Benefits of VMware Monitoring Tools

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IT departments in companies of all sizes shoulder the responsibility of not just maintaining all of their company’s computer hardware and software inventory, but also developing recommendations to improve productivity, performance, and savings. Toward this end, an increasing number of IT departments are shifting their infrastructure to Cloud-based computing solutions, in-house virtualized environments, or some combination of these within their infrastructure. From the IT perspective, Cloud-based computing maintenance is primarily hands-off – you need to make sure the Cloud is accessible and the Cloud vendor lives up to their SLA commitments. In-house virtualized servers are a very different story. VMware is the leader in virtualization software. The VMware product suite allows companies to take their physical machines and create any number of Guest operating systems on a single physical Host machine. The Guest operating systems can support a mix of Windows, Unix and Linux on a single Host, and Guest systems are isolated from each other so that each Guest functions as if it were on its own server. The only limitations are the resources - such as CPU, memory and disk - available on the physical machine.

However, when you commit yourself and your company to a virtualization project, building the environment is just the beginning of the job. Just like physical machines need constant checks and upgrades, in the virtual world, too, there is also a need for supervision. This is where VMware monitoring tools come into the picture.

Job of VMware Monitoring Tools

Virtualization software needs to be monitored to ensure the environment runs at peak performance, and to reduce the strain on IT resources and increase ROI for virtualization expenses. Performance on Guest systems can deteriorate when disk I/O, server CPU, disk utilization or memory cross certain performance thresholds. Like operating system and Oracle monitoring tools, VMware tools help keep the underlying virtualization software in top shape to ensure smooth functioning on the Guest systems.

Benefits of VMware Monitoring Tools

VMware, Windows, Linux and Unix monitoring tools, are packed with essential features that enable easy usage and fast results. Not only do they help in troubleshooting, they also maintain virtualized environments at peak performance. Once applied the tools search for blind spots and identify errors almost immediately- and assist in getting to the root cause of poorly performing areas of the software. Other significant benefits include:

• The monitoring tools are configured to collect and archive significant performance metrics as soon as they are started. Alerts are created when the metrics indicate problems, and the archived data provides a chance to analyze the history leading up to the issue.

• An easily accessible web interface helps eliminate individual silos of information.

• Early warnings about poor performance or problems with hosts, guests, resource pools, clusters, data stores, or datacenters in the environment improve IT system management and resource availability and reduce costly downtime.

• The tools correlate views of end-user response time with VMware performance indicators as well as overall infrastructure metrics. As a result, you get an accurate overview of application performance, and can easily identify bottlenecks.

Implementing virtualization requires a commitment of time and resources, but the payoff in terms of reliability and savings can more than make up for the effort. You can gain a competitive advantage by ensuring top virtualization performance with the help of VMware monitoring tools.

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This article was published on 2012/01/11