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The Importance of VMware Reporting

Apr 20, 2021

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What’s the worst time to find out that you have a problem in your virtual storage environment? Easy, when something fails. Unfortunately, that’s exactly when most IT teams discover there is a problem with VMware when a user experiences an outage, slowdown, or another issue. Enterprises have embraced VMware as a way to reduce hardware costs, speed server provisioning, and enable better resource management, but those benefits can only be realized if IT leaders are able to keep virtual environments running at peak performance. Visual One helps IT leaders more accurately monitor their virtual environment, giving IT teams advance warning of any problems through consistent VMware reporting and a single pane of glass across the enterprise.

Experiencing Unexpected Slowdowns?

Minivans might be the go-to vehicle for hauling lots of passengers and cargo, but they certainly aren’t drawing any attention for their speed. This is why, if you’ve been flying down the race track in a high-performance sports car, it would be a rude awakening to suddenly be driving a minivan instead. That loss of speed is certainly going to affect your track performance, and you are definitely going to wonder how the slowdown occurred.

Your VMs may not be racing around a track, but if a VM is moved to a slower host, it will run slower, and if it is moved to a faster host, it will run faster. Part of optimizing the performance of your virtual environment is knowing where to place different workloads for the greatest outcome. IT leaders need to balance utilizing all available resources without degrading performance, and this can only happen through thorough reporting and data transparency.  

Optimizing Workload Performance

One of the operational issues with VMware is that all too frequently, one of two things happens, either the virtual environment has been configured without considering the physical environment, or the physical environment has been configured without considering the virtual environment. Both scenarios will ultimately culminate in the same way, with performance problems.

The problem is being able to identify where the problem is. If something slows down, how do you know if it’s a problem in your virtual environment or your physical environment? When an enterprise is facing downtime in your VMware, IT leaders need to be able to respond immediately, yet disparate tools and manual processes can make tracking down the problem an arduous task for your team, in addition to being a time-consuming process. The complex virtual environment can easily make pinpointing the problem feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.  

IT leaders need proactive VMware reporting that will alert them to operational issues. In a nutshell, Visual One is the tool that finds your needle in a haystack. Visual One helps IT leaders by offering complete visibility into what’s going on across your VMware environment, efficiently tracking changes, and making sure workloads stay where they get high performance.

VMware Requires a Proactive Approach

While VMware enables IT departments to reduce operating costs and optimize their resources, it also raises the complexity of the storage environment by adding an additional layer. This added complexity is why the virtual environment must be managed more efficiently and greatly benefits from a proactive monitoring approach.

Running in a reactive mode means your team is only able to respond to problems, constantly rushing around putting out fires, and never able to focus on more productive tasks. Yet, to maximize resource utilization and get the most out of your virtual environment, it’s important for IT leaders to shift to a more proactive and productive approach.

IT leaders can shift from reactive to proactive and move to a more efficient overall operation with help from Visual One. IT leaders can rely on Visual One for advance warning of potential problems as well as actionable, ready-to-use reports across your VMware environment. These reports can identify what resources are at risk for experiencing a traffic jam, let you more accurately forecast when additional hosts or resources are needed, and understand how to produce better VM performance. When you partner with Visual One, you’ll receive a seasoned storage consultant monitoring and analyzing your environment from day one.

Achieve consistent VMware performance with reliable performance monitoring and reporting. Visual One helps IT leaders not only avoid unexpected problems but plan in advance and make the strategic decisions required to scale and ensure an efficient IT infrastructure. See how improved VMware reporting will help your enterprise save time, reduce costs and improve efficiency. Schedule a demo to talk to a Visual One data expert. 

Key Takeaways

  • Don’t wait until something fails to know there is a problem in your virtual storage environment.
  • In order to optimize the performance of your VMware, IT leaders need to know where to place different workloads for the greatest outcome.
  • Virtual environments must be managed more efficiently and greatly benefit from a proactive monitoring approach.
  • Visual One helps IT leaders more accurately monitor their virtual environment.