By Jennifer DeWaele
This is part of a blog series on VMware vRealize Operations Manager Editions. The series breaks down the key aspects and differentiators between the three vROps Editions (Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise), including the critical components of extensibility and customization. The primary source of extensibility in vRealize Operations comes from Blue Medora’s True Visibility Suite, whose tiers align with the vROps editions.
This is the second blog of the series and will look at the core features of Standard edition.
Standard edition vROps is the entry level version of the product and focuses on VMware virtualization monitoring. Tight integration with vSphere pulls in VMware VM’s, Hosts, Datastores, Clusters, Datacenters, and other VMware-related resources. The platform can scale out to handle large vSphere environments using the node architecture.
VMware-centric dashboards, views, and reports are provided out-of-the-box to give you better insight into the health, performance, and availability of your VMware workloads. In a recent update, users of Standard edition vROps can also monitor server hardware and EMC storage using Blue Medora True Visibility Suite Standard edition. Each of these packs includes dashboards, views, and reports to add your VMware-centric ones.
Figure 1: With vROps Standard edition, you have the ability to gain insights into Cisco UCS, HPE Servers, Dell PowerEdge and Lenovo Compute hardware. Additionally, EMC VNX, XtremeIO, and VMAX monitoring is possible. Integrations are part of the Blue Medora True Visibility Suite.
Most of the other features mentioned in the vROps Editions Overview post are also available in vROps Standard. This includes policy management, performance monitoring and analytics, and basic capacity management functionality.
Key Edition Differentiators
If you are only using vSphere to monitor your VMware environment, vROps Standard edition is a great step up. The focus on monitoring and analytics (as opposed to management) is readily noticeable in the platform. Easy access to performance history, basic capacity management, and customized alerting really sets it apart from vSphere.
A few features are not included in the base edition of vROps. For example, you cannot customize dashboards and reports. OS-level change, configuration, and compliance management are also not available at this tier.
Figure 2: Some of the key differentiators between Standard and the other tiers of vROps.
One last important differentiator is the ability to use most storage, networking, converged, platform, application, and database management packs. These packs are only available at higher tiers, which also open up additional platform functionality. More detail about the Advanced tier can be found in the next post in the series!
Note: Blue Medora True Visibility Suite requires additional licensing.