Container Operations with vRealize Operations Cloud

VMware’s new service vRealize Operations Cloud gives you all the capabilities of vRealize Operations 8.1, plus the benefits of SaaS. In this article, we take you through how to integrate vRealize Operations Cloud and enable container operations for your DevOps teams.

 

VMware recently launched its newest service, vRealize Operations Cloud, which includes all the same capabilities as vRealize Operations 8.1, plus the benefits of SaaS. With this announcement we introduced support for vSphere 7 for Kubernetes,including auto-discovery of new object types, such as Supervisor Clusters, Namespaces, vSphere Pods and Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. This is natively built into the vCenter adapter in vRealize Operations Cloud, so there’s nothing you need to do other than configure the adapter as you normally would.

The integration allows virtual administrators to manage capacity and performance of Kubernetes infrastructure alongside the traditional virtual infrastructure. This way, they can provide better support for modern applications by reducing the complexity of managing Kubernetes and expanding operational visibility to containers

In this blog, I will guide  you through the integration and how you can enable container operations for your DevOps teams.

Native Support

If you have investigated vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, you already know there are new vSphere objects that extend support for running modern applications. These slip right into the vSphere inventory tree and  you will see them in the environment view of vRealize Operations Cloud.

Namespaces, vSphere Pods, Supervisor Clusters and Tanzu Kubernetes clusters are visible with their own summary tab customized for each object type, which is another new feature in vRealize Operations 8.1.

Here is another example of the summary tab for a vSphere Pod:

Speaking of cluster objects, when you enable Workload Management in a vSphere 7 cluster, vRealize Operations Cloud is aware of this status and will reflect it in the cluster object properties.

Here is an example of the summary tab for a vSphere cluster with Workload Management enabled:

As you would expect, you get AI-powered capacity management capabilities for these new objects just as you have for the traditional vSphere infrastructure. You can see both time and capacity projections for Supervisor Clusters and vSphere Pods.

New Solution Content

vRealize Operations Cloud always gives you content to get you started. This native integration includes new dashboards, alerts, reports and views. There are two fantastic new dashboards including the Workload Management Inventory dashboard, giving you a summary of the workload management environment, as well as detailed information for new object types. Most importantly, you can easily view relationships between the container world and the underlying vSphere infrastructure to make it easier to troubleshoot and investigate resource usage.

The Workload Management Configuration dashboard provides configuration details for your Workload Management environment. In this dashboard, you can manage configuration drift and reduce risk related to outdated or incompatible versions and configurations.

In addition to these new dashboards, we have also included nine new reports for capacity, configuration and inventory of vSphere Pods, Supervisor Clusters, Tanzu Kubernetes clusters and Namespaces. You also get 18 new alerts for storage and compute performance issues, as well as availability and capacity problems.

vRealize Operations Cloud Reinvents Container Operations

I think you will agree the native vSphere 7 with Kubernetes integrations in vRealize Operations Cloud sets the standard for container platforms running on vSphere. Also, keep in mind that we continue to provide management packs for traditional Kubernetes deployments with the Management Pack for Container Monitoring. So, however you choose to provide container platform services, vRealize Operations Cloud has you covered.

For more information about vRealize Operations Cloud, or to request a free 30-day free trial, click here.

About the Authors

John Dias

Senior Staff Technical Marketing Architect

John Dias is a Senior Staff Technical Marketing Architect specializing in Cloud Management solutions. John is a veteran IT professional with over 25 years of experience, most of that having been on the customer side running data center operations, data storage, virtual infrastructure and Unix environments for a major financial institution. In his spare time, he enjoys astrophotography, and repairing and refurbishing vintage computers.

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