P2V Planning: No Crystal Ball Required

by July 5th, 2012

When I read Alex Barrett’s SearchServerVirtualization article on “Defining an ideal virtual server consolidation ratio,” my thought was, “wouldn’t it be great if we had a crystal ball?” With it, we could look into the future and understand how best to expand physical and virtual infrastructure. That would make it a lot easier to know how much new hardware to add, how to distribute VMs among clusters of hosts, and whether piece-parts of the proposed configuration would be utilized efficiently.

VMTurbo Operations Manager 3.1 has its “crystal ball” in its Planner capabilities.  Operations Manager’s Planner feature provides tools to generate “what if” scenarios to project system requirements, intelligently allocate resources, and understand the impact of refreshing, adding or removing resources.

P2V Planning screenshot

Where the Planner can be especially useful is with P2V planning since it makes recommendations for deployments that ensure quality of service (QoS) while also assuring the best resource utilization. The planning aspect of a P2V migration is important: You definitely don’t want to under-provision resources and risk QoS issues, and you don’t want to over-provision resources and under-utilize expensive host hardware!  Whether you are expanding your current virtualization initiative or virtualizing for the first time, you can use Operations Manager to plan the distribution of resources and placement of workloads that will deliver optimal performance.

New to version 3.1 is the integration of counters (tools like VMware Capacity Planner Data Collector) that capture detailed hardware and software metrics for your current physical environment.  The information is easily consumed by VMTurbo Operations Manager and used to simulate an optimal plan for your virtual environment. VMTurbo’s Economic Scheduling Engine calculates the best placement of VMs across physical hosts and datastores.

The result? You get a P2V plan that details the current versus target environments, which will guide decisions for the optimal configuration of your virtual data center. With VMTurbo Operations Manager, there’s no need to perform comparative analysis and benchmarking versus industry reference data.  Your information is used to drive intelligent decision-making for your environment.

So, you don’t have to be a psychic or gaze into a crystal ball to extend your consolidation initiatives.  VMTurbo Operations Manager 3.1’s planning capabilities allow you to drive higher virtualization ratios while minimizing resource contention.