PHD Virtual Monitoring application review – Sponsored Post

Posted by on June 8, 2012 in VMware | 0 comments

I was contact by PHD to test and review their monitoring application. In all honesty I have never really paid much attention to PHD in the past. I had never come across their product in any customers so the need had never come up. But I had seen their ads and hear others discuss them so I was interested when asked. I will not attempt to sell you on the product or convince you otherwise, what I will try to do is give you an honest review of what I thought of the product and let you make your own choice.

The testing for this product was done in my home lab on a couple of hosts. So you might have a difference experience in your environment.

Product pitch:

 PHD Virtual Monitor is a comprehensive virtualization monitoring solution that gives you complete visibility across your entire virtual IT infrastructure at all levels including virtual, physical and application. Only with a complete view can you effectively ensure application availability.

I’m skipping the setup of the product, did not want to focus on that part. The image below shows the dashboard view of all the hosts, VMs and datastores that are being monitored. I think the dashboard was probably one of the things that I like most of the product. Now a dashboard view is not unique to this product, as most products these days offer one. I think PHD has provided a pretty simple to interpret display that lets me know the health of my environment. I can click on the icons for each item to drill down deeper. The information is organized into sections for hosts, virtual machines, storage and networking. I did not setup anything for storage or networking.

When you want a deeper look at how a particular part of your environment is performing you can drill down deeper for more detailed information. The image below is showing the CPU monitor information for a physical host in my lab. The display provides details on major resources in gas gauge type displays and graphs. Overall it was very easy to read and should make identifying a possible issue fairly easy.

Next up you can see the detailed information that the storage monitor provides. This is a view of the datastores setup in my lab. You can high level information about capacity and descriptions. A deeper view can be looked at by using the graph button at the beginning of each line.

Alerting:

You can configure PHD Virtual Monitor to watch eventlogs, syslogs and watch servers to notify you of events. There are a number of items pre-configured in the monitoring application to alert for. You are able to set severity levels on your alerts.

PHD Virtual Monitor - Alert Watch list

The next image shows how to create a new custom alert for your environment. You can pick from a list of provided watch types and then customize further.

After selecting you new alert type you now have to configure the parameters of the alert. Set things like severity and at what threshold you want the alert to trigger. A list of monitored hosts and VMs are provided to narrow the watch list.

Now lets have a look at what you would see when looking for a list of alerts. I am showing a screen shot below that shows the list of current alerts in my lab. There are a few because of a recent power outage and my lab crashed :(. I guess in hind site it was helpful because it provided some alerts for me too look at.

 

Drawbacks:

First thing I noticed is it does not seem to like anything other than Internet Explorer. It will partially work in Firefox.

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Solutions Architect for a VMware partner and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status for 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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