Overseeing the virtualizing of my life.
October 05, 2018

Overseeing the virtualizing of my life.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

Virtualization manager is used to support core infrastructure. It supports multiple server clusters and provides feedback for both support technicians and NOC users. It helps a smaller number of people keep on top of and manage a large number of servers. We also use it for smaller hosts in locations outside the core as they normally receive little attention. This allows us to monitor our entire virtualization infrastructure from a single pane of glass.

Virtualization manager especially provides us with at-a-glance monitoring of cluster and host loads. With multiple host operating systems and topologies this saves a lot of logging into individual systems to check performance and errors.
  • At-a-glance views of current problems and potential future problems.
  • The recommendations feature is fantastic. This helps us balance loads and look for soon to be problems on multiple devices in a single place. There are very few false positives.
  • Easy to set up and maintain. Out of the box the system connects to major vendors and begins monitoring with minimal hassle. There's no manual set up of agents, monitoring points or set up of the monitoring console.
  • With the SolarWinds Orion support you can easily add virtualization features to NOC screens and servers node pages. Alerts are tied in as well to reduce hassle of multiple alert managers.
  • Server trending could be stronger. A server which sits at the same resource usage day in and day out can be normal operation while Virtualization manager may report it as an issue.
  • Orion in general can be painful to change a node page with the desired screens and widgets
  • Virtualization Manager has vastly decreased the time spent hunting for issues on our virtualized infrastructure. It gives us quick feedback on the systems that need attention and confirmation when systems don't need as much attention.
  • It greatly assists in maintaining a birds eye view on clusters. Allows us to see where VMs are sitting and if they need to be moved.
  • Helped us find feedback for our cluster capacity. Knowing which clusters are in need of resources and which are not fully utilizing theirs.
On several occasions virtualization manager has helped us diagnose issues with its wider perspective. We don't have to log in to multiple systems to identify a problem when that information is available on a single screen with virtualization manager. During cluster updating VMs may get left on the wrong host -- Virtualization Manager lets us see when that happens at a glance or to create alerts to email and phone for fast resolution.

A fundamental issue with virtualized infrastructure is host capacity. If a VM usage spikes and the host resources become scarce we need to know which VM is causing that and how far it has gone. Virtualization Manager allows us to see that at a glance. It also allows us to quickly create alerts to key personnel.
Capacity prediction allows us see how far we can push our current infrastructure. This allows us to plan out future deployments and verify current infrastructure. Allows hard data rather than gut feelings. When spending the amounts of time and money that working with virtualization requires the financial side of the business wants justification.
This feature is one of my favorite across the Orion platform. Being able to pull dissimilar data from any number of sources allows quick and easy identification of issues. We can see if network usage relates to error reporting or user experience. Being able to pull data from network, storage, hardware and user experience allows us to correlate all that data on one page. Even better we can then share that page to users in an easy to understand way. This helps both advanced users and those that aren't familiar with all the IT terminology.
I've attempted to use various conglomerations of Nagios, PRTG, Spiceworks and Zabbix. None were as easy to set up, manage and alert from. None also gave me near the feature set. The out-of-the-box reports and planning features didn't exist. The manual set up was extremely time-intensive and most of that information was lost when I left those workplaces.
Any time you use virtualized infrastructure with multiple hosts. Especially where you may have multiple vendors. A single place to look for issues and having the capability to drill down into those issues (with other Orion products) can vastly decrease time-to-resolution. The Orion suite allowing for quick set up and able to go as in-depth as the technician would like is a fantastic feature.

If you're working with a small environment it may be more costly than the value provides. It really shines with larger environments.