It was mentioned on Twitter last night that VMware is now offering vC Ops Foundation for free with your Paid vSphere licensing. This was news to me, not sure if this is new along with the vSOM announcement yesterday also. This is a pretty cool thing, now shops have access to the base performance analytics that VMware vC Ops offers. Sure you are not going to get the advanced reporting, capacity planning, right sizing or custom options. But this will give you much more visibility into the performance of your environment than you are getting with vCenter stats.
I definitely recommend that all shops should look into purchasing the higher vC Ops licensing level but if you have nothing you will benefit from running Foundation product. You can view the different licensing levels for vC Ops here. So I recommend that you find out how to get access to this and get it installed and collecting data.
Below is a copy of the text from VMware’s site here.
vCenter Operations Manager Foundation
Get started with this new, entry-level edition of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. Gain deep operational insights and visibility to improve the performance and health of your vSphere environment. vCenter Operations Manager Foundation is included with every vSphere edition free of charge.
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Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix 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 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design