CloudPhysics helps unearth some scary statistics in the Halloween spirit

I have written about CloudPhysics in the past and I think the tool has some cool features. They continue to add features and think up new ways to use all the data they collect about your data center and compare to others.

There are some scary things that can hide in your data center. The infographic below was pretty cool. The part that scared me was 22% of vSphere 5.5 hosts are still un-protected for SSL Heartbleed vulnerability. Take some time if you have not already and get to know the CloudPhysics offering.

You can read more about the features at the official CloudPhysics blog post here.

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About Brian Suhr

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

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CloudPhysics secures new funding and attacks storage problems

I’ve been a big fan and supporter of CloudPhysics for the past couple of years. Since the day that I first got a peek at what they were building I was hooked. Over time I have been lucky enough to work with them as an independent and through my work at a partner. Both avenues have allowed me to work closely and see what is being built. The product has grown greatly since its release and with this latest offering they are declaring they are more than just a reporting tool.

 

New Funding for CloudPhysics

Today CloudPhysics announces that they have secured a new round of funding adding $15 million dollars to their cause. This brings the total funding to $27.5 million for CloudPhysics. The new funding will help CloudPhysics scale their teams and continue to add features to the product. Read the official press release from link below.

Also today CloudPhysics announced $15 million in funding from Jafco Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield: [http://www.cloudphysics.com/press_releases/cloudphysics-funding-15-million-from-jafco-kleiner-perkins-mayfield]

 

New Storage features for CloudPhysics

CloudPhysics has bolstered their monitoring and reporting features around storage. Along with additional metrics around storage CloudPhysics is now offering Smart Alerts. I’ve pasted some details from the official announcement below.

About Brian Suhr

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

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How to use VMware VisualEsxtop

Esxtop is a powerful tool and you should be using it, if you are not then start today. It just got easier to use this powerful tool with the release of VisualEsxtop as a VMware Fling from the labs team. This allows admins an easier to understand and work with method to using esxtop. The new Gui that was added allows for people of all technical levels to use the tool and gain insight into their environments.

Upon launching VisualEsxtop you will see some very familiar looking details from the CLI version of the tool. You will be greeted with the same summary at the top as seen with the original tool. The summary gives you a high level view based on the tab that you are looking at. Below I am showing an example showing CPU related details.

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About Brian Suhr

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

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vCenter Operations Management – vC Ops Foundation now free with vSphere

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.

 

 

 

About Brian Suhr

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

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How does FreeNAS perform with VMware vSphere

I was talking to a co-worker who was kicking around the idea of using FreeBSD and ZFS for shared storage in his home lab. I thought it sounded decent but never imagined that it could squeeze a ton of IOPs out of some old hardware. So too make my life easier since I’m no Linux geek I elected to run FreeNAS 8 which is the same setup, but wrapped up in a nice package with a web GUI. Perfect for a former Windows geek.

Now I never really had very high hopes on getting much performance out of the test server that I would be using. And after eating some Chinese takeout, you can see the fortune that I got was telling me not to get my hopes up.

So I dug up one of my old servers that I had since retired after vSphere 5 was released. It is a 64bit machine but does not have VT compatible CPU’s so it does not offer much help as a vSphere¬† host any longer. But it was the best candidate for this storage experiment. The server is an IBM x346 server with 2 Dual Core Xeon CPU’s and 6GB of RAM. I am using just one of the onboard 1Gbe connections for Ethernet.¬† For disks I have four 72GB U320 10K drives, of which one is used for the OS install and the other three will be used for a ZFS volume. Yes that’s right I am going to use just 3 x 10K SCSI drives for this NAS box. I know what you are probably thinking. A picture of this awesome 6+ year old machine is shown below.

About Brian Suhr

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

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