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Customers are certainly digging Foglight APM 5.9. Here are four reasons why:
If you can spare 10 minutes, I highly recommend watching this video demo where I walk you through the latest and greatest product features.
As we wind down from a great week at VMworld 2013 -- and all get some much needed sleep -- we are happy to announce that once again, Foglight for Virtualization Free Edition won the Best of Breed Award for Best Free Tool by Virtualization Review. It’s a great honor to be recognized again for this category and it’s the perfect way to end another action packed VMworld where we met with many customers who were also singing praises for Foglight.
This award means a lot to us because of the effort we put in to making it the most comprehensive free tool available to users. As Virtualization Review put it:
“…the advantage it has is that Foglight offers lots for free right out of the box.”
Foglight for Virtualization’s six main feature sets allow unprecedented capabilities in assessing VM performance and health from a free tool. It’s also vendor agnostic so whether you’re using VMware, Hyper-V or Red Hat virtualization platforms, you have a tool that can help you address virtualization needs effectively.
There are a lot of moving parts to any virtualization infrastructure. Without comprehensive insight into how everything is functioning, it’s impossible to fully realize the potential ROI from the environment. It would be like trying to work on your car’s engine with the hood welded shut. With Foglight for Virtualization, you can peer into the inner workings to pre-emptively fix issues and maximize efficiency.
If you were not able to come see us at VMworld, you can check out the Best of Breed for Best Free Tool at http://software.dell.com/products/foglight-for-virtualization-free-edition/. Download the tool for free today to get started down the road to virtualization bliss. You’ll also find some great resources to expand your knowledgebase and troubleshoot common virtualization issues.
If you are interested the full list of Best of Breed Award winners from VMworld, it can be found here. Congratulations to all the other winners, we’re already looking forward to next year.
Download Foglight for Virtualization Free Edition today.
Whether driven by an effort to reduce costs associated with a hardware refresh, OS migration or license renewal or other strategic reasons such as disaster recovery of outage avoidance, virtualization has taken hold across various industries. Aside from cost savings related to hardware and software purchases – as well as associated data center costs – organizations benefit from simplified IT management. According the a VMware survey, nine out of ten IT departments spend at least half their time doing routine administrator tasks such as adding and managing new server workloads.
Virtualization streamlines the time spent managing resources, but only if virtualized server deployments are optimized. Many virtualization administrators still report spending a lot of their time deploying and configuring new virtual machines (VMs), setting up new virtual environments and “fighting fires” or trouble shooting when a user encounters an issue or any number of errors occur. As a result, there is typically not a lot of time left in the day to focus on clean-up, maintenance tasks or proactive, strategic IT improvements that will optimize the virtual environment.
Are you struggling to get more out of your virtual environment? Bogged down by routine management and troubleshooting? Register here for a webinar on tips and tricks for virtualization optimization.
So what can be done to stop the cycle of administrative demands pulling time away from virtualization optimization? While it takes some time – and a bit of trial and error - to perfect your virtualization strategy, and see real benefits and time savings, there are a few quick tips that could yield fast results.
Are you fighting fires in your virtual environment when you should be optimizing? Then join Dell Software’s Mark Edwards and globally-recognized IT author and strategic consultant Greg Shields of Concentrated Technology as they share best practices for virtualization management in a webinar titled, “Top 10 Virtualization Optimization Tips and Tricks,” scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:00 am PT (11:00 am ET). Register now.
How much time do you spend fighting fires? Tell us your optimization story here.
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This post was written by Hari Sharma of the Dell OpenManage Connections team
Dell OpenManage Connection v1.0 for IBM Tivoli Network Manager IP Edition 3.9 (ITNM) enables datacenter customers to monitor the Dell devices in environment managed by an existing ITNM console. It helps customer to discover the Dell devices (servers, storage, chassis and remote access controllers) and then monitor the overall health of the Dell devices periodically. It supports device specific one-to-one console launch and Dell Tools launch from Dell device nodes in the ITNM console. Also, alerts generated as part of polling will be shown in the integrated OMNIbus console as well.
