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New Release: The Gorilla Guide to…® VMware vRealize Operations 8.1

System administration has been standardized at ever-higher levels over the past two decades, as the number and variety of systems to be administered have increased. Tallying incidents in log files has been replaced by dashboards that instantly bring anomalies to the administrator’s eyes. Alerts that warn the team of imminent crashes have given way to continuous analytics that identify problems well in advance.

All these changes are required as corporations run tens of thousands of instances of applications, containers, and servers, and especially as DevOps and Agile methods have allowed them to roll out new versions of applications every few hours.

For years, system administrators would throw together tools by hand to augment their capabilities. Companies emerged to offer third-party tools to take on the job. VMware vRealize is a comprehensive tool, integrated across a range of VMware offerings, to provide the benefits of modern analytics, recommendation systems, and visualizations to VMware administrators. VMware vRealize is a new name for VMware vCenter Operations Manager, with extensive new capabilities.

For instance, VMware vRealize helps tame the hordes of obtrusive alerts that overwhelm many administrators. Using analytics to determine which alerts are rare or frequent, and which represent urgent problems, VMware vRealize’s alert system—part of the vRealize Operations service—suppresses the trivial ones and ranks the important ones to guide the administrator in which to tackle first. Figure 1  shows an example where alerts are tagged yellow or red to show priority.

Figure 1: Alerts are now categorized by their importance, or “Criticality”

VMware vRealize also provides automated load balancing at a more sophisticated level than previous VMware tools, moving instances during low-activity periods, and monitors some 20 common applications and tools.

The Gorilla Guide to VMware vRealize Operations 8.1 and Cloud will show you how to make VMware vRealize part of your deployment strategy, including troubleshooting and regulatory compliance. The book also explains the architecture, system requirements, the VMware-hosted cloud option, and the main pieces you administer.

Inside the Guide

Gorilla Guides make learning and discovery approachable and easy, and they take the guesswork out of navigating complicated IT technologies. Written by an industry expert, and brought to you by VMware, this resource is packed full of trusted information about the increasingly complex needs of system administrators on virtualized systems and the solutions offered by VMware vRealize.

Download the book and learn all about:

  • The modern tools and analytics employed by VMware vRealize to make administration and troubleshooting easier
  • Improvements that VMware vRealize offers to alerts, load-balancing, regulatory compliance, and more
  • Deployment options—local and cloud-based—and system requirements
  • How to monitor not only virtual systems but applications

Table of Contents

Introduction: Do You (v)Realize You Can Do More with Your Infrastructure?

Chapter 1: Overview of vRealize Operations

  • What Is vRealize Operations?
  • The Four Pillars
  • Maximum Operational Flexibility
  • Available On-Premises or SaaS
  • System Requirements
  • A Storied Past
  • Architecture, Scalability, and Fault Tolerance
  • Warning: Danger Ahead

Chapter 2: What’s New in vRealize Operations

  • Support for vSphere with Tanzu
  • Kubernetes to the Container Rescue
  • Native Support for VMware Cloud on AWS
  • vRealize Log Insight Integration
  • Smarter, More Powerful Troubleshooting
  • Support for Public Clouds
  • Alert Importance
  • Rate Card-Based Pricing
  • Licensing
  • Edition Comparison

Chapter 3: vRealize Operations Use Cases

  • Capacity Planning
  • Ongoing Capacity Management
  • Performance Management
  • Proactive Workload Optimization
  • Troubleshooting
  • Hitting the Workbench
  • Application Monitoring and Service Discovery
  • Configuration and Compliance
  • An Indispensable Tool for Every Admin
  • Don’t Wait Any Longer

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About the Author

As an internationally best selling technology author and 19 time Microsoft MVP, Brien Posey has written or contributed to dozen books, and created numerous full-length video training courses on a huge variety of IT and space related topics. In addition, Brien has published over 7000 technical articles and white papers for various Web sites and periodicals. Brien has received Microsoft’s MVP award numerous times for his work in Windows Server, IIS, Exchange Server, File Systems / Storage, Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Windows and Devices for IT.

About VMware

VMware vRealize Operations delivers self-driving IT operations management for private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments in a unified, AI-powered platform. Offering full-stack visibility from physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure—including VMs and containers—to the applications they support, vRealize Operations provides continuous performance optimization, efficient capacity and cost planning and management, app-aware intelligent remediation, and integrated compliance. vRealize Operations is available as an on-premises or SaaS offering.

Download your copy of The Gorilla Guide to VMware vRealize Operations 8.1 and Cloud today!