Available resources to utilize VMware Cluster more efficiently

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I am looking for a software which can take the historical vCenter reports into consideration, say for a year and then give me a number for the VMs that can still be deployed on an existing VMware Cluster taking the current load into consideration.

For example, if I have a Cluster with 6 ESXi hosts each with 128 GB RAM and 2 CPU sockets, the software should take the current VM load and then tell me that I can deploy 25 more VMs.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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If the Advanced HA information is of no use.

I would recommend vFoglight or vKernel.

http://vizioncore.com/product/vFoglight

http://www.vkernel.com/

Personally I think vKernel is better for "what if scenarios".

Both are available for download as trials.

I would also recommend the following In depth Resources on HA and DRS

VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical deepdive (Volume 1)

By Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/vmware-high-availability-deepdiv/

ISBN-10: 1456301446
ISBN-13: 978-1456301446

Written by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman, both of whom are Consulting Architects at VMware and are perceived by the industry as Subject Matter experts on VMware High Availability and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler.
This book zooms in on two key components of every VMware based infrastructure. It covers the basic steps needed to create a VMware HA and DRS cluster, and goes on to explain the concepts and mechanisms behind HA and DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. You will get the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools and resource allocation settings and more.

On Amazon US

[Paperback]

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1456301446?ie=UTF8&tag=yellowbricks20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1456301446

[ebook]

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004V49JGW/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=yellowbricks20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B004V49JGW&adid=0ED4RKK85G6ZTGTH9ENP

on Amazon UK


[Paperback]

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vmware-Vsphere-4-1-Technical-Deepdive/dp/1456301446/ref=sr_1_2ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305637596&sr=8-2


[ebook]

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VMware-vSphere-4-1-technical-deepdive/dp/B004V49JGW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digitaltext&qid=1305637596&sr=8-1

Available in Europe from

http://www.comcol.nl/detail/73133.htm

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
this was taken from a post I write before about Veeam, vFoglight and vKernel.

Veeam Monitor and Reporter. Monitor and Reported are seperate programs. offers monitoring options and is the easiest to configure monitoring and alarms, it's the quickest product to get up and running quickly, however, it does not provide any customization which the Quest vFoglight product offers, but if there is a team of you, you will benefit from getting up and running with Veeam Monitor and Reporter, very quickly in your team with out reading manuals or requiring additional training. It has good capcity planning and reporting tools, I don't like the Reporting module, as it requires seperate installation, and database (but hey!). One thing that Veeam Monitor and Reporting lacks is optimization and trending tools.

vFoglight has optimization and trending tools, but I going to recommend another product called vKernel.

vKernel comes as a virtual applicance, it is the quickest to get up and running, and provides fanastic best trending and optimization to find misallocated and misconfigured resources, BUT it's the weakest at monitoring and alarming, and relies heavily on vCenter.

So there you have it....

1. Veeam Monitor and Reporter - Monitoring and Alarming, Capacity Planning.
2. vKernel - Optimization and Trending (if you need it!)


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ha..."hancoccka", you crack me up :)

"arun"...what's going on?! I don't recall seeing you on the 'posting' side :)  Hmm...I'm not sure how there could be such software, at least without some kind of user input because, as you know, how many VMs you can have on a host (or even potentially have) depends on what will be on that VM and what the resource requirements are. But, maybe given a standard (say 1 vCPU and 2GB RAM and 30GB storage), there may be something. I personally haven't heard of anything :(  I would be interested to see if anyone else has...

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I mean...if this is nothing more than capacity planning, couldn't VMware's tool "Capacity Planner"' be of use here, as well?
http://www.vmware.com/products/capacity-planner/
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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You want to have a look at vKernel Capacity Manager, for what if scenarios, and Capacty Modeler for free. (no more nook recommendations Honest!)
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that should be book!
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Hi arun - long time no see!

I would take a look at CapacityIQ (http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-capacityiq/overview.html). I have been playing with it a bit and it allows a bit of modeling of future workloads and takes all of vCenter's historical information into account.

I especially like the oversized VMs report - it has helped me to finally convince folks how badly they insist on overallocating vms!

Good Luck

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Commented:
Gents, I can't answer questions since I am restricted to access Gmail @ office. Unless EE has a way to update the dashboard without posting emails, answering would be a bit difficult. On weekends, we are having a horrible power shortage in Chennai, India and it seems installing inverters with high battery backup is the only way forward.

Now returning to the query,

@cool - VMware CP can analyze existing infrastructure and can show me good consolidation ratios for P2V

@bgoreing - Let me take a look at that. How is the licensing for Cap IQ ?

@hancocka - Will take a look at the URLs as well
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Licensing is in increments of 25 VMs. Take a look at http://store.vmware.com/store?Action=DisplayPage&Env=BASE&Locale=en_US&SiteID=vmware&id=ProductDetailsPage&productID=166051400&resid=TdOfSgoBAlYAAAht6K0AAABW&rests=1305714505752 for the online store. You can do better on pricing through a reseller.
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Commented:
Like most products - there is a 60 day trial availabile...

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CapacityIQ was the one which was more easy to be setup.Cheers bgoering.

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