain same amount of memory for all the nodes.
XL Node: This is another great feature of vROps 6.5 with the introduction of XL node. Looking at below table shows the size comparison of vROps nodes vs XL nodes and number of objects/metrics it can correlate. It makes lot of sense for those customers who have large environment and sizing vROps is a big issues for them. From my personal experience I have seen customer finding it difficult to size their vROps nodes once their environment has grown sky high.
There can be max 4 XL nodes in per vROps cluster
|Memory (in GB)||16||32||48||128|
Custom Groups: In earlier vROps releases one challenge was to create custom groups and then later import/export so that it can be used in another vROps environment (UAT or Dev). Once a custom groups is created it can then be applied to all the virtual machines. Also one can define and monitor your own troubleshooting metric groups and then Drag-n-Drop any metric or property on it.
New Colorless Scoreboards: One concerns which many customer have raised in past was while sharing scoreboards with the management having Amber or Red color used to create concerns as if something is broken in their environment despite of the fact that overall score of the metric is Good. With 6.5 now admins have the ability to make the scoreboards colorless – which will results into concentrating on the actual score and not its color while sharing it with their peer and management.
Predictive DRS: The most anticipated feature of vROps 6.5 is its ability to analyze and initiate predictive DSR (aka PDRS). It works with the combination of vSphere 6.5 + vROps 6.5 where vSphere balances the cluster resource load taking inputs via vROps analytics.
Keep in mind that PDRS will work only when regular DRS has completed regular workload balance task
Integration with LogInsight & vRealize Business for Cloud: vROps 6.5 now has separate UI tabs for LogInsight (4.3.0) & vRBC (7.2.1) which directly connects to vROps. To achieve this customer have to configure vRLI & vRBC adapter instances inside vROps 6.5 UI and then they can get holistic view of their environment. Where vRLI shows the log analysis trend to the customer and vRBC gives them Chargeback/Showback information right at the vROps dashboard. These dashboards can further be customized as per customer’s requirement.
Some General Improvements:
(i) With vROps 6.5 the upgrade process has become faster upto 40%. But again this purely depends upon customer’s environment and the final value may change
(ii) Non-disruptive automatic upgrade of Endpoint agents is another great feature introduced with vROps 6.5
(iii) Introduction to Webhook Shims (REST API plugin) to integrate alerts outside vmware family. Please visit this link for more information on Webhook Shims.
Webhook shims started off with vRLI project but same works on vROps as well
Announcements for future releases:
(i) With vROps 6.5 release Windows based installable has been depreciated however it is available for Linux version (as of 6.5 version)
(ii) Later in future vROps vApp will be migrated to VMware propitiatory PhotonOS – which is inline with VMware strategy to adopt a common platform for all products
(iii) However Remote collector will still be deployed manually
With this I end this blog…. I hope it helps….. till then Happy Reading…