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Hands-on lab 2014With no queue for the hands-on labs I took my opportunity and had a look at the Hands-on lab: Cloud Management with vRealize Operations Manager 6.0. This lab walks you trough the interface of vRealize Operations Manager and also describes some of the new features within version 6.0. In this article I will post some screen-shots of the new version and also list some of the new features that where added.

Whats new in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0:

  • The separate vSphere and custom interfaces are converged into a single UI. In addition to providing a much simpler user experience it now allows users to combine metrics from both vSphere and other data sources like storage devices, applications and other data collection services into a single dashboard.
  • Alerts are now derived from one or more symptoms that can be defined with multiple conditions to ensure it only fires when it is really needed.
  • For each of the alerts built into vRealize Operations Manager, there is now a recommendation to help you resolve it. In the screenshots there is a example of a virtual machine that is low on CPU power. You are offered the option to change the number of CPU’s without going into vCenter as you should have done in the past.
  • All objects have access to badges, not just vRealize Objects. Any object that is monitored by vRealize Operations Manager now has availability to all badges, providing a consistent interface across all monitored objects.
  • Installation of Operations Manager is now reduced to one virtual machine. There is no need any more for a analytics and UI virtual machine, these are now consolidated into one.
  • Scaling and remote data collection can be simply realized by joining the virtual machines into a cluster.¬†Each of the core services will intelligently distribute I/O and data across all nodes ensuring even loading and disaster recovery of the cluster using GemFire technology.

The Minimum Requirements for the virtual machine are:

  • Small Environments: 4 CPU, 16 GB Memory, 136 GB Storage
  • Medium Environments: 8 CPU, 24 GB Memory, 136 GB Storage
  • Large Environments: 16 CPU, 48 GB Memory, 136 GB Storage

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I had a good experience while browsing through the hands-on lab and I think that this new version adds a lot of new functionalities that administrators will be using.