vCenter Ops Mgr license types and upgrade paths

In January vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 was announced which has promised tons of features that IMO are extremely useful and a must have in most environments. Having a virtual aware tool to manage the infrastructure is always great. I did an overview of it back in January.

I wanted to give some insight on the four types of licenses this product is packaged in and what level of functionality you can expect from each type of license you purchase. As I mentioned before, the product is licensed per VM and below is the license breakdown along with suggested environment size for each kind of license. Of course more functionality means more moolah!!

Now of course the next natural thing that comes to mind is, what about me, I purchased CapIQ bla bla bla. Well for all those who shot vRAM (yes I brought it up again :)), VMware has you covered. There are all kinds of upgrade paths and below are the details for that.

Whats next? Figure out what will work best for you and the best way to do that is to take this for a spin. This is by far one of the best all in one type of tool from VMware. If you can get past the CapIQ, I think this it is a pretty awesome tool to have. Yes, I am not  a big CapIQ fan, but everything else about ops manager makes it the Cadillac of  all virtual aware management tools.


vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 overview

VMware announced the release of vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 today. With the release of vCOM, Capacity IQ has been put to sleep as all of Capacity IQ functionality has been fully integrated into vCOM. So what does this tool offer?

Apart from the features that CapIQ offered, vCOM will provide you more insight on whats happening in your virtual environment performance wise, alert you for any risk or current issues and forecast any potential issues that could come up down the road. Not to mention it will also tell you how to more efficiently use your environment. Sounds insane doesn’t it?

Let’s look at the screenshot below. What we have here is a dashboard that gives you the view of your world. Now what is your world? A world comprises of one or more vCenter along with it’s population. In the example below, we are looking at whats happening across two vCenters. The holistic view below shows you the hotspots under the health category which may require your attention along with a Risk widget that predicts issues in the future. The efficiency widget scans your environment and proposes ways on how to right size your VM based on how it has performed overtime. As you can tell, vCOM is boldly telling us that we can reclaim 308 vCPU, over 9TB of disk and 1 TB of vMemory, nice aye!! Instead of wasting more money in buying more resources for your environment, lets make full use of what we have. I am sure your boss will appreciate that as well and when it comes time to hand out bonuses, saving 9TB of disk alone will be hard to ignore 😀

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