Here are some important features:
The product download links and product documentation are available on the Dell TechCenter Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Network Manager Wiki page. We encourage you to continue this conversation in the OpenManage Connections for 3rd Party Console Integration Forum if you have any comments or other feedback.
This post was written by Rupak Das of the Dell OpenManage Connections team
Dell OpenManage Connection version 2.1 for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus 7.3.1 and 7.4 provides event monitoring capabilities for Dell PowerEdge Servers, 9th to 12th generation (including iDRAC7 for 12th generation, agent-free, out-of-band management), Dell PowerVault Storage Servers (9G-12G), Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 6 (iDRAC6), Dell Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC5), Dell PowerEdge M1000e Chassis (CMC), Dell PowerEdge VRTX (VRTX CMC), Dell PowerEdge 1955 Chassis (DRAC/MC), Dell EqualLogic Storage Arrays PS Series, and Dell PowerVault MD StorageArray devices in environments managed by IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus. It also supports device specific one-to-one console launch and Dell Tools launch (OpenManage Essentials) from Dell device alerts and polled events in OMNIbus console.
The key new features in this release are:
The product download links and product documentation are available on the Dell TechCenter Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Netcool/OMNIbus wiki page. We encourage you to continue this conversation in the OpenManage Connections for 3rd Party Console Integration Forum if you have any comments or other feedback.
I am happy to announce a new version of the PowerShell Module for vWorkspace. This new module adds many new features that should be able to take your automation efforts in the newest version of vWorkspace to new levels. In addition to vWorkspace 8.0 support, there are also new CMDlets to automate vWorkspace features like Web Access, delegated control and multitenancy.
IMPORTANT: Please note that this version of the vWorkspace PowerShell module has a new system requirement. The PowerShell module now requires .NET 4.0 and supports PowerShell v3. Installing the Windows Management Framework v3 will take care of the .NET 4.0 requirement and install PowerShell v3. If you do not wish to install WMF3, you can just install .NET 4.0 before installing the PowerShell module. The installer will not take care of the pre-requisite itself.
The new beta version of the vWorkspace PowerShell can be downloaded here:
x86 vWorkspace PowerShell module (build 8.0.306.0031)
x64 vWorkspace PowerShell module (build 8.0.306.0031)
If you have any questions or feedback about this beta the vWorkspace PowerShell Module, we would love to hear it! Just post a question or comment here on the beta community or email email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Full documentation on the module can be found here: http://wiki.vworkspace.inside.quest.com/index.php/Main_Page
If you have any questions or feedback about the vWorkspace PowerShell Module, we would love to hear it! Just post a question or comment here on the community.
A new version of the PowerShell Module for vWorkspace is avaiable for use in your production environments. Please note that this version requires a 7.6 vWorkspace farm.
Below you will find the list of new cmdlets found in this release:
The new version of the vWorkspace PowerShell module can be downloaded right here.
We’re just about done here at VMworld 2013. There’s a ton of blogs and content from this year's event, which Peter has been tracking for you here. Continuing with the videos we've been sharing this week, we managed to get time with a few members of the Dell Software Group (known as DSG around campus.) After seeing a great presentation about application monitoring given to a standing room only crowd in our theater, we grabbed John Maxwell (@vmmaxwell) to record the followings video on Dell's Foglight solution. Foglight is application monitoring across multiple technologies (e.g. Java, .NET, virtual or physical servers, databases, networks, etc.) and capturing the experience of users interacting with those applications.
In the next video Peter and Manoj discuss OpenManage Integration (OMI) for VMware vCenter. OMI enables customers to streamline lifecycle management of Dell PowerEdge servers through the integration of iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller capabilities within the vCenter console. There's a blog with more information on the announcement here as well.
Look for more software videos from VMworld on TechCenter and our Youtube channel in the coming weeks.
I truly think VMware upped the bar this year. Despite the massive attendance, it never seemed overwhelmingly crowded. The sessions were good, the people were great... and the WIFI worked even during the keynotes! I surveyed the Dell TechCenter Rockstars at the event via twitter asking what they thought was the best part of VMworld so far:
Rasmus Haslund @haslund: "Networking with peers & seeing new tech in solutions exchange. “
Shawn Cannon @rolltidega: “best part was learning about some new products, socializing and sharing knowledge with my peers.”
