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Integrated Server Monitoring and Management in One Dashboard View



Integrated Server Monitoring and Management in One Dashboard View

With WhatsVirtual, you can easily discover, map, monitor and manage your VMware virtual server environment, providing complete visibility into your datacenter environment from one dashboard view.

Key Capabilities Include:

  • New with v16! Virtualization Mapping & Management. Now you can visualize your virtual infrastructure, and perform basic VM management directly from virtualization maps.
  • VMware ESXi Role-based Discovery and Mapping. WhatsVirtual automatically discovers, maps and documents physical servers and virtual resources, virtual clusters, vCenter server, VMware ESXi host and guest (virtual) machine roles, so you can see your entire infrastructure. WhatsVirtual also displays and updates the relationship between a host system and its associated VMs, even when they are in suspended mode or after a live migration, so you can trace the root cause of problems anywhere in your infrastructure.
  • Native Integration with the Powerful VMware API (Includes support for vCenter, VMware vMotion & VMware High Availability). WhatsVirtual integrates with the VMware API to collect performance metrics, access key management tasks, and oversee VMware vMotion or High Availability live migrations. WhatsVirtual provides everything you need to see your physical to VM mapping, even as VMs move across servers.
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  • Active Management of your VMware Virtual Environment. WhatsVirtual can control virtual machines and virtual clusters through a number of management actions such as: power on, power off, lockdown, suspend, reset and virtual machine backup. These actions can be set for recurring execution or triggered on specific device states. For example, Snapshots (configuration backups) of virtual machines can be triggered over the weekend, or a running VM may be powered down when the utilization falls below set levels.
  • Dashboard Reports for Physical Host Servers, Virtual Machines and Virtual Clusters. WhatsVirtual adds several virtualspecific dashboard reports such as Virtual Host lists, Virtual Host attributed or virtual clusters groups. Each of the entities link directly to the individual system device report providing exactly the same information as WhatsUp Gold does for a physical server. For example, the Virtual Host Attributes report displays all the host server details including, the running configuration of the server and its version numbers.
  • Seamless Integration into the WhatsUp Gold Alert Center. The WhatsUp Gold Alert Center supports alerting, escalation, threshold and response configuration for VMware ESXi hosts, virtual machines, virtual clusters, vSphere and vMotion or high availability migrations. Since the Alert Center consolidates availability and performance alert information across your physical and virtual infrastructure, the WhatsUp Gold dashboard can be used by the operations team to manage the entire datacenter and infrastructure assets across the company.

Advanced Capabilities for VMware Virtual Server Monitoring

WhatsVirtual allows you to discover, map, monitor and manage your VMware virtual server environment exactly in the same way and from the same Web console as your physical server infrastructure, applications and network devices.

WhatsVirtual Basics

  • Fully integrates into Standard, Premium, and Distributed versions of WhatsUp Gold
  • Natively integrates with the VMware API (based on the VMware vSphere Web Services SDK) to manage VMware ESXi v3.5 to v5.0.
  • Oversees health, availability and performance of VMware vCenter Servers and monitors performance and resource consumption of VMware ESX hosts and guests
  • VMware vCenter, vMotion and high availability support
  • Automated discovery and mapping of all virtual assets: clusters, hosts and guests using VIM
  • Displays virtual server performance seamlessly along with information from your physical servers
  • Tracks live virtual machines migrations in real-time, and understand virtual to physical relations at all times with dynamic LiveMaps
  • Automatically groups and maps ESXi hosts and all associated virtual machines for easy visualization of relationships
  • Supports Alert Center workflows and threshold configuration capabilities for rapid problem identification and resolution anywhere in your infrastructure

WhatsVirtual Reporting

  • Virtual Host List report details the name and IP address of the VMware ESXi host machine and all associated virtual machines.
  • Virtual Host Attributes report displays all the host server details including running configuration of the server (for example, VMware ESXi and its version), the build number and boot time
  • Extends individual server performance reporting including CPU, Memory, Disk and Network Interface utilization metrics to virtual machines
  • New dashboard reports by resource shows resource (e.g. CPU, Memory, Disk, Network Interface) allocation and consumption by the host and associated guest machines

WhatsVirtual Management Actions

Supports new VMware actions for multiple management tasks including –

  • Power On
  • Power Off
  • Suspend
  • Reset
  • Lockdown
  • Shutdown Guest
  • Reset Guest
  • Take Snapshot (back up of virtual machine image)
  • WhatsUp Gold Action library elements support automated and scheduled execution of VMware management tasks

Other Features

  • All data collected by WhatsVirtual uses FIPS 140-2 compliant algorithms for data integrity and privacy.
  • WhatsVirtual is backed by the WhatsUp Gold technical support team (via phone or email)

Realize Virtualization Benefits without the Management Hassle

  • Easy to use, centralized and consolidated management. Saves time, effort and complexity of coordinating between and managing multiple monitoring tools.
  • Accurate and up-to-date reporting of performance and availability data. Operations has everything they need to make accurate decisions. Native integration with the VMware API (including support for vCenter, VMware vMotion & VMware High Availability) ensures that the right metrics and VM to physical server relationships are discovered, monitored and reported in real time.
  • Ensure higher uptime, reliability and lower costs. The ability to start/stop/ suspend and reset virtual infrastructure ensures that server workloads stay in tune with application demand
  • Single console monitoring, alerting, reporting and management. One dashboard enables faster correlation and resolution of infrastructure issues, including physical and virtual servers, network devices, applications and traffic monitoring and analysis. This can save you time and money, allowing network and system managers to focus on other critical tasks.

What is Virtualization?

Virtualization is the abstraction of computing resources from their physical state. Server virtualization enables running one or more “virtual machines” (commonly called a ‘guest’) on a single physical server (commonly called the ‘host’). A virtual machine (VM) is a software implementation of the server that acts just like a real machine.

How does Virtualization work?

Each virtual machine (VM) operates just like an independent server with its own guest operating system (Windows or Linux as examples) running one or more applications, with a designated amount of CPU, memory, disk and network resources.

What is a hypervisor?

The VM’s and their guest operating systems run on the top of a specialized software called the “hypervisor” or the VMM (Virtual Machine Monitor). The hypervisor is responsible for intercepting calls from the guest operating systems of the VMs to the hardware and managing them in a way, that each VM sees itself running independently on the allocated hardware resources. A hypervisor can provide the virtualized abstraction of the physical hardware including CPU, memory, storage and network I/O resources as well as access to all necessary system drivers.

Why doesn’t SNMP monitoring work in Virtualized environments?

SNMP was designed to manage physical hardware devices with definitive resource capacities. In a virtualized system, capacities are elastic (they can be made to grow or shrink dynamically) and full VM’s can be started/ stopped or migrated from one hardware to another while maintaining their system state. In this dynamic environment, the rigid MIB and OID structure of SNMP is not suitable.

What Platforms does WhatsVirtual Support?

WhatsVirtual supports the VMware ESXi 3.5 and later virtualization host systems. These are available free from VMware (for example, ESXi can be downloaded for free) and can also be purchased as part of their vSphere offering.

What version of WhatsUp Gold do I need to use WhatsVirtual?

WhatsVirtual is a separately licensed plug-in and is available to customers for either evaluation or purchase. The plug-in requires the latest version of WhatsUp Gold as a base system.

System Requirements

WhatsUp Gold WhatsVirtual has the same base system requirements as WhatsUp Gold v16.0. In addition, WhatsUp Gold WhatsVirtual requires:

  • WhatsUp Gold v16 or greater Standard Edition, Premium Edition, MSP Edition or Distributed Edition
  • At least one VMware server that supports vSphere5