CloudPhysics and Admission Control tunning

A while back I made a little demo video that showcased one of CloudPhysics cards that is still my personal favorite. I figured it would be a good idea to share it in case there is anyone out there who hasn’t taken CloudPhysics for a spin yet.


New Cards @CloudPhysics

Some of you may remember I mentioned a pretty cool product by a company CloudPhysics about a month or so ago. In August I got an opportunity to meet the smart brains behind it, and did I mention their product also won the “VMworld Best Innovation” award.

As you may already know by now, CloudPhysics included a HA simulation tool which is my favorite card as of now (but I know many more are coming). What it does is saves you time and ultimately money. Ever wondered what your available capacity is and will be if you were to change your admission control setting? Well you can read a few posts I wrote about that topic here or here for example, or you can simply head over to CloudPhysics and save you a lot of time and pain. Its really that simple. And oh did I mention that it will factor in the version of vCenter/ESX(i) you are running so there should not be any gotchas.

Recently, CloudPhysics released two more cards:

  • VM reservations and Limits
  • Snapshots Gone Wild

I like these guys, the cards do exactly as their names suggest. The first one will look at your environment and list out any VM that may have a limit or a reservation. Pretty good aye! Whats even better is that it will flag any VM that may have limits of more than 50% or even less that 50% of whats configured. Both of these could pose an interesting situation. Luckily for me, I only have one reservation in my setup as its pointed out.

The other card is the snapshot police which will list out a list of VMs with their snapshot information. Information like when these were created, number of child, snapshot name to name a few. If you are getting excited about this, you have probably been burned by the snapshot brigade at least once or know what it means. A lot of times that happens beacuse there has not been a simple way to keep track of these. Well now you do.

Head over to CloudPhysics, there are over 900 cards suggested by the community and pretty soon we will start seeing a bunch of them making all our lives a lot simpler so we can do even bigger better things.

The Physics of your cloud @CloudPhysics

As you may already know one of the best conferences is about to start next week. Yes, I am talking about VMworld and like always each one of us will walk away from it with more information, some confirmations and some confusion as well. These are all good things and of course, new friends.

If you are attending VMworld, I urge you to stop by and check out CloudPhysics. Look for them on the showroom floor with their partner in the Fusion-io booth. You may have heard Duncan and a few others talk about it recently as well. I had an opportunity to play around with their tool and I must say it’s pretty impressive.

In a nutshell you will deploy an appliance that collects data (don’t worry it’s really operational data and nothing to be concerned about), and sends it over to CloudPhysics where they analyze your environment and tell you if your settings are following certain universally accepted best practices. It knows the versions you are running and will make recommendations based on that information which I think is pretty awesome. Things, like VMware tool status, datastores, HA just to name a few. There are several other things that are being worked upon which I can’t share at this time, but I will say take it for a spin and see for yourself.

I was impressed by the UI which is very simple but presents very complex information. The install and setup is so simple. To be honest I don’t even know if there is a user manual, but you will NOT need one.

Moreover they also have a challenge going on where you will not only have a chance to have an impact on the product but also get an opportunity to win a Macbook Pro, MacBook Air or one of the four Nexus 7 tablets. There is no catch, it’s a win win.

Head over to CloudPhysics, no prior knowledge of calculus is required.

You can find CloudPhysics at their web site, or @CloudPhyics on Twitter. You can also follow these two rockstars (Irfan @virtualirfan and Luke @LukeCongdon) who are some of key people behind this product. They are both extreamly accessible.