Sarah Vela @SarahVatDell: “Getting to see friends from all over. AT&T Park was a thrill. Recording @SPEAKINGinTECH in person instead of over Skype.”
Gina Rosenthal @gminks: "So many! Talking to people in the booth and hearing about their environments, seeing everyone…AppAssure being named a finalist in Tech Targets best of #VMworld was pretty cool too."
Michael Davis @Michael_EDavis: "The community, finally meeting & chatting w/so many great people and learning from their experiences. From a tech side getting to learn more about @PernixData @UnideskCorp @servicenow for future projects"
Tim Antonowicz @timantz: "Aside from my Defense, the community/networking, meeting with vendors, expo floor. "
Pete Koehler @vmpete: "Less sessions and more interaction."
Todd Muirhead @virtualTodd: "NSX announced and Hands On Labs smooth and stable from the start."
Jay Weinshenker @aus_effendi: "vFlash (vFRC whatever) and vSAN are really impressive to me. As Todd wrote, lab smoothness was extremely impress"
As you can see, there was a common theme across their responses –community, peers, networking. I couldn’t agree more. I think the most valuable (and hardest to justify sometimes) part of a conference of this nature is the relationship building. I enjoyed running into old friends, meeting new people, growing my network, and hanging out with the Rockstars this week. Hopefully, we’ll see you all at Dell World 2013 where you can experience even more of the same as the TechCenter team is cooking up big plans for our community at this year’s event.
If you haven't been to VMworld before, let me sum it up in one word: BIG.
On Tuesday, VMware's President and COO, Carl Eschenbach, announced that attendance at VMworld 2013 was over 22.5K, making it the largest VMworld conference to date! On top of the sheer number of attendees, the Moscone Center is enormous - its 3 massive buildings cover approximately 900,000 sq ft of space.
Also huge at VMworld: the number of activities you could be doing at any given moment. Between the sessions, meetings, theater presentations, meetups, meals, hundreds of booth in the solutions exchange and after parties, there's never a dull moment (not recommended for those with FOMO, fear of missing out).
Speaking of big sessions, one of my favorites this year was the Mythbusting Goes Virtual session, which took place in front of a packed full house of around 500 attendees. Dell's own Mattias Sundling, Dell Software Evangelist, and David M Davis examined 6 commonly held beliefs in the VMware community and examined whether or not these assertions are still valid.
Among the busted myths: Distributed vSwitch offers better performance than standard vSwitch, VAAI enabled arrays can run unlimited number of VMs per LUN, iSCSI offers better perforance than NFS (it's the same), reservations always increase performance, and multiple CPUs are always better than single.
Also of big interest at VMworld was a large kiosk display showing off Dell's upcoming Project Ophelia cloud client computing device, which is small - the size of a large USB stick. Jeff and I had a chance to chat with Ken Foley about exciting use cases for Project Ophelia, what makes the device Enterprise ready and more versatile than the recently announced Chromecast device.
Later, we had the opportunity to chat with Dell's Damon Earley about another of Dell's big VMworld announcements - Fault Resilient Memory, a Dell patented technology that works with VMware vSphere 5.5 to maximize available server memory while increasing protection for the hypervisor against memory faults.
The good news with Fault Resilient Memory is that the feature gets enabled for free on many Dell 12th Generation servers through a BIOS update expected to come later this year.
One last way we went big at VMworld 2013 these first couple of days: by eating big, juicy burgers at the Burger Bar 6 floors above Union Square with the Dell TechCenter Rockstars. The Rockstars meetup was an awesome experience because despite the tens of thousands of people you could be hanging out with and the dozens of other things you could be doing - the biggest value I've found at VMworld is building quality relationships and friendships with good people like the Rockstars.
It has been a pleasure to chat with the DTC Rockstars out and about at the conference and seeing them wear Dell TechCenter Rockstar shirts, sporting the backpacks, and spreading the good word about DellTechCenter.com. Thank you Rockstars!
Thanks for reading, and for all of the other BIG Dell news at VMworld 2013, keep checking our Dell at VMworld 2013 wiki page and read Jeff's VMworld blog about huge announcements from Monday.