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Book Details

ISBN 139781785880315
Paperback546 pages

Book Description

Performance management and capacity management are the two top-most issues faced by enterprise IT when doing virtualization. Until the first edition of the book, there was no in-depth coverage on the topic to tackle the issues systematically. The second edition expands the first edition, with added information and reorganizing the book into three logical parts.

The first part provides the technical foundation of SDDC Management. It explains the difference between a software-defined data center and a classic physical data center, and how it impacts both architecture and operations. From this strategic view, it zooms into the most common challenges—performance management and capacity management. It introduces a new concept called Performance SLA and also a new way of doing capacity management.

The next part provides the actual solution that you can implement in your environment. It puts the theories together and provides real-life examples created together with customers. It provides the reasons behind each dashboard, so that you get the understanding on why it is required and what problem it solves.

The last part acts as a reference section. It provides a complete reference to vSphere and vRealize Operations counters, explaining their dependencies and providing practical guidance on the values you should expect in a healthy environment.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: VM – It Is Not What You Think!
Our journey into the virtual world
Not all virtualizations are equal
Virtual Machine – it is not what you think!
Physical server versus Virtual Machine
Summary
Chapter 2: Software-Defined Data Centers
The software-defined data center
SDDC versus HDDC
Summary
Chapter 3: SDDC Management
What you manage has changed
Management changes in SDDC
The restaurant analogy
Contention versus utilization
Performance and capacity management
Primary counters for monitoring
Who uses which dashboards
How many dashboards do I need?
Summary
Chapter 4: Performance Monitoring
A day in the life of a VMware Admin
What exactly is performance?
Performance versus capacity
Performance SLA
VDI SLA
Summary
Chapter 5: Capacity Monitoring
Some well-meaning but harmful advice
A shift in capacity management
SDDC capacity planning
When is a peak not a true peak?
Putting it all together
VDI capacity planning
VM rightsizing
Summary
Chapter 6: Performance-Monitoring Dashboards
What is the overall IaaS performance?
Are you serving my VM well?
Is vMotion causing performance hit?
Is any VM abusing the shared IaaS?
Summary
Chapter 7: Capacity-Monitoring Dashboards
Tier 1 compute
Tier 2 and 3 compute
Storage
Network
Putting it all together
Enhancements to the dashboard
Rightsizing VMs
Summary
Chapter 8: Specific-Purpose Dashboards
Dashboards for the big screen
Monitoring ESXi host temperature
Dashboards for the storage team
Dashboards for the network team
Dashboards for the VDI team
Summary
Chapter 9: Infrastructure Monitoring Using Blue Medora
Overview
NetApp storage
F5 BIG-IP
Cisco Nexus switches
Cisco UCS
Lenovo Compute
Dell PowerEdge servers
Summary
Chapter 10: Application Monitoring Using Blue Medora
Overview
Microsoft SQL Server
Oracle Enterprise Manager
Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp
IBM Tivoli
IBM DB2
SAP HANA
Summary
Chapter 11: SDDC Key Counters
Compute
Storage
Network
Metric groups
Counters in vSphere and vRealize
Summary
Chapter 12: CPU Counters
CPU counters at the VM level
CPU counters at the ESXi level
CPU counters at the cluster level
CPU counters at higher levels
Summary
Chapter 13: Memory Counters
Memory – not such a simple matter
Memory counters at the Guest OS level
Memory counters at the VM level
Memory counters at the ESXi level
Memory counters at cluster level
Memory counters at higher levels
Summary
Chapter 14: Storage Counters
Multilayer storage
Storage counters at the VM level
Storage counters at the ESXi level
Storage counters at the cluster level
Storage counters at the datastore level
Storage counters at the datastore cluster level
Storage counters at higher levels
Capacity monitoring
VMware VSAN
Summary
Chapter 15: Network Counters
Network counters at the Guest OS level
Network counters at the VM level
Network counters at the ESXi level
Network counters at the cluster level
Network counters at the Distributed Switch level
Network counters at the distributed port group level
Network counters at higher levels
Network counters in NSX
Network counters for physical switches
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Simplify the task of performance and capacity management
  • Master the counters in vCenter and vRealize Operations and understand their dependency on one another
  • Educate your peers and management on SDDC Operations
  • Complete your SDDC monitoring to include non-VMware components
  • Perform SDDC performance troubleshooting
  • Explore real-life examples of how super metric and advanced dashboards
  • Introduce and implement a Performance SLA
  • Accomplish your Capacity Management by taking into service tiering and performance SLA

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: VM – It Is Not What You Think!
Our journey into the virtual world
Not all virtualizations are equal
Virtual Machine – it is not what you think!
Physical server versus Virtual Machine
Summary
Chapter 2: Software-Defined Data Centers
The software-defined data center
SDDC versus HDDC
Summary
Chapter 3: SDDC Management
What you manage has changed
Management changes in SDDC
The restaurant analogy
Contention versus utilization
Performance and capacity management
Primary counters for monitoring
Who uses which dashboards
How many dashboards do I need?
Summary
Chapter 4: Performance Monitoring
A day in the life of a VMware Admin
What exactly is performance?
Performance versus capacity
Performance SLA
VDI SLA
Summary
Chapter 5: Capacity Monitoring
Some well-meaning but harmful advice
A shift in capacity management
SDDC capacity planning
When is a peak not a true peak?
Putting it all together
VDI capacity planning
VM rightsizing
Summary
Chapter 6: Performance-Monitoring Dashboards
What is the overall IaaS performance?
Are you serving my VM well?
Is vMotion causing performance hit?
Is any VM abusing the shared IaaS?
Summary
Chapter 7: Capacity-Monitoring Dashboards
Tier 1 compute
Tier 2 and 3 compute
Storage
Network
Putting it all together
Enhancements to the dashboard
Rightsizing VMs
Summary
Chapter 8: Specific-Purpose Dashboards
Dashboards for the big screen
Monitoring ESXi host temperature
Dashboards for the storage team
Dashboards for the network team
Dashboards for the VDI team
Summary
Chapter 9: Infrastructure Monitoring Using Blue Medora
Overview
NetApp storage
F5 BIG-IP
Cisco Nexus switches
Cisco UCS
Lenovo Compute
Dell PowerEdge servers
Summary
Chapter 10: Application Monitoring Using Blue Medora
Overview
Microsoft SQL Server
Oracle Enterprise Manager
Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp
IBM Tivoli
IBM DB2
SAP HANA
Summary
Chapter 11: SDDC Key Counters
Compute
Storage
Network
Metric groups
Counters in vSphere and vRealize
Summary
Chapter 12: CPU Counters
CPU counters at the VM level
CPU counters at the ESXi level
CPU counters at the cluster level
CPU counters at higher levels
Summary
Chapter 13: Memory Counters
Memory – not such a simple matter
Memory counters at the Guest OS level
Memory counters at the VM level
Memory counters at the ESXi level
Memory counters at cluster level
Memory counters at higher levels
Summary
Chapter 14: Storage Counters
Multilayer storage
Storage counters at the VM level
Storage counters at the ESXi level
Storage counters at the cluster level
Storage counters at the datastore level
Storage counters at the datastore cluster level
Storage counters at higher levels
Capacity monitoring
VMware VSAN
Summary
Chapter 15: Network Counters
Network counters at the Guest OS level
Network counters at the VM level
Network counters at the ESXi level
Network counters at the cluster level
Network counters at the Distributed Switch level
Network counters at the distributed port group level
Network counters at higher levels
Network counters in NSX
Network counters for physical switches
Summary

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Paperback546 pages
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