VMturbo not only monitors virtual infrastructure, but it can also control application performance by taking real-time decisions. Re-tuning the infrastructure to be more efficient and more performant. It started few years back as VMware platform only but now it's multi-platform software. VMturbo 5.5 Extends its capabilities to VMware VRA (vRealize Automation), IBM PowerVM and Public Cross-platform Migration in this release and we'll have a look at those today.
During the constant evolution of the product, they just released VMturbo 5.5 already which adds more features and more hypervisors to already a quite complete product. I've been writing about this product since its inception as I found a great value for VMware admins, but as VMturbo can be used also with other hypervisors, even an older ones. VMware vCenter versions 3.5, 4, 5.x or 6.x running with ESX(i) 3.x, 4.x, 5.x or 6.x; Citrix XenServer 5.6, 6.x; Microsoft Hyper-V version bundled with Windows 2008R2 or 2012R2; and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) versions 3.x….
What's new in VMturbo 5.5?
- Integration with vRealize Automation – more control over provisioning process.
- IBM PowerVM – another hypervisor integration. This time, it's IBM PowerVM.
- Public cloud control – cross anything migration
- More Enhancements – remote planning, UI improvements, HTML 5 user interface.
Private portals have unpredictable demand with self-provisioning portals.
Private Cloud Control with VMturbo 5.5
During the process of the deployment of new workflow within vRealize Automation, VMturbo allows to take decisions at two places:
A – Initial placement based on Intelligence – VM is placed at a best resource.
B – Continuous VM placement, sizing and provisioning decision.
IBM Power VM Integration
There are two components in Power VM where the 1st one is the Power processor (latest Power8) with up to 96 threads (12cores x8 threads per core). The second one is PowerVM hypervisor which partition the hardware into logical partitions (LPARs).
- AIX (UNIX IBM specific)
- Redhat or SUSE Linux
- IBMi (previously OS/400)
VMturbo allows controlling mixed environments (x86+PowerVM) from a single console. The VM turbo integration allows automatable decisions to PowerVM. Actions, for example, to move LPARS and resize LPARS. VMturbo also allows controlling the placement of workflows intelligent way, in PowerVM. A plan can be run in order to predict worfklows….
The entire infrastructure is managed by VMturbo, but cannot be migrated between on or the other. Unless running containers…
Public Cloud Control
VMturbo has VMturbo Hybrid Cloud Control Module. This module integrates with:
Allows to discover application and have information about a workload demand and app performance within a public cloud instance. The app can ba scaled horizontally or vertically if needed. There is also a possibility to run a capacity plan which allows to understand storage and compute that will be necessary for a particular workload.
Customizable policies can be used for example to adjust to which zone/region workflows can or cannot run. (think legal constraints).
VMturbo can assure performance of application across multiple clouds:
- Migration VMware > Hyper-V (with an MVMC – Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter tool)
- Datacenter Merge
- Automatic bursting into the cloud
It's possible to do remote plans with a second instance of VMturbo. It means that other users can run several plans at the same time. VMturbo isn't affected by the different plans which are being executed, as all this happens on a second VMturbo instance.
VRA is integrated via VRA workflow, via API. The recommendation from VRA gets to the VMturbo, the recommendations like resize up, resize down or move VM to another host. The affinity or anti-affinity rules are observed, they're picked from VRA, they're created as policies in VMturbo.
VMturbo will have HTML5 UI. Finally it's coming, unfortunately not in the 5.5, but after the 5.5 release ……. Good news guys… Stay Tuned…