Virtualized IT infrastructures present major challenges to capacity planning as well as resource utilization and optimization. These shared infrastructures combine virtualization, resource aggregation, logical allocation, dynamic workload relocation, and settings reconfiguration, which introduce significant complexity to resource management and capacity planning.
Measuring utilization in a virtual infrastructure is impossible with traditional management tools and requires new technology and approaches. The layer of abstraction that accompanies clusters, resource pools, and hosts cloud visibility, and the fluidity created by new capabilities such as resource reservations, DRS, and HA, present significant management complexity. Resource utilization data in a virtual infrastructure can be obtained using new, virtual-aware techniques, but this data alone is insufficient to manage, optimize, and plan the virtual infrastructure.
ManageIQ’s Enterprise Virtualization Management Suite (EVM) provides IT administrators and managers with a comprehensive solution to monitor and optimize their virtual infrastructures with advanced capacity planning and sophisticated resource management capabilities including intelligent placement, monitoring, analytics, trending and alerting. EVM provides great visibility into resource utilization, performance and configuration information, including reports, alerts, dashboards, RSS feeds and analytics.
EVM goes far beyond monitoring and reporting tools and enables policy-based control and automation. This allows IT organizations to eliminate the labor-intensive, error-prone process of exception reporting, manual analysis and operator remediation. EVM enforces resource management policies and can automatically prevent, remediate or alert when polices are violated. EVM can detect and enforce polices based on allocation, size, placement, alignment, workload content, age, waste, snapshots, resource type, tier, cost, quota and leverages SmartTags™ and customizable time profiles for context.
EVM uniquely classifies or “tags” resources and workloads using patent-pending SmartTags™ to provide contextual awareness and enable qualitative analysis regarding resource performance and utilization based on business, IT and workload classifications. EVM provides analytics leveraging quantitative resource metrics captured from monitoring the environment and automatically generates normal operating range metrics, trends and future bottlenecks. EVM also combines and correlates extensive configuration and change information, operational event data with utilization and performance statistics to uniquely address both the quantitative and the qualitative management requirements enterprises need to get the most out of their infrastructure resource investment with the lowest management costs.
Leveraging quantitative and qualitative resource and configuration information combine with contextual classifications EVM can help answer complex questions like: